R.O.D. -The TV-, Vol. 1: The Paper Sisters
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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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I could not see the video. Due to being a PlayStation playable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by NWinn
I remember watching this when I was younger!
Awesome series and a great buy!
To this day I still love it!
Usually don't review gift purchases but I happened to watch part of this after my sister plopped it into the DVD player. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by JanewayCritic
This series is quirky and entertaining. The disc contains 4 episodes from the beginning of Read or Dream. Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by Yasu Masamune
Nenene Sumiregawa is a famous author beloved by millions but she has two problems. The first is that she's had writer's block ever since a beloved friend, Yomiko Readman,... Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by Sesho
I liked Read or Die the movie, the main character was cute and I associated with her book obsession... But something was missing. Read morePublished on January 7, 2006 by Megan N. Woodrum
finally an anime series that has all the action AND main characters are female whose goal is something other than attracting the boy. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by Tiffany & Jessie Rauch-Dickson