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




2003   2002  





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


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 real world, but not in front of a terminal. He is branded an illegal player by the Crimson Knights, and is pursued. Written by Ultros9999

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The entire story is told across novels, manga, television, and video games. 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: Adults, so selfish.
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Alternate Versions

The version airing on Cartoon Network deletes the series' usual ending credits sequence, instead replacing it with a much shorter montage of scenes from the series while an English version of the credits scroll by. This was done, because of an image, of nudity, and to reduce overall running time for advertising reasons. See more »


Followed by .hack//Outbreak (2002) See more »


Yasashii Yoake
("Gentle Dawn")
Ending 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 yuriel_367See 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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Release Date:

1 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 anamorphic
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