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English: R.O.D - Read or Die
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


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 23, 2001 to Feb 6, 2002
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Light novel
Duration: 33 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.741 (scored by 26,842 users)
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Ranked: #10172
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Popularity: #1664
Members: 48,776
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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


Kurata, Hideyuki
Script, Original Creator
Iwasaki, Taku

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"R.O.D Theme" by Taku Iwasaki

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#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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Apr 15, 2009
Ranivus (All reviews)
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
Sep 13, 2008
TrenchKamen (All reviews)
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
May 30, 2013
HybridMedia (All reviews)
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
Jan 12, 2011
NeverKnowsBest26 (All reviews)
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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