Read or Die
One of Manga Entertainment's newest entries into
the UK market in 2003 is Read or Die, subtitled
"Yomiko Readman - the Paper". Strange that I, a
card carrying Brit and voracious book person have
never heard of "UK Library Special Operations"
but that is effectively who Yomiko works for. She
isn't called "The Paper" for nothing, either. In
fact, the first time we see her, following a
little preview of what we are in for when the US
Library of Congress is attacked, she is sleeping
under a pile of books. She has to dig her phone
out of a pile of books. She finds her money in a
book, her walls are lined with books and her
first mission that fateful morning was to go buy
more of the things!
The story gets going when it appears that
Yomiko's latest acquisition, a German edition of
an old classic with some odd annotations, is
stolen by a guy riding an oversized bug. We then
find out that The Paper can do more with dried
pulp than just read it! The attempted theft is
part of a plot to destroy humanity, but Yomiko
just wants the book back!
In the process of this story, we are introduced
to a whole plethora of bad guys seemingly
resurrected from stem cells (oh ho! This reminds
me of a rather nasty episode of South
Park I saw recently, but I'm not getting
involved!) We also meet some of her colleagues;
the Joker (don't worry, it isn't how it sounds!)
Ms. Deep aka Nancy and Mr. Gentleman (who
thinks of these names?!?)
Packaging is good, though I'm a little puzzled
why Manga insist on putting the thing in a clam
case, then putting that in a cardboard sleeve!
Unlike some of the recent DVD releases, this is a
dual language release, the subs are good and
there are plenty of interesting extras too. Looks
suspiciously like the whole thing was taken from
the US master, possibly the reason why some of
the other recent Manga releases of titles they
previously released here as dub only have
remained that way (e.g. Detonator Orgun,
In my opinion, this is probably one of the best
new titles that Manga has released in quite a
while, certainly better than many of the VHS
releases it made during its post GitS days when
it spent so much time purging its reject bin.
Certainly this will appeal to action lovers who
were into titles such as Cowboy Bebop.
Makes you proud to be British!!!
Review by Chika,
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