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NeoSam 2007-11-07 07:47

Toshokan Sensou (aka Library War)
 
The novel Toshokan Sensou by Arikawa Hiro is getting animated.

図書館戦争
Toshokan Sensou

Broadcast: 2008

Animation Production: Production I.G

Currently there are 4 volumes released of this novel series:



Author: Arikawa Hiro
Illustrator: Adabana Sukumo

There are 2 manga adaptations of this novel; one is a female oriented manga and the other is a male oriented manga.

Two manga adaptations:

A shoujo manga adaptation started serialization in the shoujo manga magazine LaLa on 24/10/2007.

A seinen manga adaptation will start serialization in the seinen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh on 21/12/2007.

NeoSam 2007-11-21 07:44

More info about Toshokan Sensou anime:

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Broadcast: April 2008

Original Work: Arikawa Hiro
Director: Hamana Takayuki
Series Composition: Konuta Takeshi
Original Character Concept: Adabana Sukumo
Character Design: Nakamura Satoru
Color Design: Katayama Yumiko
Art Director: Ikeda Shigemi

Animation Production: Production I.G
Official site: http://www.toshokan-sensou.com/

The official site opens on 25/11/2007.

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Source: MoonPhase

Siegel Clyne 2007-11-28 00:45

Toshokan Sensou is scheduled to air on Fuji TV in the Noitamina late night time slot.

nixie 2007-11-30 06:55

Something about an organization that destroys books that "harm" children and a group of people that fight against them? Reminds me of Kino no Tabi's Country of Books. :heh: Production IG + Noitamina, definitely something worth looking forward to.

NeoSam 2007-12-06 10:35

The novel series ended with the 4th volume which got released in November 2007.

Great to see the novel series ending before an anime adaptation starts :)

usagijen 2008-02-01 12:02

Wow, this series certainly surprised me. At first glance of the plot summary and the official site, I was thinking it's gonna be a real serious shounen show about a Library vs Media Regulatory Organization WAR. I saw the manga running in Lala a few months ago, and it has shoujo elements! I've started reading the novels just recently (yes, I got quite excited I bought the novels now), and liked the banter of the two main characters in the show, Iku (the manly girl), and Doujou, the girl's superior, 5 years older than her, but is smaller than her lol. It's like the "Library Lovely Complex" now xD

I posted a little preview of it here, and I'm planning to post more as I get to read more of the novel/manga :)

solomon 2008-02-02 02:38

Still have no idea what to make of it, the premise sounds like a slightly screwy version of a very I.G. type show (heavy on military related jargon and possibility for large scope) but then it's running in Noitamina, so it has to have something for the ladies as well.

Well Noitamina has only shown classy works (and if not that good ones) so far so, i'll give it a go.

NeoSam 2008-02-02 08:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by solomon (Post 1375722)
Still have no idea what to make of it, the premise sounds like a slightly screwy version of a very I.G. type show (heavy on military related jargon and possibility for large scope) but then it's running in Noitamina, so it has to have something for the ladies as well.

Well Noitamina has only shown classy works (and if not that good ones) so far so, i'll give it a go.

Things have changed, and Noitamina is targeted at a wider audience now, with anime adaptation of shounen and seinen manga being broadcasted on Noitamina.

Also, Toshokan Sensou is not a shoujo novel. The novel seires is published by MediaWorks, a publisher that aims at the male otaku.

usagijen 2008-02-02 23:44

I have yet to see the further volumes of the novel, but I'd say there's some shoujo elements in it (I'm referring to the romance angle in particular), more than one would expect from reading the synopsis and looking at the pic from the official site. Not to say that it's a "shoujo novel", but it's more like, a not-so-typical shounen novel, with a mix of different elements, action, romance, comedy, and what have you =)

Impz 2008-02-28 06:52

Well, if it focuses quite a bit on the understanding of "information", "information as a commodity", "information as social control" elements, I will be very interested. It will be in my field of studies ^^ Looking forward to it for sure!

MrProphet 2008-02-28 08:45

Sounds like Read or Die.

I'll check it out. Mass-marketization of Noitamina was inevitable, considering the ratings it's been pulling, but so far I was more or less sattisfied with all the offerings (except the newest one, but mass media has nothing to do with that).

Quote:

Originally Posted by Impz (Post 1428462)
Well, if it focuses quite a bit on the understanding of "information", "information as a commodity", "information as social control" elements, I will be very interested. It will be in my field of studies ^^ Looking forward to it for sure!

The path to success and popular acclaim in this thread = quote as much Marshall McLuhan, as you can. 8)))

I'm gonna have a field day!

Katapan 2008-03-14 19:13

━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!
The news I was eagerly waiting for seems to have surfaced sometime this week. We finally know who gets to sing the OP/ED themes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by www.toshokan-sensou.com/staff.html
# オープニング・テーマ:高橋 瞳「あたしの街、明日の街」
# エンディング・テーマ:Base Ball Bear「changes」

Opening theme sung by Hitomi Takahashi? Color me satisfied, I've always liked her anime tie-ups (it seems the Japanese audience doesn't like her as much as I do, though - after three doroku tie-ups, Noitamina is the new way to get her career going again? :eyebrow: ).
But the ending-- BBB! (will spare you my fanboy mode).

Anyway, I sure hope this can be the one show that'll restore my faith in the timeslot. The latest series were good, solid productions values and all, but just not great to me. And even if this ends up being the same, there's always Marina Inoue and BBB to listen to.

usagijen 2008-03-19 12:14

I'm really glad BBB is gonna do the ED song for Toshokan Sensou, yet another reason for me to LOVE this show!! 8D

I've been pimping this one as early as now, as I've gained insights on this from reading the novel and the mangas. I invite you to take a peek, at the world of Toshokan Sensou~~ xD

Inside Information on Toshokan Sensou - A 'Deep Frying' Prelude Part 1
Inside Information on Toshokan Sensou - A 'Deep Frying' Prelude Part 2

Westlo 2008-03-19 12:28

Thanks for the nice and informative read, Library War was already high on my list for Spring due to its time slot and Production I.G but now I'm really looking forward to it.

Mossygirl 2008-03-20 06:36

Thanks for putting up all that information, usagijen! This series looks like it will be quite to my liking :blush:

MercFH 2008-03-20 12:04

this looks like it shall be interesting. i like the character designs randomly too

MrProphet 2008-03-22 15:46

The character designs remind me of Takuya Saito's work in Reideen, another of Production I.G show which I watched for the looks.

Lets hope Toshokan Senso has a little bit more meat on its bones, shall we? 8)

solomon 2008-03-24 00:39

Hmm, it sounds cute. Really this would make more sense then what I originally thought the show was like. The plot made it sound like Farienhieght 415, but that would be a bit heavy for the general audience theyre targeting.

Let's hope for some of Reideens staff to animate it, story issues aside that show was BEAUUUTIFULLY animated.

Westlo 2008-03-24 01:40

Well I'm sure the Reideen staff will be doing this since the Moribito/Ghost Hound staff (are those two by the same I.G Studio?) are probably doing Real Drive.

Haohmaru 2008-03-26 11:49

screenshots http://www.famitsu.com/anime/news/1214308_1558.html. Looks great! Thanks usagijen for all the info. Definitely checking this out.

@Solomon, indeed. Reideen has one of the best animation I've seen from Production I.G. Too bad the cg was crappy.

Katapan 2008-03-29 09:32

A trailer was shown at the Fuji TV booth (TAF). Awful quality of course, but it gives you an idea of how it'll look - not that I was worried about the overall design, it just couldn't go wrong with Production I.G. and the budget Noitamina shows are usually given.

I definitely hope a better version of the trailer is available soon, now that I know we can hear both themes in it, along with how the seiyuu are doing.

MrProphet 2008-03-29 09:38

The more I learn about this show, the more it reminds me of PLANETES.

Westlo 2008-03-29 09:47

Out of every clip uploaded by sakiwe this is the only one that doesn't work for me, is it just me?

MrProphet 2008-03-29 09:49

I too was surprised by the, shall we say, low amount of flashiness. No spiffy animation sequences or anything.

That didn't discourage me, but it certainly was slightly different.

BluWacky 2008-03-29 10:00

I thought the animation looked fine - the SD moments looked quite well done, which means they shouldn't be too annoying. I like the character designs - I can't quite describe it, but the linework is interesting, it's like the overall look is very soft and rounded compared to most anime these days and yet nothing like the hazy, indistinct look that you can see in the Natsume Yuujinchou trailer that sakiwe's just posted.

I'm still worried about the story, personally. Someone described it as being Full Metal Panic-esque, and I LOATHED Full Metal Panic (Chidori is a bitch, Sagara is a dumbass and Teletha is insipid and annoying) - if it's going to be shooting people and tsundere arguments I'll be most disappointed, even if it IS about censorship.

Then again, sometimes you have to take these things with a pinch of salt. Someone described this show as being slightly Utena-esque - that turned out to be "there's a mysterious man who saved the heroine she's trying to find!" rather than Ikuhara goodness, so you never know who you can trust.

solomon 2008-03-29 14:45

Well it looks fun at least, and IG work looks solid, just not crap my pants amazing.

flamefang 2008-03-29 16:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by BluWacky (Post 1495054)
Someone described it as being Full Metal Panic-esque

If you're looking for a FMP-like anime this season, kamen no maid guy is more like that. But I agree with you that this military thing sort of reminds it.

The TAF preview didn't look so exceptional to me, but I'm interested to the story.

flou 2008-04-03 12:33

From Anime News Network:
Quote:

The official Japanese website of the Library War anime series has posted a two-minute, 43-second promotional movie. It has also posted a 15-second television commercial. The action comedy anime adapts Hiro Arikawa's popular novel about battles fought to preserve libraries when a new law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression in 2019. Production I.G is producing the series, which will debut on Japanese television on April 10. Takayuki Hamana (Chocolate Underground, The Prince of Tennis) is directing.

Links:
http://www.toshokan-sensou.com/gallery_pv1.html
2:43 ver.
http://www.toshokan-sensou.com/gallery_cm1.html
0:15 ver.

One week until it airs! :)

apr 2008-04-10 14:32

Gods, varying line thickness + cute girls make for perhaps the most appealing show this season. Fell in love instantly, and I was so busy smiling at the artwork to notice much else, but I'm sure this will turn out to be the best show this year. There's action, comedy, budding romance, hopefully an interesting plot to develop (more than the prince hunt), and it's all so beautiful!

Some screenies for the ones who want to spoil themselves of seeing it in movement:

http://img.muri.se/tosho-sen-1a.jpg
http://img.muri.se/tosho-sen-1b.jpg
http://img.muri.se/tosho-sen-1c.jpg
http://img.muri.se/tosho-sen-1d.jpg
http://img.muri.se/tosho-sen-1e.jpg

aroduc 2008-04-10 14:35

First episode was pretty decent. It's going to take me awhile to come to terms with the premise though. Something about people willing to kill for a magazine bikini poster... I am a little worried about the budget. There was quite a bit of terrible CG tossed in and for a first episode, lots of flashbacks/reuse of scenes, not to mention that the OP was just a montage. Hopefully it's nothing though. It was a lot wackier in parts than I expected things to be (not overly familiar with the source), but they took all the DEFEND THE CARD CATALOG stuff seriously. I don't think I've even seen a card catalog for half a decade, if not more.

Caps etc
http://blog.seiha.org/?p=772

OP

MrProphet 2008-04-10 14:35

Amen to that. Love the line work. And M.Bison officer caps. 8)

First episode was alright, but like others said — nothing mindblowing here. The series is quite humor- and SD-heavy. Also, while the plot makes no sense (even in Fahrenheit 451 context), there is certain charm in the absurdity of it all.

The series reminds me of Read or Die and Planetes quite a bit. The main character (Kasahara) is like a female Hachimaki. 8)

NakedAngelX 2008-04-10 19:30

Library War
 
Genres: action, comedy, romance
Themes: Military
Based on: "Library War" (novel series) by Hiro Arikawa
Animation Production: Production I.G

Here's the OP
http://youtube.com/watch?v=9rAI975pcWQ

Here's the ED (It's a bit catchy hehe)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=2RuC3yNX8jI

There's gonna be 12 episode and 1st just came out today


Just watched Ep 1 and i must say it's quite funny and unique
Spoiler for Ep1:

Tri-ring 2008-04-10 20:01

Although the the story line is comical, the core theme is in-line with present day political problem concerning censorship and freedom of speech.

In the past malevolent dictators destroyed books and fine art as a method to suppress freedom of speech the same way this story starts out so it is not completely out of realm of reality. I hope you think about it when you watch this.

Vexx 2008-04-11 01:45

This looks like it might have a lot of charm to it (based on RanCur screen caps). The main character looks a "real girl" who is willing to take a hit or two so that alone get this series a "check it out" from me. What I've read in the thread just makes it more intriguing.

Impz 2008-04-11 07:05

Here's the first episode detailed summary + screenshots

This show is definitely one of the shows to "look out for" for me. Information used as a form of social control. Books and the mass media represent values that can spread. Can democracy spread in a world where no one is able to read any books that are remotely promoting this form of ideology? In a condition where there is a fear climate, will there be a widespread of knowledge and information?

The loss of talent and knowledge during the WWII is tremendous with the Holocaust, and the fact that something so stupid like a bikini babe poster has to be banned shows the amount of desperation of such times where information becomes a scarce commodity. Hence, it's definitely not silly, if you think of it clearly.

MrProphet 2008-04-11 10:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by Impz (Post 1526411)
Information used as a form of social control. Books and the mass media represent values that can spread.

Um, yes, but this isn't exactly a dystopian series. 8)

Asamidori 2008-04-11 10:56

The series is definitely worth checking out for me. On top of the comical stuffs, it indirectly reflects the current on-going Japan political affair, which although probably a coincidence, is pretty interesting to see.

Wonder if I should go look up the novels for this...

Kaoru Chujo 2008-04-11 13:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asamidori (Post 1526800)
The series is definitely worth checking out for me. On top of the comical stuffs, it indirectly reflects the current on-going Japan political affair, which although probably a coincidence, is pretty interesting to see....

I don't think it's a coincidence. I find the set-up a little artificial, but maybe I'll get used to it. The ideas are fascinating, and the characters are coming through. For some reason, I'm flashing on Ai in Planetes. And that's a good thing. This is the most I've liked Inoue Marina.

Great character design with those bold outlines, by Nakamura Satoru, who was animation director of several eps of GITS:SAC and of the GITS:SAC Solid State movie.

Diodati 2008-04-11 14:01

It's nice to see generally really positive feedback about the first episode - I was likely going to watch this anyway because the animation had a nice vibe - and that I've such a weakness for Sawashiro Miyuki (the female role here will make a nice addition to her central male role over in Kure-nai). And of course the draw of Inoue Marina playing a tomboy.

I suppose the premise sounds a bit goofy on paper, but I definitely agree with Asamidori that this has relevant context, concerning Japanese (and global) media politics. And I actually think that could be v deliberate. This might not necessarily be an obvious, 'dystopian' anime world, but it could make some subtle parallels with our own endless problems concerning censorship, social propaganda and information hierarchy. It's kind of fitting that this anime may have a strong 'absurdist' style.

Anyway I think they could do a lot with it - and with the added character mysteries, romance and angst, I'm sort of surprised/disappointed this will only be 12 episodes.

apr 2008-04-11 14:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kaoru Chujo (Post 1527092)
I don't think it's a coincidence. I find the set-up a little artificial, but maybe I'll get used to it. The ideas are fascinating, and the characters are coming through. For some reason, I'm flashing on Ai in Planetes. And that's a good thing. This is the most I've liked Inoue Marina.

Great character design with those bold outlines, by Nakamura Satoru, who was animation director of several eps of GITS:SAC and of the GITS:SAC Solid State movie.

I'm surprised you don't mention Maeno Tomoaki, since he seems to be doing his proper debut here. I like his voice, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from him. It's a bit like Seki Tomokazu without the extreme edge.

You're not the only one with Planetes vibes, anyway. It was the first thing I said to a friend, and he came back after the episode saying it was like a remake of the first Planetes episode. Neither of us have watched the show in years, though.


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