The Connection: 'Ink and Bone' and 'The Stars Never Rise'

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Connection is a feature where I link bookish things to non-bookish things (ex: music, manga, and TV shows.) I recommend you different animes and mangas or songs that correspond with certain books. 


In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Toshokan Sensou tells the story of Kasahara Iku, the first woman to join the Library Task Force. In the near future in Japan, the Media Enhancement Law has been forced upon the population censoring all books and media. To counter this, the Library Defense Force was created. To protect themselves against the Media Enhancement Law Commission, all major libraries are fully equipped with a military Task Force, who take it upon themselves to protect the books and freedom of media of the people. This anime follows Iku and her fellow soldiers as they protect various special books and artifacts from the oppression of the Media Enhancement Law Commission. A love story, war story, and comedy all rolled into one.

Library Wars and Ink and Bone are both about societies that have banned books. In Library Wars, there is the Library Defense Force. They protect the books that the government tries to ban. Ink and Bone has the Library with the Scholars and the power to snatch up illegal books. (Which seems like the opposite of the Library Defense Force.) 
They have similar ideas and premises. They focus on books and protecting books. 
Library Wars is both an anime and a manga. I've been watching the anime. The main character is headstrong and willing to do anything to protect books. She is very much like Jess in that aspect. 


Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Ao no Exorcist

Ao No Exorcist/Blue Exorcist

This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exist within it. Satan the god of demons, but there's one thing that he doesn't have, and that's a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him!! For that purpose he created Rin, his son from a human woman, but will is son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else...? An exorcist? 

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

The noble William possesses a rare kind of intelligence. The school he attends and his family background both draw much attention. However, one day, his family loses money after his uncle's business fails. Worrying about how this would affect his school's reputation, he returns home to help the family butler search for things to sell. What they found was an underground room that had been used by William's ancestors. The room contains a magical seal, with which William unintentionally summons a demon. The demon, Dantalion tells William that has the ability to choose the king of the demon world! Naturally, the candidates for king will come after William...who will become king in the end?!

Ao No Exorcist is about exorcists. (Duh.) These exorcists use weapons/chants/familiars to fight the demons. The main character is an exorcist like Nina. The Stars Never Rise have the exorcists fighting hand-to-hand, though. Something different than Ao No Exorcist.
These two share the exorcist characters. These characters have special characteristics to help them defeat demons.
Ao No Exorcist is an exciting anime/manga. (It's both! I've only watched the anime, though.) It's very shounen. (That means, in short, it's geared for guys, but I've seen lots of girls read it.) 

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is about this guy named William who lives in a world with demons. (Not that anyone knows or anything.) He is the descendant of Solomon who will choose the demon king. 
These two both have worlds with demons in them. Makai Ouji has demons hidden. No one notices them. They look like humans and can act like humans as well. There are also angels like Michael and Uriel. They too can look like humans. The Stars Never Rise have demons out in the open. 
Makai Ouji has an interesting yet random premise. The art is beautiful, and the guys are pretty handsome. I've been reading the manga and loving it. 

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