R.O.D: Read or Die
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R.O.D: Read or Die

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English: Read or Die
Synonyms: RoD
Japanese: R.O.D -READ OR DIE-


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 30
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 18, 1999 to May 18, 2002
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery, Super PowerSuper Power, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Kurata, Hideyuki (Story), Yamada, Shutarou (Art)
Serialization: Ultra Jump


Score: 7.061 (scored by 15051,505 users)
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Ranked: #68892
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Popularity: #3321
Members: 4,066
Favorites: 78
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Yomiko Readman's love for literature goes far beyond any run-of-the-mill bookworm's! In fact, she has a supernatural ability to manipulate paper in the most amazing ways. From turning a tiny scrap into a lethal throwing dagger to making a single sheet hard enough to block bullets, she's only limited by her imagination. She uses her phenomenal power to seek out legendary books containing secret information that, in the wrong hands, could be dangerous. Backed by a Special Operations Division in England, Yomiko has her hands full battling evildoers, saving the world, and trying to find time to curl up with a good book.

(Source: VIZ Media)


R.O.D: Read or Die was published in English by VIZ Media from March 21 to September 19, 2006.

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Dec 21, 2007
ArcherKinao (All reviews)
A very interesting insight on what happens before the OVA anime Read or Die.

I enjoy the anime a lot more then the manga.

But you do get to see where Yomiko met Wendy and Nenene(from ROD the TV) who wasnt in the OVA.

The plot of the manga goes for 4 volumes but really has nothing to do with the story in the anime.

So fans of the OVA will enjoy this manga. Because you get to see the characters differently.

Also would reccomend for older teens. Lesbian kiss in the first volume.
Apr 5, 2010
winnett (All reviews)
First, I really enjoyed the OVA. I think that had me in a certain mindset when I picked up the manga to read.

I was generally disappointed by the manga for a few things:

1) It was confusing. The flow from panel to panel was not smooth, especially the action scenes (See #3).
2) I couldn't tell who was talking. The speech bubbles often didn't have the little tag to show who was talking. Sometimes it seemed that someone in an entirely different panel was talking, but I had no direction as to who was talking.
3) The action scenes were confusing. read more
Jan 5, 2015
jzmcdaisy2112 (All reviews)
I've been trying to get into reading manga more, and I really wanted to like Read or Die, I really did. I almost didn't want to think about it so I could enjoy it more. However if I enjoyed it more the review wouldn't be nearly as heartfelt. The manga wants to be a lot of things; a school story, a spy story, an X-Men-ish 'we have powers that no one understands' preachfest, an action-comedy, and a dash of wanting to appreciate great literature without referencing any of it. Sure I liked the Misery quip at the beginning, and the story has a nice synopsis read more
Jan 24, 2021
angelsreview (All reviews)
I am a bit surprised that R.O.D. isn’t talked about that much at all. While it is a bit of an older series, I believe it actually holds up. Before I read the manga, I had watched part of the R.O.D OVA as a movie on Tunami so I was very confused when I started up reading it. I wondered if I had picked up a second season rather then the start of the series. Turns out that the OVA do not have anything to do with the manga except for following Yomiko and the basic elements.

Yomiko Readman is our main character and I fell read more

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