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R.O.D. -The TV-, Vol. 1: The Paper Sisters

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From bulletproof dragons to lock-picks, a paper master manipulates paper to their will. In Hong Kong, three young paper masters, Anita, Maggie and Michelle, use their formidable skills to protect Nenene, an author targeted by a mad bomber. As their bodyguard duties take them to Tokyo, they will be educated on the dangers of literacy!


Although based on the same manga, the broadcast series of Read or Die is very different in tone from the original OVA. Novelist Nenene Sumiregawa hasn't written anything in four years--since her friend Yomiko Readman (the heroine of the OVA) disappeared. When terrorists attack Nenene at a signing in Hong Kong, her publisher hires the King Sisters--Michele, Maggie, and Anita--as bodyguards. Like Yomiko, they're "paper masters," using magic to forge powerful weapons out ordinary foolscap. None of the characters is particularly likable: Nenene fusses, Michele is a ditz, Maggie rarely says anything, and Anita is a loudmouth brat. Aside from brief action sequences in episodes 1 and 4, the characters spend most of their time lying around, which makes for dull viewing. R.O.D. the TV ranks among the odder anime series of recent years. (Rated 13 and older: violence, minor profanity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Chiwa Saito, Rachel Hirschfeld, Sara Lahti, Satsuki Yukino, Wendy Tomson
  • Directors: Koji Masunari, Taliesin Jaffe
  • Writers: Taliesin Jaffe, Hideyuki Kurata
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HBWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mr A Van Wingerden-Cross on July 21, 2004
Format: DVD
Put simply, any fan of the original "Read or Die" OVA series should watch R.O.D the TV... The first half of the series seems only midly connected to the original Read or Die OVA because it is based on the "Read or Dream" manga/comic which features a different cast. The second half of the series (episodes 14-26) combine "Read or Die" and "Read or Dream", in terms of both characters and plotline. You will come to realise that R.O.D the TV is far better than "Read or Die"!

Some people might not be that impressed with the first volume of R.O.D the TV, due to a total lack of action scenes in episodes 2 and 3. Well, from Volume 2 onwards, there is far more action... the reason for the two comedy-based episodes is that Read or Dream is based is far less action-orientated than Read or Die and concentrates more on the silly anticts of the characters. The first episode of Volume 1: The Paper Sisters will be very pleasing to action fans, while the fourth episode has a nice action finish. I found episodes 2 and 3 to be very amusing rather than dull; some may disagree, but are sure to enjoy the rest of the series as it is more action packed.

R.O.D the TV seems a little odd for the early episodes, but it turns into one of the best anime series in years. It has great action, great fun and yet moments of great emotion and tension.

Worthy of note is that Geneon has done an absolutely fantastic job with dubbing this series, making it even more re-watchable as it is enjoyable in both language tracks. The voice of Anita is especially impressive: for children in this series they used real child actors, and thanfully these children can act! Anita's lines are much funnier when you hear them coming from a real child.
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For those who have seen the OAV, you will come into this expecting the same unique style and grace that caressed the OAV series that follows Yomiko Readman more commonly known as "The Paper," released earlier by Manga Entertainment. However, upon watching this, you see a few differences that bring up disappointment.
First, the animation of a TV series is usually of lower quality than that of OAV series or movies; this seems to be the case. I felt that the characters were not drawn as well as I had come to appreciate within the OAV series. The music also lacked the same sort of emotion and 'coolness' seen from the OAVs. But these things apart, there are things that were done as well and these were stressed more in what a longer series could provide - a more developed story and stronger character development.
This 26 episode series follows a new lead female, Nenene Sumiregawa, who is a writer in some sort of rut. She was friends with Yomiko Readman but she mysteriously disappeared a few years earlier and no news has been heard from her despite her constant search. On a trip to Hong Kong to discuss plans with turning her previous novel into a film, she is attacked. However, luckily girls from the Three Sisters Agency came to save the day, and as you can assume, these girls can manipulate paper. The story continues on (albeit with MANY plot twists) with the sisters taking on a job to be Nenene's bodyguard and they learn to get along as well as really feel attached to one another.
The real highlight of the release of this series is in the packaging. With the many boxes being released for new series, it is hard to truly distinguish them from each other as being unique. The R.O.D TV series' box is just that: unique.
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I watched the fansubs of this when it was out in Japan, and I can't wait to get the dvds. ROD may look 'cutesy', but it's far from shallow and there's a lot of excellent action and animation to boot. I'm a 29 year old guy, and my friends and I are shamelessly hooked on this show, so don't think it's just for kids or girls.
What really gets you addicted, though, are the endearing characters and the strong bonds they have to each other. Just as they care for each other, you care for them, and that keeps you hooked as they get into one perilous situation after another.
Fans of the original OVA may be put off by the fact that Yomiko Readman & crew are not the main characters in this show. Once you get to know the paper sisters, though, you won't mind a bit. And if you wonder what happened to Yomiko, Drake, and Ms. Deep after the OVA... well, you'll be in for a real treat a bit later on in the series ;)
Story/Plot: - 8 - Gets a bit convoluted at the end, but it's fun and original.
Animation - 9 - Excellent, especially for a 26-episode show.
Sound/Music - 8 - The music is great, and I like the new version of the ROD theme even better than the OVA's intro. The Japanese voice acting is great, and really brings the characters to life.
So, um, GET IT!
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Certainly the TV series is a different tone than the original OAV.

If you've not seen the original Read or Die OAV, then you will go into this series and probably enjoy the pace and the writing.

However, if you have seen the wonderful OAV, then when you start this series you may be a bit taken aback. The pace of the OAV reminds me of the pace of the Indiana Jones movies - you are almost breathless by the time you sit thinking about the final scene of the heroine and her new friend.

While there are certainly action sequences in the TV series, they are sporadic. And in fact, to be honest, some of the stories with action were confusing to me.

On the other hand, I did not find the non-action driven episodes boring - in fact, just the opposite. I am drawn to character driven writing more than explosions and killings, so I find the episodes where we learn bit by bit about Nenene, and watch her relationship with the three sisters evolve, as well as learn about the background of the sisters, through the first dozen or so episodes of this series to be a wonderful thing.

(of course, the 12 episodes are not all on this dvd - they are spread across the first few dvds...).

So take a chance, try the first dvd or two, and decide for yourself whether this is a series of interest to you.
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