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.hack//SIGN (TV Series 2002– ) Poster

(2002– )

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The entire story is told across novels, manga, television, and video games.
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As a special bonus for the fourth and final volume of the game series, Bee Train and CyberConnect2 (the companies who produced .hack//SIGN) created a bonus 29th episode entitled .hack//GIFT. In addition to a redesigned opening and a plot which features the characters from //SIGN and the games looking for a secret area called the Tasogare Onsen (Twilight Hot Springs), the episode contains radically different and cartoony designs for the characters that exaggerate their physical features.
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The character of Bear is inspired by Mel Gibson (I)' 's character in Braveheart (1995).
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According to director Kôichi Mashimo the opening theme "Obsession" had to be written in English because in Japanese the lyrics would have been profane.
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The series takes place in 2010 and only a few months before the story of the first game .hack//Infection (2002).
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The opening sequence for .hack//GIFT is similar to that of .hack//SIGN, but with several differences:
  • Ucchi and Emy, two characters exclusive to //GIFT, appear in the "mouse click" scene.


  • Many times in the opening, Subaru, Bear, Mimiru, and BT flash between their //SIGN and //GIFT designs. Aura also does this in her floating scene.


  • During the scene in which Subaru, Bear, Mimiru, and BT wave their respective weapons and split in half, the //SIGN


  • version characters walk across, are briefly shown in their //GIFT forms as their bodies split, and immediately change back.


  • The "disintegrating clothes" scenes are replaced by ones of the //GIFT versions of Subaru, Bear, Mimiru, and BT floating against the tunnel of 1s and 0s.


  • Instead of the //SIGN Tsukasa being wrapped by the Guardian's tentacles, a //GIFT Tsukasa is shown being Data Drained.


  • When the dancing girl hits the water, she changes into the topless Helba shown in //GIFT, and the //SIGN Aura is replaced by her //GIFT counterpart.


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The ending sequence for .hack//GIFT features the //GIFT versions of the characters from //SIGN and the games in place of Subaru and Tsukasa walking across, respectively. At the end of the sequence, //GIFT versions of Subaru and Silver Knight are also shown.
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Peter Cullen narrated the first promo created for the U.S. broadcast on Toonami.
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