Read or Die (OAV)

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©2001 STUDIO ORPHEE / Aniplex 

Alternative title:
Прочти или умри (Russian) 
إقرأ أو مت (Arabic) 
リード・オア・ダイ (Japanese) 
Genres: action , drama , mystery , science fiction 
Themes: secret agents , superpowers 
Objectionable content: Significant 
Plot Summary: Yomiko Readman is "The Paper" a secret underground operative for the British Library with the inredible power of complete control over paper, including the ability to make it solid as steel. She is called to duty when a book that could spell the end of the world is stolen, and she must take it back. Going with two other operatives, she attempts to take it back and save the world. 
User Ratings: 3466 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 369 votes (sub:221, dub:136, edit.dub:3, ?:3, raw:2, others:4
3 Spanish subtitled
1 Spanish edited dub
 Excellent: 1122 votes (sub:655, dub:425, edit.dub:9, ?:7, raw:5, Eng:1, others:20
7 Spanish subtitled
3 German dubbed
3 French subtitled
3 Portuguese subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 French edited dub
1 German subtitled
 Very good: 994 votes (sub:582, dub:373, edit.dub:12, ?:8, raw:4, others:15
5 Portuguese subtitled
5 Spanish subtitled
2 German dubbed
1 Russian dubbed
1 Italian subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Good: 600 votes (sub:343, dub:230, edit.dub:5, ?:4, raw:4, others:14
4 Spanish subtitled
4 French subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 Russian subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
 Decent: 209 votes (sub:114, dub:85, ?:4, edit.dub:1, raw:1, others:4
1 Russian dubbed
1 Dutch subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Swedish subtitled
 So-so: 94 votes (sub:60, dub:24, ?:3, edit.dub:1, raw:1, others:5
2 Polish subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Not really good: 31 votes (sub:21, dub:10)
 Weak: 31 votes (sub:21, dub:9, raw:1)
 Bad: 12 votes (sub:8, dub:3, ?:1)
 Awful: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 5944 users, rank: #106 (of 6324)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 8.051 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.4022, rank: #411 (of 6327)
Weighted mean: 7.996 (Very good), rank: #458 (of 6327) (seen all: 8.02 / seen some: 7.26 / won't finish: 5.06)
Bayesian estimate: 7.994 (Very good), rank: #296 (of 4833)
Running time: 29 minutes per episode 
Number of episodes: 3 
2004-10-24 (USA TV) 
2007-09-07 to 2007-09-09 (Germany - Animax) 
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"R.O.D Theme" by Taku Iwasaki 
Ending Theme:
#1: "Those Who Love Books to Insanity Say, 'Paper Is Always with Us'" by Taku Iwasaki (ep 1) 
#2: "Bring All the Wisdom to Great Britain!" (Subete no Eichi o Eikoku e! すべての叡知を英国へ!) by Taku Iwasaki (eps 2-3) 
Links: We have 4
Trivia: We have 2
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    R.O.D. The TV - Compete Collection (plus OVA) (Blu-Ray) 2011-01-18
DVD (Region 1)
    Read or Die (DVD) 2003-05-27
    Read or Die [The Essence of Anime] (DVD) 2007-09-04
    R.O.D Official Archive (Fanbook) 2013-01-02 (from $30.46)
    Read or Die (OST) 2004-06-08

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Koji Masunari 
Script: Hideyuki Kurata 
Storyboard: Tokuyuki Matsutake (OP) 
Unit Director: Tokuyuki Matsutake (OP) 
Music: Taku Iwasaki 
Original creator: Hideyuki Kurata 
Original Character Design: Taraku Uon (Studio Orphee) 
Character Design: Masashi Ishihama 
Art Director: Kazuo Ogura 
Art design: Hideyasu Narita 
Mecha design: Eiji Suganuma 
Director of Photography:
Mitsuyu Kondo 
Shinyo Kondo 
Keiichi Matsuda (Studio DEEN) 
Masatoshi Fujimoto (SME Visual Works) 

Assistant Animation Director:
Hideki Tachibana (ep 1) 
Kenichi Ishimaru (ep 3) 
Takahiro Chiba (eps 2-3) 
Tetsuto Saitoo (ep 3) 
Character Animation Director: Masashi Ishihama 
Color design: Shinji Matsumoto 
Development: Ryuzo Shirakawa (SME Visual Works) 
Key Animation:
Akira Matsushima (ep 2) 
Chikara Sakurai (eps 1-2) 
Eiji Suganuma (eps 1-3) 
Etsutaka Kawano (ep 2) 
Fujio Suzuki (ep 2) 
Fumihide Sai (ep 3) 
Haruo Sotozaki (ep 2) 
Hideki Inoue (ep 1) 
Hideki Nagamachi (ep 3) 
Hideki Tachibana (eps 1-3) 
Hidenori Fukuoka (eps 2-3) 
Hirofumi Morimoto (ep 2) 
Hirofumi Suzuki (eps 1-3) 
Hiroko Kazui (eps 1-2) 
Hiromi Oikawa (ep 2) 
Hitoshi Ueda (ep 3) 
Kaori Takahashi (ep 3) 
Kazuhiko Abe (ep 2) 
Keiji Gotoh (ep 3) 
Keiko Shimizu (ep 3) 
Kenichi Ishimaru (eps 1-2) 
Kenichi Yamaguchi (ep 3) 
Kōji Shinaki (ep 3) 
Koji Watanabe (eps 2-3) 
Masahiro Sekiguchi (ep 3) 
Masaru Hyodo (eps 1-3) 
Masashi Ishihama (eps 1-3) 
Miyako Tsuji (ep 3) 
Nobutoshi Ogura (ep 3) 
Noriaki Tetsura (ep 3) 
Sanae Narazaki (eps 1-3) 
Satoru Kobayashi (ep 1) 
Seiichi Nakatani (eps 1-2) 
Shingo Suzuki (ep 3) 
Shinobu Tagashira (ep 1) 
Shinpei Tomooka (ep 3) 
Shinya Harii (ep 3) 
Shinya Hasegawa (ep 3) 
Shogo Morishita (ep 3) 
Shunji Murata (ep 2) 
Taiki Shibuya (eps 1-3) 
Takaaki Sekizaki (ep 3) 
Takahiro Chiba (eps 1-3) 
Takashi Sasaoka (ep 3) 
Takehiro Hamatsu (ep 3) 
Takuji Abe (ep 2) 
Takuya Saito (eps 1, 3) 
Tatsuya Oishi (ep 2) 
Tetsuya Kumatani (ep 1) 
Tokuyuki Matsutake (eps 1, 3) 
Toshiyuki Tsuru (ep 3) 
Yasuhiro Aoki (ep 3) 
Yasuomi Umetsu (ep 3) 
Mechanical animation Director:
Eiji Suganuma 
Hirofumi Suzuki (ep 1) 
Music Director: Takashi Kodama (SME Visual Works) 
Takamitsu Shirakawa 
Tomiyo Hiruta (SME Visual Works) 
Post-Production Engineer: Takuya Hiramitsu 
Production Design: Noriyuki Shinguji 
Prop Design: Hideki Tachibana 
Set Design: Iho Narita 
Michiko Neya as Nancy "Miss Deep" Makuhari 
Rieko Miura as Yomiko "The Paper" Readman 

Bunmei Tobayama as Gentleman 
Hozumi Gôda as Joker 
Konta as Ikkyu 
Masami Iwasaki as Drake Anderson 
Mika Sakenobe as Wendy Earhart 
Ryousuke Ohtani as Gennai Hraga 

Daisuke Ishikawa as Mark 
Eiji Takemoto as
Harî Kaneko as Otto Lilienthal 
Hirofumi Shitamoto as Pilot 
Hiroki Takahashi as Genjo Sanzo 
Junko Takeuchi as Fabre (Boy) 
Katashi Ishizuka as Arias 
Kunihiko Takani as Fabre 
Naoki Izumi as President Cole 
Rei Naitou as Frankie 
Yoshikazu Nagano as Malone 
Yuki Nakao as
Female Staff 
Japanese companies
Animation: Studio DEEN 
Backgrounds: Kusanagi 
Broadcaster: Animax 
Digital Paint:
Tanni Animation 
In-Between Animation:
Nakamura Production 
Tanni Animation 
Key Animation:
Hal Film Maker (ep 2) 
Jec.E (ep 2) 
Studio Orphee 
Production Studio: SME Visual Works 
Recording Facility: Sanbunzaka Studio 
Sound Production: SME Visual Works 
Titles: Maki Production 
English cast
English staff
Director: Amanda Winn Lee 
Translation: Al Kennedy 
ADR Script: Taliesin Jaffe 
Executive producer: Marvin Gleicher 
Assistant Director:
Amy Seeley 
Michael John Ross 
Line Producer: Margo Coughlin 
Recording engineer: Sean Vahle 
Script Advisor:
Keith Burgess 
Matt Perrier 
Sound Mixing: Sean Vahle 
Subtitling: Brett Jacobsen 
Amanda Winn Lee as Nancy "Miss Deep" Makuhari 
Kimberly Yates as Yomiko "Agent Paper" Readman 

Crispin Freeman as Joker 
Daniel Raymont as Ikkyu 
Dean Haglund as Gennai Hiraga 
Douglas Rye as Mr. Gentleman 
Jason Lee as Drake Anderson 
Tricia Dickson as Wendy Earhart 

Chad Fifer as Genjo Sanzo 
Dave Herbelin as President Cole 
Douglas Rye as Jean-Henri Fabre 
Hal Lublin as
Otto Lilienthal 
Jason Miller as Steven Wilcox 
Michael John Ross as Paul 
Ryan Abraham as Alex 
Scott MacDonnell as Recovery Agent 
Sue Cremlin as Yoko 

English companies
Adult Swim 
Animax Asia 
Animax India 
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) 
Sci-Fi Channel (Ani-Tuesday) 
Madman Entertainment (Australia) 
Manga Entertainment (UK) 
Dubbing: Gaijin Productions 
Licensed by:
Aniplex of America (Blu-ray) 
Manga Entertainment 
Korean staff
Korean cast
Jeong Soyeong as Yomiko "The Paper" Readman 
Myeong-Hwa Cha as Nancy "Miss Deep" Makuhari 

Hyeon-Seo An as Wendy Earhart 
Lee Sangbeom as Drake Anderson 
O Inseong as
Gennai Hraga 
Sewung Yun as Ikkyu 
Yeong-Sam On as Mr. Gentleman 

Gi-Cheol Kim as Frankie 
Im Chaeheon as
Genjo Sanzo 
SP 1 
Mi-Gyeong Ha as
Fabre (Boy) 
Seung-Pyo Hong as
Otto Lilienthal 
SP 2 
Sewung Yun as
Yeong-Sam On as Malone 

Korean companies
French staff
French cast
ADR Director: Thierry Kazazian 
Isabelle Volpe as Yomiko " The paper " Readman 

Bruno Magne as Gennai Hiraga 

Bruno Magne as Genjo Sanzo 

French companies
ADR Production: Studio Chinkel 
Gong (from March 2010) 
NRJ12 (from May 2005) 
DVD Distribution: Dybex (France) 
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Translation: Bárbara Pesquer (Spain dub) 
Executive producer:
Federico Anceri 
Frederic Cegüi 
Producer: Miguel Petriotti 

Licensing Manager: Liliana Silveira 
Spanish companies
Distributor: Fantasy Entertainment 
DVD Distribution: Selecta Visión 
Producer: Fantasy Entertainment 
German staff
German cast
Susanne Hermann as Yomiko Readman 
Tanja Geke as Nancy Makuhari 

Eberhard Prüter as Ikkyu 
Katja Primel as Wendy Earhart 
Reinhard Scheunemann as Gentlemen 
Sebastian Jacob as Joker 
Tilo Schmitz as Drake Anderson 

Eberhard Prüter as Präsident 
Jan Spitzer as
Genjo Sanzo 
Otto Lilienthal 
Tim Moeseritz as David 
German companies
Broadcaster: Animax Germany (2007-09-07 to 2007-09-09) 
Kazé Germany (now) 
Dubbing: Elektrofilm 
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Distributor: Dybex 
Dutch cast
Russian staff
Russian companies
Distributor: MC Entertainment 
Russian cast
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