My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Ever since first seeing the Read or Die anime, I wanted to see more, but I honestly had no idea if there was more to the series or not. Fast forward a couple years into the future, and I finally got off my duff and started looking into this. It was during that time that I discovered the Read or Dream series, which is set in the same world as Read or Die, but involves all new characters that possess the power of paper. The problem was, I couldn’t actually find these books anywhere, and the odd time I did find them, they were severely overpriced. But then I found them, the whole series, in a used book store and I couldn’t grab them off the shelf quickly enough.
This series revolves around three sisters, Michelle, Maggie and Anita, and they run the Paper Sisters Detective Agency. They also all have the power to control paper, turning it into anything they want, which honestly is a pretty damn awesome power. This power is also the biggest connection this series has to the Read or Die series. The sisters definitely could not be more opposite from each other. Outside of their powers, and their mutual love of books (minus Anita because she doesn’t like them), they really have nothing in common, and yet they work well together – most of the time. I think it’s these differences that really allows them to function together and to come solve the cases that come along.
For the most part, the individual stories throughout the series don’t seem to have any connection to each other. It’s just like a collection of random adventures and incidences that occur. But then, at the end of it all, things finally come full circle and something that happens in the beginning finally connections several of the events along the way. This made it finally feel like a complete series instead of a random collection of short stories that centered around the same characters.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good series. It has definitely made me want to seek out the original Read or Die manga, as well as eventually watch the Read or Die Tv series.