Read or Die
Read or Die
Read or Die
Read or Die
Read or Die
Read or Die

Our Rating: 5 stars
Reader’s Rating: 4 stars

Total # of Volumes: 1

1: Read or Die


An utterly captivating, amazing anime, Read or Die is cool beyond belief. A thrilling, unique story combined with stunning animation and a brilliant score, Read or Die grabs the viewer from the first frame and refuses to let go.

Creator Hideyuki Kurata's highly imaginative story of a secret force called the Library Special Operations that circles the world, using their wits and special abilities to protect and recover rare books (and save the world in the process) is given the top drawer treatment by director Kouji Masunari.

The story is wonderful, the animation is great and acting is fantastic. Also of note is the brilliant 5.1 surround sound (in both Japanese and English) on the DVD.

Volume 1: "Read or Die" Plot Summary:

Mild-mannered substitute teacher, Yomiko Readman has one passion - books. She also has a secret - her hidden life as Agent Paper, special agent of Section A of the Library Special Operations force.

And now Agent Paper faces her greatest challenge. Out of nowhere, the mysterious "I-Jin" have appeared and are raiding the world's greatest libraries in search of a very rare lost Beethoven book. These super-criminals, clones of some of history's greatest figures, are determined to succeed and nothing, not even the might of the U.S. military, will stand in their way.

But, they did not factor in the Library Special Operations forces. Assisted by her partner, Miss Deep, Agent Paper must travel the world and fight her most difficult battles to defeat the enemy, recover the book, and save the world.

Series Details

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: DVD
Type: OAV
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: Hideyuki Kurata
Director: Kouji Masunari
Character Designer: Masashi Ishihama
Music: Taku Iwasaki
Animation Director: Masashi Ishihama
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
Japanese Producers:
Studio Orphee
Aniplex Inc.

American Producers: Manga Entertainment

Volume 1 Information

Title: Read or Die
Running Time: 90
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 3

Episode Titles

1: Volume 1
2: Volume 2
3: Volume 3

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