Read Or Die  [DVD]
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A sinister plot is afoot and only one schoolteacher, a special agent with an affinity for literature, can stop it. She is Ms. Yomiko Readman - better known to her colleagues in Section A of Library Special Operations as "Agent Paper". Someone is bent upon procuring several rare lost Beethoven manuscripts and has somehow enlisted a few of history's most extraordinary personalities, through stolen DNA, to aid in the endeavour. Readman and her fellow super-powered operatives must tangle with the likes of Tokugawa-era scientist Gennai Hiraga, aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal and 19th century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre in a desperate race to find the books and save the World! Action and adventure abound in this thrilling anime series created by top-rate animation director Kouji Masunari. Contains the complete R.O.D series - three stunning 30-minute episodes!
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The story revolves around The Paper - A young, bookish female librarian-agent working for a secret organisation housed under the British Museum (or British Library, possibly. The building looks more like the museum). A group of dastardly super-villains have nicked off with a copy of Beethoven's Immortal Beloved book and intend to use it for no good. The Paper must use all her skills and inginuity to defeat these cloned and resurected characters from history and literature. You see, The Paper is not named in such a strange way for no reason. She has the ability to get paper to do anything she wants, and over the course of the three episodes on the DVD (The complete series) she utilises it as deadly darts, ropes and a gigantic plane among other things. She teams up with a couple of other folks - A guy who acts a bit like Solid Snake and a lass by the name of Miss Deep who will most likely suffer from lower back trouble later in life due to her tight corset and astonishing dumplings. Miss Deep has quite a cool skill in that she can "phase" her body and move through objects.
The villains are also cool - These range from a character based on "Monkey", a guy riding a giant grasshopper, a steam-driven jet pilot and a guy who controls electricity. The technology is nicely steam-punk throughout, and builds up through a series of encounters to quite a nice ending.
The animation is excellent - There are plenty of nice little touches, as you'd expect from the director of Blood, even if there is a little too much emphasis on Miss Deep's boobs' jiggling about a la Dead Or Alive.Read more ›
The film includes animated heroines with large bouncy breasts in a dirty pair esque anime stlye; and elaborate superpowers including a book obsessed girl with the power to wield paper into among many things a deadly weapon and a large paper dart big enough to carry two female agents, and a woman who can pass through solid objects at will. It also includes such classic James Bondish moments as the easily escapable death trap without a guard to watch the spy die, and the infiltration of an enemy base with seemingly no hope of success.
The story itself is actually alot better than typical james bond films or the undeniably dire similar espionage films that have come out of late. the film tells of a terrorists diabolical scheme to cleanse the earth of humans by ressurescting actual figures from history to aid them; this may seem very far fetched but anime movies have a strange way of making the viewer accept pretty much any strange events that they throw at you, although it definetely is not for people who arent open-minded.
The dvd itself doesnt really have any admirable additons but you can choose between the dubbed and subtitled versions and a charcter profile for when you innevitably get confused by the enemies plot, it also contains an interview with the creators which is conducted with a translator and is not at all a valid addition to the packae as it is virtually inaudible.
All in all i would only reccomend this to big anime fans as the animation is good and characters are quite interesting, i wouldnt reccomend it to anyone who has never watched an anime movie before because it would probably leave you completely and utterley bewildered.
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This is a most nice story of story writer, Hideyuki Kurata, so much good entertainment story.
Unfortunately, it is hard to get this package as an old one. Read more
I love the concept behind ROD, and I hate to say that the main series loses me slightly towards the end, but I still think it is good. I'm pleased with the OVA for the price.Published 4 months ago by E K.
Read Or Die is a competently produced animé with nice artwork and a reasonable soundtrack, problem is it is all a bit silly. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by Lord Baal
This three episode OVA series sees Yomiko Readman, an agent for Section A of the Library Special Operations, as she battles to reclaim a book that was stolen from here, a book that... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2010 by T. R. Alexander
Very good anime. Lots of action with interesting characters. Only negative thing is that we seem to have missed out on lots of back plot?? Or is that how it was meant to be?Published on 16 Feb. 2009 by F. S. Mcdonald
I bought this out of curiosity and my first viewing of it left me disappointed. It seemed a rather crazy set of characters and events and just didn't appeal to me at all. Read morePublished on 31 May 2006 by sturmhalo
"Read or Die" is basically full of what is best about anime: gorgeous animation, plenty of action and a good story. Read morePublished on 22 April 2004 by Adam J Wright