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.hack//Sign

.hack//Sign

Alternative Titles

English: .hack//Sign
Japanese: .hack//SIGN

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2002 to Sep 26, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.201 (scored by 45717 users)
Ranked: #25662
Popularity: #344
Members: 86,602
Favorites: 890
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

adventure drama fantasy game

Synopsis

A young wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia. He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, he is suspected to be a hacker of the Crimson Knights, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way.

As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a "guardian," which promises him protection from all harm. Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out, and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Sequel: .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu, .hack//Roots, .hack//Intermezzo, .hack//Unison
Alternative setting: .hack//Liminality
Side story: .hack//Gift
Other: .hack//Quantum, .hack//The Movie: Sekai no Mukou ni

Characters & Voice Actors

Tsukasa
Tsukasa
Main
Saiga, Mitsuki
Japanese
Saiga, Mitsuki
Siddall, Brianne
English
Siddall, Brianne
...
Subaru
Subaru
Main
Nazuka, Kaori
Japanese
Nazuka, Kaori
Guest, Kim Mai
English
Guest, Kim Mai
...
Mimiru
Mimiru
Main
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Japanese
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Lee, Amanda Winn
English
Lee, Amanda Winn
...
Bear
Bear
Main
Nakata, Kazuhiro
Japanese
Nakata, Kazuhiro
Magne, Bruno
French
Magne, Bruno
...

Staff

Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Recording Engineer, Music
Egawa, Kuninori
Producer
Sasaki, Shiro
Producer
Uchiyama, Daisuke
Producer



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Dec 8, 2009
Arowind91
To the many people who play them, video games, can be a form of escapism from the real world. What could be more stress relieving than diving into a fantasy world where you assume the role of the character in the game? It sounds very tempting but if one should stay too long in the virtual world you could lose yourself in it with no way to return to the real world. In the worst case scenario you may forget which world is real and which is fake.

That is the premise of .Hack//Sign. .Hack//Sign is a part of the .Hack series which surrounds the read more
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Feb 24, 2010
AuronSurmount
I came into .Hack//Sign with mixed reviews and no knowledge of the characters or the plot / setting. I was pretty skeptical because a couple of my really good friends said it was very boring. Then again I had friends that said it was amazing. With that being said, i just had to see for myself.

Right off the bat I need to address one HUGE CON of this anime. The use of flashbacks and how many episodes they used. The large majority of .hack//sign was used having flashbacks. But not even stuff that we haven't seen yet. There was one scene (that was several read more
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Jun 21, 2008
Mashu
First off I'd like to say that it's a hate-it-or-love-it-anime, I do respect people that don't like .Hack//Sign, But I don't respect people who don't have any arguments. This review is based on personal positive exeriences.
I'll spare you all the joy and pleasure that .Hack//Sign brought me... till the end.
Alright, before I start writing this review there are is one word that is in need to said;
' EPIC'
Alright, that's all for now.

To begin I'd like to ask you to read the story at the top of the page.
Are you done?Then lets move on.

The story of .Hack//Sign is boring, there is almost no action,there's no fanservice read more
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Oct 18, 2013
Area51
This is a review compiled by the many members of the VIA (Value In Anime) Graveyard Division. All members who have worked on this review are mentioned at the bottom. In addition, this review will also contain a “Value in the Anime” section detailing life lessons and values that make this anime worth watching.
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.hack//sign isn't exactly new. Known for it's slow pace, it has a reputation as a poorly paced, often boring show. While this is true, to an extent, there is still value in this anime--life lessons that make it worth the time you're willing to invest in it.

Story: .hack//sign is a slow read more
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Recommendations

As the king of the faux-MMORPG arena (.hack started development in 2000, then released in 2002; SAO was first wrote in 2002), .hack can claim a lot of the responsibility for SAO. In the anime universe, the idea of being trapped in a fantasy virtual reality setting, via playing a MMORPG, is already 10+ years old. Even Yuki Kajiura's wonderful (though underwhelming, in SAO) music became famous as a result of her best-soundtrack-ever work on .hack//SIGN.
The main character from SIGN is a Wavermaster. In Log Horizon's case a Mage/magic user. Both series deal with players trapped in an MMORPG except Tsukasa is the only one who can't log out. They must find a way to escape this death game.
Gaming worlds with fun rules and creative concepts. '.hack//Sign' brings you a game where characters best each other for personal gain or other benefits. 'Accel World' puts effort into both the character development and exciting match modes for extra flavour. Friendship is an integral part of the series where nothing is impossible if you work as a team.
In .hack,the virtual world is an MMORPG,in denno coil,the virtual world is accessed by wearing cyber glasses,both worlds have big mysteries and urban legends concerning their creations that the characters try to figure out,that's just the start,there's more similarities but i don't want to spoil the show,i'll let you discover them.
Denno coil has more action and comedy (the comedy is very present in the first half of the show,it almost completely disapears in the second half) while .hack has a slower pace.
There's a similar atmosphere in both of these animes - at the same time tense and playful. Both stories drop you into the middle of things and give you one piece of the puzzle at a time, as well as having a similar trio of main characters. There's a certain darkness in the background in both; a sinister something which we only catch glimpses of at a time, but which moves behind the scenes and may have power for either good or evil.
Both .hack//Sign and Summer Wars are involving with online world (Actually, all .hack series are also involved with online world, too). There's also problem with online worlds in both series that the main characters of both series needed to take care of (some kind of virus involved).

Opening Theme

"Obsession" by See-Saw

Ending Theme

"Yasashii Yoake (優しい夜明け)" by See-Saw

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