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Show: R.O.D the TV (2003-2004)  
Review by: Animetique
This summary/review is provided by animetique.com and used under the Creative Commons License.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

After 12 Episodes
R.O.D. is a fun-spirited detective story about Nenene Sumiregawa, a promising author who's been suffering from writer's block since her best friend, Yomiko Readman, disappeared four years ago. Luckily, Nenene's last novel was quite a success and she's been living off royalties ever since. Unfortunately, someone who isn't impressed with her world view wants her dead.

The story begins with Nenene traveling to Hong Kong to drum up some publicity for the new movie based on her novel. Once there, she is picked up by the Paper Sisters, Michelle Chan, Maggie Mui, and Anita King, and driven to her hotel. Fortunately, the girls were a few minutes late - just as they pull up to the hotel, a bomb goes off in Nenene's assigned room and blows out the windows.

Of course, Nenene can't stay there now that it's blatantly obvious that someone is trying to kill her, so she stays with the Paper Sisters, sleeping amidst stacks of books in their cramped little apartment that doubles as their office. Michelle and Maggie are thrilled to have her around, but little sis, Anita, immediately wants her gone, so the tension builds between the four.

Also of note, which you might have been able to tell from their last names, the sisters aren't actually blood sisters. They all found one another at one point and decided to become sisters. They also all share the ability to manipulate paper in some way - like Yomiko did in the OAV series - which comes in handy when their employer gives them missions to retrieve rare books from the baddies.

The story, so far, has been very smooth. Some episodes focus on the overall interaction between the sisters and Nenene, while others focus on rare book retrieval missions they do to pay the bills on the side. Both tracks converge around episodes 11-12 when we learn more about the purpose of the books and how Nenene is involved.

So far, R.O.D. has been lots of fun to watch. It's just the right mix of comedy and espionage action to keep you wanting more.

Animation:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

While the animation isn't as high quality as the OAV was (but what anime really is, right?) this anime looks really good. This anime is vibrantly colored and the sisters are animated to fit with their personalities. For instance, Maggie is an introvert, so they've drawn her a good 6 inches taller than Michelle - she moves sluggishly and rarely shows emotions - while Michelle is high spirited, so often her movements are exaggerated to accentuate her dramatics and happy nature.

Music:

My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

The music of R.O.D. is excellent. Composer Taku Iwasaki creates a jazzy score to highlight the detective/spy-thriller feel of the show.

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Overall, it's the characters that make R.O.D. as entertaining as it is, and their personalities match how they fight in battle. Maggie is the defense and uses her paper familiars to transport and protect her sisters. Michelle is the backup, ready to jump in and fight if something unexpected happens. And Anita is the attacker.

When not in battle, Maggie is quiet and reserved, choosing to isolate herself and read, while Michelle is giddy and air headed much of the time, unless something happens between Anita and Maggie - then she's the glue that tries to get them to resolve their differences. And Anita is a spunky, outspoken girl who hates books and can't understand her sisters' obsession with them. They actually spend some time developing Anita's character by having her interact with classmates and make friends.
Last Updated: 6/5/2007
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