R.O.D. - Read Or Die
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The heroine is a 20-something woman named Yomiko Readman, a shy, self-effacing bookworm who is a teacher and obsessive collector of rare books. She traipses about in a long skirt and overcoat, lugging a large briefcase behind her on a wheeled cart everywhere she goes, even when chasing super-villains. She's also a secret agent known as "The Paper" who has the extraordinary power of turning any kind of paper product into a lethal weapon or protective barrier. One of the special thrills of this series is the way this talent is used so often to ingenious effect in the course of the three episodes. When the Library of Congress is attacked and robbed by a famous Japanese inventor cloned back to life, Yomiko is assigned by the British Library to retrieve the stolen books. The enemy is soon revealed to be much wider in scope and encompasses a host of other historical figures brought back to life, including a certain famed composer. World domination is not their aim but something much more sinister.
The plot is rather complex, but never wavers off track as the action moves from Tokyo to D.C.Read more ›
Fortunately, that quality is matched by the quirky, likeable characters and the quirkier plot. The heroine, Yomiko Readman, is a book-obsessed woman with the power to manipulate paper (which is far more interesting than it may sound). She is also a secret agent for the British Library. When cloned historical figures try to steal her newest book purchase and destroy the world, she is assigned to stop them. Yomiko is the most interesting heroine of the last several years of anime releases: she is a woman, not a girl; she is not overly sexualized; she is capable and strong without pride or arrogance.
The only real flaw in Read or Die is that, because it's only 3 episodes long, the weird little plot is somewhat opaque. Moreover, many of the historical figures will not be familiar to a US audience, but this is a quibble, really. The show is not about the villains or their purposes, it is about Yomiko and hers.
To begin, this was a fantastic story. I loved the literary references throughout the course of the film. I loved that there was so much to see or do in the story that you never really knew where it was going to go next. This was a very unpredictable story that left so much up to the imagination. It was futuristic, yet somewhat present day. There was a feeling that you were seeing on old novel opened for the first time and remastered for today's generation. It was breathtaking, uncontrollably mesmerizing, and spellbinding to say the least. I mentioned before about the imagination that this film held, well let me say that it flowed like water from this Read or Die. It is hard to explain, but if you watch so much live-action cinema, it is hard to comprehend, but there was more alive in this film than I have seen in any of Spielberg's epics. Keep in mind that I am also relatively new to the Anime genre, and probably am missing some of the better stuff, but for a newbie like myself, Read or Die was perfection in its purest form.Read more ›
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Great movie if you haven't seen it. Visuals, music and very different story.Published 3 months ago by Daniel L. Callahan
I'm looking to add this to my collection of favorite movies (in general). My first introduction to this film was some years back on [as]. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Topaz
Delivered in very good condition, arrived on the promised day. All in all, delivery=A+.
Very enjoyable story, music and art. Read more
This is one of those anime that defined it's generation with excelling animation and story. Great for anime fans and those interested in the genre itself.Published 23 months ago by californian otaku
Now this is something to sink your literary teeth into! What a wonderful, and exciting, story! Action, romance, fantasy and sci-fi all wrapped into one. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Walter D. Fitzgerald
If you like history and reading then this a great start to watch before watching the series ROD the TV.
I even turned my bookworm sister-in-law onto this...she loved it too.
Anime does not get much better than this 1 -while the continuing series is entertaining-THIS ONE is something so rare-IT is eye poping historical in the most interesting & fresh... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by walter
I loved this show when it first aired on adult swim years ago and was very happy to have found it again. I really recommend watching it.Published on November 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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