Ranked #2862


Alternative Titles

English: .hack//roots
Japanese: .hack//Roots


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2006 to Sep 28, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.101 (scored by 22,068 users)
Ranked: #28622
Popularity: #937
Members: 44,848
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After the destruction of "The World" in 2015, CC Corporation rebuilt the game using data from what was previously to be another game. "The World R:2" was then released in 2016. A newcomer to the game, Haseo, is instantly PKed and then revived by a mysterious man known as Ovan. With the problem of PKs occupying the game, Haseo soon after receives help from a female Harvest known as Shino. Amidst curiosity and confusion, Haseo is lead to joining the guild known as the Twilight Brigade. The guild that searches for the legendary object known as the "Key of the Twilight". Set before the .hack//G.U. game.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sakurai, Takahiro
Sakurai, Takahiro
Touchi, Hiroki
Touchi, Hiroki
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Toyoguchi, Megumi


Mashimo, Koichi
Mashimo, Koichi
Producer, Director, Storyboard, Sound Supervisor
Uchiyama, Daisuke
Uchiyama, Daisuke
Morimoto, Kouji
Morimoto, Kouji
Sawai, Koji
Sawai, Koji

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Welcome to The World
Kangei (歓迎)
Apr 6, 2006
2 Twilight Brigade
Tasogare no Ryodan (黄昏の旅団)
Apr 13, 2006
3 Join
Nyuudan (入団)
Apr 20, 2006
4 Forefeel
Yokan (予感)
Apr 27, 2006
5 Distrust
Fushin (不信)
May 4, 2006

Opening Theme

"Silly-go-Round" by FictionJuction YUUKA

Ending Theme

#1: "Boukoku Kakusei - Catharsis" by Ali Project (eps 1-25)
#2: "King Knight" by Ali Project (ep 26)

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Aug 6, 2008
.hack//Roots is a fine sequel that's kind of bashed because of the plug-in-nature relationship to the .hack//G.U. And it's sad it's kind of bashed, because Roots was a really good installment in the .hack// Series. My favorite has and probably will always be SIGN but I found roots to be very enjoyable at the least.

In terms of the story it struck a fine balance of keeping in the nature of .hack in general with out going over the SAME OLD STORY. While it re-introduced the story of the mystic "Key of the Twilight" as explored in .hack//SIGN and it's read more
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Nov 21, 2008
.hack//Roots is a 26-episode anime created by. It is based on the worldwide hit game, .hack. That said, though, the anime falls flat on its face, because of far too many factors that should been taken care of.

The storyline is so weak, the viewer often feels as if he's watching a documentary of something. There's no connectivity in the episodes, and the fractal appearance of the whole series will put everyone (except the most devoted .hack otaku) off. The story doesn't have heads or tails; it just plods on, like an excrutiating torture session.

The character design's very weak as well. Though the lead read more
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Jan 28, 2009
To start off, .hack is well-known by fans as a game within a game. With the online game, "The World" as your setting, you play as a character who interacts with other characters who are all aware that this is all but a game they're facing, from beginning to end. Twists and turns soon crash on the protagonist and his allies as they encounter different obstacles that usually do not play by the game's rules. Most of these rule-breakers are usually rendered as bugs, viruses, glitches, hacked entities and more anomalies that can be defined within the branch read more
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Aug 6, 2010
This anime's about as messy as a landslide.

Alright, so I sat through each and every one of the 26 episodes of .Hack//Roots so I could conjure up a review. I forced myself to finish the series after the fourteenth episode only because I was already so far in and I'm someone who likes to get things done and when I criticize something I want a full understanding of what I'm going to bash.

The story wasn't "so" bad because it's got the base and foundation of the .Hack//Series. Which you all know by now because of the previous anime's and the synopsis above. What I had read more
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Both characters (Haseo & Allen) are eerily similar, baring almost identical physical features. Haseo's (the main character for Roots) personality is more or less the depressed version of Allen, except full-time. This sort of fits as he descends into madness as the one he loves is lost to him. It's kind of like how Allen was when he thought all his friends were dead on the Ark.

Both series are really great and if you like any action-e Shonen titles, Roots might be for you. 
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The interaction among the characters is the same, but above all, the drawing style is the same: the main character of Roots looks really like Sasuke of Naruto, both in drawing and mind. 
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