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Rod TV Series: Complete [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQSAU
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I'm an American citizen who's long waited for a chance to own R.O.D the TV for myself, but due to Aniplex of America's disgusting pricing, and the fact that every Region 1 set is no longer in print, it was impossible to get the show for anything under $200 (roughly £132 I think). Despite my love for the show, there's no way I was going to shell out that kind of money for a 26 episode series. So then I discovered Amazon UK, and now I can proudly display this show on my anime shelf, my own little victory against Aniplex of America! Take that you greedy jerks! lol
I could stop the review there, but I would like to talk about the packaging and content on this set. Firstly, I like the packaging. I don't like it as much as some of the Region 1 sets that were shaped like books, but I do like the paper-white box it comes in (that reminds me: there's two different packaging styles for this show. I was lucky enough to get the box set version, which houses the 7 discs in thinpak cases inside an art box, each with their own artwork on the slipcovers. Other sets just have all the discs attached to plastic pages in an oversized DVD case). The artwork could've been a little better on the front of the box; I find Maggie's face a bit creepy, but that's just my opinion. The first disc has different artwork on the disc than on the slipcover (Nenene is on the disc, the slipcover has the Paper Sisters), but all of the other discs repeat their own cover art.
Now about the content on the disc: I'm not a fan of the menus. The 3D model of the book that has the selections is unattractive. The discs themselves have some nice extras, like art galleries, episode commentaries with the cast of the show, and some trailers for other anime. However, the episode previews should not be extras!
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Great for all ages, the violence being appropriate to the storyline not some sort of blood-bath manga-fest, if you are a parent considering this title then a 12 rating would have been correct, however i will admit that i am more concerned with pyscological rather than physical effects. The characters have depth, the storyline is convoluted and the baddies are the british (Humble pie is good for the soul). The animation is good for a tv series and the subbing isn't noticeable. 4* not 5 because of the proper british accent of some of the characters, just grates on my nerves. That aside all good.
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R.O.D. follows on from Read or Die Read Or Die [2001]
broadly, it introduces three new paper masters (people with special powers to manipulate paper.) Fun and flighty Michelle, taciturn giant Maggie and hyperactive frog fan Anita, they form the paper sisters detectve agency they are hired to protect Nenene Sumiregawa friend of Agent Paper from Read or Die who is long missing and being sought by Nenene

The series follows a series of mixed episodic adventures within an overall story arc. The arc is quite serious chronacling a three way battle between the British Library, The Paper sisters and Dokusensa (Immortal Reading Society of China) but most of the actual episodes are quite light and humerous. This is a really good Anime series it's especially a good place to start if you're a little nervous about venturing into anime as it's light weight and introduces many of the cultural themes without being stereotypical enough to spoil later enjoyment.

The characters are well defined with their own distinct personalitlies and powers and the art is uniformly good without falling into the excesses of the big eyes or legs to the armpits; however; I'd seriously recommend watching Read or Die first as it'd help with the later half of the series considerably.
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If you liked the original R.O.D (which I did) then you should like this too. It continues with a new story, but with reoccurance of some old faces, with an equally well animated look as the original 3 part film.
If you havent seen the original R.O.D yet, watch that one first, as R.O.D TV may have the odd spoiler in it.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paper Sisters Rock! 9 Oct. 2008
By Robert S. - Published on Amazon.com
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*IT IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT THIS SET IS DISCONTINUED*

This is a series I watch again and again.

Nenene Sumerigawa (close personal friend of Yomiko Readman from the ROD movie) is in Japan trying to write her new book after a long period of writers block. Controversy surrounding her new work has led to attempts on her life, and she is put under the care of three bodyguards; Michelle, Maggie and Anita.. the Paper Sisters. The story progresses from comic escapades and about midway thru (slight spoiler) arcs rather suddenly (though not jarringly) into a huge end of the world as we know it conspiracy story.. relating back to the first movie.

This series has what I would call a wonderful softness to it. There's alot of material here that's genuinely touching, beautiful use of color, and Taku Iwasaki's score is nostalgic genius. While the original ROD movie was more of a globe-trotting action packed fantasy spy story.. this series is really rooted in the bond these 4 women have for one another. The confusing story elements never overwhelm that aspect, which I admire this series for. Versimiltude- there's an emotional truthfulness here that really wowed me. I found myself instantly bonded to them and had to watch the whole thing in about 2 days.

It doesn't hurt to watch the original movie, as certain characters re-appear, making the action a little more obvious near the end, but I don't think it's totally necessary. Having watched the show first, I found the film rather thin in story and emotion.

My only complaint is it wasn't released in a widescreen format, that imo wouldve been perfect.

Also, FYI, it's not a terribly violent show, doesn't use much profanity.. I'd rate it (occasionally) PG.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all 7 Discs!!! 20 May 2014
By NWinn - Published on Amazon.com
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I wont be reviewing the series if you haven't seen it by now then just give it a watch, it's worth it. This will be about the L.E.Box Set its self. R.O.D. (the TV) became an instant classic for me over a decade ago and I really wanted to better my collection by adding yet another limited edition piece. Reading the info about this L.E.B.S. I saw that it had 1 disc witch is fine as I own the entire series already but when it came, all 7 discs were included! Had they advertised that better (or at all) I would have gotten this much sooner! The cover is very book-like and feels fantastic. It almost smells like a book too. the clear pieces are like pages in a book that open up and have the discs on either side except for the 7th witch is alone in the back. It comes with the back page of the first DVD hot-glued to the back rather tackaly but comes off with no damage to the "leather" assuming you know how to remove stickers properly, other than that my only gripe would be with the clasp that keeps it closed. It's good enough but with years of opening and closing it will slowly stop holding as it's basically just a plastic nub jammed into a plastic hole... but that should by NO means stop you from getting it, just something to watch out for. All in all This is and amazing piece for any fan of the series. Especially if you can get it new for 80$ like I did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Older series, but one of the best ever 3 Dec. 2010
By M. A. Santos - Published on Amazon.com
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This older series appears to be 'out of print', so one might only be able to find it used. It's also rather pricey.
But it is well worth it. The storyline is long and complex, and sometimes moves at a glacial pace, but I always found myself watching 'one more episode'. The plot revolves around a young female Japanese (where have we seen THAT before?!) writer, named Nenene and her imposing 'bodyguards', three, 'papermasters' who can manipulate paper to their wills. While protecting Nenene, the gang uncovers a much deeper plot by the 'British Library' to impose a new world order (like we have never seen that before either). There is also the matter of the original papermaster, Yomika Readman, who seems to have disappeared. The storyline is very well written, and it has a real ending, unlike many current and recent anime "series" which seem to end in mid air. Try to find it at a decent price. And, if you are a reader, you will not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise 29 Dec. 2007
By Derrick Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I figured that an anime centered around books would really keep me interested and even though R.O.D starts off kind of slowly. It more than makes up for that with the interesting effects and attacks that the Paper Sisters use in their various adventures whether its protecting author Nenene from her stalker fans or looking for her best friend who's gone off missing for the past few years. That storyline leads down the whole road of the series as a whole. I dont want to give away much but it really picks around that point with various characters good/bad and some mixed in between that you arent quite sure about.

But this series is one that requires patience and rewards you for said patience so take a trip in this excellent anime series featuring the Paper Sisters...Read or Die might even make you wanna pick up a book after your done with this series that clocks in at 26 episodes. If that doesnt happen its cool you'll still enjoy the time invested in following this one through until the end.

Love it!!

Read or Die (Complete Collection) gets as close to a 5 out of 5 as possible.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for fans 15 Aug. 2011
By Accountant_Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great series for those who loved the books and the movie. With Japanese and English options, this anime about the Paper Sisters is a great addition to collectors. Those unfamiliar with the series may wish to read the books or rent the OVA movie to see if it is to their liking. The movie comes before the series, so there is no need to worry about spoilers. Again, a great product for fans of the series.
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