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Series cast summary:
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...  Mimiru / ... 28 episodes, 2002-2003
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Kaori Nazuka ...  Subaru 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Kim Mai Guest ...  Subaru 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Mitsuki Saiga ...  Tsukasa / ... 26 episodes, 2002-2003
...  BT 26 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Tsukasa / ... 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Donna Rawlins ...  BT 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Hiroshi Yanaka ...  Sora 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Isshin Chiba ...  Silver Knight 23 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Sora / ... 23 episodes, 2002-2003
Douglas Rye ...  Silver Knight 23 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Crim 21 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Crim 21 episodes, 2002-2003
Rie Tanaka ...  Morganna 15 episodes, 2002
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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Beyond Fantasy, Beyond Reality, Beyond the World See more »


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Also Known As:

.хак//ЗНАК  »

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(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

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16:9 anamorphic
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Trivia

The entire story is told across novels, manga, television, and video games. 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 Toonami Pre-Flight: Favorite Movies of 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Yasashii Yoake
("Gentle Dawn")
Ending Theme
Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Yuki Kajiura
Performed by See-Saw
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User Reviews

Meh, it's all right
20 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Before I start, let me point out that the only exposure I've had to the.hack universe is through this series. So if I'm just not getting something that is somehow enhanced by the games or other series, I apologize.

Anyway, this is really a pretty good show. Not great, but good. Good characters, great animation and music, and an inventive and creative plot. The only real beefs I have with this show are the length and the confusion. During the series, I accepted the fact that things may seem a little confusing, and I'd just have to stick with it. I expected that things would be tied up at the end, maybe not completely, but at least enough to justify watching all these (mostly pointless) episodes. Unfortunately, I don't feel that they really explained what happened. It kind of left me hanging. I understand the story goes on, but I would have preferred a little more closure.

As for the length, the series contains far too little content to fill nearly thirty episodes. Its kind of an anti-FLCL, if you know what I mean. They could have easily wrapped it up in 13, if not fewer. It just seemed to drag on and on, talking a lot without really saying anything. Of course, sometimes it was nice to just sit back and enjoy the beautiful animation and music. They were something of a saving grace.

So in the end, I'd recommend .hack//sign. Despite its length, it managed to keep my interest throughout, and that's always a good thing.


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