Somewhere in the MMORPG called "The World," a group is gathered at a pub, awaiting the start of an event. There, old friends and acquaintances are reunited, including those who rarely log on. Some are even forging new relationships for the first time. Together, invited by the hacker Helba, the group leaves for the event in the Net Slums where a celebration awaits them all.
I enjoyed watching SIGN, and had wanted to watch this since I had first heard of it.
It was great to see Kite and BlackRose from the game appear and see them mingle with the characters from the anime.
It was a light-hearted OVA, because of SIGN being a rather dark series. But, because of its light-heartedness, it felt rather strange to see such humour in a setting which was always bleak during the series.
Nevertheless, it was an OVA that was as good as Intermezzo and was quite enjoyable.
No doubt .hack//SIGN was great at everything, what is possible. Amazing art, soundtrack, whch is simply impossible to describe, chic twist, exquisite production... The series had everything to get 10/10, despite the fact that he was created, based on the rather odd game series for PS2. Does this games was so weird? Ye, because they had no relation to MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing games). In fact, on TV screen played some offline action that makes you believe that you are playing MMORPG (you will receive an e-mail from game characters and so on). A kind of fake. Must agree, a rather strange phenomenon in the world of video games, however, the phenomenon that raised a pretty big wave of popularity because of interesting storyline (in fact the plot in these games is dominant over the gameplay). .hack//SIGN was telling us not about the game characters, and all about other personalities, but the effects of SIGN and games going in parallel to each other, and hurt each other. The 28th episode (Unison), apparently, was intended to serve as a kind of bonding SIGN and games, how else to explain the appearance therein Kite and Black Rose, Mistral, Orca and other video game characters? If anyone else has played these games can see that the action of the 28th episode takes place right after Aura leaves the Kite with the Twilight Bracelet. The series contains a variety of interesting meetings, such as Tsukasa / Elk and Black Rose / Mimiru.
However, despite all these interesting things that no doubt will delight any fan of .hack//, the 28th episode much more confused maps, rather than summed up the series. So great (for my taste) the end of SIGN was indeed cause a bunch of new issues with the advent in the 28th episode of Sora, but still sincere and carefree little fool. However, such puzzles have always been part of .hack//, and don't think that will ruin someone's mood.
I'm not very like 28th episode for the reason that, in my opinion, the ending of SIGN was so complete that its background not looks openly in OVA, and certain shadow on the ending throws. But this is my point, and the 28th episode must have to view for anyone who loves and appreciates .hack//.
Food for thought: If you have not played the game, it can get a little muddled in the characters, and that is why practically the same person appears in another series on the .hack// topic, this time childrens, namely .hack//DUSK or hack//Twilight. The fact that the action of the DUSK takes place long after the events of the games and SIGN, and in this series (not without the help of the Aura) the characters of Kite and Black Rose together with a Bracelet of Twilight go to all new users: Shugo and Rena. So dont get confused in the names.read more
Once again, be aware that just like my .hack//Intermezzo review, I cannot talk much about this anime because it's so short. I may have written more info that can be shared between Intermezzo and Unison, so please refer to the Intermezzo review if you wish - http://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=26094
Pretty sure I've actually already seen this, but I re-watched it again because I wasn't sure.
STORY: This special is basically a feel-good episode for the main SIGN series, and really only shows the anime in a light-hearted manner, compared to SIGN's typical dark themes. This was definitely a nice, enlightening way to end the series, (even if I had watched SIGN in 2007.) and has a mixture of SIGN and Legend Of The Twilight characters meeting up for a celebration, and interacting with each other. Even Sora who is portrayed as a devious character, took part in the celebrations and enjoyed himself.
ART: Simply bold and smooth, and the animation is fairly well done in this, like the rest if the SIGN series. (Best if you referred to the Intermezzo review of mine, since I'm being lazy here.)
SOUND: The .hack series sound has always been good, whether it's background music/insert music or opening and ending theme songs.
Characters: Rather than the ridiculousness of the players taking The World so seriously and deeply, we don't actually see this in this special. As a personal opinion, because the actual players and their seriousness isn't shown, I actually enjoyed this a bit more than the main series and Intermezzo.
Best suggested for .hack fans, and I know that they will enjoy this special either way, if they just want something easy and relaxing.read more