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Cast

Series cast summary:
Megumi Toyoguchi Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Mimiru / ... 28 episodes, 2002-2003
Kazuhiro Nakata Kazuhiro Nakata ...  Bear 28 episodes, 2002-2003
Amanda Winn Lee ...  Mimiru / ... 28 episodes, 2002-2003
Paul Mercier ...  Bear 28 episodes, 2002-2003
Kaori Nazuka Kaori Nazuka ...  Subaru 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Kim Mai Guest ...  Subaru 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Mitsuki Saiga Mitsuki Saiga ...  Tsukasa / ... 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Akiko Hiramatsu ...  BT 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Brianne Brozey ...  Tsukasa / ... 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Donna Rawlins Donna Rawlins ...  BT 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ...  Sora 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ...  Silver Knight 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Dave Wittenberg ...  Sora / ... 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Douglas Rye Douglas Rye ...  Silver Knight 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Lex Lang ...  Crim 21 episodes, 2002-2003
Shin'ichirô Miki ...  Crim 21 episodes, 2002-2003
Rie Tanaka Rie Tanaka ...  Morganna 15 episodes, 2002
Valerie Arem Valerie Arem ...  Morganna 15 episodes, 2002
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Offical site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

.хак//ЗНАК See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 anamorphic
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sora: Tsukasa! Let's play red light-green light.
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Connections

Referenced in .hack//Mutation (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Yasashii Yoake
("Gentle Dawn")
Ending Theme
Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Yuki Kajiura
Performed by See-Saw
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A tedious work of art. 8-9/10
21 December 2003 | by apeironcalamitySee all my reviews

.hack//SIGN cannot be judged alone. This show was meant to be connected with many other forms of multimedia and many other shows. There is.hack//Liminality 4 episode series, .hack//DUSK manga and anime (a.k.a. Legend of the Twilight Bracelet), and the gaming series. Each seperate show/game/manga fills in those questions that are left by the others and you must even do some investigating yourself to fill in some of the blanks.

Standing alone, .hack//SIGN is a work of art. The scenery is amazing, the character designs are very original, and the soundtrack is mindblowing. Because the entire series takes place witin a digital world, the artists had a lot of freedom in the design of the enviroment; yet they also had the guidelines of keeping the same feeling of the enviroment in the games (.hack//Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, and Quarintine). This provided a challenge because the graphics in the games aren't exactly wonderful. But the artists pull through keeping true to the game and making an unforgetable world for us to enjoy. Anoter big challenge was to create a way to make the main characters recognizable while keeping them within design of the "extras" because the series is a game where there are skins for the players. The characters that stick out in my mind are Chrim and Mimiru. Finally, during the course of the whole series, there are very few moments where there is no music playing and whenever this happens, it is for dramatic effect. They even have a feature on the DVD to take out the dialogue and just watch the beautiful art and listen to the amazing muisc.

I don't want to talk much about the story because it is something you need to discover for yourself. All you need to know is that at times the story can drag and seem slow but all you need to do is stick with it and make sure you don't get lost in the many intellegent conversations that take place.

I HIGHLY reccomend this series espicially with taking part in the many other offered .hack media.


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