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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:
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Kazuhiro Nakata Kazuhiro Nakata ...  Bear 28 episodes, 2002-2003
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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
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Brianne Brozey ...  Tsukasa / ... 26 episodes, 2002-2003
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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(25 episodes and 3 bonus episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 anamorphic
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Trivia

Peter Cullen narrated the first promo created for the U.S. broadcast on Toonami. 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

Tsukasa: I'm no longer afraid of you, or my father.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by .hack//Link (2010) See more »

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Obsession
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Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Yuki Kajiura
Performed by See-Saw
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.hack//Sign is not boring or confusing
27 October 2003 | by rm2kmidiSee all my reviews

.hack//Sign is not boring or confusing. If you have seen Evangelion, which is created by some of the same people, you can see how the "confusion" is actually an important story device called Mystery.

As the other comments eluded to, this series is one in a multi-format anime/manga/game series. Hack sign is only the second part in the series. So the claim that the ending resolves nothing, first realize that this series was never intended to "stand alone", but to complement the other parts. Second, please refer to the other animes done by these people: Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell, both have inconclusive endings, like it or not. If you can't stand a complex plot; you prefer simple, predictable plots; then this show is not for you.

As to the boring part. The show may be slow moving, especially the episode where Mimiru waits for Tsukasa in Dun Lorielag, but if you are paying attention fully, you notice how well written the show is. It is portraying the sometimes tediousness of online gaming, but more importantly, showing how Tsukasa is living on a completely different timeframe from other players. This serves to give the viewers some insight into how Tsukasa must be feeling, and how the other "normal" players must be exerting themselves trying to befriend him. .Hack//Sign is a beautiful story. With well drawn characters and backgrounds, and well written music. The characters and dialogue are complex, as well as the story. I recommend everybody buy/watch this anime, as well as .hack//liminality and also play the games. They are all fun and each are a part in a larger puzzle. This whole series has quite an original concept. It certainly is not boring or confusing.


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