animated cartoon R.O.D. © Studio DEEN / SME Visual Works
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'A young female agent with a powerful psionic power over paper must stop a plot for world destruction. ' That's how imdb puts it. Sounds straightforward, doesn't it? But a more detailed synopsis from Charles Solomon at Amazon tells us, "Yomiko Readman is a bespectacled substitute teacher who spends every cent she earns on books. When a weird humanoid riding a buglike monster tries to steal a rare book from her, Yomiko performs some amazing battle moves using pieces of paper as weapons. She's immediately drafted into the British Library Special Engineering Force, assigned to Operation Manuscript Retrieval. The mutant clones of a demented scientist are stealing rare books from libraries around the world. The resurrected scientist plans to destroy the human race by reconstructing and broadcasting Beethoven's lost "Death Symphony," which will compel everyone who hears it to commit suicide: it's up to Yomiko and her teammates to stop him."

And this is just the three episode OAV. There's a TV series, too.

see also: R.O.D. the TV (TV Series)
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Just your average 007/origami crossover. By now you'd think I'd be used to Japanese animation which was a bit... off-kilter, but for a short series which doesn't seem to be intended...
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The anime that has almost everything! Yumiko Readman is every bookworm's role model. She has stacks of books on every flat surface of her apartment, and spends her money and...
Created by: Studio DEEN, SME Visual Works
Language: English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Read or Die
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Rieko Miura ... Yomiko Readman
Masami Iwasaki ... Drake Anderson
Michiko Neya ... Nancy Makuhari
Chikao Ôtsuka ... Hiraga Gen-nai
Junko Takeuchi ... Fabre
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
Kimberly Yates ... Yomiko Readman
Ryan Abraham ... Alex
Sue Cremin ... Yoko
Tricia Dickson ... Wendy
Chad Fifer ... Genjo
Crispin Freeman ... Joker
Dean Haglund ... Gennai Hiraga
Dave Herbelin ... President
Jason Lee ... Drake Anderson
Hal Lublin ... Otto Lilienthal
Daniel Raymont ... Ikkyu
Michael Ross ... Paul
Amanda Winn Lee ... Nancy Makuhari
Directed by: Amanda Winn Lee and Kouji Masunari
Writing Credits: Hideyuki Kurata
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