YMMV / Read or Die

  • Awesome Music: Fantastic '60s style spy movie jazz from Taku Iwasaki.
  • Cargo Ship: Yomiko does not just love books, she loves books, and there are times when it looks like she might be crossing a line. It is quite literally in canon: Joker commented, that the experience gained by her from "immersing herself into the book" is "quite similar to sexual ecstasy".
  • Complete Monster: Ikkyu, clone of the real life poet Ikkyu Soujun, is the leader of the I-Jins and a terrorist mastermind who engineers a number of deaths to gain access to a book of Ludwig von Beethoven's which contains secrets of the "Death Symphony". Testing it on a group of people, Ikkyu observes them gruesomely killing each other with satisfaction before planning to broadcast it across the entire planet to exterminate the human race. While also using the heroine Yoko Readman's partner Nancy, a clone of Mata Hari, Ikkyu secretly clones her as well when he doubts her loyalty and attempts to kill her as well before putting his genocidal plans into action.
  • Les Yay: Yomiko and Nenene, Yomiko and Maggie and Maggie and Faye (Maggie read a book to the blind Faye and Faye wanted Maggie to reenact the kiss-scene with her). Maggie blushed and run off.
    • There's also Anita and the book-cat-burglar Lily (Lily gave Anita a kiss as a thank you for leading her to a rare book for her to steal).
    • Also have Nenene and Maggie (if one considers Maggie's flustered reaction to Nenene's threat to kiss her), Anita and Hisami and Yomiko and Nancy.
  • Moe: Yomiko, big time. Hisami is often seen as this, too.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One of the tracks in the OAV, "Those who insanely love books say, 'Paper is always with us'" sounds strikingly similar to "Valse Aux-Champs Elysses", a stock music track from the APM library.
  • Woolseyism: The dub of the OVA added a lot of clever lines, mostly relating to Nancy's dialogue.