R.O.D: Read or Die

R.O.D - Read or Die

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: ROD OVA, Read or Die OVA
Japanese: R.O.D リード・オア・ダイ
English: R.O.D - Read or Die
German: R.O.D - Read or Die
Spanish: R.O.D - Read or Die
French: R.O.D - Read or Die
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 23, 2001 to Feb 6, 2002
Studios: Studio Deen
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 33 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.611 (scored by 3412834,128 users)
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Ranked: #15042
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Popularity: #2654
Members: 69,247
Favorites: 345

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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


Matsutake, Tokuyuki
Episode Director, Key Animation
Jaffe, Taliesin


Opening Theme

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"R.O.D no Theme (R.O.Dのテーマ)" by Taku Iwasaki (岩崎琢)

Ending Theme

1: "Sho wo Aishite Kuruu Mono Iwaku, "Kami wa Tsuneni Warera to Tomo ni" (書を愛して狂う者曰く、"紙は常に我らと共に")" by Taku Iwasaki (岩崎琢) (eps 1)
2: "Subete no Eichi wo Eikoku e! (すべての叡知を英国へ!)" by Taku Iwasaki (岩崎琢) (eps 2-3)


Apr 15, 2009
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 ...
Sep 13, 2008
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 ...
Nov 5, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Yomiko Readman is an innocent looking girl who has an obsession with collecting and reading books. Her entire check goes into her hobby. After coming into a book, she's soon under attack by a man with a strange ability. She learns that the particular book she just purchased is necessary for an organization's plan. Readman also works for the British Library Special Operations Division under the alias Agent Paper, and her mission is to learn why this outfit is after the book. -summary

For reasons I do understand, R.O.D. is recognized as a popular anime title, and it was so well received that it spawned ...

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datsunvic - Feb 9, 2009
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Mar 23, 11:30 PM
Anyone else cry at the end?
MarryMeSenpai - Feb 23, 2023
1 repliesby Thewatcher_22 »»
Feb 24, 2023 2:02 AM
can I watch the OVA without having read the manga?
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