These aren’t your typical shushing-bun-and-glasses librarians! Japanese animation and comics turn librarians into magicians, secret operatives and superheroes! Who said being a librarian was boring?!
R.O.D. OAV: Read or die OAV
Based on a series of Japanese novels by Hideyuki Kurata.
Read or Die stars Yumiko Readman aka “The Paper” a secret operative from the special operations division for the British Library. She has an insatiable love of books and the ability of complete control over anything paper. Her latest acquisition: a copy of the ultra-rare German first edition of “The Immortal Beloved” contains sheet music handwritten on the pages and in the margins. The volume becomes the focus of a dangerous plot by an unknown person who employs clones of famous historical figures to steal the book and recreate Beethoven’s lost “death symphony,” causing anyone who hears it to commit suicide. “The Paper” must employ her skills to save the world!
Kiichi and the Magic Books
[Moto no moto no ana no naka]
Story and art by Taka Amano.
After Kiichi’s mother dies and he is ostracized from his village, he sees drawings of Demons (with pointed ears and horns) in a book come to life. Having a family-resemblence to the creatures, he is determined to learn more about his origins. Mototaro, a powerful travelling-librarian and his assistant Hana agree to include Kiichi join them on their journey. Together, they will encounter strange creatures and adventures while Kiichi tries to find his place in the world.
Story adaptation and art by Kiiro Yumi.
Based on the novellas by Hiro Arikawa.
The Japanese government has begun suppressing information they find undesirable or inappropriate and the only people who can stand up to their abuse of power is the Library Defense Force. The Library defense force is an elite military organization which trains their librarians in the standards of 'cataloguing', 'circulation', and of course 'combat'. This story follows Iku Kasahara, a Task Force Trainee with a passion to protect library collections.