Sunday, August 4, 2002

Read or Die (OAV)

Genre: Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
2001 Kurata Hideyuki, Studio Dean

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Skysenshi's Description:
Books are Yomiko Readman's life. At first glance, you'd mistake her for a nerd who has no life beyond classic reading material, but watch out. Yomiko has a double life that will either amuse you or bring you to tears. She is.The Paper.

Don't steal her books if you don't want to die.

(3-part OAV)

An original, just like Noodle-chan! >>> by skysenshi

One secret to enjoying Read or Die (R.O.D.) is to not take it seriously. Of course with codenames like Ms. Deep and The Paper, it is really hard not to break into gales of laughter. Take note, however: it already has a lot of plusses fighting for its side, and one of them is originality. The characters may resemble a few X-Men in terms of abilities, but they sure are far from being cookie-cutter. How else would you have agents who act so clumsily and yet surprisingly survive even the harshest nemesis? I find The Paper really charming, even as she lugs around a huge bag of documents that serve as her weapons. Hey, I am not pulling anyone's leg here! She may not be suave or sleek like what everyone expects a double agent to be, but her amusing tricks just fall naturally into place. Who cares if she's a little too softhearted and geeky? At least she's not as useless as most pink-haired damsels-in-distress anime characters are.

Plot? Don't go looking for something profound and deeply disturbing from Read or Die because the storyline here is just as kooky as the codename The Paper. All in good fun, one gets to meet figures of history as they've never been seen before. And they're all in on the ultimate goodness of human extermination. Goodie!

I find this 3-part OAV quite satisfactory in terms of length. It's fast paced and doesn't lead you around in circles. Perfect for career women like me who haven't the time to dilly-dally in overly long sequences. The artwork is superb, with every minute detail taken into consideration. Most screencap takers would have had a hard time selecting which shots to post, as there nearly isn't a single flaw in the visuals. Animation is equally spectacular, especially when it comes down to the action. Ms. Deep has the best of these scenarios as she gets to battle the toughest opponent imagineable herself. Truly these are moments worth playing over and over on your DVD-ROM.

Music is rather good. The opening song reminds me of those Sean Connery movies where he played James Bond. In modern anime lingo, you can appreciate the sounds if you were a Cowboy Bebop fan.

Isn't it painfully obvious? I highly recommend Read or Die.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 10; Story 8; Characters 10; Sounds 8

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