Sumiregawa Nenene is an author who hasn't published a book in years. However, at a book signing in Hong Kong, things go fascinatingly awry. For starters, her guides are three sisters who operate a detective agency: Maggie, Michelle, and Anita. Then there's the attacks on Nenene's life, and her only line of defense is the three sisters -- who can all use paper as weapons, tools, and even transportation. But can their powers protect Nenene from the mysterious forces that not only want her, but all the precious books of the world...?
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...
FMA and ROD have a key common factor: the bond shared between the main characters. Both the brothers Elric and the "paper sisters" are emotionally attached at the hip; as a result, the two series have a similar feel. In both series, no matter how many horrible events occur, the bond is what keeps the plot mostly upbeat so that the viewer gets a good mixture of tragedy and comedy.
FMA, like ROD TV, has siblings working together and a similar feel. The dialog is smart, and the characters are similarly engaging. In both series the characters have special abilities, In FMA "alchemy" allows them to focus energy to transmute objects, while In ROD TV, the ability is confined to paper.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
It's hard to describe what makes Read or Die TV and Cowboy Bebop different from most other anime, but this is one thing they have in common, but they both have action (all those awesome fighting scenes). If you're a fan of fighting scenes and stuff like that you should definitely watch this anime.
ROD TV and Bebop have a very similar feeling to them. Taking any job to make some money, these people use their special skills to accomplish their missions. They both let us get a good look at the characters and add in some humor as well.
The main characters in Cowboy Bebop and Read or Die take on jobs that will put them in the path of danger and are risking their lives on a daily basis. While Cowboy Bebop is set in the future, Read or Die deals with paper handling magic. The characters in the series have to deal with life throws at them and take the day one step at a time. There is a great deal of action and fighting scenes throughout each.
Both contain characters whose jobs force them to risk their lives. I think the main factors that would attract one fan to the other would be the amazing fight scenes and the interstion relationships between the characters. Though in R.O.D the characters have more of a sense of Camaraderie both groups of people work in a team to try and make some cash.
The government has passed the Media Betterment Act, establishing a military police force to stop the spread of "negative influences harmful to society;" and in response, libraries have organized their own military units to protect freedom of expression. After being saved by a Library Defense Force agent in a bookstore, Kasahara is inspired to enlist in the Library Defense Force. Although she proves quite athletic and capable, she must endure the harsh but meaningful training of her instructor and superior officer, Doujou. As she learns how to be a good soldier, she participates in LDF operations, helping protect literary freedom for everyone.
The importance of Books in a world were library hold power are the foundations for both of these series. Creation of characters with a love of books has meant that both series pull off the library power and wars with equal effect with their great storytelling. Well worth watching to see the lengths that the characters will go to rescue a single book.
They're action series' about books! In both of these shows, the main focus is a passion and love for books. If you love books too, then these two shows are definitely for you.
They both feature bibliophilic female protagonists that are willing to go to great lenghts to protect books and surpriingly powerful libraries. Both series contains comedy, drama and a fair amount of action scenes, though RoD TV has a superhero-angle while Toshokan Sensou has a very military slant.
While one show is about protecting and the other show is about using, they are both indeed heavily centered about written literature with lots of combat and conspiracy by either bad groups or governments.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...
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?
Both Darker than Black and Read or Die - TV deal with individuals with 'superpowers' going against large organizations that once worked for.
Darker than Black and Read or Die both have major characters with 'personal superpowers'. The action sequences all have the same feel for it and for viewing pleasure I'd recommend Darker than Black. It does however feature less of the 'emotional bonds' between characters (only a little) and the stories are very different.
Still highly recommended