Toshokan Sensou – Two Kinds of WhiteJune 21, 2008
A real nice surprise within Toshokan Sensou is that its story not only consists of the main conflict between the bad guys of the Media Cleansing Committee and the good guys of the Defence Organization, but also of the inner conflict in the Defence Organization between its different groupings. These conflicts arise because of the different ways the groups think it might be best to act to ensure the success of their duty. They might seem counterproductive at first, but are a very good sign because they show that the Organization has within itself at least some of the democratic element it tries to defend. Storywise they are a good way to give the white image of the story’s good guys some strains of grey which makes the Organization feel more realistic and vivid…
Or at least they should, because here Toshokan Sensou sadly falls short so far. All what was seen so far about other groups consists of suspicious and/or dislikeable and weak persons who have their own little book-burning campaign running or are trying to act pacifistic against all chances of success while having nothing better to do than bully the few ones who try to defend them anyhow with the necessary means. In the end this only helps to let the light of the Task Force members shine even brighter, because now they have not only to fight against the enemies from the outside, but also against the ones within their own organization. This is really a pity, because both ways of different thinking that where shown so far have their own right. Of course both the Media Cleansing Committee and the Defence Organization must find a way to end this conflict peacefully sometime in the future because it just shouldn’t and can’t be decided by pure strength of arms, and nothing else seems to be the approach of the “Library Future Planning”. And if you always had good experiences with a non-violent approach you won’t change it just because a bunch of weapon-wielding militarists say so. But now both attempts seem just pathetic and suspicious only because of the pathetic and suspicious people who stand in for them.
So, I like the way Toshokan Sensou thematize the inner conflicts of its good guys, but the way it’s done it only creates a black-white and a white-white division which just doesn’t cut it. Hopefully this might turn to a better in this otherwise quite entertaining series.