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What "Read or Die" should have been!,
This review is from: R.O.D -The TV- (Limited Collector's Edition) (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.