In 2001, 3 episodes following the adventures of Yomiko Readman and her British Library Special Operations appeared and shook up the anime world. A thrilling yarn of famous figures gone bad, amazing powers and humanity's fate hanging by a thread, it garnered numerous praise and devoted fans. Three long years later, the cry for more was answered. But this time, three sisters possessed the paper manipulating abilities and Ms. Readman was still missing. Welcome to Read Or Die: The TV.
Director Kouji Masunari brought back most of the team behind the initial anime. The big change, in addition to three heroines, was the replacement of Studio Deen with J.C. Staff for the animation duties. Both studios have done themselves proud with the work they did for this franchise. Hardcore Otaku can have late night debates to which one is the better.
In creating R.O.D.: The TV, the team posited "What if we combined 'Charlie's Angels' with cat-girls?" The result was the three sister heroines (though they do not have cat ears or tails). What they do have are impressive paper manipulation skills, unique personalities and endless watchability. The entire project reeks of sophistication and devotion. Action is smooth and well animated, the direction is taunt and the soundtrack perfect. But the best treat is that it carries through all 7 volumes.
R.O.D.: The TV is worthy successor to Read Or Die. It continues the story without repeating itself, introduces new characters that we care about and does it all with the same polish and style as its predecessor. And that is the epitome of a job done right.
Volume 1: "The Paper Sisters" Plot Summary:
Plot Summary Unavailable.
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Hideyuki Kurata
Director: Kouji Masunari
Character Designer: Masashi Ishihama
Music: Taku Iwasaki
Animation Director: Masashi Ishihama
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Volume 1 Information
Title: The Paper Sisters
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Episode 1
2: Episode 2
3: Episode 3
4: Episode 4
Sorry, a synopsis of this volume is currently unavailable.