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R.O.D OVA

R.O.D OVA

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: R.O.D - Read or Die, ROD, Read or Die, ROD OVA, Read or Die OVA, R.O.D.
Japanese: R.O.D リード・オア・ダイ

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 23, 2001 to Feb 6, 2002
Duration: 33 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.811 (scored by 21882 users)
Ranked: #8022
Popularity: #1022
Members: 36,103
Favorites: 235
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Synopsis

Yomiko Readman is a lovable, near-sighted bibliomaniac working as a substitute teacher at a Japanese high school. Her real identity, however, is that of a secret agent for the British Library Special Operations Division. Her codename: "The Paper." The moniker denotes her supernatural ability to freely manipulate paper into any object she can imagine, including tools and weapons in her fight against the powerful and self-serving IJIN (Great Historical Figure) Army! Along with her partner, the enigmatic "Ms. Deep," Yomiko travels across the world in attempt to solve the mystery behind the reincarnation of historical figures and their attempt to control the world.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Readman, Yomiko
Readman, Yomiko
Main
Miura, Rieko
Japanese
Miura, Rieko
Makuhari, Nancy
Makuhari, Nancy
Main
Neya, Michiko
Japanese
Neya, Michiko
Anderson, Drake
Anderson, Drake
Main
Iwasaki, Masami
Japanese
Iwasaki, Masami
Carpenter, Joseph
Carpenter, Joseph
Main
Gouda, Hozumi
Japanese
Gouda, Hozumi

Staff

Masunari, Koji
Masunari, Koji
Director
Kurata, Hideyuki
Kurata, Hideyuki
Script
Jaffe, Taliesin
Jaffe, Taliesin
Script
Uon, Taraku
Uon, Taraku
Original Character Design

More episodes Episodes

Episodes  0 / 3
Aired  May 23, 2001 to Feb 6, 2002
Status  Finished Airing
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Sep 13, 2008 5:47 PM
TrenchKamen
I have been meaning to watch this show for ages. Now that I've seen it, I'm wondering what the hell exactly took me so long to get around to this. It's a fusion of some of my favorite elements--steampunk, books, history, music, and espionage. Yomiko is an absolutely adorable character, and her personality is well-established the moment you get a look at her house. The characterization for the rest of the cast is excellent as well. The artwork is lush and gorgeous, and the action sequences flow beautifully and intuitively. As a bibliophile and history buff myself, the inclusion of various random intellectual figures as read more
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May 30, 2013 11:33 AM
HybridMedia
I have been looking into this series for some time now because to me, it seem like a fresh idea that’s waiting to be made into an anime OVA (and yes, I know it’s based on their light novels and manga, too.) with it having these super-secret spy/James Bond-type tone as it shows throughout the whole course. This could be one of those anime that has the cool factor going for it, much like Shinichiro Watanabe’s anime (you should know what he directed by now.), but hopefully it’s not just the cool factor that keeps it entertaining. How well I know? Well, let the review read more
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Apr 15, 2009 1:26 AM
Ranivus
Yomiko Readman will probably be the cutest bookworm you will ever see. Obsessed with the philosiphy "reading first, hygine second" The viewers will be fully immersed in the life of cute but unkempt Yomiko. In this world, books are the prized posession of the world. Books are so precious, there is a world organized task force designed in protecting these books from 'the bad guys. You'll be imersed in crazy steampunk/fantacy/etc vs magic conflicts and edge of your seat madness through the eyes of Ms. Readman.

The story itself is very farfetched and out of this world, but its a story that everyone should experience at read more
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Jan 12, 2011 6:28 PM
judojon
Ever since Cowboy Bebop there have been countless anime that rely on the "rule of cool" to win over audiences, favoring spectacle over plot. However, few anime do this better than R.O.D OVA. It is a stylish, exhilarating, and action-packed super powered romp with some of the most creative fights in an anime. Of course, the plot is pretty ludicrous, but this does little to diminish the shows enjoyability.

Yomiko Readman is a substitute teacher and devoted bookworm, who spends most of her income on books. She also is an agent for the British Library special operations, with the physics defying ability to manipulate paper (which read more
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Putting it Simply, Girls with Special Powers fight Bad Guys.
Putting it Largly, People with very simple powers use them in interesting and amazing ways to fight Bad Guys and Evil Orginizations. R.O.D. definitly has more depth to it's story and charecters then Mission-E but both are worth a look. I also Recommend watching the sequel R.O.D. TV, and the prequel Code-E. 
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Both OVAs feature lots of humour, grotesque fighting (Yomiko's pavement-breaking papers vs Ayane's pavement-breaking cellphones), somewhat crazy characters, dramatic endings, some blood, a bit of shoujo-ai... The difference is that Gate Keepers 21 is dark and serious at its core, while R.O.D. is just a good piece of entertainment. 
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At first this two series seem very different, but in the last episode of R.O.D their similarity can be seen. They both have action, and also deals about two friends (in R.O.D partially).
One of then turns against the other for unknown reasons (Yomi and Nancy). And also in both of then Yomiko and Mato try to save their friends, but they also have to fight them (not so much Yomiko VS Nancy as Dead Master VS Black Rock Shooter). Finally they are both very dramatic and sad at the end. 
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Opening Theme

"R.O.D Theme" by Taku Iwasaki

Ending Theme

#02: "Bring All the Wisdom to Britain!" by Taku Iwasaki (eps 2-3)
#01: "Those Who Love Books to Insanity Say, 'Paper Is Always with Us' " by Taku Iwasaki (ep 1)

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