Read or Die (2001 IMDb)

Categorization

Superhero action, comedy, tragedy, romance, horror, hell who knows.

Subject

The Special Ops Division of the British Library saves the world.

Commentary

Clich├ęs, steampunk and bizarre powers. Very stylish. Great fun watching in a group. Suitable for literature-loving US detractors.

Japanese production animation movie

Sequel:

R.O.D the TV (2003 IMDb)

Categorization

Superhero action and drama.

Subject

Strongly tied to the original in a fairly non-standard way. Starts off with a whole different set of people. World saved.

Commentary

Especially before the original gallery surfaces, there are several episodes of quirky characters interacting in interesting, largely everyday ways, which is the most enjoyable part of the series. The many bizarre paper-based showdowns to good music (resulting in the sinking of Hong Kong mid-series) are also nice. Unfortunately never deep enough to stick, and the animation is generally sub-standard.

Japanese production animation series