Toshokan Sensou Review
Here it is, the end of Toshokan Sensou.
Perhaps I am the only one who finds this show slightly weird and illogical but looking past the book keeping war and at the anime for its fundamental attributes; comedy, action and romance, I have to say that I was entertained.
Basically it is a series on a library war. People actually go into war over books, censorships, media influences and other stuff. The main character of this is Iku Kasahara, she had enrolled herself as a “book soldier” because of her knight in shining armor. She has always looked up to this “knight” of hers ever since he “saved” her (and the book that she wanted) and aspires to be a book soldier just like him. Of course she does not remember how he really looks like. In the task force she has a superior who is shorter than her and he always loves to bully her and looks out for her too. Will romance ensue? Can the books be saved? Will this library war ever end?
I love books, i respect them and i can never get past the idea of reading books online or on computers etc, sorry folks but i need my books printed and in a nice book form with the nice book smell. I always loved the smell of ink and paper. That is why i “kinda” understand why these people want to protect the books. But really, would you put your life on the line for them or even fight a war for them?
Those of you who are librarians probably would and you will probably love this anime just because it is all about books.
The series starts off rather fast with things happening one after another, and it does not really slow down. With a couple of episodes that divert from the whole book war, there was not a single ‘filler’ episode at all. Sure it might be a 12 episode thing and so fillers would be stupid, but you might be surprise with how often fillers appear even in such short anime.
I personally do not really like the concept behind killing for books, i am not very pro war in the first place but to have books be the main reason is just a bit too much for me. Looking past that though, this anime is as i have said previously, good. It is relaxing, nothing too serious, complex, heart wrenching or emotional. It just has a right balance of comedy with some action scenes in it. The amount of comedic moments do drop during the second half of the anime as the anime takes on a slightly more serious tone, however, you can rest assure that you are not going to be all depressed or upset by the end of the anime.
There are cute moments that make you laugh and moments that get a bit too serious for such an anime.
There are a few similarities between this anime and lovely complex. The whole idea of a shorter guy and a taller girl bickering all day long might seem familiar to some. But i love the dynamics of their relationship here. It never gets too serious and it always remains rather lighthearted.
The quality of the animation is alright i guess. The characters may look slightly weird at certain angles at times, and the action scenes are not anything great or fantastic, actually, it is nothing much at all. No beautiful characters that make you go “oooo” and “aaah” at, but it is not so horrendous that you go “eeeeck!”.
As for the music, the OP and ED songs are nice. I love the ED song, it is Changes by Base Ball Bear, the beat is addictive and makes you want to jump all over the place up and down to it. The words rhyme quite nicely and i just love it =P The happy tone suits the anime really well.
Bottom line, this is a very average anime that might just get overlooked. But among this season’s worth of anime, this was one of the few that did not dissapoint me
So if you have some free time, you might want to check it out. That is if you do not hate books. 😉