In recent years, there always seems to be at least one or two anime every year that suddenly skyrockets in popularity. Sometimes it lasts (Attack on Titan), sometimes it doesn’t (No Game No Life). In mid 2014, this show was Akame ga Kill. A lot of the popularity seemed to come from the manga, but the anime also gathered a pretty big following. Unfortunately, popularity doesn’t always correlate with quality.
One of the biggest problems with the Read or Die OVA was that it didn’t have enough time to develop its story. Three episodes just wasn’t enough time to fully explain the details of the story it wanted to tell. Being a TV series, ROD the TV is able to mostly avoid this problem, although it still occasionally struggles in the story department.
Something I’ve found is that strong characters can make up for a weak story. Having a good story and good characters is ideal, of course, but if I had to pick one to prioritize, it would be good characters. Even if the story is just okay, characters that are fun to watch or interesting to look into can still make a good show. Read or Die is one such case.