This is one of those shows you often hear about. At least, I often hear about it. Read or Die, the name alone is enough make you wonder what the series is about. Would you like to know? Here you go.
There are actually two Read or Die series, one of them is three episodes long OVA and another one is 26 episodes long TV series. And I am going to review the OVA. The anime was made by Aniplex and directed by Masunari Koji, whom current generation of anime fans might know as director for both seasons of Magi series. The show was made in 2001, if you wonder.
Now to the show. The anime starts off showing as a girl (the name is Yomiko Readman) in a flat filled with books. We soon learn that she is kind of obsessed with books a reading, she spends money on buying tons of new ones, and she knows a lot about rare books, all that jazz. And all goes well and peaceful for her until she is attacked by a guy riding a gigantic insect, who was trying to steal her book. And here we learn that Yomiko is actually capable of self defense. Seemingly clumsy and absentminded she deals with this weird bug-riding person pretty easily. How was she able to deal with him? That I will let you wonder. I’ve got to leave you some reason to actually watch the anime, right?
Soon after we learn that there is some kind of organization that is more or less resurrect (or recreate) great people from the past and trying to steal a certain book, all in order to achieve some dark goal. And Yomiko, also known as agent Paper, is a part of an organization that was charged with the mission of stopping those guys.
I don’t want to give away anymore of the plot, cause it is a small series and I thing it would be nice for you to see everything for yourself. It is nicely animated and the soundtrack is pretty good. If you watch it in English you get to enjoy the voice play of actors, such as Amanda Winn Lee and Crispin Freeman.
I also want to mention the great variety of the background this show has. What I mean is, slightly less than half of the show consists of fighting, yet every time the fights take place in different environment. They fight on the streets of some Japanese city (I assume it was Tokyo), in the sky above New York bay, in India, in ruins of some ancient town, in a floating fortress, and even on a launching space rocket.
And did I mention that those action scenes are awesome? Watch the first episode, you will see.
I also liked the main character, Yomiko. Once in the series she was asked what she would like more, to read a love story or to have one in the real life. And some few hours later she says that she was seriously considering the question and decided that the real romance would be better, “because you would be the main character of the story”. That is just adorable ^^
So, if you wonder what to watch next, check out R.O.D. OVA. See you next time (^_^)/