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R.O.D. – Read or Die

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R.O.D. - Read or DieThis is our first Anime review for MovieComment, and I am no expert on it, so don’t expect much in the way of background on the genre. Anyway, Yomiko Readman, aka The Paper, is the main star of this unusual story, in which the world is being threaten with total destruction and secret agents recruit The Paper to stop the plot. However, The Paper is a geek with special powers that manipulate paper! I know it sounds strange, but they make it work somehow. Of course they throw in a hot looking spy girl named Nancy to make it more interesting. The film is really about Yomiko and Nancy and their relationship.

In between of course, both Yomiko and Nancy fight resurrected super bad guys who have magical powers and all sorts of cool fighting moves. Nancy has the power to pass through solid objects and the two complement each others powers throughout the story. The DVD breaks up the film into multiple episodes, with the middle episode being the best in which the two end up in India fighting a super villian that is almost godlike in powers.

By the end of the story, the film turns more into a regular spy film, where the agents have to save the world and destroy the rocket and all that. R.O.D. does have some weak character development, but almost every character introduced is interesting, and about the only thing I did not like about R.O.D. was having to speed read some of the English subtitles. For those of you who hate subtitles there is an English 5.1 soundtrack as well.

4 out 5 stars

Reader's Comments

  1. Manzabar |

    R.O.D. is actually an OAV (Original Animated Video) rather than a movie. This is something like an American production that went direct to video without going through the movie theaters but with less of the stigma attached to it. Part of the reason you likely found the character development to be weak is the OAVs were based on a popular manga which the makers of the OAVs knew their target audience would be familiar with. Still, if you really liked Read or Die, then you should check out the TV series which followed it, ROD TV.

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