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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} set in an alternate late 21st-century Earth with rare and mostly hidden superhumans. The story centres on the adventures of Yomiko Readman, an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] yet [[CuteBookworm adorable]] bibliomaniac who is also a part-time substitute teacher and [[BadassBookworm a super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Codenamed "The Paper" by the British Library, Yomiko possesses what are best described as [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]]--in other words, she can manipulate paper in practically any way imaginable. She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, which she feeds by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Due to her work and her quirks, Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman--she gives off a distinct impression that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old--and stone-cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} set in an alternate late 21st-century Earth with rare and mostly hidden superhumans. The story centres on the adventures of Yomiko Readman, an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] yet [[CuteBookworm adorable]] bibliomaniac who is also a part-time substitute teacher and [[BadassBookworm a super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Codenamed "The Paper" by the British Library, Yomiko possesses what are best described as [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]]--in other words, she can manipulate paper in practically any way imaginable. She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, which she feeds by spending thousands of dollars pounds a week on books. Due to her work and her quirks, Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman--she gives off a distinct impression that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old--and stone-cold killer.


* AlternateHistory: Britannia still rules the waves (at least in the OVA) through the efforts of the British Library, but by the time of the TV series it has decayed and fallen even further than its real-life counterpart. In the OVA [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Joker Joker]] has the authority to give orders to UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates military and government. In the TV series the UnitedKingdom has been expelled from the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations and is forced to infiltrate [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Dokusensha Dokusensha]] to regain power. Yomiko Readman is amazed to learn this from Joker.

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* AlternateHistory: Britannia still rules the waves (at least in the OVA) through the efforts of the British Library, but by the time of the TV series it has decayed and fallen even further than its real-life counterpart. In the OVA [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Joker Joker]] has the authority to give orders to UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates military and government. In the TV series the UnitedKingdom UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom has been expelled from the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations and is forced to infiltrate [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Dokusensha Dokusensha]] to regain power. Yomiko Readman is amazed to learn this from Joker.


* AlternateHistory: Britannia still rules the waves (at least in the OVA) through the efforts of the British Library, but by the time of the TV series it has decayed and fallen even further than its real-life counterpart. In the OVA [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Joker Joker]] has the authority to give orders to the UnitedStates military and government. In the TV series the UnitedKingdom has been expelled from the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations and is forced to infiltrate [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Dokusensha Dokusensha]] to regain power. Yomiko Readman is amazed to learn this from Joker.

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* AlternateHistory: Britannia still rules the waves (at least in the OVA) through the efforts of the British Library, but by the time of the TV series it has decayed and fallen even further than its real-life counterpart. In the OVA [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Joker Joker]] has the authority to give orders to the UnitedStates UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates military and government. In the TV series the UnitedKingdom has been expelled from the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations and is forced to infiltrate [[http://readordie.wikia.com/wiki/Dokusensha Dokusensha]] to regain power. Yomiko Readman is amazed to learn this from Joker.


* VomitDiscretionShot: In Read or Dream, when the carsick child writer Hisami faccidentally fell on Anita and puked in her face.

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* VomitDiscretionShot: In Read or Dream, when the carsick child writer Hisami faccidentally accidentally fell on Anita and puked in her face.


* VomitDiscretionShot: In Read or Dream, when the carsick child writer Hisami fell accidentally fell on Anita and puked her in the face.

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* VomitDiscretionShot: In Read or Dream, when the carsick child writer Hisami fell accidentally faccidentally fell on Anita and puked in her in the face.


** Anita [[spoiler:gets hit on the head by a baseball and hallucinates/dreams that she]] dives through a [[PortalPool poodle]] into a world after the setting of "Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz", [[AssKicksYou lands with her ass on the witch, knocking her out]] and then setting out on the quest to liberate Oz ([[spoiler:Maggie is the robot, that seeks a heart for courage, Michelle is the scarecrow, that [[TheDitz wants a brain]] and Chihon is the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and completely out of place]]).

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** Anita [[spoiler:gets hit on the head by a baseball and hallucinates/dreams that she]] dives through a [[PortalPool poodle]] puddle]] into a world after the setting of "Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz", [[AssKicksYou lands with her ass on the witch, knocking her out]] and then setting out on the quest to liberate Oz ([[spoiler:Maggie is the robot, robot that seeks a heart for courage, Michelle is the scarecrow, scarecrow that [[TheDitz wants a brain]] and Chihon is the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and that's completely out of place]]).


DoNotConfuseWith MateOrDie.

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DoNotConfuseWith JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith MateOrDie.


* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: The Mirror Man, an agent of the British Library, has the ability to appear as someone else, but an mirror reveals his true form.

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* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: The Mirror Man, an agent of the British Library, has the ability to appear as someone else, but an a mirror reveals his true form.


''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and very cute]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

Set in an alternate late 21st-century Earth with rare and mostly hidden superhumans, ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' tells of Yomiko's efforts along with a pair of compatriots to oppose a mysterious group of supervillains calling themselves "I-jin" ("Geniuses"). Strangely resembling notable figures from history, the I-jin want (among other things) [[{{MacGuffin}} a book once owned by Beethoven that Yomiko has recently purchased]], within which lies the key to an evil plan with world-wide consequences. The result is a globe-trotting rollercoaster ride of action, friendship, betrayal, wild plot twists, and a small leavening of sly humor. Do not miss the highlight of the first episode, an aerial dogfight over the Manhattan skyline between a [[SteamPunk steam-powered glider]] and a giant paper airplane, punctuated by Yomiko's plaintive cries of "Please give me back my book!"

Originally a [[LightNovels book series]] and then a manga. The {{OVA}} follows some of the characterization introduced in the first manga chapters, but then drastically becomes an AlternateContinuity.

The first episode (made in the year 2000) clearly shows the World Trade Center in New York, with one scene actually set on the roof of one of the towers; those who have a [[TooSoon sensitive disposition]] about the events of 9/11 may want to avoid it for that reason, but other than that, this is a must-have show. The show's [[SuperHero superheroes]] are far more Western in concept than [[{{Sentai}} sentai]] -- atypical for a Japanese production -- but the writers and producers are clearly comfortable with the idiom and make it work very well.

''Read Or Die'' became quite popular, which led its creators to followed the OVA up with a 26-episode TV series titled ''Anime/RODTheTV'' (''ROD TV'' or ''R.O.D. the TV Series'' in the West), which itself became quite popular. ''ROD The TV'' has a separate page; this page is for the OVA.

[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-23/new-read-or-die-manga-darker-side-story-outlined A new manga series began in 2012]]; "R.O.D. Rehabilitation", set in a DarkerAndEdgier AlternateUniverse, features a different Yomiko who lives in a world where the printed word has been declared obsolete and the few bibliophiles left in said world work to create a rebel city-state.

There is a (unfortunately stalled) community project to translate the original novels [[http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Read_or_Die here]].

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about set in an alternate late 21st-century Earth with rare and mostly hidden superhumans. The story centres on the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- Readman, an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and very cute]]) bibliomaniac, yet [[CuteBookworm adorable]] bibliomaniac who is also a part-time substitute teacher, teacher and [[BadassBookworm a super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named Codenamed "The Paper" by the British Library) Library, Yomiko possesses what can are best be called described as [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to powers]]--in other words, she can manipulate paper in practically every any way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). imaginable. She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and which she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Due to her work and her quirks, Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the woman--she gives off a distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold twelve-year-old--and stone-cold killer.

Set in an alternate late 21st-century Earth with rare The OVA follows Yomiko as she and mostly hidden superhumans, ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' tells of Yomiko's efforts along with a pair of compatriots fellow agents work to oppose stop a mysterious group of supervillains calling who call themselves "I-jin" ("Geniuses"). Strangely resembling ("Geniuses") and resemble notable figures from history, the history. The I-jin want (among want, amongst other things) things, [[{{MacGuffin}} a book once owned by Beethoven that Yomiko has recently purchased]], within which lies the key to an evil plan with world-wide consequences. The result is This conflict plays out as a globe-trotting rollercoaster ride of action, friendship, betrayal, wild plot twists, and a small leavening of sly humor. Do not miss The show's [[SuperHero superheroes]] are also far more Western in concept than [[{{Sentai}} sentai]]--atypical for a Japanese production--but the highlight writers and producers make it work, showing a clear level of comfort with the first episode, an aerial dogfight over the Manhattan skyline between a [[SteamPunk steam-powered glider]] and a giant paper airplane, punctuated by Yomiko's plaintive cries of "Please give me back my book!"

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''Read or Die'' was originally
a [[LightNovels book series]] and series]], then a manga. The {{OVA}} OVA follows some of the characterization introduced in the first manga chapters, but then drastically becomes an AlternateContinuity.

The first episode (made in
AlternateContinuity. When the year 2000) clearly shows the World Trade Center in New York, with one scene actually set on the roof of one of the towers; those who have a [[TooSoon sensitive disposition]] about the events of 9/11 may want to avoid it for that reason, but other than that, this is a must-have show. The show's [[SuperHero superheroes]] are far more Western in concept than [[{{Sentai}} sentai]] -- atypical for a Japanese production -- but the writers and producers are clearly comfortable with the idiom and make it work very well.

''Read Or Die''
OVA became quite popular, which led its a popular success, the creators to followed the OVA it up with a 26-episode TV series titled ''Anime/RODTheTV'' (''ROD TV'' or ''R.O.D. the TV Series'' in the West), which itself also became quite popular. ''ROD The TV'' has a separate page; this page is for the OVA.

popular success.

[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-23/new-read-or-die-manga-darker-side-story-outlined A new manga series began in 2012]]; 2012]]: "R.O.D. Rehabilitation", set in a DarkerAndEdgier AlternateUniverse, features a different Yomiko who lives in a world where the printed word has been declared obsolete and the few remaining bibliophiles left in said world work are trying to create a rebel city-state.

There is a (unfortunately stalled) community project to translate the original novels [[http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Read_or_Die here]].
There is a stalled community project to translate the original novels.]]



Also, as one last note: The [=OVA=]'s first episode, which was produced in the year 2000, shows the World Trade Center in New York City. One scene in the episode is set on the roof of one of the Twin Towers. Anyone who has a [[TooSoon sensitive disposition]] to the events of 9/11 may wish to avoid that scene for that reason.



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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Nancy complains to Ikkyu that he promised he would not kill Yomiko. He explains that while Yomiko does need to die, he will clone her and alter her personality to be more in tune with his goals, so FromACertainPointOfView he was telling the truth.

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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Nancy complains to Ikkyu that he promised he would not kill Yomiko. He explains that while Yomiko does need to die, he will clone her and alter her personality to be more in tune with his goals, so FromACertainPointOfView he was telling the truth.truth.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]]) and very cute]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.


''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[Meganekko eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[Meganekko [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.


''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer [[Meganekko eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.


''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[Meganekko very cute]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and]] [[Meganekko very cute]]) [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.


''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and very cute]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.

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''Read or Die'' is a three-episode {{OVA}} about the adventures of Yomiko Readman -- an [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]] ([[CuteBookworm and and]] [[Meganekko very cute]]) bibliomaniac, part-time substitute teacher, and [[BadassBookworm super-powered agent]] for the British Library's secret intelligence division. Yomiko (code-named "The Paper" by the British Library) possesses what can best be called [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] [[PaperMaster paper powers]], which allows her to manipulate paper in practically every way thinkable (e.g. she can stop bullets by holding a notecard in their path). She also has an insatiable addiction to reading, and she feeds it by spending thousands of dollars a week on books. Yomiko is an odd combination of giggling innocent schoolgirl-ish woman (one gets the distinct impression most of the time that her mental age and, er, general level of life experience are those of a twelve-year-old) and stone cold killer.


** Anita [[spoiler:gets hit on the head by a baseball and hallucinates/dreams that she]] dives through a [[PortalPool poodle]] into a world after the setting of "TheWizardOfOz", [[AssKicksYou lands with her ass on the witch, knocking her out]] and then setting out on the quest to liberate Oz ([[spoiler:Maggie is the robot, that seeks a heart for courage, Michelle is the scarecrow, that [[TheDitz wants a brain]] and Chihon is the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and completely out of place]]).

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** Anita [[spoiler:gets hit on the head by a baseball and hallucinates/dreams that she]] dives through a [[PortalPool poodle]] into a world after the setting of "TheWizardOfOz", "Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz", [[AssKicksYou lands with her ass on the witch, knocking her out]] and then setting out on the quest to liberate Oz ([[spoiler:Maggie is the robot, that seeks a heart for courage, Michelle is the scarecrow, that [[TheDitz wants a brain]] and Chihon is the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and completely out of place]]).

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