History Anime / RODTheTV

8th May '16 11:00:06 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* {{Gainaxing}}: Enough to make [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko-sama]] herself jealous.

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* {{Gainaxing}}: Enough to make [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko-sama]] herself jealous.
9th Nov '15 9:58:04 AM Berrenta
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* UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan: "Mr. Kim" is a Korean name, but he looks and acts more stereotypically Chinese than Korean. It may well be a pseudonym [[spoiler:especially since he seems to be involved on the shifty side of two very shifty organizations.]]



* NoKoreansInJapan: "Mr. Kim" is a Korean name, but he looks and acts more stereotypically Chinese than Korean. It may well be a pseudonym [[spoiler:especially since he seems to be involved on the shifty side of two very shifty organizations.]]
17th Jun '15 4:24:53 AM Soufriere
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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maggie mostly wears men's suits. However, no one ever mistakes her for male. It is obliquely implied that her choice of dress is due to her being too tall to wear standard women's clothes.

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maggie mostly wears men's suits. However, Although one story in the manga has her mistaken for a guy, no one ever mistakes her for male.does so in the TV series. It is obliquely implied that her choice of dress is due to her being too tall to wear standard women's clothes.
17th Jun '15 4:11:25 AM Soufriere
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''R.O.D The TV'' is the sequel to the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OVA}}. This 26-episode series focuses on the Paper Sisters Maggie, Michelle and Anita, three young women who have [[PaperMaster paper-manipulation abilities]]. Although older sisters Maggie and Michelle are fanatical bibliophiles, {{Shorttank}} Anita paradoxically hates books [[labelnote:*]]Which shouldn't be possible for a PaperMaster.[[/labelnote]]. The three work together as detectives and independent agents in Hong Kong until the day Nenene Sumiregawa, an author who Maggie and Michelle are fans of, comes to the island for a book signing. The three are hired as her chaperones and drivers, but become her bodyguards as well when her life is threatened. After Nenene returns to Japan she enlists their help in looking for her missing friend Yomiko.

The rather strange title of the show refers to its [[FusionFic fusion]] of the ''Read or Die'' {{OVA}} and the cast from ''[[http://manga.animea.net/read-or-dream.html Read or Dream]]'', a manga centered around three sisters with powers similar to Yomiko's. Adding to the confusion were both animated adaptations being [[AlternateContinuity somewhat different in tone from their respective manga]]. Regardless its proved to be an interesting blend of both series that worked out particularly well.

The Read or Dream manga (which the Paper Sisters come from) is available in the States for the curious.

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''R.'''R.O.D The TV'' TV''' is the sequel to the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OVA}}. Like its predecessor, it was created and written by Hideyuki Kurata. This 26-episode series focuses on the Paper Sisters Maggie, – Michelle Cheung, Maggie Mui, and Anita, Anita King – three young women who have [[PaperMaster paper-manipulation abilities]]. Although older sisters Maggie and Michelle are fanatical bibliophiles, {{Shorttank}} Anita paradoxically hates books [[labelnote:*]]Which books[[labelnote:†]] (which shouldn't be possible for a PaperMaster.[[/labelnote]].PaperMaster)[[/labelnote]]. The three work together as detectives and independent agents in Hong Kong until the day Nenene Sumiregawa, an author who Maggie and Michelle are fans of, comes to the island for a book signing. The three are hired as her chaperones and drivers, but become her bodyguards as well when her life is threatened. After Nenene returns to Japan she enlists their help in looking for her missing friend Yomiko.

The rather strange title of the show refers to its [[FusionFic fusion]] of the ''Read or Die'' {{OVA}} and the cast from ''[[http://manga.animea.net/read-or-dream.html Read or Dream]]'', a manga centered around three sisters with powers similar to Yomiko's. Adding to the confusion were both animated adaptations being [[AlternateContinuity somewhat different in tone from their respective manga]]. Regardless its Regardless, it's proved to be an interesting blend of both series that worked out particularly well.

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The Read or Dream manga (which anime was released in North America in 2004/5 by Creator/{{Geneon}}. It was rereleased years later by Aniplex's US branch, [[BadExportForYou but at a much higher price point and lacking nearly all of the Paper Sisters come from) is available in features of Geneon's release]]. Creator/VizMedia translated and released ''Read Or Dream'' stateside, just as they had the States for the curious.
''Read Or Die'' manga.



* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Joker]] is the personification of an AffablyEvil foe
* AlliterativeName: Alice Alice Arquet

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Joker]] is the personification of an AffablyEvil foe
foe.
* AlliterativeName: Alice Alice ArquetArquet, known to intelligence agencies as "Triple-A".



* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Class 0, Hong Kong sinking.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Class [[spoiler:Class 0, Hong Kong sinking.]]



* ArtificialHuman: Nancy, [[spoiler: Anita King]]
** In fact it's heavily implied that [[spoiler: all the Paper Sisters and indeed most papermasters are constructs of Dokusensha]]

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* ArtificialHuman: Nancy, [[spoiler: Anita [[spoiler:Anita King]]
** In fact it's heavily implied that [[spoiler: all [[spoiler:all the Paper Sisters and indeed most papermasters paper-masters are constructs of Dokusensha]]Dokusensha.]]



---> "It has a be a bug in the system. Only .9% of the population possible has enough of a sense of identity to resist the {{Brainwash|ed}}ing."

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---> "It -->"It has a be a bug in the system. Only .9% of the population possible has enough of a sense of identity to resist the {{Brainwash|ed}}ing."



* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Joker]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Alice Arquet. Sign that the series [[WhamEpisode is taking a real turn for the dark]].

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Joker]].
[[spoiler:Joker. Well, he ''used'' to be Yomiko's friend.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Alice Alice Arquet. Sign that the series [[WhamEpisode is taking a real turn for the dark]].



* {{Brainwashed}}
* BrainwashResidue: Anita becomes a bookworm like her sisters after she gets a part of The Gentleman's memories. Take note, Anita used to ''hate'' books. But this may simply be her Papermaster nature finally overcoming her PTSD.

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* {{Brainwashed}}
{{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:Much of the world aside from the major characters after the British Library begins to "unify the world" at the end of Episode 20. Most sadly, the secondary characters lost all their memories of Anita.]]
* BrainwashResidue: Anita becomes a bookworm like her sisters after she gets a part of The Gentleman's memories. Take note, Anita used to ''hate'' books. But this may simply be her Papermaster PaperMaster nature finally overcoming her PTSD.



* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler:Joker]]'s attitude toward Yomiko when she aired her grievances, culminating with casually showing her what had happened to her love interest. And he did all of this inside an enormous library. [[WhatAnIdiot Which coincidentally did not exist the next day.]]

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* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler:Joker]]'s attitude toward Yomiko when she aired her grievances, culminating with him casually showing her what had happened to her love interest. And he did all of this inside an enormous library. [[WhatAnIdiot Which coincidentally not-so-coincidentally did not exist the next day.]]



* {{Chekhovs Gun}}: Nenene's novel she works on throughout the series. [[spoiler: [[{{What An Idiot}} Seriously you think someone as smart as Joker would have seen that coming.]]]]

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* {{Chekhovs Gun}}: ChekhovsGun: Nenene's novel she works on throughout the series. [[spoiler: [[{{What An Idiot}} Seriously [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot Seriously, you think someone as smart as Joker would have seen that coming.]]]]coming]].]]



* {{Determinator}}: Would you believe it's the ''villain'' this time? When Yomiko has him cornered, [[spoiler:Joker]] makes a speech about how no matter what the heroes do, he or his survivors will pick up and begin their plan again, and that nothing they can do can crush the ideals they believe in. It's a downright inspiring speech, the type that normally gets reserved for the ''hero''. [[spoiler: It is also a pack of lies, he was informed minutes earlier by an underling that they could not try again if they failed. His response was simply "Well we better not fail then"]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Would you believe it's the ''villain'' this time? When Yomiko has him cornered, [[spoiler:Joker]] makes a speech about how no matter what the heroes do, he or his survivors will pick up and begin their plan again, and that nothing they can do can crush the ideals they believe in. It's a downright inspiring speech, the type that normally gets reserved for the ''hero''. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is also a pack of lies, he was informed minutes earlier by an underling that they could not try again if they failed. His response was simply "Well we better not fail then"]]



* EvilBrit: Several, most notably [[spoiler:Joker]], [[spoiler:Wendy]] and EliteMook Mirrorman.
* EvilCripple: A milder example than most, but [[spoiler: Joker]] becoming a villain also coincides with him walking with a cane because he has bad legs.

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* EvilBrit: Several, most notably [[spoiler:Joker]], [[spoiler:Wendy]] and [[spoiler:Joker, Wendy, and]] EliteMook Mirrorman.
* EvilCripple: A milder example than most, but [[spoiler: Joker]] [[spoiler:Joker]] becoming a villain also coincides with him walking with a cane because he has bad legs.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Joker, Wendy and the entire British Library (sans Yomiko and Nancy)]] undergo one in-between the OVA and the TV series.

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Joker, [[spoiler:Joker, Wendy and the entire British Library (sans Yomiko and Nancy)]] undergo one in-between the OVA and the TV series.series.
** Although [[WordOfGod Kurata]] stated that [[spoiler:Joker]] [[EvilAllAlong was always like that]]; we the viewers just didn't notice.



* FunbagAirbag: When Nenene is reunited with Yomiko in the Diet Building.

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* FunbagAirbag: When Nenene is reunited with Yomiko in the National Diet Building.Library.



** Episode 15 (Yomiko's reappearance) has so much of this it's basically PlayedForLaughs.



* GratuitousEnglish: Anita's homeroom teacher seems to speak as much GratuitousEnglish as Japanese, but he is actually teaching English and asking the students to translate, so it is not gratuitous at all. How does he teach them English? He quotes ''Film/TheGodfather.'' Students around the world would probably do better in their studies if their teachers [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse made them an offer they couldn't refuse...]] It becomes GratuitousJapanese in the English dub, which is strangely out of place seeing how [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment a Japanese teacher is teaching Japanese to Japanese schoolchildren.]]

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* GratuitousEnglish: Anita's homeroom teacher seems to speak as much GratuitousEnglish as Japanese, but he is actually teaching English and asking the students to translate, so it is not gratuitous at all. How does he teach them English? He quotes ''Film/TheGodfather.'' Students around the world would probably do better in their studies if their teachers [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse made them an offer they couldn't refuse...]] It becomes GratuitousJapanese in the refuse]]. The English dub, dub opted to KeepItForeign and changed the scenes to GratuitousJapanese, which is strangely out of place seeing how seems a little odd to someone used to the original, since it means [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment a Japanese teacher is teaching Japanese to Japanese schoolchildren.]]schoolchildren]].



* ImprobableWeaponUser

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* ImprobableWeaponUserImprobableWeaponUser:



* IntangibleMan: Nancy has the ability to phase her body through just about anything: walls, doors, machinery -- even flesh and blood. Junior also possesses this power [[spoiler: until he phases through his own body to remove a homing device implanted in his chest cavity]].

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* IntangibleMan: Nancy has the ability to phase her body through just about anything: walls, doors, machinery -- – even flesh and blood. Junior also possesses this power [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until he phases through his own body to remove a homing device implanted in his chest cavity]].cavity.]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Yomiko reveals that Junior is Nancy's son (whom Yomiko had earlier told Nancy was dead)]].

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Yomiko reveals that Junior is Nancy's son (whom Yomiko had earlier told Nancy was dead)]].dead).]]



* TheMenInBlack : culturally quirky variants.

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* TheMenInBlack : TheMenInBlack: culturally quirky variants.



* MoodWhiplash: Awww, Anita is having her first day at school, and she is really popular, and now she is hanging out with Hisami, her new best friend and [[{{Moe}} cutest character in the whole school]], and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Anita is getting that little bit of childhood that she never had before]], and [[{{Beat}} ...]] '''''holy shit, that dude got shot!'''''

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* MoodWhiplash: Awww, Anita is having her first day at school, and she is really popular, and now she is hanging out with Hisami, her new best friend and [[{{Moe}} cutest character in the whole school]], and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Anita is getting that little bit of childhood that she never had before]], and [[{{Beat}} ...]] [[{{Beat}} …]] '''''holy shit, that dude got shot!'''''



* NerdsAreSexy: And so is Yomiko. Michelle, Maggie and Nenene surely qualify too. ROD loves its nerds.

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* NerdsAreSexy: And so is Yomiko. Michelle, Maggie Maggie, and Nenene surely qualify too. ROD loves its nerds.



* NoKoreansInJapan: "Mr. Kim" is a Korean name, but he looks and acts more stereotypically Chinese than Korean. It may well be a pseudonym [[spoiler:especially since he seems to be involved on the shifty side of two very shifty organizations]].
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler: Joker and Wendy believe that they will be rewritten in a way that punishes them in the Gentleman's new world.]]
* {{Odango Hair}}: When the girls change clothing, Anita has a Chinese-styled top plus this, despite having the shortest hair. WordOfGod is that those 'odango' are actually empty.
* TheOtherDarrin: The TV series has an entirely different English dub cast than the OAV (save for Wendy Tomson/Tricia Dickson, who goes from playing Wendy in the OAV to Nenene in the TV series), which was not too jarring for the most part, except that Yomiko went from having a ''very'' American accent to having a ''very'' English accent (according to the DVD commentary, this is because the Japanese creators specifically asked Creator/{{Geneon}} to give Yomiko an English accent since she is supposed to be half-British).

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* NoKoreansInJapan: "Mr. Kim" is a Korean name, but he looks and acts more stereotypically Chinese than Korean. It may well be a pseudonym [[spoiler:especially since he seems to be involved on the shifty side of two very shifty organizations]].
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler: Joker and Wendy believe that they will be rewritten in a way that punishes them in the Gentleman's new world.
organizations.]]
* {{Odango Hair}}: NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:Joker and Wendy believe that they will be rewritten in a way that punishes them in the Gentleman's new world.]]
* OdangoHair:
When the girls change clothing, Anita has a Chinese-styled top plus this, despite having the shortest hair. WordOfGod is that those 'odango' are actually empty.
* TheOtherDarrin: The TV series has an entirely different English dub cast than the OAV (save for Tricia Dickson[[labelnote:†]] {credited as Wendy Tomson/Tricia Dickson, Tomson in the TV series due to its non-union status}[[/labelnote]], who goes from playing Wendy in the OAV to Nenene in the TV series), which was not too jarring for the most part, except that Yomiko went from having a ''very'' American accent accent[[labelnote:§]] provided by Kimberly Yates[[/labelnote]] to having a ''very'' English accent (according accent[[labelnote:§]] provided by Hellena Taylor, an actual Brit[[/labelnote]]. According to the DVD commentary, this is because the Japanese creators specifically asked Creator/{{Geneon}} to give Yomiko an English accent since she is supposed to be half-British).



* PaperMaster: The trope-namer.

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* PaperMaster: The trope-namer.Along with the OVA, it's the TropeNamer.



* PreExplosionGlow

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* PreExplosionGlowPreExplosionGlow: Several times. Chances are high it's happening during a WhamEpisode.



* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:The Gentleman; just a fraction of his power transforms London into his memories of it, turn of the century.]]

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* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:The Gentleman; just Gentleman. Just a fraction of his power transforms London into his memories of it, turn of circa the century.late Victorian Period.]]



** "The Right Stuff"
** "In a Grove" (Akutagawa's short story, the basis for the movie ''{{Rashomon}}'')

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** "The Right Stuff"
"Literature/TheRightStuff"
** "In a Grove" (Akutagawa's short story, the basis for the movie ''{{Rashomon}}'')''Film/{{Rashomon}}'')



** "{{Fahrenheit 451}}" [[spoiler: One wonders what kind of library burns books. Obviously, an evil one.]]
** "[[http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/heroic_trio.htm The Heroic Trio]] The Paper Sisters are named after the trio of {{Action Girl}}s from this movie. Anita's last name differs for a reason.

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** "{{Fahrenheit "Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}" [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One wonders what kind of library burns books. Obviously, an evil one.]]
** "[[http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/heroic_trio.htm The Heroic Trio]] – The Paper Sisters are named after the trio of {{Action Girl}}s from this movie. Anita's last name differs for a reason.



** Nenene's most recent book, "The Rooster Crowed at Midnight" is a fictional book featured in an episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}''

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** Nenene's most recent book, "The Rooster Crowed at Midnight" is a fictional book featured in an episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}''''Series/{{Mash}}''.



* TheStinger: At the very end of the series, we again see the statue of Mary and Jesus in the church where the sisters met. It has their initials carved into it: "MAM". Which means [[spoiler: no matter how much of their memories were written by Dokusensha, that part actually happened]].

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* TheStinger: At the very end of the series, we again see the statue of Mary and Jesus in the church where the sisters met. It has their initials carved into it: "MAM". Which means [[spoiler: no [[spoiler:no matter how much of their memories were written by Dokusensha, that part actually happened]].happened.]]



* TakeThat: ButtMonkey and George W. Bush {{Expy}} President Cole returns, to do little else but get manipulated by the villains and piss himself [[RunningGag (again.)]]

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* TakeThat: ButtMonkey and George W. Bush {{Expy}} President Cole returns, to do little else but get manipulated by the villains and piss himself [[RunningGag (again.)]](again)]].



* TechnicalPacifist: In series -- all of them, even the most of antagonists. Not quite so in OVA.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Mr. Kim

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* TechnicalPacifist: In series -- – all of them, even the most of antagonists. Not quite so in OVA.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Mr. KimKim, in the original Japanese. Not so much in the English dub.



--> [[spoiler:"Follow the reality of the British Library or be destroyed. Dream... or Die."]]

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--> [[spoiler:"Follow the reality of the British Library or be destroyed. Dream... Dream… or Die."]]



* {{Tsundere}}: Okahara (towards Hisami) -- a rare male example. Arguably Nenene, especially in spiky GrumpyBear mode.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Okahara (towards Hisami) -- – a rare male example. Arguably Nenene, especially in spiky GrumpyBear mode.



* VisibleSigh

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* VisibleSighVisibleSigh: Anita and Michelle both do this.



** Episode 9, where Alice gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, qualifies.



** Episode 9, where Alice gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, qualifies.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maggie, who mostly wears men's suits.

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** Episode 9, 20, where Alice gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, qualifies.
[[spoiler:Joker appears to have killed Michelle and Maggie, and the British Library succeeds in rewriting reality, including wiping Anita's schoolmates' memories of her seemingly out of spite.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maggie, who Maggie mostly wears men's suits.suits. However, no one ever mistakes her for male. It is obliquely implied that her choice of dress is due to her being too tall to wear standard women's clothes.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The WhamEpisode (see below) begins as a fairly formulaic episode about Anita saying goodbye to her friends before she moves back to Hong Kong, culminating in a sweet moment between herself and Hisa. Time for the credits, right? Right?

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The second WhamEpisode (see below) above) begins as a fairly formulaic episode about Anita saying goodbye to her friends before she moves back to Hong Kong, culminating in a sweet moment between herself and Hisa. Time for the credits, right? Right?Right?
2nd Aug '14 6:00:06 PM ThePope
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* [[TrademarkFavouriteFood Trademark Favourite Drink]]: Anita really likes drinking milk.

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* [[TrademarkFavouriteFood [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favourite Favorite Drink]]: Anita really likes drinking milk.
10th Jul '14 8:45:17 AM Retro7
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Added DiffLines:

* MaleGaze: The show really likes to linger on shots of bare and socked feet throughout it's run.
25th May '14 12:55:16 PM erejnion
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series is notably darker than both the over the top superheroics of the ''Read or Die'' manga, and the whimsical friendly nature of the ''Read or Dream'' manga. On the other hand, it's not half as bloody as the OVA, though it does do away with most of the 1960s spy gadgetry.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series is notably darker than both the over the top superheroics of the ''Read or Die'' manga, and the whimsical friendly nature of the ''Read or Dream'' manga. On the other hand, it's not half as bloody as the OVA, though it does do away with most of the 1960s spy gadgetry. Of course, the TV is darker and edgier than the OVA, even if less bloody.
14th May '14 8:34:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheMessiah: Yomiko, as described by Drake.
17th Feb '14 8:50:07 PM Andyzero
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** Junior is one cute kid, and capable of carrying out stealth and skill missions without so much as an ounce of difficulty or hesitation.

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** Junior is one cute kid, and capable of carrying out stealth and skill assassination missions without so much as an ounce of difficulty or hesitation.
17th Feb '14 8:44:13 PM Andyzero
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The rather strange title of the show refers to its fusion of the ''Read or Die'' {{OVA}} and the cast from ''[[http://manga.animea.net/read-or-dream.html Read or Dream]]'', a manga centered around three sisters with powers similar to Yomiko's. Adding to the confusion were both animated adaptations being [[AlternateContinuity somewhat different in tone from their respective manga]]. Regardless its proved to be an interesting blend of both series that worked out particularly well.

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The rather strange title of the show refers to its fusion [[FusionFic fusion]] of the ''Read or Die'' {{OVA}} and the cast from ''[[http://manga.animea.net/read-or-dream.html Read or Dream]]'', a manga centered around three sisters with powers similar to Yomiko's. Adding to the confusion were both animated adaptations being [[AlternateContinuity somewhat different in tone from their respective manga]]. Regardless its proved to be an interesting blend of both series that worked out particularly well.
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