R.O.D -The TV- J.C. Staff/Aniplex/Fuji TV/Sony Music Entertainment, 2003 Pioneer Entertainment (Project Release Date: Mid-2004) Directed by Koji Masunari (Read Or Die, Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety). Rated 13-Up for graphic violence, mature situations and strong language. Based on the manga Shin Read Or Die by Hideyuki Kurata (Battle Athletes Victory, Brigadoon) and Ran Ayanaga. Japanese author Nenene Sumiregawa arrives in Hong Kong to promote her best-selling novel when an unknown attacker destroys her hotel room for no apparent reason. She's then offered to stay with three sisters - Michelle, Maggie and Anita - who run a small detective agency. The next day, Nenene is in the middle of an autograph session when the attacker shows himself and threatens her with a bomb. The sisters use their quick reflexes and abilities to subdue the attacker and save Nenene. What surprises Nenene is that these sisters are capable of controlling paper at their own will - an ability used by her longtime friend Yomiko "The Paper" Readman. Story: B+ Initially, I thought this series would bomb without Yomiko, but I was dead wrong. The series grows on you not only because Nenene looks a lot like Yomiko, but you get loads of non-stop action and more fun with paper. And I'm just talking about the first episode. Animation: A+ Is it any different from the OAV? Perhaps, since it's animated by J.C. Staff (Azumanga Daioh, Slayers) (Studio DEEN did the OAV) - but the quality is just about the same level. The artwork is clean and the 2D/3D animation is just as outstanding as the original. Taraku Uon (Please Teacher!, Onegai Twins) and Masashi Ishihama (Tenamonya Voyagers) return as character designers. Soundtrack: A+ If you enjoyed Taku Iwasaki's (Witch Hunter Robin) soundtrack in the OAV, you'll be delighted to know that he's back to deliver more jazz music to the TV series. Just as before, the soundtrack has shades of John Barry (Dr. No and 11 other James Bond films) and Lalo Schiffrin (Mission: Impossible, Enter the Dragon). There's nothing like the Read Or Die theme playing in your stereo system. Sub vs. Dub R.O.D The TV features Satsuki Yukino (Kaname in Full Metal Panic!, Kagome in Inu-Yasha) as Nenene, Shoko Kikuchi (Yumiko in Babel II: Beyond Infinity, Hikari in Hand Maid May) as Michelle, Hiromi Hirata as Maggie, and Chiwa Saito (Lavie in Last Exile, Ayame in Wandaba Style) as Anita. No word on which company Pioneer will commission for the English dub. Hopefully, they'll use either ZRO Limit/Animaze (AKIRA, Trigun) or Bang Zoom! Entertainment (Heat Guy J, Vandread). The Bottom Line R.O.D The TV starts slow at first, but the action picks up with much gusto. Definitely a title to add on your list for next year.