New Anime Project for Read or Die Novels Considered
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The wraparound jacket band on the 12th volume of Hideyuki Kurata and Studio Orphee's R.O.D -Read or Die- novel series revealed on Thursday that a new anime project is "under consideration." A quote on the jacket band by Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer of the 2003 television anime adaptation and president of anime studio A-1 Pictures, teases ongoing discussions.
The novel series received a three-episode original video anime (OVA) adaptation in 2001, as well as a television anime in 2003.
The novels center on protagonist Yomiko Readman, an agent who performs missions for the British Library's Special Operations Division in an alternate world where the British Empire has remained a superpower.
The 12th volume is the first novel volume for the series in 10 years. While the postscript of the 11th volume previously noted that the 12th volume would be the last, there are now 13 planned volumes, with the 13th slated for 2017.
The novel series also inspired the Read or Die manga and its sequel Read or Dream, both of which were published in North America by Viz Media, as well as the R.O.D Rehabilitation spinoff manga. Kurata penned the scripts for the Read or Die OAV and R.O.D -The TV- television anime adaptation of Read or Dream. Manga Entertainment once released the 2001-2002 Read or Die OAV series in North America, and 2003-2004 Geneon Entertainment (then known as Pioneer) released the television series sequel. Aniplex of America later released both on Blu-ray Disc.