Apr 4, 2002 to Sep 26, 2002
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisA 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
Role Play (ロールプレイ)
|Apr 4, 2002
|Apr 11, 2002
|Apr 18, 2002
|Apr 25, 2002
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
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 and it doesn't make fast progress. That's the view on .hack//Sign that most people have, they are correct, but then, you are not enjoying it.
.Hack//Sign, The story:
+ It's detailed
- It doesn't make fast progress (+ But if that's your opinion, you're not enjoying the story itself)
Then, we have the art... beautiful scenery's, great character designs and much more, only thing is that some movements are not the best, but that's nothing compared to the character designs themself.
+ Beautiful scenery
+ Great and original character designs
- Some slight movement mistakes
Then we have the Sound, if there was an option to give it more then a ten out of ten, then I would choose it. Music like you have never heard before, Yuki kajiura, in my opinion she may compare herself to Mozart, Beethoven and more of them. No, .Hack//Sign's music isn't worth a ten only because of its music, the sounds of the surounding and scenery's are great too. Almost each time you play a scene again, you can discover new sounds, like the wind, which blows trough the grass or some other background noices.
+ Yuki Kajiura's music(MORE THAN 50 TRACKS!!!)
+ The background
Characters of .Hack//Sign
Emotions, double personalities, online and offline, trying to be someone you aren't... Everything you could wish for is available. Nothing less.
+ Double personalities, offline and online
+ Characters can make progress, unlike most of the anime made today
I could write pages of information which is usseless to everybody, except for me.
But I won't, here are all the pages in short:
.Hack//Sign brought me the music of Yuki Kajiura, Is she an angel from heaven or something? Her music is a passage to heaven, believe me.
The story is epic, not a stereotype battle between good and evil. (Almost Forgot the fact i may not spoil X_X )
So, in shorter than short itself:
+ EPIC read more
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 MMORPG called “The World” and the different characters who find the mysteries surrounding this virtual land.
.Hack//Sign follows the story of Tsukasa, a Wavemaster (Spell caster) in “The World”, who suddenly wakes up in a dark dungeon with no recollection of how he got there and what he was doing prior to his collapse. While trying to gather his bearings a female Heavy Blade (sword wielder) by the name of Mimiru passes by and strikes a conversation with him. To her surprise Tsukasa instantly warps back to the town leaving her behind. It’s while he is in town that Tsukasa realizes that he can’t log out of “The World”. He is trapped in the virtual world with no way to get back to reality.
If your thinking this will be an action packed show with monster fighting and adventuring you would be mostly wrong. While there is small tidbits of fighting and adventuring this show is very slow paced and mostly revolves around Tsukasa and the people he interacts with. .Hack//Sign also has noticeable dark elements to it especially when the real world is involved. The idea of escapism is really brought out when you see the character’s real life counterparts and the struggles they go through. But that is just a small part as Sign is mostly set in “The World”.
Due to the slow pacing every character in this show has a chance to develop and feel more realistic. “The World” allows characters to express themselves in a way that the real world doesn’t allow. The result of this is that characters are intriguing to watch and thus provide a deep story. However this slow pace does cause most people to drop the show, as the pacing may be a little too slow and sometimes it feels that some scenes drag on. Another problem is the ending which is very abrupt and quick. I won’t spoil anything but let’s just say there is a reason why this is a part of a series of Anime shows and games. Overall the story is solid and enticing.
The animation in .Hack//Sign is a very well done and fits the fantasy setting of “The World”. Every location has its own emotional feel that lends itself well to the slow pace of the show. The uniqueness of each area helps set the tone for the current situation in the Anime, as each area has its own theme and setting that really makes “The World” feel as big as the real world. Tropical forests, barren deserts and frozen wastelands litter the land with vibrancy. While this is true for the virtual world, the real world on the other hand resembles old black and white silent films.
The real world is depicted as bleak and hopeless as text show up to replace verbal sound. This contrast between the vibrant virtual world and bleak real world becomes very important in portraying how “The World” seems to be a perfect escape from real life issues. The character designs are also very well done, since each character has their own design which fit the grander design that “The World” sets up. There are some parts that were a little bit grainy as I would call yet overall the design of this virtual world is truly something to appreciate.
The music and overall sound in .Hack//Sign is where it really sets itself apart from other anime. The opening song Obsession gives off a feeling of trance and emptiness that really fits the mood of .Hack//Sign while the background music has a sense of tranquility and sadness that backs up the visual aspect of the show. The music also has a folklore aspect in a sense that it makes you feel like it’s telling a story or possibly narrating the situation your currently watching. One big plus is the background music with vocals in them. Key of the Twilight is one of the best songs in the soundtrack and really exemplifies how music is able to set the tone of a scene and possibly the show. However there are some points where the music overpowers a certain scene in the show which can ruin the mood but it rarely happens. So my advice is to pay attention the music as it can really pull you into the story and set the mood.
Overall .Hack//Sign is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. The story of escapism gone wrong will leave you wondering if this could happen to you. The animation is compelling and imaginative while the music really sets the emotional tone of the show. I must warn you again that if you hate slow paced shows or want some action then steer clear of this show but for those who want a good mystery with a fantasy setting then.Hack// Sign is for you. read more
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 German computer genius with mysterious motives. A player called Tsukasa finds himself trapped in this fantasy MMORPG and is unable to logout, but is not aware why or even who he is in the real world. This is only a problem for Tsukasa and no other players are effected by this. What makes .Hack unique is that Tsukasa dying in the game world doesn't mean he will die in the real world. Instead, he just respawns and is still trapped, like an eternal purgatory. Tsukasa must discover the mystery of why he is trapped and find out more about this MMORPG and why it was created. The pacing in this series is slow, so it will take a while to get good. However, I appreciate that this series unlike SAO or Log Horizon focuses mostly on character development and psychological drama rather than pointless action and fanservice. Afterall, duel wielding eventually gets a little stale. "Jesus Christ SAO! Duel Wielding isn't THAT cool, tone it down guys!" - John Woo
The character designs are good, but the animation is sometimes lacking. Most of the time, people are standing around talking and this isn't exactly going to blow you away with its visuals. Hack was made by a small animation studio called Beeline best known for "hits" like Noir and Spider Riders for Kids WB. Yes, there is an anime called Spider Riders, and it is just as bad as it sounds!
Hack is probably most well known for its outstanding sound track that features a new song in every episode. At one point the OST fetched outlandishly high prices on E-bay, but I am not sure what it is worth today. It is still an excellent sound track and comes highly recommended.
Yes, I will admit that it can be a bit slow at times. That doesn't mean it is a bad series. The drama and character development make this one worth watching.
This anime does have some issues with animation, pacing, and a few minor flaws. However, it is a LOT better than SAO or Log Horizon! Don't be a n00b! If you watch 1 trapped in an MMORPG anime, make bloody well sure it is this one! read more
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 anime with an episodic format and plot to match. Often, you may feel that you might have to go back and re-watch an episode or two because might have missed something in the last scene.
The pacing was bad and would have been much, much better as a one cour (12-13 episodes) series. The impact of the plot was lessened by the postponement of the primary conflict, which was not introduced until about halfway through. The ending ultimately lost impact because of the story telling, which was more or less average.
Understandably, there are also some parts, especially prevalent in the OVAs, where you had to have prior knowledge for full understanding. The OVAs themselves added little to the story, mostly giving a sense of "all's-well-that-ends-well." It does try to be realistic in it's approach, though it doesn't always succeed.
Art: The animation style is decent, but outdated, and doesn't quite manage to hold up to today's standards--though this is to be expected. The character designs were varied and distinct while the backgrounds, though predominately dark, were aesthetically pleasing. For the most part, the animation was smooth and the jerking and stills were kept to an acceptable minimum--problems consistent with many other older anime.
Sound:. hack//sign's music and sound fit well. The OST complimented the mood while the OP and ED were catchy, though otherwise unmemorable. At times, the background music was a tad overbearing-- a fault that often resulted in a ruined atmosphere. Standing alone, the music can be drab at times, but proves to be sufficient overall.
Characters: This is .hack//sign's focal point. Character development is initially slow, but speeds up later on in the anime. The characters are interesting, and almost all of them contribute to the plot at some point--one of them receiving extra development during the first OVA. No characters appears similar to another, and they are easy to relate to, though they can be dull at times. The villain is good, but suffers from a lack of impact as the episodes draw on.
Enjoyment: In essence, this is a slow anime with poor pacing that often left us wanting more. It's worth a try if this appeals to you, but it will not keep everyone who watches awake. Because of how slow it is, it would probably be best if you watched this anime over a long period of time. Try watching as a substitute for pills or lullabies.
The soundtrack is nice to listen to, but gets a little tiring after a while and the art is worth a look, even if it isn’t the best. The characters deserve more than a passing glance, being the primary draw of the show.
Values in the Anime: There is value in this anime that makes it worth watching--certain life lessons that we can all learn through anime.
Accepting Reality: This anime shows us how dangerous it is to get absorbed in entertainment. This is an issue especially present in today's society, where everyone is on their phone or computer at almost all times. It’s good to have fun and get absorbed, but also important to stay grounded in reality as well. Recognizing that line between entertainment and reality is paramount.
Games are a way to express yourself; they are a way to act as someone you’re not. No matter what though, remember that these things should stay in the game; they are exclusive to the laws of the game for a reason. Accept reality for what it is, and know the difference while maintaining a balance.
Respecting Others: Respecting others is important in real life, but can be equally so in a game or online. The main character is initially rude and unlikeable, but finds the value in those basic concepts throughout the development of the story and improves themselves as a person. Connecting to other people, and observing how it affects you is of the upmost importance, and is a message strongly conveyed in .hack//sign.
Overall: 6/10 (-not an average-)
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As the king of the faux-MMORPG arena (.hack started development in 2000, then released in 2002; SAO was first wrote in 2001/2002), .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.
Virtual-Reality MMORPGs of the near future have a nasty tendency to trap people inside the game, it seems.
They also share the same composer, Kajiura Yuki, lending a rather epic feel to the shows. The tone and focus of the two series are quite different though.
While .Hack//Sign was an anime released back then in 2002, Sword Art Online is quite newer. Released after around 10 years from the first it obviously shows "new way to imagine how technology could be, new stuff in the game" and so on..
However, regardless the year they have been producted, both series are still very similar:
- both start off in this special "super new virtual" MMORPG, where the technology is the highest than ever.
- both, obviously show all the characters in this game
- Trapped in the game: on HS there's the main chara who can't log off and in SAO instead everyone can't log off due the game master's insane idea to doom everyone inside the game until someone reaches the top level of the tower.
- of course there are also: special powers, battles against monsters, quests.. and everything else that a game normally has.
And many other things. Just keep watching and you'll see!
If you like the idea of an "inside a video-game" story both of them are recommended!
the game world... actually this kinda look like a copy, but SAO is made with much better quality
Both anime started in near future. Shows about persons who trapped in MMO-game. Gamers use cyber-helmets to syncronise their bodies with game.
The main character cannot disconnect from the online game in both series
Epic music and original soundtrack.
In both anime, there is a virtual game world where people (and in .Hack the main character) are stuck.
- Both are fantasy/sci-fi/shounen/adventure
- Both include characters that play online games and can seamlessly interact with their environments
- Both include games that can affect the well being of the people playing the game
- .Hack// has characters that fall into a coma, and get trapped in the game.
- Sword Art Online has characters that get trapped in the game, and die if they cannot clear it.
The similarities are over whelming. Though I have not seen Sword Art Online yet, I'm guessing the pace will be a lot faster than that of .Hack//Sign. However, if you like the general scenario of the anime, chances are you'll like .Hack//Sign as well (and vice versa).
"I Can't Log Out!"
These series are extremely similar. Both take place in a virtual reality MMORG with a fantasy setting, and revolve around characters who are unable to log out, and rendering what happens within the game to be 'real', and these changes were both enacted by the games mysterious creators.
The primary difference you'll notice straight off is that only one particular person has this problem in .Hack/SIGN, and the main point of the show is to find out the mystery behind why and and how this happened, and how to fix it as well as what is actually going on in the game--while in Sword Art Online, it's the entire game population that can't log out, and the issue faced is for the main character to survive to complete the game and earn his freedom.
.hack//Sign and Sword Art Online are good adventure anime based on a very similar concept - people that are stuck in a fantasy style MMORPG. They feature great animation, excellent set design and fantasy creatures. Both shows follow several different characters in their stories with the difference that SAO moves a little faster in character development and is more action-orientated, while .hack//SIGN is a bit slow-paced and covers more of the mysterious online world where the main protagonist is trapped. I myself liked SAO way more than Hack but if you enjoyed watching either of them you shouldn't hesitate to try out the other.
Both shows right down to it have the same general concept, players get trapped in a game, and are unable to log out.
.hack//Sign maybe be around 10 years old at this point, but it still holds up. It was one of the earlier examples of the virtual world thing.
they are both virtual works where players risk death by playing and some are unable to log out. Some players are in comas while the main character is unable to log out.
well i would guess its easy to say but ya there both trapped in a game world with no way out although in sao( sword art online) if u die u die for good, and in hack//sign if he dies he just resets. i would recommend sao if u liked hack//sign cause its just an amazing action and mystery anime where u wonder y the creator of the game trapped them in the game world. (spoiler!!!)
both are in virtual MMO games and they try to help fix the game
pt:Possui o mesmo gênero e uma historia similar, porem foi criado anteriormente, e sua historia é cheia de intrigas e mistérios, possui a melhor trilha sonora de um anime, que não seja sobre musica, que eu já vi.
eng:It has the same gender and a similar story, however was created earlier, and his story is full of intrigue and mystery, has the best soundtrack of an anime, it is not about music, I've ever seen.
a boy trapped in a game can't log out have some romance and fantasy and developing powers the only thing different that the main character wake up in the game with slight amnesia
Both anime where you go into a virtual reality MMO, and there is some sort of consequence of death or coma in game.
Both are virtual reality types of anime. In .hack, it focuses on character development and the plot, unlike SAO which fails miserably in my opinion.
Both these anime are based in an online world and have at least someone stuck inside the game unable to leave.
The plots both involve characters trapped in a beautiful virtual reality world. Though .hack//SIGN is far more dialogue based, the series complement each other very well. Both also have outstanding soundtracks by the same composer and involving stories based on interesting and varied characters.
Both are very similar as the main theme is revolved around a game. .hack//Sign might have less action than Sword Art Online but the story is good.
Both take place in an VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massive Multi Online Role Playing Game) and have similar story elements.
GAme is base in a virtual world where (only one in .hack) cannot log out and belivees they will die if the die ingame. Also as a result of certain occurances, some players die or go into coma's as a result of playing the game.
Although SAO has better action, .hack//sign has much more in-depth and has a much more detailed plot. legend f the twilight is also good but much less serious.
Both of these series are about people being trapped inside video games.
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.
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.
Both involve strange events surrounding and online game. In Sign it's only one player who can't log out but in this one it's a ton of players
Both of these series involve people who are locked inside of an MMO game and cannot leave. Though the situations are similar, the stories differ in that in the case of .hack//SIGN, only one player is trapped in the game and the story revolves around the people in the game who try to help and how they change as a result of their interactions with Tsukasa. SIGN is good, but it's very slow to develop. If you prefer a show with a faster pace, Log Horizon may be the better choice. Instead of only one character, everyone is trapped inside of an MMO and unlike other shows of the genre, they seem to like it there. Log Horizon follows a group of people as they strive to find their place in the new world they are a part of.
Both are about a bunch of people getting stuck in games, and the main character are to themselves.
They also have some type of special ability.
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.
The setting is similar - the characters from both shows interact in a virtual world.
will .hack and accel world is based on people playing game and moving freely in the 3D dimension.
what you can't really find in .hack is romance which accel world have.
MMORPG-based anime, futuristic setting, timid main character
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.
Absolutely different stories and worlds. But when I was watching Pandora Hearts it strongly reminded me .hack//... Both have very beautiful music and it creates very similar deep atmosphere ^_^
The most obvious resemblance is their music composer, Yuki Kajiura. The musical style she uses in both anime are very similar, dominated by emotional piano pieces, violin solos, techno beats and haunting vocals.
The general premises of the two anime are also similar: young ineffectual boy encounters disaster and is thrown into a foreign world, gains a unique power, struggles with his sense of identity and his acceptance of his existence itself, learns to be more courageous through the course of the story, develops an attachment to female protagonist, etc.
Both anime also have a pervading atmosphere of unreality (protagonists protect themselves through denial), fear, and angstiness, while almost every character has a hidden dark background, uncertain motives, crippling weakness, etc.
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.
both deal with nearest future, digital reality and coma. they have different atmosphere but similar feeling
Without giving too much information, .hack had a virtual reality that somehow had an effect on the real world. The whole time I was watching Dennou Coil, all I could think about was .hack. Dennou Coil had situations that made me concerned, afraid, and sad for the characters. These were the same feelings I had when watching this particular .hack. The story and animation are different, but I believe they have similar world concepts and moving themes.
.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.
It has the similar feel of drama on a part of life. It has a lot of talking and understand each other's emotions and somewhat of their background. It has a little bit of action every now and then.
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