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 2927229,272 users)
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Ranked: #18172
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Popularity: #2642
Members: 70,265
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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)


Jul 22, 2007

Despite its bookworm outlook at the begging, this show is very action oriented. And its action is centered around Nenene\'s three \'bodyguards\' known as Paper Users. They have the ability to shape and mold any forms of paper to virtually anything they want. Anita King runs the offensive using paper as blades and other weapons, Michelle Cheung is the defensive user creating barriers and such, and Maggi Mui has the most versitility of the paper being able to create creatures and vehicles. At my first impression of the use of this power i was a bit skeptical. If your anything like me your probably going ...
Sep 6, 2009
Mixed Feelings
The OVA of Read or Die is a secret agent parody, perhaps poking a little fun at how ridiculous some of 007`s plots are, and its overboard story of literary greats trying to take over the world has a campy charm. The TV series brings back most of the characters from the OVA,but centers itself around a new cast. Even though it`s a little more heavy handed with its mood and drama, all the style in the OVA is preserved, only drawn out to a long 26 episodes.

Where the laughably crazy plot in the OVA held a certain charm, it doesn`t serve well as the ...
Oct 22, 2015
Having watched the fantastic R.o.D. OVA I decided to check out the series... first thing that must be known is that it does not directly follow the storyline of the OVA but instead takes the route of coming up with three completely new protagonists; "The Paper Sisters".

I do not want to give any spoilers but this is something you learn very early on in episode 1;
Each of these sisters is a papermaster with the ability to manipulate paper in a variety of ways.... the big problem is, each of them ONLY manipulate paper in a specific way. The major draw of Yomiko Readman in RoD ...

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