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Encyclopedia > Read or Die
Read or Die
リード・オア・ダイ
(Rīdo Oa Dai)
Demographic Seinen
Genre Spy, Science fiction
Light novel
Author Hideyuki Kurata
Artist Shutaro Yamada
Publisher Flag of Japan Shueisha
Flag of South Korea Daewon C&I
Published 2000 – (ongoing)
Volumes 11
Manga
Author Hideyuki Kurata (script)
Mari Mizuta (art)
Publisher Flag of Japan Shueisha
Flag of South Korea Haksan Publishing
Flag of the United States Viz Media
Serialized in Ultra Jump
Original run 18 July 200319 August 2005
Volumes 4

R.O.D: Read or Die is a series of light novels authored by Hideyuki Kurata, published under Shueisha's Super Dash imprint. Read or Die follows Yomiko Readman, codename "The Paper", an agent for the Special Operations Division of the British Library. Image File history File linksMetadata Rodmanganess!twosieshehe!^^.jpg author: Hideyuki Kurata - source: Read or Die Volume One Manga Scan This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the comic book... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... For the video game, see Spy Fiction (video game). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The Haruhi Suzumiya series is one of the most popular light novel series in Japan. ... Hideyuki Kurata , born July 9, 1968) is a Japanese manga and anime script writer of such works as Read or Die, Now and Then, Here and There, Kamichu!, and Cloth Road. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Daewon Media Co. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Hideyuki Kurata , born July 9, 1968) is a Japanese manga and anime script writer of such works as Read or Die, Now and Then, Here and There, Kamichu!, and Cloth Road. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ... Ultra Jump (ウルトラ ジャンプ Urutora Janpu) is a monthly manga magazine published by Shueisha, it was first issued in 1999. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... The Haruhi Suzumiya series is one of the most popular light novel series in Japan. ... Hideyuki Kurata , born July 9, 1968) is a Japanese manga and anime script writer of such works as Read or Die, Now and Then, Here and There, Kamichu!, and Cloth Road. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Along with the novels, Kurata scripted an R.O.D manga illustrated by Mari Mizuta, and its sequel Read or Dream illustrated by Ran Ayanaga. He collaborated with director Koji Masunari in the Read or Die OVA in 2001, and its Read or Dream-inspired sequel R.O.D the TV in 2003. Read or Dream (Shin Read or Die) is a manga about the Three Sisters Detective Agency, Anita King, Michelle Cheung and Maggie Mui. ... The OVA based on the Read or Die manga series created by Hideyuki Kurata was created by Studio Deen in early 2001 and distributed outside Japan by Manga Entertainment in 2003. ... R.O.D -THE TV- is a 26-episode TV anime series, animated by J.C.STAFF and produced by Aniplex, directed by Koji Masunari and scripted by Yousuke Kuroda, about the adventures of three paper-manipulating sisters, Michelle, Maggie and Anita, who become the bodyguards of Nenene Sumiregawa, a...


The Read or Die manga series is licensed for North American distribution by Viz Communications, first released in March 2006. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Viz, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American manga publisher. ...

Contents

Plot

Read or Die takes place in an alternate history world where the British Empire has remained a major superpower. The Empire's continued existence is guaranteed by the British Library (大英図書館 Daiei-toshokan?), an external intelligence agency working within the actual British Library, and its Special Operations Division. Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... For other uses, see Superpower (disambiguation). ... British Library main building, London The British Library (BL) is the national library of the United Kingdom. ...


The series follows Yomiko Readman, also known as "The Paper", a superhuman agent of the Library's Special Operations. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Characters

See also: List of R.O.D characters

Below is a list of characters from the R.O.D series of novels, manga and anime created by Hideyuki Kurata, listing appearances in the novels, comic series (Read or Die and Read or Dream), OVA, and the subsequent R.O.D the TV. Table key: Main: A key protagonist...

British Library

The British Library is an institution devoted to the promotion of literacy and the greater glory of the British Empire. More than a mere library, the British Library is a powerful political organization with branches all over the world. The organization is led by Gentleman (ジェントルマン Jentoruman?), an old man of extreme longevity and the power behind the throne of the British Empire.


The British Library Special Operations Division (大英図書館 特殊工作部 Daiei-toshokan Tokushu-kousakubu?) is the secret enforcement branch of the British Library. Based in a giant underground complex concealed beneath the Great Court at the British Museum, the Special Operations Division employs a number of agents with special powers and runs operations all over the world to fight book-related crime and terrorism, and to acquire rare works for the Library. Their slogan is "Peace to the books of the world, an iron hammer to those who would abuse them, and glory and wisdom to the British Empire!"

  • Yomiko Readman (読子・リードマン Yomiko Riidoman?) is a half-Japanese, half-English papermaster (紙使い kamitsukai?), an individual with the ability to control and influence paper. A substitute teacher in her spare time, she is 19th British Library agent to earn the codename "The Paper" (ザ・ペーパー Za Pēpā?). Her name is a play on her nature as a bibliophile -- the verb "to read" in Japanese is pronounced yomu.
  • Joker (ジョーカー Jōkā?) is the acting head of the Special Operations Division. An stereotypical Englishman, his cool head and skill with words are his primary weapons. He secretly wants to become the actual head of the Division and gain control of the whole country.
  • Wendy Earhart (ウェンディ・イアハート Wendi Iahāto?) is a half-Indian, half-English girl. She joined the Special Operations Division at 19 years old, and soon became Joker's personal secretary. She is earnest and devoted, but clumsy and still an "in training" assistant.
  • Jiggy Stardust (ジギー・スターダスト Jigī Sutādasuto?) is the Special Operations Division's resident scientist, an aging man whose knowledge of paper is unrivaled. He developed the combat-use paper (戦闘用紙 sentōyōgami?) Yomiko uses.
  • Nancy Makuhari (ナンシー・幕張 Nanshī Makuhari?) is a 26 year-old agent recruited in China. Codenamed "Miss Deep" (ミス・ディープ Misu Dīpu?), her special power is called "diving", the ability to become intangible and pass through solid objects. "Diving" can be suppressed through the use of paper charms (御札 ofuda?).
  • Drake Anderson (ドレイク・アンダーソン Doreiku Andāson?) is a veteran of the American special forces, employed by the Special Operations Division as a field support operative mercenary for their agents. Drake is a hardened, no-nonsense soldier. Though he has no super-powers, he is incredibly strong, and a highly-skilled soldier with considerable combat experience. Anderson has a young daughter named Maggie, whom he cares for deeply. He is also kind hearted and will not harm children, even if it goes against the mission.

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Dokusensha

Dokusensha (読仙社?) is the series main antagonist, a secret organization based in Sichuan devoted to Chinese supremacy and led by China (チャイナ Chaina?). Known as Grandma (おばあさん Obaa-san?) to Dokusensha's high ranked agents, China is a "little girl" who, like Gentleman, has lived for a long enough time to know the hidden history of humankind.   (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: SzÅ­4-chuan1; Postal map spelling: Szechwan and Szechuan) is a province in the central-western China with its capital at Chengdu. ...


Supporting characters

  • Nenene Sumiregawa (菫川 ねねね Sumiregawa Nenene?) is a Japanese schoolgirl and world-famous author. Her debut novel Kimi ga boku wo shitteru (君が僕を知ってる?) was written when she was just 13. Nenene became acquainted with Yomiko when she worked briefly as a substitute teacher at Nenene's school. After Nenene is abducted by a crazy fan and subsequently rescued by Yomiko, the two become friends.
  • Donnie Nakajima (ドニー・ナカジマ Donī Nakajima?) is Yomiko's deceased mentor and lover. The agent known as "The Paper" before Yomiko, he died at at her hands under mysterious circumstances. She now wears his glasses in his memory, and believes that reading through them enables him to continue reading as well.
  • Faust (ファウスト Fausuto?) is a prisoner of the British Library. Like Gentleman and China, he has lived for hundreds of years and, because of it, Gentleman trapped him to hide the secret.

Nenene Sumiregawa (Sumiregawa Nenene), also referred to as Nenenene-nene, is a fictonal young author from the R.O.D series of manga and anime created by Hideyuki Kurata. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Read or Die - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2574 words)
R.O.D (also known by the expanded name Read or Die) refers to a fictional universe created by the Japanese author Hideyuki Kurata.
R.O.D began as a series of novels published under Shueisha's Super Dash imprint (the first volume appeared in 2000, and volume 9 in 2004); spinoffs include a four-volume manga series, a three-episode OVA, and the related manga series Read or Dream and associated anime series R.O.D the TV.
In the DVD version of R.O.D, she is revealed to be a clone of Mata Hari, a spy during World War 1.
Anime Tempy (1934 words)
Read or Die is not a masterpiece in the sense of being watchable after two or three repeats, but I was so impressed after the first viewing that it's worth a five.
Read Or Die is a short three episode OAV and its class makes it one of the most enjoyable series to be released in the last couple of years.
Read or Die follows the exploits of Yomiko Readman, a rather vacant headed book fanatic that is gifted with the ability to manipulate paper into various instruments, thus her call sign, The Paper.
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