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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: A+
  • Extras Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Read Or Die / R.O.D.

Read or Die (R.O.D.) Volume 1

    March 07, 2003

What They Say

The Review!
This was absolutly gorgeous. This OAV had a really high budget, and it shows. It is full of special effects, awesome solid animations, and wonderful quality. There is not a single flaw in this DVD, and suprisingly it's only single layered. Neverthless, they did EXCELLANT on this. It has wonderful animation, and it's quality is the best I've ever seen out of any release, r1 and r2. If I ever write an anime and get it animated, I want this animation company to do it. Wonderful stuff here folks. I had to slap myself to stop from drooling.

This series has some really good music, and it was played at a great level with the dialogue, all of which came out clear and solid. Its great soundtrack really shone with this, and you never had to go back and listen more carefully to see what they said. The volumes are always perfect.

This has a really nice picture of Yomiko, the main character, in a nice secret agent ready-for-battle pose. It has a big 'R' in the background that blends in with the picture. (Volume 2 has 'O' blended in, and Volume 3 gots the 'D' blended in) And it has a really nice logo, made with squares with rounded corners. There are 8 of the rounded edged squares, but the rounded edged squares are also the theme for the spine and the disc. It looks VERY nice. The case is clear and on the inside of the cover, theres a full color picture of Yomiko reaching for a book, with the manga 'Read or Die' near her, with Joker sitting in the background, and another character (not introduced in this DVD) reading a Read or Die advritisment, which clearly shows Yomiko and the words 'R.O.D.' on it.
It is a very nice touch, and also has an insert with DVD info, including a screenshot of the main menu and technical specs. The disc itself gots the rounded-edge boxes, and has a nice big 'R' on it. I imagine discs 2 & 3 have 'O' and 'D' on it, since it's reffered to as R.O.D. more then Read or Die.

I have to say, this was genius. It has the simple buttons 'Story' (play) and 'Chapter' (chapters and extras) both in english, and then once the menu starts, its wonderful jazzy James Bond-ish theme song plays, and the letters for 'Read or Die' fall into the screen, shimmering as a main video plays in the background, then smaller videos start appearing over it, some forming one giant video while other sections play a differenct scene. It fits the mood very very nicely and was done excellantly, and matched very nice with the audio.

This comes with a character sketches and profile section, a scene gallery of some of the settings that were in the movie, and you can switch the audio to an interview of the staff of Read or Die, which play to the movie. Sadly, I couldn't translate it because I don't speak japanese, but it seemed very interesting. I have rarely seen DVDs that do this, and it's a very nice touch to the already good array of extras.

This was such a great OAV. This is only the first, and was only 1/2 an hour long, but it was awesome. It had a wonderful plot to it, with great characters and subplots. It has excellant music to go with it as well. This took 3 years in planning and 2 years in production to produce, and for an OAV had an unusually high budget. I was practically drooling at the awesome-ness of this amazing work of art.

Yomiko Readman is obsessed with books. She lives buried under books, and buys more and more every day. Bookstores have pictures of her as their most respected (and best) customer, and considers reading to be the most important thing. She is a substitue teacher as her job.... but that's only one side of her life. She is also a secret agent for the Royal British Library's Division of Special Operations. She holds the power to manipulate paper, and is able to make normal paper do amazing things, even stopping bullet with it !

When she buys a $2,000 book, she is attacked and the book is stolen. Genes are being stolen from all over the world, and the dead people are being recreated, but with abnormal powers. Yomiko and another agent, Miss Deep (who can pass through things such as walls, floors, people, etc.) join to stop this and get back the many many rare books stolen from the USA. To bring peace to the world, and most importantly to Yomiko, to get her book back, they have to stop the unknown enemy.

Note: I loved this movie so much I watched it over 40 times by now. I can't wait to get my hands on the second r2. I don't know how well the R1 release will be (probably not very well) but this is worth the money.

Japanese Language

Review Equipment
Apex 1100W DVD player


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