Read or Die (R.O.D) OVA review

Don't mess with her glasses.

 

    Read or Die OVA is the continuation of the storyline and characters, about few years after the events of the manga. The story follows Yomiko Readman,  codename "Agent Paper" working for the British Library's Special Operations Division, as she and the others figure out who and what is causing major problems around the world. In this story "rare books" are being taken from their rightful place. She is a bit of a book fanatic to the extend of having her whole one apartment filled with books having little room to move around. So the whole operation pecks her interest. Yomiko isn't any normal agent by any means. She and another agent have supernatural abilities to aid them whenever they see fit. As they go on, they have many battles over the books. At a point the plot twists and turns out to be bigger than any of the character imagined, with global endangerment beginning to unfold. Not new to this anime genre but was a good climax for it. This anime pulled me in through its accuracy with its great persons of history references and historic artwork that is thrown in here and there. With a taste of fiction given to the historic characters to make things just a bit more interesting.

 

    It begins with a horrible event that happens in Washington D.C. As a mysterious person with electronic powers trashing the white house in search for a certain book. Destroying everything in his path till he gets it. Secret service trying to protect the president tries to stop him but are completely unsuccessful. The US president is portrayed as a weakling man that pee's his pants whenever he is frightened throughout the whole anime. I thought it was funny at first, but I think that is what the writers think of America in someway.

 

 

 

 

 

    All of the villains have specific supernatural abilities or advance technology that are all different. From electricity to an extending staff to illusions. Here is where your history classes taken throughout your years pays off. The villains were all historic icons throughout time. Meeting each of them never feels like they were just redrawing the same character over and over, but with various hair styles. Each had their own personality and attributes, that makes the situation have a "Oh, let's see how they stop this guy."

 

 

    The music is this anime is one part bebop and other classical. The two are selected well, to fit the scene nicely. Being that history plays a big part in the anime, the classic syncs perfectly with it. Many times during the scenes I wanted to listen to the full length of the song after finishing the OVA in my own spare time. Being released about two to three years after Cowboy Bebop. It may have been influenced by the choice of music style it was given.

 

 

 

 

    In summary, this OVA is very enjoyable and fun to watch. Voices actors were very good. Unique weapons and machines that are used are very entertaining. This is well worth the money if you looking for a three episode fun action feast. It always fun to watch it again after a good while with friends. 

 

 

R.O.D (Read or Die) OVA Review Description 

EMK Approval 

 Story and Character(s)   Agents of a secret organization, world in danger, agents have to save the world.  85%
Art Style  Vivid and detailed, the art suits the series well.  96%
 Music  Classic/bebop 95%

 Voice Acting

 Awesome voice acting for all of the character in English and Japanese

 91%
 Uniqueness  Paper!!! 89%
 Final Conclusion

 Great fun and very enjoyable OVA. Worth looking in to. 

 92%
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