Read or Die

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Cover of Volume 12

Note: Alakazzandra is currently translating this on her livejournal, where she posts the first draft. We are hosting the edited version. Feel free to edit once the second draft of any given page has been posted on here.

Story Synopsis

Odaiba, Tokyo, a skyscraper devoid of human life. Woo had come from Hong Kong, bringing with him a rare book entitled "The Black Book of Fairy Tales". His counterpart was a blond Englishman. However, next to him was a bespectacled young Eurasian woman, whom he introduced as a consultant. To check her for weapons, Woo opened the front of the woman's coat and was promptly struck speechless. The inside of the coat bristled with pockets, which were overflowing with novels, magazines, newspapers, and God knows what else!

- Taken from the cover of the first book



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Format Standards

Please refer to this topic thread for information about this project.


  • June 9, 2011 :*Pages 83 through to 85 added.(Sorry for taking so long to get this up)
  • November 1, 2010 :*Pages 75 through to 82 uploaded.
  • July 6, 2010 :Recruiting a lead project editor; please see post at project journal if interested.
  • June 13, 2010 :Text through page 74 updated with translator's edits; now open for general editing
  • October 10, 2009 :*Page 74 uploaded
  • March 1, 2009 :*First page of chapter one added
  • July 8, 2008 :*Project page created
  • Volume One:Prologue uploaded

Read or Die by Hideyuki Kurata

  Volume 1

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  Volume 2

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  Volume 3

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  Volume 4

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  Volume 5

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  Volume 6

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  Volume 7

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  Volume 8

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  Volume 9

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  Volume 10

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  Volume 11

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  Volume 12

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  • Novel Illustrations

Project Staff






  • Wolfpup(never know when im on the prowl)
  • Gamesfreak26 (Slav...Um, volunteer - currently editing Chapter 1)
  • animrbill (Initially looking at spelling, word usage, and grammer)
  • (feel free to volunteer!)


Series Overview

  1. R.O.D (July 14, 2000 ISBN 978-4-08-630002-5)
  2. R.O.D ―第二巻― (October 14, 2000 ISBN 978-4-08-630014-8)
  3. R.O.D ―第三巻― (March 14, 2001 ISBN 978-4-08-630026-1)
  4. R.O.D ―第四巻― (July 14, 2001 ISBN 978-4-08-630040-7)
  5. R.O.D ―第五巻― (December 14, 2001 ISBN 978-4-08-630062-9)
  6. R.O.D ―第六巻― (July 14, 2002 ISBN 978-4-08-630087-2)
  7. R.O.D ―第七巻― (December 14, 2002 ISBN 978-4-08-630105-3)
  8. R.O.D ―第八巻― (July 14, 2003 ISBN 978-4-08-630136-7)
  9. R.O.D ―第九巻― (February 14, 2004 ISBN 978-4-08-630169-5)
  10. R.O.D ―第十巻― (July 14, 2004 ISBN 978-4-08-630192-3)
  11. R.O.D ―第十一巻― (February 24, 2006 ISBN 978-4-08-630280-7)
  12. R.O.D ―第十二巻― (August 25, 2016, ISBN 978-4-08-630765-9)