Librarians defend the Freedom of Expression from armed government agents.

Librarians defend the Freedom of Expression from armed government agents.

This post is a spoiler-free comment about the Library Wars: Wings of Revolution movie (2012). For those who do not know, Library Wars is a franchise that takes place in a near future in which the central government has claimed the right to “improve society” through book-burning. Libraries, being creatures of the regional or local governments, resist the censorship campaign, which leads to armed struggle between the two sides.

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As some of you know, I am a big fan of the Library Wars anime. I have been reading the Library Wars manga (available in the US from Viz), and I am eagerly anticipating an opportunity to see the anime movie that was in Japanese theaters last Summer, Library Wars: The Wings of Revolution. Now there is a live action movie based on the same novels that will be showing in Japanese theaters this Spring.

For those who are not familiar with Library Wars, it takes place in a near future in which the central government (of Japan) has passed censorship laws to “improve” society through book burning. The (regional) libraries arm themselves to defend the freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas. The main characters are librarians, and there is an interesting mix of action and romance.

As you can see from the video, above, the action sequences look like they will actually be decent, but I am, nevertheless, worried. In my experience live action adaptations are rarely well executed. I am very fond of this franchise, so if they are going to do it, I hope they do it right.

Some additional info about the movie, and alternative trailers (mostly recut, but with the same scenes), you can check out the report on Anime News Network.

I usually don’t report news here, but I am very excited that a Library War (Toshokan Sensou) movie has been announced. It is going to open in June 2012, and the name is Library War: The Wings of Revolution. I really hope this encourages someone to release the 2008 TV series here in America. (I WANT!)

If you want some more information about the setting for the movie, check out my review of the Library War TV series.