Characters from the Read or Die anime/manga metaseries.
Voiced by: Rieko Miura (JP), Kimberly Yates (EN, OVA), Helena Taylor (EN, ROD the TV)
Yomiko, codenamed "The Paper" by the British Library, is a half-Japanese and half-British bookworm and able to telekinetically manipulate paper objects into many useful products.Appears in: all incarnationsnote only appears in the last chapter of the Read or Dream manga, but is a major/main character in all other appearancesTropes associated with Yomiko:
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When she found out, that the British Library took away the baby of Nancy and made a modified clone-minion from of her dead lover, she torched the British Library, SHE, WHO LOVES BOOKS TO A SEXUAL DEGREE!! (OVA)
Red Baron: Codename: The Paper. Gee, British Library didn't put much thought into this one, did they?
Nancy is an agent for the British Library who works alongside Yomiko. She possesses the ability to phase through solid objects at will. She is also an I-Jin, a clone of historical superspy Mata Hari.Appears in: OVA, TV series.Tropes associated with Nancy:
Action Mom: Mother to Junior in the TV series. However, the British Library took him away from her.
Cultural Translation: In the original Japanese, she complains she doesn't like her codename because it isn't cute. In the dub, she complains she doesn't like her codename because it makes her sound like a porn star.
Red Baron: Codename: Miss Deep (which she doesn't care for as she feels it sounds like a Stripper's name).
Redemption Equals Death: The first Nancy stays behind on the rocket with Ikkyu both as penance to her deception to Yomiko and to be with her lover (despite all the crap he did). The Nancy seen at the end of the OVA and TV Series is the second clone that tried to kill her.
Drake is an American soldier assigned to work with Yomiko and Nancy. Unlike those two, however, he has no special powers, instead relying on his weapons training to see him through tough situations. Little is known about him outside of his line of work, other than the fact that he has a young daughter named Maggie (no relation to Maggie Mui).Appears in: OVA, TV series
Badass Normal: He's fought Paper Masters and lived to tell the tale.
The Starscream: In the manga, scheming to usurp The Gentleman's position.
Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Between the OVA, where he's on the side of the good guys, and the TV series, the death of Gentleman shifts Joker into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory, working toward what he sees as Gentleman's dream by means ranging from ethically dubious to outright evil. Then again the mangA pretty much showed he was flat out evil to begin with. So this may not have come as a surprise.
Voiced by: Mika Sakenobe (JP), Siobhan Flynn (EN, TV)
Wendy is Joker's young assistant. Originally doing secretarial work for him, she later moves up to his right-hand woman during the events of the TV series.Appears in:' OVA, Read or Die manga, TV series
A trio of siblings from Hong Kong who, like Yomiko, are Paper Masters. Anita, the youngest one, does not possess the same love of books that Michelle and Maggie do. In fact, she hates them.Appear in:Read or Dream manga, TV series
Book Burning: Anita's first memory and childhood trauma seems to be in some way connected with book burning, creating unconsciously a dislike to books. It's reveled later that it's the British Library burning as she happened to be there when it happened. However when she was traumatized by the event, it turns out Dokusensha messing with her DNA had more of a hand in her dislike of book, the book burning incident just happened to be a stroke of bad timing). In the end of the series, she had overcome this at the end and became a bibliophile like her sisters.
Fight Off the Kryptonite: They use some giant sheets of paper to disrupt incapacitating sound waves, allowing them to snipe the guy controlling them.
Flipping the Bird: Nenene told them all to be quiet and not disturb her work and hinted at the alternative with a thumb-slashes-the-throat gesture. Anita told her to fuck herself with the middle finger, but was pinnned down by Michelle, so that Anita wouldn't provoke Nenene any longer.
Lethal Chef: Michelle, off-screen, according to the other three sisters.
Marshmallow Hell: Anita was once introduced to a faceful of Michelle's rather big "marshmallows", after they heard a horror story about a vengeful spirit, that drowned someone's third child.
Maggie dived into Anita's currently non-existing "marshmallows" after hearing a horror story about a kid going missing in a print shop, dying there and coming back as a ghost a the comic book.
Misblamed: When the truth comes out about the Library incident, Anita blames Yomiko for her trauma. But as she learns more about her origins, she does come to realize that Dokusensha and the British Library is more at fault for her condition.
Personality Powers: Despite all three sisters using paper, each uses a preferred combat for it. Anita mostly fashions her papers into handheld weapons for close range combat. Michelle is mostly a longer range fighter fashioning her papers into a bow and arrow. And Maggie turns her paper into animal familiars, a mixture of both long and short range combat.
Anita is considered the Attacker, Maggie the Defender, and Michelle as the Support. Likewise, Anita is argumentative and attacks everyone, Maggie is withdrawn and defensive, and Michelle is nurturing and supportive.
Nenene is a young, world-renowned author under the protection of the Paper Masters (Yomiko in the manga series, and then Michelle, Maggie and Anita in the TV series).Appears in:Read or Die manga, TV series
Badass Normal: Her older version in the TV series is hardly afraid of anything and she won't let anyone talk down to her.
Chekhov's Gun: Her novel which she has been writing through the series. Also counts as a Shaggy Dog Story as at the beginning she's been suffering writer's block but slowly managed to make the novel over time.
Damsel in Distress: Kidnapped three times in the TV series (once at the beginning of the series by deranged fans, again by Dokushensha and again by British Library)
Meganekko: She keeps and wears a pair of Yomiko's glasses as a memento.
Sacred First Kiss: Averted. In the manga she gives her first kiss (rather forcefully) to a surprised Yomiko (who she didn't even know at that point) because she needed some inspiration for a love scene she was writing. Compared to finishing the book, her first kiss wasn't that important to her.
Junior (sometimes known as "Agent J") is a kid agent of the British Library sent to retrieve books for Joker. He is the son of Nancy and Ikkyu from the OVA, and contains the same "phasing" abilities as his mother.Appears in: TV series
Linho first appeared as Nenene's fan and public promoter, he turns out to be a Dokushensha agent who want to make use of Nenene's writings. Though he didn't lie when he said he liked her work.Appears in: TV series
Large Ham: She really goes OTT when talking about her big sister's novels
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure sounds like an annoying class bully at first, but she just want to become friends with Anita, and she really didn't mind when Anita accidentally knocked her out over the head with a ball during a volleyball game.
Voiced by: Reiko Takagi (JP), Steven Bendik (EN)
A boy from Anita's class, he often argues with her and appears to have some feelings for Hisami.Appears in:Read or Dream manga, TV series
Death Seeker: Possibly, considering Joker was using him as an excuse for his plans. When some of Junior's power is put in him, Junior tells Joker "he [Gentleman] want him to have something" and shocked him with some kind of power which left Joker catatonic for the reminder of the finale.