Ranked #2830


Alternative Titles

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


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


Score: 7.121 (scored by 20854 users)
Ranked: #28302
Popularity: #866
Members: 41,986
Favorites: 220
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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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Related Anime

Prequel: .hack//Sign, .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu
Sequel: .hack//G.U. Trilogy
Other: .hack//Quantum

Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

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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, 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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Jun 18, 2011
To start off, let me just warn to everyone reading this review that I never played the .hack games so this is a view from a person who hasn't played any of the games.


The story is a bit different from the rest of the .hack series, instead of focusing on the mysterious comas that's been happening to the players dying in "The World" this mainly focuses on an item that is supposedly to be in the game but not obtainable, the mysterious item is called the Key of the Twilight. The main character is a new player named Haseo and read more
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Both are online games and both are using a gadget to play the said game. 
reportRecommended by Xynz01
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. 
reportRecommended by ForgottenKane
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. 
reportRecommended by Disillusion
These two series seem to go hand-in-hand for some particular reason. Both of these are not only based on a video game series, they also are dark action series who manage to be occasionally happy, but always trudge back to its long moody sections. 
reportRecommended by Eneljie
The plot is nearly the same, and after all the ANIME series are based on RPG games. U'll have a wonderfull time watching both of them. 
reportRecommended by nikolai_131
Both have an RPG-ish kind of feel (.hack//Roots for obvious reasons)
Similar soundtracks, landscapes, and character designs 
reportRecommended by Dynneekx

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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