.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)
Mitsuyo Kondo ...
 Grunty (5 episodes, 2002)
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)
Rie Tanaka ...
 Morganna (3 episodes, 2002)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
 Sora (3 episodes, 2002)
Valerie Arem ...
 Morganna (3 episodes, 2002)
Dave Wittenberg ...
 Sora (3 episodes, 2002)
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
 Crim (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Crim (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Yumi Tôma ...
 Helba (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
 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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Beyond Fantasy, Beyond Reality, Beyond the World See more »


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Release Date:

1 February 2003 (USA)  »

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(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 anamorphic
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Did You Know?


According to director Kôichi Mashimo the opening theme "Obsession" had to be written in English because in Japanese the lyrics would have been profane. 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 »


Tsukasa: I'm no longer afraid of you, or my father.
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Followed by .hack//G.U. Vol.1//Rebirth (2006) See more »


Opening Theme
Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Yuki Kajiura
Performed by See-Saw
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A very goooood anime series
26 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is, whatever anyone might say, one of the best anime ever created. I say this because, although i do admit that the story plot pace is slow - slower than anyone could imagine - it still holds a valuable plot and of course, opens up much more for the following series of games, and manga. Of course, there is a novel before this series as well, and overall i just have to say that Project Hack was such a good success, at least in my opinion. Espscially the use of many different approach was good - manga, anime, games and novels.

If someone was to watch only .hack//SIGN, then of course it may seem unsatisfying, because it really does not give much info about anything. Since it was meant to be a prequel of the games, if you want to find out what happens to Sora, Aura or Tsukasa after wards, you would have to play the games.

Overall, i do admit that there were much more talking than action - in which it lost many action-anime fans. However it is an anime that is more inspirational movies than the action-packed ones. You had to get into the human emotions and philosophy to fully enjoy the meaning behind the anime - hard lives, choices, obstacles that appear in the real life, the players (characters) try to avoid by logging into "The World". However in the end they all realize to face fear and live their life to fullest extent.

Overall, i personally would give this anime 10/10, for its superb performance. Whether it was the heart-touching quotes, the ever-beautiful music, or the mind-blowingly complex plot, i find that .hack//SIGN is a must for all anime fans.

P.S: Just adding a reply to one of the comments... Tsukasa is NOT an AI character.

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