R.O.D. -The TV- Review

AuthorOctober 4, 2020

AKA: Read or DreamStyle: Action / mysteryLength: Television collection, 26 episodes, 23 minutes eachDistributor: Currently unlicensed in North America.Content Rating: PG-13 (temporary nudity, violence)Related Series: Read or DieAdditionally Recommended: Gunsmith Cats, Read or Die, Noir, X-Men (non-anime)Notes: Based on the “Read or Dream” manga by Kurata Hideyuki and Yamada Akitarou. This *is* the sequel to the Read or Die OAV, and watching the OAV is a prerequisite for viewing this title. If you do not, you will miss out on chunk of the plot. Rating: R.O.D. -The TV-

Synopsis

Anita, Maggie and Michelle are three sisters who run a detective company in Hong Kong. The two older sisters (Maggie and Michelle) are loopy about books though Anita will not be. Far from being regular detectives, the three are literally paper-users – individuals with the power to type and management paper identical to Yomiko Readman.
They later discover themselves as bodyguards to the creator Sumiregawa Nenene, who in flip was mates with Yomiko in her youthful days. However, as occasions unravel, they start to query the very nature of the organizations concerned on this entire scheme. What is the mysterious group Dokusensha, and why does it need sure books retrieved? What do the British and Chinese governments should do with this? What is the rationale behind Yomiko “The Paper” Readman’s sudden disappearance?
Review

Vindication!!! Vindication!!!
If you have ever been ridiculed for studying too many books or simply BUYING plenty of them, then do not miss this one. Read or Die had a refreshing idea of the ultra-cool feminine lead being a bookworm, however controlling the unconventional medium of paper; Read or Dream continues alongside these traces. The three sisters (who should not blood associated) have barely various variations of paper-control that Yomiko Readman initially had, and whereas they’ve been utilizing this energy of their detective work, the true take a look at of their talents comes after they discover themselves freeloading within the dwelling of Sumiregawa Nenene.
If you have learn some little bit of the manga, Nenene (darn, that is so onerous to sort) used to know Yomiko when she was nonetheless at school and it was Yomiko that gave her the assist to maintain writing. Now Nenene is all grown up (awwww), however she has not written a novel for a number of years and has fallen right into a bout of melancholy. However, as she goes to Hong Kong for a ebook signing occasion she turns into the goal of an assault, however is saved by the powers of the three sisters.
As with any good thriller novel, individuals change sides, shadowy figures go about their enterprise, and conspiracy theories spring up like bloodthirsty Jack-in-the-boxes. ROD is nearly pretty much as good as the perfect of them, and the plot likes to toy with the query marks above viewers’ heads. While some filler episodes take care of on a regular basis life (particularly, Anita’s college life), in addition they handle to make some development to the plot or add some further shadowy dealing to the thriller. If that is not sufficient, it additionally includes the Chinese and British governments, and unlawful human experiments. Chris Carter should be elevating his eyebrows now.
No matter how good the plot could also be, if it would not have attention-grabbing and convincing characters then it is going to nonetheless bore you to demise. Having audiences cross away in massive numbers would not bode properly for *any* anime producer, so the creators of ROD got here up with some fairly attention-grabbing personalities for the three sisters. Michelle is the oldest, and naturally the chief of the three – relatively ditzy, however very accountable. The center sister Maggie jogs my memory of Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh – she’s too tall, and because of this she’s extraordinarily shy and quiet (additionally preferring to learn her books in a closet beneath the steps). Youngest of all is Anita, who remains to be in center college, and is by far the character with essentially the most depth. Unlike her sisters, she *hates* books and whereas at first she may come throughout as a spoilt brat, she’s truly exhibiting signs of a deeper downside (one which I will not spoil for you) and the exploration of her character is a key a part of ROD’s plot. While the “secondary” characters do not function considerably within the story in the course of the preliminary exposition of the principle characters, later episodes reveal numerous startling issues about virtually all of the characters within the OAV and right here, and I actually cannot say any extra to keep away from spoiling any a part of the plot.
Anyone who has watched Read or Die will definitely have been shocked on the uber-coolness (if there’s such a phrase) of the paper fights. Yomiko might bend and type paper to dam bullets and even slice via strong materials, and with nice motion choreography the AWESOME-factor multiplied to ranges surpassing that of the X-Men cartoon’s greatness. Shockingly, Read or Dream manages to high even that. As talked about earlier than, the sisters have extra various powers than Yomiko initially did : Anita makes a speciality of assault due to her velocity, and he or she normally tosses paper playing cards (a la Gambit) that slice via most materials. Maggie kinds the defensive spine of the crew and might create massive robots or monsters to assault or partitions to defend them from enemy fireplace. The chief, Michelle, coordinates battles from the rear and provides supporting fireplace together with her bow. I can’t start to explain how cool that is within the precise execution, as a result of the sisters complement one another completely and the coordinated methods utilized by them is one thing even Read or Die might barely pull off. Besides that, there are different cool touches, like Anita retaining her “ammo” in hip cartridges, Michelle’s in her briefcase with a roll dispenser, and Maggie’s in her coat.
The artwork and animation are very spectacular, and although the artwork does drop in high quality often, the final character design and a focus to element are at ranges virtually reaching the unique OAV. The different factor that amazes me is how a lot effort was put into animating the motion scenes. Besides having the standard particular results and motion to take care of, there’s additionally plenty of paper flying round as every assault sends sheets flying in all instructions (instead of the standard explosions). All this was captured with fluid motion and units the usual for a lot of motion titles to beat. Even the soundtrack has drawn comparisons to that of the James Bond theme, and rightfully so. The music is rather like something you’d hear within the films, and with the pre-existing impression of James Bond at the back of your head, Read of Dream appears all of the extra spectacular.
At instances, the pacing does slip a bit and as anticipated it is throughout among the filler episodes. However, When you attain the second story arc of the collection, you start to know that the “filler” episodes truly aren’t filler, and play an essential half in the entire story in any case, making it appear all of the extra superb. When I first wrote the partial overview of this title, there was some debate about whether or not this title is definitely associated to the unique OAV. Having completed all of it finally, it is completely protected to say that it *is* a direct sequel, however I’ve to emphasize that you just *should* watch the OAV earlier than this, or the second half of the principle plot may have completely no which means to you. There are numerous references to characters and occasions within the OAV, and all the pieces that occurs right here is nearly immediately associated to them too. When you lastly cross the “filler” episodes, the mai thread of the story does border slightly on the absurd, however will not be important while you do not forget that you are watching a present about ladies flinging paper. Hey, it is anime!
I’ve just one grievance about Read or Dream : It’s not the ultra-cool motion, the attention-grabbing and suspense-filled plot, the enjoyable characters or the wonderful motion choreography – it is the wastage of excellent paper.

This title goes into my Top 5 checklist. Pacing could be very sluggish, however the story is without doubt one of the most attention-grabbing ones I’ve seen shortly. I’ve added an additional star than the sooner partial overview as a result of I take pleasure in good thriller/conspiracy plots, and this one turned out to be *nice*. Drop two stars if you cannot stand lengthy intervals of dialogue and sluggish plot motion (though it hastens fairly a bit within the second half), or if you have not seen the OAV. — Enoch Lau

Recommended Audience: It was fairly okay till there was an episode which out of the blue had frontal nudity in a scene, though this was not used as fan service nor was it used as a joke. It felt prefer it was extra matter-of-fact, however this might in all probability be objectionable to some audiences. There’s additionally some graphic violence and blood. For teenagers and up.

Version(s) Viewed: digital supply

Review Status: Full (26/26)
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