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Read or Die

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Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Read Or Die TV TV 2003 TBD
Name Role
Masashi ISHIHAMA Character Design
Koji MASUNARI Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Hideyuki KURATA Original Manga Creator
Masatoshi FUJIMOTO Producer
Keiichi MATSUDA Producer

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Title Author Score Date
Read or Die MAK2Hybrid 9/10 Jul 22, 2013
Read or Die HarioSagara 7.5/10 Aug 28, 2012
Read or Die JainaProudmoore 9.3/10 Feb 18, 2011
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Good Dubs Kruszer 203 Apr 9, 2014
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anime order 10th rounds YamiRin 1136 Jan 20, 2014
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Watch Log of 2010 January, Part 2 Innocency 0 Jan 18, 10
Read or Die OVA SilentWarlock 0 Jan 1, 10
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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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kenaniah

Granted, both series feature individuals with rediculous powers that just simply defy the laws of nature. Cliche? Maybe. But who cares? Just check them out.

Merryberry

A rather odd recommendation I must admit, however the uniqueness of the characters abilities that are protrayed in both series are interesting enough so that if you liked the powers displayed in one the other will still hold your attention. Through in the saving the world aspect and you've got yourself a winner with either Read or Die or Darker than Black.

DeathCrunch

Characters with incredibility unique, and some bizarrely specific, powers.

Very likable cast in harrowing action-packed situations.

eaper

Each of these series are centered around character with extremely interesting skills with enemies with extremely unique plans to change the world.

watch it online now!

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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freakzilla
Paper and Alchemy, perhaps it's not the same, but if you see what these sisters can do with paper, you start to think it is lol
Angevon

Both animes involve close friendships and bizarre plot twists. What Yomiko does with paper is closely related to what Edward can do with Alchemy. It's interesting to see what both characters can do with their special abilities in each situation they get into.

kenaniah

So what do FMA and ROD have in common? Uh, nothing really. But if you liked the one, it's going to be impossible to hate the other.

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Get Backers

Get Backers

Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!

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sothis

Get Backers and Read or Die both are action packed campy series about people with unusual powers stopping the bad guys. Add in a soundtrack with style, and you have a fun show on your hands. I think if you like one, you'd appreciate the feel of the other.

SingerOfWhiteLine

Common people with unusual powers out of nowhere are on a mission to save the world and themselves! In the process, they beat stylish villains with unusual powers out of nowhere, participate in drama scenes, learn the true meaning of friendship and entertain you with good action scenes! Add good picture, stylish soundtrack and great character designs and you get two really good animes for OVA and long series lovers alike! Just don't think about where are their powers come from, okay?

DeathCrunch

Both casts of characters feature some of the most unique super powers around.

Not content with that they seam to be competing to find the most bizarre and interesting method of using them.

Though as is important the characters are as likable as you could want, so you'll actually care about the giant paper plane flying paper-master or the iron gripped illusionist.

Mai-Otome Zwei

Mai-Otome Zwei

Arika Yumemiya must embark in another intense battle, this time after successfully thwarting an asteroid that was about to destroy Windbloom Kingdom. The victory is short-lived when a mysterious dark force and a new type of slave emerge, each more powerful and more resilient than the Meisters have ever reckoned with before. Will Arika, using the power of the Sapphire of the Azure Sky, be able to rescue her kingdom from another enemy? And will her faltering relationship with Mashiro be able to survive the dark times once more?

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freakzilla

ROD and Mai-Otome Zwei have a very similar feeling. In both anime, elements of teamwork and special powers are abundant. The pacing and the feeling I got from these anime is very alike. Even the stories share some similarities!

n00bl3t

Read or Die and Mai-Otome Zwei give off an extremely similar vibe. With a low episode count, protagonists with superpowers and both offering a similarly paced action anime, if you liked either one you would be sure to enjoy the other.

eaper

Each of these series were extremely face paced with strong (read: super powered) lead females that are kind of clumsy but able to pull out a miracle when needed.

Shoka

Shoka
  • TV Special (1 ep)
  • 2010

In feudal Japan, the townsfolk are under attack by fantastical creatures that appear out of nowhere, summoned by henchmen of the evil Kokusengen. Coming to their aid is an ancient clan of calligraphers whose drawings come to life, whether in the form of a giant sword, a wall to protect them, or monsters to do their bidding. Shiro, Shimaki and Ena must draw and battle their way to victory before their adversaries' creations put them in the grave.

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sothis

I'm shocked that no one besides me (at the time of this posting) has recommended Read or Die with Shoka. While RoD is definitely a lot more fun/campy and Shoka is a lot more abstract, both are action-packed, short anime that revolve around characters who command the powers of paper/artwork. This is quite a rare concept for anime, so fans of one may enjoy the other - though Read or Die is MUCH better.

Kari5

Although the setting and plot are really different, both of these short shows are about people who can use paper as a weapon. Fans of one might enjoy the other.

NimirRa

There's not much in common plot-wise for these shows, but the creative ways they fight using paper make these two an easy recommendation. Whether it is using the sharp edges to cut an opponent or even molding large creatures out of the paper to defeat an enemy- every option is demonstrated.