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Manga & Anime: Medium of Freedom

Library Wars|Toshokan Sensō

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These few days I struggled to think how I would write a full length essay. The situation is getting out of hand since my writing skills have not awoken even with my exam approaching. So, as I tried to escape from my exam induced stress, I decided to take a short-term solution by watching Anime. I beg all of you not to follow my example.

Having no idea with what to watch, I settled for Library Wars since I wanted to catch up with the Love and War manga adaptation by Kiiro Yumi. Oh, just a note, the Library Wars Anime isn’t licensed and it should very well should be. It’s fantastic! But what really triggered me to write this post was initiated by the concept of Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa.

What may that be you ask?

The plot is derived from Japan’s statement of intellectual freedom for libraries – which basically means that libraries have the freedom to offer and collect any material, as well as disregarding censorship. The freedom of expression.

The conflict starts here; in the story, the government passes the Media Betterment Act which gives the committee the power to remove and censor any type of media that could pose a threat on Japanese Society. It’s almost like the Gestapo of Hitler Germany. Pretty deep stuff. Joining the side of free expression is no other than the Library Defence Agency, set up by local governments who oppose the Media Betterment Act.

Library Wars|Toshokan Sensō

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Bits of Hana to Yume Issue No.11(20/05) & No.12(05/06)~

These few weeks I feel as if I’ve been weighed down to the bog since I got tons to things to do. However, I’m not doing what I should be doing which makes things suck even more for myself. Here’s a rather short-ish post on Hana to Yume magazine issue 11 + 12. Just a simple post since I need to cram my head with English Literature for the next 2 weeks.

Hana to Yume 11

Gakuen Alice featured on the cover.

Gakuen Alice freebie! It’s a cute, small stationary set and you can take a look at some pictures of it here on Omari’s Sister blog. Also head there for a nice high resolution scan of the cover! It contains a small single hole puncher, staples, a stapler and some sticky tape. Continue reading

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Gakuen Alice Illustration Fan Book~

Hello my dear chums, what an inevitable thrill to have you all again. It’s been quite a bit of time now since I last shared the Starry Sky BGM Collection CD with you and just to enlighten confused minds, the Gakuen Alice Illustration Fan Book came in the same shipment. The product name is ‘Gakuen Alice Illustration Fan Book’ but the book itself actually says ‘fun’ instead of ‘fan,’ but oh well. I won’t add any captions but my comments will be posted UNDER each picture. Continue reading

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Gakuen Alice Vol 1

Title: Gakuen Alice/Alice Academy

Author: Tachibana Higuchi

Artist: Tachibana Higuchi

Genre: Action, Adventue, Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Super-Natural, Tragedy

Status: Ongoing

Summary: Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo following her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru’s side, she has to both pass the strange “entrance exam” and face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it’s Hotaru’s gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume’s fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi’s control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she’s going to stay in school, or even stay alive!

-TokyoPop

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The last manga I reviewed was High School Debut; I selected it since school was about to start so I thought it was a good entrance for the new year! Now that our dear students are a few weeks back into class – probably moaning and dragging their feet around in school – I thought I’d review a manga which has a big twist on school life to make the lives of students more exciting.

Or at least, in their minds even if not in reality. Continue reading

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