.hack//SIGN (2002– )

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A strange boy named Tsukasa appears in the online video game "The World". He claims to be alive, and without a computer.

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Series cast summary:
Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Mimiru (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Amanda Winn Lee ...
 Mimiru (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Kazuhiro Nakata ...
 Bear (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Tsukasa / ... (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mitsuki Saiga ...
 Tsukasa / ... (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Kaori Nazuka ...
 Subaru (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Isshin Chiba ...
 Silver Knight (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Paul Mercier ...
 Bear (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Donna Rawlins ...
 BT (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
 BT (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Kim Mai Guest ...
 Subaru (4 episodes, 2002)
Douglas Rye ...
 Silver Knight (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mitsuyo Kondo ...
 Grunty (4 episodes, 2002)
Rie Tanaka ...
 Morganna (3 episodes, 2002)
Valerie Arem ...
 Morganna (3 episodes, 2002)
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
 Crim (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Crim (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
 Sora (2 episodes, 2002)
Yumi Tôma ...
 Helba (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Dave Wittenberg ...
 Sora (2 episodes, 2002)
 Mistral / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
 Helba (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Balmung / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2003)


It is the year 2010. After the great network crash of 2005, online entertainment was restricted. Two years after, the CC Corporation released the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing game since the incident. The extremely popular game, called "The World" sells millions of copies. And when that many are playing, things are bound to go wrong. A mysterious boy, who calls himself Tsukasa, appears. He is very mysterious, and he claims that he is actually alive "in the world" - that he isn't a person in front of a computer. He is branded a server malfunction by Ginkan and the Scarlet Knights, and is pursued. Written by Ultros9999

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Release Date:

1 February 2003 (USA)  »

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(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

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16:9 anamorphic
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The character of Bear is inspired by Mel Gibson (I)' 's character in Braveheart (1995). See more »


In the episode "Party" Tsukasa initially miscalculates the product of 331 and 3 in answering the second riddle. This is only in the English dub. See more »


Morganna: I need you as much as you need me. As long as we walk together, I will protect you.
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Followed by .hack//Legend of the Twilight (2003) See more »


Opening Theme
Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Yuki Kajiura
Performed by See-Saw
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.hack//Sign is not boring or confusing
27 October 2003 | by (Seattle, Washington USA) – See all my reviews

.hack//Sign is not boring or confusing. If you have seen Evangelion, which is created by some of the same people, you can see how the "confusion" is actually an important story device called Mystery.

As the other comments eluded to, this series is one in a multi-format anime/manga/game series. Hack sign is only the second part in the series. So the claim that the ending resolves nothing, first realize that this series was never intended to "stand alone", but to complement the other parts. Second, please refer to the other animes done by these people: Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell, both have inconclusive endings, like it or not. If you can't stand a complex plot; you prefer simple, predictable plots; then this show is not for you.

As to the boring part. The show may be slow moving, especially the episode where Mimiru waits for Tsukasa in Dun Lorielag, but if you are paying attention fully, you notice how well written the show is. It is portraying the sometimes tediousness of online gaming, but more importantly, showing how Tsukasa is living on a completely different timeframe from other players. This serves to give the viewers some insight into how Tsukasa must be feeling, and how the other "normal" players must be exerting themselves trying to befriend him. .Hack//Sign is a beautiful story. With well drawn characters and backgrounds, and well written music. The characters and dialogue are complex, as well as the story. I recommend everybody buy/watch this anime, as well as .hack//liminality and also play the games. They are all fun and each are a part in a larger puzzle. This whole series has quite an original concept. It certainly is not boring or confusing.

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