Library Wars: Love & War Volume 3
The most interesting elements of the series by Kiiro Yumi have been downplayed by this point in favor of generic romantic comedy. In Library Wars: Love & War volume 3, Dojo and Iku spat and argue, and her lack of self-control, instead of being charming, makes her seem childish. It’s no wonder their relationship can’t go anywhere; at this point, I wouldn’t want it to until she grows up. That would be acceptable if this was some schoolgirl shojo, but we’re supposed to believe her as a library army operative.
I did like the bit about the two kids, wanting to fight censorship, having their energy redirected in constructive ways in order to fight those who want to keep the work they enjoy from them. I’m a sucker for those kinds of stories. On the other hand, the second half war I found exaggerated and unfriendly to read. The literal battle was unbelievable, and I found myself skimming through it without interest. (The publisher provided a review copy.)