Info:Title: R.O.D (Read or Die): The OVA
Genre: Supernatural Spy, Science Fantasy
Studio: Studio Deen
Licensee: Manga Entertainment
Year Produced: 2001
Number of Episodes: 3
Run Time: 90 minutes
Available Online: No
Online Price: 12.00
A Bibliophyle Who Must Save the World!
Yomiko Readman is a 25-year old substitute teacher with an obsession for books. She's also an agent for the British Library Special Operations, an agency tasked with safeguarding any rare or lost books. Know to her peers as "Agent Paper," Yomiko has the power to manipulate paper into various shapes and forms. Along with her fellow agents, Yomiko attempts to save a rare Beethoven manuscript from the I-Jin. The I-Jin, a group of historical figures who are cloned and enchanced, are amid their attempt at world domination.
At a mere 3 episodes, R.O.D. is easily the shortest series we've featured so far. Though, its worth noting that it also represents the cheapest buy as well (SRP $15,) and trust me... its worth it.
Of course, the obvious comparisons are the best. The series unabashedly takes delicious British spy tropes, and merges them with book-lovers theme/anime battle scenes . Yomiko Readman may be an adorable bibliophile, but don't let that fool you. Despite working for the British Library, "the Paper," is a 00 agent (I.E. has a license to kill,) though she rarely exercises such power.
Meet the crew
Yomiko Readman: Read or Die's protagonist, she's an absent minded bookworm. While noted as being obsessive enough to tote around a briefcase of books, she'll frequently lose them entirely. Readman is also the 19th person to be serve as "the Paper." She is presumably named as such due to her superhuman control of paper, which she can manipulate at will. Not much is known about her predecessors, though they presumably had powers of their own
Nancy Makuhari: Code named "Miss Deep," Nancy most resembles the hardened spy genre. She possesses the ability to "dive" through objects, and will often use this to great advantage in combat. Its also stated that she dislikes her codename, as she thinks it makes her sound like a porn star.
Drake Anderson: An American Special Forces vet, Drake is the burly man of the team. Despite lacking a power, his experience makes him an invaluable aid to the team. Drake most often works as their Field Support Operative.
Joseph Carpenter: Most commonly known as "Joker," Joseph is the chief director of the Special Operations Division. When not bossing around his underlings, he's usually displaying his prowess as proper Englishman stereotype.
Reasons you might like it:
- Spy flick action
- Short, but full of content
- Followed by a 26 episode series if you enjoy the independent OVA
- The protagonist is a book lover who can reshape paper...
Recommend it to friends who enjoyedToshokan Sensou (Library Wars)
Read or Die - TV
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Conclusion:How long is 90 minutes? In the amount of time it takes to mow the lawn, clean your room, or even cook dinner, you could watch an entire animated epic. While its far from perfect, at a 15 dollar price point, this is a series to own. Plus, it also makes a great series to show people who you want to expose anime too, but not necessarily long, or super complex. Either way, even if you don't take to the TV series, Read or Die definitely doesn't suck.