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.hack//Sign

.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: 7.241 (scored by 39793 users)
Ranked: #22412
Popularity: #268
Members: 72,510
Favorites: 803
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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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

Nozaki, Keiichi
Producer
Egawa, Kuninori
Producer
Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Recording Engineer, Music
Sasaki, Shiro
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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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.
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.

Opening Theme

"Obsession" by See-Saw

Ending Theme

"Yasashii Yoake (優しい夜明け)" by See-Saw

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: .hack//SIGN Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 )
jacobpaige
35 replies by zetsu_shoren »»
04-10-14, 2:34 AM
I obviously got something out of .hack//SIGN that nobody else did.
EvaPilot1
9 replies by Kirie_Himuro »»
04-08-14, 7:19 AM

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