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Read or Die (2001)

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A young female agent with a powerful psionic power over paper must stop a plot for world destruction.


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Credited cast:
Ryan Abraham ...
Alex / Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Brooke Cadorette ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Yoko / Additional Voices (voice)
Tricia Dickson ...
Wendy (voice)
Chad Fifer ...
Genjo (voice)
Joker (voice)
Hozumi Gôda ...
Joker (voice)
Gennai Hiraga (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Dave Herbelin ...
President (voice)
Masami Iwasaki ...
Drake 'Mr. Drake' Anderson (voice)
Jason Lee ...
Drake Anderson (voice) (as Jaxon Lee)
Otto Lilienthal (voice)
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A young female agent with a powerful psionic power over paper must stop a plot for world destruction.

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In episode 1, when Joker debriefs Yomiko on the I-Jin incident, a screen displays a list of people who were candidates for the I-Jin project. One of the names is series creator Hideyuki Kurata. See more »


After Ikkyu first speaks to the world, inside the LLLU control room Mr. Gentlemen talks to Joker over the intercom. In the shot of the computers below the balcony, the staff and chairs are gone. In the next shot they reappear. See more »


Nancy Makuhari aka 'Miss Deep': My name is Miss Deep.
Yomiko Readman aka 'The Paper': Okay, so what's your first name?
Nancy Makuhari aka 'Miss Deep': What kind of a secret agent would give her real name?
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References Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

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A breath of fresh air, but some character annoyances.
23 July 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I was recommended this title; it won the Anime Expo of 2002; I read many great reviews about this title. So I was viewing this with great anticipation. I have now just watched it and have given this a


WHY??? You may ask I'll explain in due course.

First the anime revolves around like a cheesy James bond style plot, with characters that have super natural abilities. So a race against time to save the world against a group of historical, extraordinary peronalities. There is the main character Yomiko Readman, a part time teacher and special agent of the Special Library Operations, code name "The Paper" or "Agent Paper"(, sounds corny, but that's probably the idea). She has a love of books, therefore she is here to protect the one book, that the enemy needs. She has a speciality, and that is the manipulation of paper.

Other characters with the ability to pass through solid matter, to control insects, and manipulation of electricity. Therefore you could imagine some fantastic and clever, animated action scenes, on those basis alone. And it really does deliver.

Animation is top notch, alot of detail has been put into this. When have you seen animation of someone taking a lid off a pen to write something down. Though it isn't truly necessary, it is little details like this, that tells you they have put effort into this. But it could also be their down fall, I'll explain later.

It truly is a breath of fresh air, from your average anime. They may have taken a lot from James Bond, even the theme tune, opening titles and soundtrack resembles a lot like Bond. They put in a prologue opening scene much like Bond, but it fits really well into the style, and coolness of this anime.

Now for the negative opinion. What really annoyed me was some of the character annoying habits they make, during the course of this 3 part anime. Miss Deep constant habit to pose and pose and pose, even during strange situations. It may have been cool, but a certain situation that I felt wasn't necessary. Wendys' constant falling over, was not funny at all to me. Thinking it might work it's way into the plot, but never really did. So didn't know what the reason behind that was. The Jokers' habit to touch his hair every time. That may the detail the animators were looking for, but for me as a viewer it kind of.... annoyed me.

Now for Yomiko, well she started off great, cute and funny. Liked how she just wants the book. When she started fighting, I was in awe, but as soon as she fell over a cow, I thought that she was slightly too clumsy, and now not believable to be an agent. She wasn't professional in the slightest, but that could be the beauty of it, and that I missed it completely. So it didn't work for me.

Though you shouldn't be put off this, as it is only my opinion. Maybe I was let down because it was hyped up too much, by others. 10/10 ratings are truly impressive ratings, so I was expecting perfection. Maybe when I watched again I'll change my opinion of the anime.

Overall I do recommend it. Go watch it, for the animation, and for something slightly different compare to others.


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