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R.O.D. The TV (Part 2)

Type: Sequel of a OVA, which is a Sequel of a Manga, which is Based of a Light Novel

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Synopsis: Three sisters, Michelle, Maggie, and Anita, are forced to participate in a world wide conspiracy after successfully bodyguarding an “author” that’s only written one book in her entire life. They are joined by Yokimo, a fellow paper user and all around waste of space who everyone seems to be obsessed with for no real reason. Together, the high reliable Paper Sisters and useless Paper Agent have to stop a really, really, really old man from being reborn.

Pros: The second half of R.O.D., or second season for all intends and purposes, is a very contained story that serves as the Finale for the entire R.O.D. franchise. The glue that holds it all together is the antagonist, Joker, and the British Library. The British Library are such bad guys in this! They always seem a step ahead, and they never panic or get angry when the protagonist seem to get the better of them (which rarely happens). You may not sympathize with the antagonists, but you come to respect their ingenuity and efficiency.

Cons: Since this part of the show is meant to tie up lose ends for the R.O.D. franchise, certain elements from previous works are brought into the series. Concepts like I-Jins, The British Library, The Dokusensha, Yokimo Readman, Nancy Makuhari, and the revival of Mr. Gentleman. You won’t feel lost, but you also won’t necessarily care about the specifics. I’m specifically referring to Yokimo and Nancy’s whole deal. The show vaguely refers to their past exploits, and doesn’t do much to make them likable characters. Yokimo is a weak willed and short sighted bookworm, and Nancy is a obsessive woman with co-dependent issues. There presence takes focus away from the Paper Sisters to a degree, almost to the point of making the series their story instead. I really wish their roles had been relegated to a simple cameo.

Watch it?: Despite some unlikable characters, the story as a whole as exciting enough to warrant a watch. (4/5)

MVP: Anita King

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Best Episode: Ep. 20 “Bonjour tristesse” (Anita was right, Yokimo does suck)

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R.O.D. the TV (Part 1)

Type: Paper Sister Detective Agency

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Synopsis: Three sisters, Michelle, Maggie, and Anita, are dirt poor detectives hired to guard an author whose only written one book in her entire career. The three sister are all “Paper Users,” people with the ability to manipulate paper. Believe it or not, this isn’t the craziest part. Nor the fact that these super powered pretty girls are always strapped for cash. The real jump is believing that a person whose only written one book five years ago is considered an “author.” That’s just silly.

Pros: The paper based powers are cool. It’s kinda like the Avatar water, air, and earth bending all rolled into one. The animation really makes the power seem powerful, but at the same time graceful. The same goes for the three leads, the “Paper Sisters.” The sister really shine when on a mission, because you get to seem them use their skills and teamwork first hand. The show demonstrates that these girls are professionals. I would have been perfectly happy if the whole series had just been a series of one-off missions involving the Paper Sisters.

Cons: While the action driven episodes are strong, the rest are hit or miss. The fist half of the show focuses on the Paper Sister’s time with Nenene Suminegara, a temperamental author. I disliked Nenene and found her obnoxious, but the show does a somewhat decent job at explaining why she’s that way, and her relationship with the sisters increases her likability. Thing get really boring when Anita goes to middle school. Because, you know, middle school. The show changes in tone after episode 13, introducing elements from the larger R.O.D. franchise. So you might as well consider the first 13 episodes as a season 1.

Watch it?: Paper Bending is something you must see (4/5)

MVP: Maggie Mui

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I like the big strong silent type

Best Episode: Ep. 12-13 Twilight of Paper (Imagine Mission Impossible, but awesome)

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