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R.O.D the TV

Alternative Titles

English: R.O.D -The TV-
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


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2003 to Mar 16, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.621 (scored by 22,230 users)
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Ranked: #12952
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Popularity: #1442
Members: 52,531
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Five years have passed since the occurrence of the incident known as the "Human Annihilation Mission." In Japan, a novelist is dealing with writer's block after her friend has gone missing. In Hong Kong, three sisters, masters in the use of paper, run their own detective agency to solve cases that involve books. When these people are brought together, a bond greater than blood is formed - a bond that will be sorely tested by the evil powers intent on taking over the world.

Join Anita, Maggie, Michelle, and Nenene as they travel the globe in order to save the world from the evil mastermind, Mr. Carpenter! Of course, that's if they can find the time to put down the books they're reading...

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Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Ishihama, Masashi
Episode Director, Key Animation, Animation Director, Chief Animation Director, Character Design, Background Art

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

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

More reviewsReviews

Jul 22, 2007
Ranivus (All reviews)

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 read more
Dec 22, 2007
Master10K (All reviews)
Read or Die - the TV is a very interesting Action, Adventure, Anime; where the main characters have the strange ability to control paper. After watching this you might begin to think differently about books and paper. ^_^

Read or Die - the TV follows the adventures of three sisters who have the ability to manipulate paper. These three sisters end up protecting a famous writer Nenene, who's being targeted by some dangerous people. Yet while protecting her, they also take on missions from the Chinese Intelligence on the side, to retrieve rare stolen books. It continues like this until the British Empire begins to read more
Sep 6, 2009
ace52387 (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 22, 2015
Mythof_Feminism (All reviews)
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 read more


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