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Read or Die (2001)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy | Video
A young female agent with a powerful psionic power over paper must stop a plot for world destruction.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rieko Miura ... Yomiko 'The Paper' Readman (voice)
Michiko Neya ... Nancy 'Miss Deep' Makuhari (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan Abraham ... Alex / Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Brooke Cadorette ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Yoko / Additional Voices (voice)
Chad Fifer ... Genjo (voice)
... Joker (voice)
Hozumi Gôda ... Joker (voice)
... Gennai Hiraga (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Dave Herbelin ... President (voice)
Daisuke Ishikawa ... Mark (voice)
Katashi Ishizuka ... Elias (voice)
Masami Iwasaki ... Drake 'Mr. Drake' Anderson (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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The acronym R.O.D stands for 'Read or Die'. See more »

Goofs

When Yomiko catches Nancy in the hallway outside her room to talk to her, her hair briefly seems to be out of the braids Nancy put it in a few moments ago. The braids return as they're about to leave the submarine. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Makuhari aka 'Miss Deep': [about her code name] I don't really like it. It makes me sound like a porn star.
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Followed by R.O.D the TV (2003) See more »

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An animation classic

In my humble opinion, this is nothing short of a masterpiece. Often, I feel that animation (western and Asian alike) tends to forget its roots - the fantastic, the stuff of dreams and imagination. Instead, a lot of animation tries to mimic reality, which many do well. This anime however, tells a playful, dreamlike story, taking you through literary eras without the need to actually jump in time, and as effortlessly as turning the page of a book.

In short, this anime has a strong theme of storytelling, classic fantastic literature, and "history" rather than "legend". The setting is in victorian-like castles, huge libraries and secret corridors, with sudden leaps into the modern big city life, musty basement-bookstores, a desert town, a high tech military base, and more, all blending seamlessly, magically. The characters seem too fantastic to be real, but at the same time they are rooted in historical characters.

I can't even comment on the animation or the sound. It's simply impeccable. But the true strength of this anime, and the final push towards a full 10/10 is the story, and the way it's told. A less-than-great attempt at such a diverse setting and cast would most likely fail, but incredibly Read or Die pulls it off. How the creators managed to do this, I cannot comprehend, but it works! You're seduced and taken for a ride through worlds, eras and genres, from fantasy adventures to street-level action, unexpected character dramas to huge scale crime fighting. It's no wonder that this anime won best OVA at Anime Expo 2002 - I can only say that it's well deserved.


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