R.O.D: Read or Die

R.O.D - Read or Die

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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 3412034,120 users)
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Ranked: #14812
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Popularity: #2653
Members: 69,211
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)


Dec 6, 2023
I would recommend watching this 3 episode OVA! I went in with no knowledge of the franchise and had a good time! The art was nice, the characters were fun, and the story was short and sweet! It strikes that nice balance of seriousness and comedy that I am always a fan of with anime (such as Hokuto no Ken or Trigun).

I had an overall good time, and have very few negatives to say. The main reason I gave it an Very Good (8) rather than a perfect 10/10 was for two reasons. The first and main reason I docked points was because although ...
May 6, 2023
Holy wow was this a fun time. Such a creative world that wasn't put to waste. The animation is spectacular. It also really had some great pacing. A really interesting premise of a character who can control paper really gets a lot of mileage for three OVAs. I would gladly watch this again and again. Thanks Dragon*Con 2001. Turns out sleeping in the overnight Anime Room can have some really interesting results.

The story was fun but still compelling. There are some emotional scenes but this is an action series at it's heart. It's just a scotch too fanservice to really recommend to just about anyone ...
Jan 26, 2017
Mixed Feelings
R.O.D is a three episode OVA which is received two TV series, one coming out in the sometime in the near future? Hoping 2017. Yomiko Readman is the biggest bookworm to date, and secret agent name 'Papermaster' that works for British Library secret agency.

The series starts off Yomiko purchasing multiple books leaving her pennies less. After not being able to purchase a certain book, Yomiko ask for it on a loan. The title of the book is “Immortal Beloved” after leaving the bookstore, out of the blue the city is bombarded with by a swarm of bees. Eventually they are dispersed only have ...

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Poll: R.O.D. OVA Episode 2 Discussion
Dodecahedron-O24 - Jan 9, 2010
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Jul 3, 12:08 AM
Poll: R.O.D. OVA Episode 3 Discussion
Kana - Apr 8, 2008
37 repliesby PaninaManina »»
May 24, 8:06 PM
Poll: R.O.D. OVA Episode 1 Discussion
datsunvic - Feb 9, 2009
27 repliesby Airs »»
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?
UnmeiMinmay - May 7, 2018
2 repliesby UnmeiMinmay »»
Sep 24, 2020 5:01 PM

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