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Read or Die (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Manga Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
A sinister plot is afoot: only one schoolteacher, a special agent with an affinity for literature, can stop it. She is Ms. Yomiko Readman - better known to her colleagues in section a of library special operations as "Agent Paper". Someone is bent upon procuring a rare lost Beethoven manuscript and has enlisted a few of history's most extraordinary personalities, through stolen DNA, to aid in the endeavor. Readman and her fellow super-powered operatives must tangle with the likes of Tokugawa-era scientist Gennai Hiraga, aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, and 19th century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre in a desperate race to find the books and save the world!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Clever, But Nothing Special by ahogue July 15, 2005 - 11:19 AM PDT
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Read Or Die has a few very clever ideas. A mousy, timid librarian superhero whose special ability is control over the properties of paper, and a villain somehow resurrecting (relatively) famous historical figures as supervillains.

There is no doubt about the makers' intentions with this one: it's supposed to be good, silly fun. And it is, up to a point. Unfortunately it is marred by somewhat lackluster art and animation, and, as another reviewer has pointed out, it really does not capitalize on its central theme. Why bother making supervillains out of historical figures if you are just going to draw them like any other Saturday morning cartoon villain, with dialogue to match? It doesn't make sense.

It is not a bad show, really. It's a bit of fun, even if it starts to get a little old before the movie is over. If it sounds interesting to you, there's no need to avoid it. But in the end it's rather disappointing and you probably have better things to rent.

Read Or Die The OAVs by TZero November 29, 2004 - 9:00 AM PST
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This is one of The Best Animes Of All Time. Watch the OAVs before you watch R.O.D the TV to save confusion later.

More books, less villians. Please. by whump May 4, 2004 - 5:14 PM PDT
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0 out of 8 members found this review helpful
The Special (Operations) Branch of the Library of the British Museum.

That's how this series was pitched to me, it's a brilliant concept, but an already fine series would had been even better if they had stuck to that concept rather than the big bad's plan to end human civilization.

It's still a fun ride. But I had just returned from staying in the neighborhood of the British Museum and Bloomsbury before I saw this and would had loved to see more of that in the anime.

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