R.O.D: The TV

R.O.D -The TV-

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Synonyms: Read or Die TV, Read or Die, ROD, Read or Die: the TV, Read or Dream, R.O.D. TV
Japanese: アール・オー・ディー ザ・ティーヴィー
English: R.O.D -The TV-
French: R.O.D -The TV-
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2003 to Mar 16, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Not scheduled once per week
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.521 (scored by 2923729,237 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #18072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2620
Members: 70,089
Favorites: 427

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Anita King, Maggie Mui, and Michelle Cheung are the Paper Sisters. They run the Three Sisters Detective Agency in Hong Kong which is dedicated to solving cases involving books. They are hired as local guides for Nenene Sumiregawa, a Japanese novelist who has been struggling with writer's block following the disappearance of her longtime friend, Yomiko Readman. The sisters are all Paper Masters—individuals with the power to control paper—and with their abilities, they save Nenene from the dangerous terrorists targeting her at a book signing. But in case they strike again, the sisters remain as her bodyguards to protect her from further harm.

This is a dream come true for bookworms Maggie and Michelle who love Nenene's stories, but the young Anita cannot stand books despite her powers over paper. The three struggle to adapt to their new daily life in Japan, guarding Nenene while continuing their detective work under a mysterious organization, Dokusensha. However, the more they get to know Nenene, the more they discover the link between her, the disappearance of her friend Yomiko, and the mysterious books Dokusensha sends the Paper Masters to investigate. What began as a simple job ends up a bigger case than they have ever had before. Are these girls really willing to risk their lives over literature?

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Opening Theme

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"R.O.D." by Y K Z, arranged and composed by Hideki Tanaka

Ending Theme

1: "Moments in the Sun" by kazami with Home Grown (eps 1-13)
2: "Confidence" by Rieko Miura (eps 14-26)


Jan 23, 2020
Read or Die should have been an 8 or and 8.5 Unfortunately it's more 6.7 to 7.1.

It's got a few really big problems that bring it down .

First the pacing of the story is abysmally slow for the first 13 episodes or so. Initially it just plods along it tries to be action oriented but fails and mostly spins its wheels with throw away plot elements. Admittedly it does get character development going, but it does so with what are mostly irrelevant story lines.

Second it really doesn't decide what it wants to be. Does it want to be a character driven ...
Apr 8, 2021
Mixed Feelings
The first 6 or ten episodes are easily the best and most enjoyable part of the show, so if you do end up watching this just stick around for those. Once the actual plot gets started things just get worse from there. Which is really unfortunate because there were a lot of genuinely moving character beats and arcs that are suspended in a god awful plot and story exaction.

At its core my main issue is that the story is slave to whatever perpetuates drama in the moment, damn character and damn integrity of the narrative. The story suffers from a severe lack of creating ...
Apr 18, 2020
✪ Genre: drama, sci-fi (human enhancement, human experimentation, cloning), seinen, superpower with some elements of action (gunfights, fighting)

✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ Decent soundtrack: a variety of songs embellished the series most of the time, nothing overly exciting, but also, nothing utterly unnoticeable as well.

◧ Decent animation: distinct character designs, unambiguous man-made structures, and intelligible designs of elaborate machinery - the overall result could have been better if the colors were more saturated and more vibrant, instead of being somewhat muted and uninviting.


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