Ranked #2584


Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2002 to Sep 26, 2002
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.181 (scored by 48,978 users)
Ranked: #25842
Popularity: #400
Members: 94,894
Favorites: 956
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Saiga, Mitsuki
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Nazuka, Kaori
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Toyoguchi, Megumi
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Nakata, Kazuhiro
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Kajiura, Yuki
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Producer, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Recording Engineer, Music
Sasaki, Shiro
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Nozaki, Keiichi
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Uchiyama, Daisuke
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More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Role Play
Role Play (ロールプレイ)
Apr 4, 2002
2 Guardian
Guardian (ガーディアン)
Apr 11, 2002
3 Folklore
Denshou (伝承)
Apr 18, 2002
4 Wanted
Shimeitehai (指名手配)
Apr 25, 2002
5 Captured
Toriko Shuu (虜囚)
May 2, 2002

Opening Theme

"Obsession" by See-Saw

Ending Theme

"Yasashii Yoake (優しい夜明け)" by See-Saw

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Jun 21, 2008
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;
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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Dec 8, 2009
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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Oct 22, 2014

Before SAO, before Log Horizon, there was .hack//Sign. This was the anime that started the "trapped in an MMORPG" craze in anime. Although it is far superior in quality to SAO and Log Horizon, it somehow has an average rating almost 2 full points lower. Allow me to explain why this is a great injustice!

Story and characters: 7/10

The story will no doubt seem familiar at this point, because so many series have ripped off .hack. After a computer virus devastates the internet, a new web system is created and shortly after a massive MMORPG using virtual reality is born as the brain child of a read more
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Oct 18, 2013
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.
.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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Anime: Sword Art Online
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. 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
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Both are fantasy elements and both stories are simulated inside of video game worlds.

Both Protagonists undergo great changes during the course of the story, and both series explore human nature and life. 
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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. 
reportRecommended by ShanaFlame
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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. 
reportRecommended by Lironah
Anime: Dennou Coil
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. 
reportRecommended by totoum
Anime: Amatsuki
.hack//SIGN is about people getting stuck in an MMORPG video game where as Amatsuki is about people getting stuck in a virtual reality Japaneses history machine and sent to Japan's past. Both have an interesting story but have very close similarity's. Amatsuki is very slow at the start but begins to pickup as characters and plot are introduced. 
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