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Library Wars Streams English-Subtitled Live-Action Short Before New Special, Film

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13-minute short focuses on everyday lives of library staffers

Angle Pictures began streaming a live-action "Toshokan Mini Sensō -The First Mission-" (Library Mini Wars -The First Mission-) short work on September 17 that is inspired by Hiro Arikawa's popular action novel series Library Wars (Toshokan Sensō). The short is streaming with English subtitles.

Angle Pictures is streaming the short before the Toshokan Sensō: Book of Memories (Library Wars: Book of Memories) special airs in Japan on October 5. The live-action franchise's second film, Toshokan Sensō: The Last Mission (Library Wars: The Last Mission), will open in Japan on October 10.

The first live-action film opened in Japan in April 2013. The first film was set in a future version of Japan in 2019, when a law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression. Iku Kasahara (Nana Eikura) joins the Library Defense Force, a military unit dedicated to protecting books from being confiscated. However, she finds that the job of her childhood dreams is harder than she bargained for, especially with her hard-nosed instructor Atsushi Dōjō (Junichi Okada).

The first live-action film also inspired two English-subtitled "Library Mini Wars" shorts in March 2013.

While the Toshokan Sensō: The Last Mission film will depict the larger war story of the Library Defense Force, the Toshokan Sensō: Book of Memories TV special will focus on the daily lives of the force members with elements of romantic comedy.

Arikawa's novels have already inspired two manga series, a television anime series, and the Toshokan Sensō: Kakumei no Tsubasa (Library War: The Wings of Revolution) anime film.


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