Legend of the Twilight is the next anime following on from .Hack/Sign. I had expected that this series would fill in some of the plot holes from .Hack/Sign but they were only half fulfilled. As someone who has not played the game I have no idea why Kite and Blackrose are famous ... However, Twilight is a tolerable standalone.
In contrast to .Hack/Sign, the plot moves along at a much swifter pace while the characters develop quickly. There are Shugo and Rena, twin brother/sister who win characters based on Kite and Blackrose. As they're around 14 in real life they act like teenagers. Twilight isn't
full of too much philosophical talking since both protagonists are young. This could be a good or bad thing depending on each viewer.
Shugo is brash and caring. I disliked Rena, because of the fact that she spends (I swear!) 80% of the series crying out "Onii-Channnnn!". After 5 episodes of being tortured by her crying out pretty much nothing but that "Onii-Channnnn!" I was about to beat someone with a hammer.
The secondary characters are fun. Ouka (the Werewolf), Sanjuro (the teacher), Mirielle (the rare hunter) - now that, I could understand. Greed and MMORG, they seem to go hand in hand :) Best of all we got to see a lot of Balmumg of the Azure Sky, what a stud! My absolute favorite character from .Hack/Sign gets some serious airtime and ends up even cooler than before. The only one I found annoying was Mr. "Tres Bien".
Art/Animation and sound
The animation was great. If possible, EVEN CUTER than in .Hack/Sign. Cuteness overload. Kawaiiiii! Some frames I had to stop and look again just to appreciate how adorable everything was, even the little widdle Grunty. A lot of the sound/music was copied from the first series so this was nothing remarkable, just average compared to how this anime looked.
Twilight was short and satisfying. There didn't seem to be much time wasting and the plot moved along at a brisk pace leaving the viewer engaged instead of bored. For this reason alone it deserves a solid 6, enough to prompt me to look for the Offline Meeting Special.
I’d like to start off by saying that I am an avid fan of the .hack series, but have only ever seen all of .hack//SIGN and read/watched .hack//Legend of the Twilight. I am currently collecting all the games and will start playing them soon. Since I have not played the games yet, I am fairly unfamiliar with Kite and BlackRose’s characters, so I may not have been able to appreciate .hack//Legend of the Twilight (which I will call .hack//LOFT for short) to its fullest as the two main characters are based off Kite and BlackRose.
Story- .hack//LOFT’s story follows Rena and Shugo, who have just won
character models of the famous .hackers, Kite and BlackRose. Once a high level monster defeats Shugo, he comes into contact with Aura, who gives him Kite’s bracelet. This bracelet allows him to “data drain” essentially any monster to defeat it with ease. The storyline then goes into Shugo and Rena investigating the mysteries behind the bracelet and how they meet other characters during their adventure. The storyline gets a lot more complex when people start falling into comas, as in previous .hack anime/games. I will not go into detail on this point to avoid spoilers, but I can say that I really enjoyed the story line as I got further and further into the series. The anime does an excellent job of luring the viewer into a false sense of security by portraying characters in chibi form, suggesting a simple, childish storyline. I was impressed as the story became more through and multifaceted.
Art- In my opinion, the chibi-style art that .hack//LOFT was animated in did not suit its storyline or many of its characters. This made for some awkward juxtaposition between a serious storyline and light-hearted, childlike characters. Besides this point, I thought the animation and artwork was really well done. The animation was clean and had a polished feel to it. Another pleasant surprise was the fact that the few fight scenes that came up in the series were also well animated. Each character’s movements were clean and fast-paced- a rare occurrence in some anime today where fight scenes are drawn out over the course of several entire episodes and contain extensive dialogue in between attacks. Backgrounds were also well done and had a polished look to them. Their vibrant colours and attention to detail provided visual eye-candy throughout every scene in the anime.
Sound- Overall, the sound in .hack//LOFT left much to be desired. The opening and ending songs were more boring and irritating than anything. All I can remember from them was a typical Japanese female voice droning on far longer than I care to listen to them. The background music was no better; a soundtrack that contains primarily music written in a major key with occasional vocal overdubs is destined to fail. Sound effects weren’t very memorable at all, but one noise I can never get sick off is the noise that sounds whenever a character logs in or out of an area. That particular noise is quite yummy and I am glad that they didn’t change it since the days of .hack//SIGN.
Character- The characters in .hack//LOFT did not feel nearly as developed as they should have been. Perhaps I was spoiled from the ample character development present in .hack//SIGN, but nonetheless, the characters felt fairly two dimensional on the whole. This is especially true for many of the secondary characters who have extremely stereotypical personalities (e.g. Mireille is the peppy and upbeat type, Ouka is strong and distant, Hotaru is caring and king-hearted, etc.) These characters barely, if ever, break their predictable personality traits and do not grow in any way during the series. Even the main characters, Shugo and Rena, show little to no growth during the series. The most growth that Shugo undergoes during the course of the anime is learning to enjoy and like videogames, when he used to think they were boring and for children. Not a very significant realization, if you ask me.
Enjoyment- First of all, a lot of the jokes in the series were very predictable, overdone, and generally not funny. While the chibi-ness of the characters worked as an effective basis for an element of surprise (as I mentioned earlier in the review), it also prevented me from being able to take the anime seriously. While the storyline did get interesting and fairly complex, the chibi-ness of the characters distracted me from much of its intellectual or artistic value. Also, since I read the manga before watching the anime, I was expecting the same storyline as the manga (for those that don’t know, the anime and manga storylines are VERY different). Once the story started to stray from the manga, I lost some interest in the series because it began to feel like one long filler. While the storyline did deserve some merit for its originality, I unfortunately couldn’t shake the feeling that I was watching an extremely long filler- sad, but true.
Overall- .hack//LOFT will be a major disappointment if you are hoping to see an animated version of the manga. However, if you can get over the chibi characters and are looking for an original storyline taking place within the infamous “The World” then be sure to check out .hack//Legend of the Twilight.
Almsot any anime watcher who stumbles upon .hack//Legend of the Twilight will have very likely already seen .hack//Sign, the original story of the .hack// series. The major differences that seperate these two sereis are the seriousness factor and the character design (full design, not just art). You'll notice a much heavier influence of comedy in this series as well as a bit of more childish behavior from the characters (mainly due to the characters not being very old themselves).
The story mainly takes place in a place called The World, a virtual reality based for a video game controlled by players using a keyboard and a
virtual reality headset. The two main characters are brother and sister in real life, but who now live apart from each other and it focuses on their introduction to The World, the people they meet, and the major dilema they run into that threatens the game world.
For anyone who watches this series, you'll notice major similarities between the original series (Sign) and this one; As well as an episode plot repeat, just update with the current environment(story/age/characters) (but still plays out just as nicely).
The character design is done well enough, yet different enough (from each other and other series) that it keeps you attracted to them and somewhat wishing them the best.
Overall, it's not a bad anime, just rather lacks the certain elements that made .hack//Sign such a ground-breaking story and anime.
*This IS NOT as serious as .hack//Sign. It is more of a comedy than the previous series.
*This DOES look/feel very similar to .hack//Sign
*This IS much shorter than .hack//Sign
*This IS still worth watching if you are into the series.
First off I would like to point out that I haven't played the .hack video games so already I really had no idea what was going on, although I do know that these .hack series did revolve around an MMORPG video game, so right off the bat I knew they were just players inside a video game.
Forgive me if I made some errors towards this review considering I saw this anime around a year ago so my memories might have been sort of disarrayed throughout those months but nevertheless I'll try to make this review
as good as I can.
Unlike numerous animes that I've watched the story for this series never really caught on to me, and what I mean by that is that it never really got me to want to watch the next episode after watching one. I mean sure it was interesting enough that they were in a video game and not many other animes have that concept but the fact that they are in a video game kind of gave me an idea that yes there should be action considering everything in their world is fiction so anything might be possible, and that includes ridiculous laws of physics and whatnot, sadly that didn't really happen. It has the typical good guy and bad guy scene going on, it's fair but at the same time it leaves so much more improvement for a better more complicated storyline, instead they just chose to go linear with it. It might have been aimed towards more for the kids since the characters themselves are children compared to the other .hack series but can't really do much there.Bottom line for the storyline, considering it's a video game I expected a more complicated and action packed story rathen than a very linear and predictable tale.
I didn't complain much about the Art, with the library of anime that I've watched it's safe to say that art isn't such a big factor for me to like it, it's more for the storyline and character development. This anime was made in 2003 and it certainly looked like it with the art, nothing too fancy, a few 3D edits here and there but nothing that'll really blow your mind. The very different and bright colours they chose really gave that fictional look on them which is perfect for the kind of concept this anime held. Overall, there was nothing wrong with the art, fair.
Now the characters are the ones that I have the problem with, being myself I don't really like children that much, and with this anime having the protagonists being children made me clench my teeth already, BUT that doesn't mean that this part of the review is focusing on negative personal things, it means that they are just not my kind of characters (being children).
They have shown really good character growth from the start of the series to the end of the series, I guess that's what they called "leveling up"? If they didn't show signs of growing then they must've been playing the game wrong for sure haha. Overall, there was a good variety of characters, almost every kind of personality could relate to at least one of them and they showed tremendous growth (protagonist)
Honestly, this .hack series had the most action out of all the other ones and just for that I'd like to make this series the best one out of all, you might tell me "Oh, you haven't played the games that's why you think it's okay", well it's true that my opinions might change about it if I decide to play the game, but I'm giving you guys the perspective from a person that hasn't played the games and I'm sure there are tons of other people out there that want to start watching this anime but decide to get a view from a person that hasn't played the video games.
Let me start off by saying this is my first review. Also .hack//Legend of the Twilight, was the first and only .hack series I have seen.
As a stand alone, much of the story didn't make much sense, and it wasn't the beginning that was so confusing. The beginning was rather interesting. Two siblings using a virtual game to stay in touch. It's what happens in the game that makes it so difficult to understand the plot. Throughout the entire anime, they hint at previous disasters and important events that have since past. For an avid .hack fan, it probably wouldn't have been a problem.
As a first time viewer, so many aspects of the game weren't properly explained, so it was nearly impossible for me to connect to the plot and root for the survival of the characters.
The art by itself wasn't too shabby. The colors were bright, the characters were cute. Typical online games have pretty looking avatars. Overall though, it didn't quite match the story. When offline, I found it annoying how they would never show the eyes of the real people.
I actually quite liked the sound. The opening was very catchy, if not a little too upbeat, and most of the music in game is what you would expect from an MMORPG. The ending, however, just sounds so soft and sad, and I can't make up my mind as to if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
The characters weren't cliche or stereotypical, but I didn't fall in love with any of them. Shugo just wasn't all that likable although he had plenty of good qualities. Rena was fun character to watch, while Mireille was extremely annoying. Enough so that one character almost made me drop this series. The AIs were mostly underdeveloped and confusing. For people who've only seen this series, like me, we fail to see how the AIs are developed and just how/why they are so important to the game.
It was a pretty confusing and un-enjoyable show, although it did have some funny and cool sequences. I, however, think they should have either made this into more of a sequel or more of a stand alone, because as it stands, it doesn't seem to satisfy anyone.
It was not the worst anime I've ever seen, but with a confusing story, unique, but not altogether likable characters, and art that doesn't match the tone of the story, this is a fair anime at best. For avid .hack fans though, they might enjoy another excursion into the world of .hack. For people who've never seen a .hack series before, I definitely wouldn't recommend this show.
What a disgrace! I suggest you to skip this piece of garbage. If you're looking for a real sequel of .hack//Sign, go watch .hack//Roots.
A question comes to .hack// series watchers:
"What is the Key of the Twilight?"
There's a gap between .hack//Sign and .hack//Legend Of The Twilight; we see a character named Kite in .hack//Unison aka .hack//SIGN Episode 28, he along with BlackRose, Orca and Balmung. These characters had their own story in the gap I was talking about, but they didn't have their own anime adaptation.
The protagonist here looks similar to Kite, but he's actually just a chibi version of Kite's avatar, he also given the
same Kite's bracelet.
This anime is so shameful, it's filled with boring meaningless events, unfunny incest/fanservice comedy. so don't waste your time, there's no progression; it's skippable.
Unlike .hack//Sign; characters are childish and annoying. While old characters like Balmung or Silver Knight are kept undeveloped, no progression.
This is almost the opposite of .hack//Sign, it's your typical RPG anime; If you're looking for a solving of the "World" mystery, skip this. Unless you were 8 year old or something.
Well… here we go again. You would think that with this long, they would have been able to figure out all of what was going on so that the new characters wouldn’t have that problem. I have a problem with the characters, the Shugo and Rena are brother and sister, but Shugo keeps getting the hots for his sister’s character. I know that it’s not her but come on; it’s still bothersome since we don’t see them in the outer world except in memories. Also, tell me why they have to call out each others names when ever they are in trouble? It’s really really
The characters look really kid-ish, and not like SIGN, and it’s a little annoying. The colors are way too bright and odd for how dark the show is supposed to be. When I want to watch something that is pretty much part of the same sequel, I would have liked them to look like the original. A lot of this just seems like it’s made for the fan service and objects.
The Beginning song isn’t really anything special. In fact, I just pretty much figured I could just skip it since it was a bit annoying. In fact, almost every bit of music that is in this seems to be off. During battles, there is this strange music that sounds jazzy. It makes everything feel like a joke. The English voices, although a bit cute, some of them sound way too cutesy and squeaky. It’s just really harsh to my ears. Some of the characters seem like they have the wrong voices and so bothers me a little.
This was my first experience with a .hack anime ^.^ Although I liked it whenever I get towards the last episodes it gets harder and harder for me to pay attention and my mind drifts off and I miss whats happening (it might just be me tho :\ lol)
The story is very easy to follow and the pacing is very nice, unlike many other .hack animes. You aren't bored to tears while watching this for the most part.
The art is lacking in some areas, but it is not annoying to look at at the same time.
The opening theme is really good, but gets annoying after
the first few eps. The ending theme is really nice except her voice at the high note is like nails on a chalkboard. The background music is also really cheesy and lame.
Creepy.........the twins are in love with each other. Enough said.
I had more fun watching this .hack anime than any other one, and it is a really good anme to watch.
Besides the music, the twins in love with each other, and the short attention keepingness this is a really good anime to watch and I recommend it.
.hack//Legend of the Twilight is part of the extensive .hack franchise. It is a hybridized sequel to .hack//Sign, and to the .hack video games. Although there are brief mentions and easter eggs from these previous installments, this anime is still quite watchable without having previous knowledge.
This show has a completely different feel than any of its predecessors. For those who have seen .hack//Sign, the major difference with this series is that it is a much livelier (at a faster pace of 12 episodes), playful look at “the World” and the things that go on inside it. A great deal of .hack//LoT is centered around normal
game situations: special events, quests, and even caring for a grunty! Also, the main characters have a more “cutesy” appeal. This may displease franchise devotees who enjoy the cerebral, serious tone of .hack//Sign.
One issue that some viewers of .hack/LoT may find unsettling is the incestuous vibe in some of the scenes with the main characters Shugo and Rena. Anyone who has played an MMORPG before can tell you that real-life attraction vs the attraction to the look of one’s game character/avatar are very independent of each other. This alleviates what would otherwise seem to be an uncomfortable element of this show.
All in all, .hack//Legend of the Twilight is a good view. The characters have some great adventures, the plot keeps momentum besides a “let’s go to the beach” episode, plus maintains mystery and suspense throughout the series.
If you are interested in exploring the .hack universe from the beginning, but don’t know where to begin, I have included the generally accepted order:
1.) .hack//Sign (26 episodes)
2.) .hack//Intermezzo (OVA; Side story told by Mimiru)
3.) Video games: (.hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, .hack//Quarantine)
4.) .hack//XXXX (Manga; Adaption of the above video games)
5.) .hack//Gift (OVA sidestory; contains video game characters and Sign charcters)
6.) .hack//Unison (OVA sidestory; contains video game characters and Sign characters)
7.) .hack//Legend of the Twilight (12 episodes; includes references to the video games)
8.) .hack//Legend of the Twilight (Manga; Adaptation of the anime)
9.) .hack//Liminality (OVA)
10.).hack//Roots (26 episodes; prequel to GU video games)
11.).hack//GU video games (Rebirth, Reminisce. Redemption)
12.).hack//GU + (Manga; Adaptation of the video games)
13.).hack//4koma (Manga; Contains characters from all the previous video games)
14.).hack// GU Returner (OVA; contains GU video game characters and Root characters)
15.).hack//GU Trilogy (Movie; Adaptation of video games I believe?)
16.).hack//Link (Manga; Takes place 3 years after GU, new characters)
17.).hack//Quantum (OVA; released by Funimation Feb. of 2012)
18.) .hack//The Movie (In Japanese theaters from Jan. 2012, not yet licensed).
So a little background: the .hack//Legend of the Twilight manga was possibly my first non-Toonami related anime/manga ever. I say possibly cuz it was a long ass time ago and I don't really remember, and it was such a long time ago that the whole reason I got the first volume of the manga was because my horny pubescent mind noticed the steamy full color "pin-up" inserts in the first couple of pages. Good thing my mom wasn't curious enough about Japanese culture to ask to take a look before buying.
However, this turned out to be the one time in my life my dick coerced
me into making a good decision - the manga was actually pretty enjoyable in its entirety, and I read the whole thing several times, completely taken in by that magic I spend all of my time as an anime watcher trying to capture more of. Now, some months later I see a familiar looking DVD sitting on the new releases shelf of a store. They made an anime adaptation of my favorite manga at the time, and I couldn't have been more excited to see the story and characters I liked in full color, motion, and sound. That wasn't really meant to be. You see, as it so happens the .hack//Legend of the Twilight was one of those short mediocre budget series more concerned with advertising the manga than it was with doing it justice. Evident by the fact that the studios couldn't wait a measly ten months for the manga to finish.
This led to one of the most drastically changed anime adaptations I've ever seen. I'm not inherently opposed to this idea, since changes always bring the chance of some improvements (like parts of Fullmetal Alchemist), but the fact is that improvements are extremely unlikely and optimally shouldn't be prioritized over first doing a faithful adaption. In an ideal world we'd have our complete manga adaptations and then whatever extended universe/re-imagining series the studios wanted, but in the real world there are time, budgets, and profits to consider.
To make a long story short, if you're a .hack fan interested in the Legend of the Twilight world and were only going to do the anime or the manga, then do the manga because it's far, far better. Or at the very least do both, because they're entirely different stories. They begin seemingly the same way: Shugo and Rena are siblings living under different parents who reconnect in the online game "The World" after winning avatars that look like previous legendary The World players. When they're attacked by a mysteriously invincible monster, Shugo is killed and revived after being given a special bracelet item by a girl named Aura. This bracelet can rewrite data in the game to weaken it, allowing Shugo to combat these new invincible monsters. Shugo and Rena try to play the game normally but are continuously disrupted by strange circumstances and more invincible monsters. With the help of new friends Mireille, Ouka, Hotaru, as well as systems administrator Balmung and his friend Sanjuro, they'll have to confront whatever is threatening The World.
The anime's story majorly deviates from the manga early on when Rena disappears for half the series after being killed by one of the special monsters. It's around here we see that our main antagonists are a group of hacker children, which is very lame because aside from our villains being snobby brats their motives are also never fully explained, they basically never interact with our main characters directly, and in the end they're written out of the story like they never existed. Every once in a while they send an invincible monster after Shugo because his Twilight Bracelet threatens their plans, but they never seem to realize Shugo can just deus ex machina it with Data Drain and win every battle the same way. It's similarly annoying to see the other characters attack the self-regenerating monsters repeatedly even though they know from experience only Shugo can do anything.
If you remember Shugo and Rena's relationship in the manga being far too affectionate for a brother and sister, then you're really going to shake when the incest dial is turned up even further in the anime. Shugo is downright in love with his sister this time, ogling her (or at least her player avatar) twice in the first two episodes, and literally half of Rena's dialogue in the entire series is her yelling "onii-chaaaan!" often several times in a row. It's only made creepier when you remember this sibling love is bordering on both of them experiencing the beginning of puberty at around 14 years old or so. Gross.
When the "search for Rena" plot appears one of the anime's worst traits is made obvious: it likes to waste as much time as it can. It does most of this through a ton of long-takes (this is where the "camera" pans slowly across a scene, sometimes to get something across but in here for nothing usually) and redundant pointless scenes of Shugo and friends running around looking for Rena all over The World, which is a completely stupid idea because if she was in a normal area she would obviously be contactable or could just log out. This new plot also means the manga's cute minor one of reuniting Zefie with her mother is completely gone. All other characters return in mostly similar roles, but a new main character called Sanjuro replaces Zefie. He's some experienced samurai type who mentors and trains Shugo even though his bracelet is more unstoppable than any legitimate attack, and he's friends with Balmung and also realizes the danger coming to The World.
Nothing in the anime really has much personal stake to it. The main antagonist is only revealed when the anime is almost over and is never even hinted at or lead into before then, and neither they or the child hackers have absolutely anything to do with Shugo or Rena besides them just happening to win the special costumes (which they also had nothing to do with). Literally Shugo's only reason to be involved with any of this is because Rena just happens to get kidnapped. Naturally, the side characters Mireille, Ouka, and Hotaru, despite being far more likable than the two main characters have even less to do with anything that's happening and really don't help much at all when the story is all said and done.
There's a terrible tendency for the show to introduce slapstick jokes at complete random and often totally inappropriate moments. The worst example is the series's running gag of having Shugo, who is seriously one of the dumbest, most helpless anime protagonists I've ever seen, constantly trip and run into things and break a tooth off (which is even kept in some subsequent scenes which looks ridiculous). In the climax of the anime when everything is doomed bla bla bla a total comic relief character barges in from the edge of this apocalyptic scene just to cry and scream and run into a wall like an idiot. I know Legend of the Twilight is obviously aimed at a younger audience, both anime and manga, but that doesn't mean kids are complete idiots who can't get engrossed into any drama.
If there is a single good thing about the anime's story changes, it's that the plot is now much more dependent on it taking place inside of a game. It wouldn't take much at all to rewrite the manga to fit inside a typical fantasy world with actual magic and such. The biggest problem would be Shugo's bracelet rewriting code to linearly make monsters weaker, but it still wouldn't be hard to imagine it as some kind of transformation spell. This is relevant because it's inherently harder to take a story seriously inside a world that has less consequences than a "real" one. In the anime the elements of hackers and such mean it has much more to do with .hack's unique setting, which is the whole point of .hack to begin with. Despite this, there's constant logic holes where the writers failed to equate the logic of the game world with what's going on in the story. In one scene a hacker has already been caught by the CC Corporation staff, but instead of them just banning him instantly because this is all data and they have the controls to do that, they literally chase the hacker around a virtual town until they catch them physically. Also, how are completely fluid human movements made with just a regular game controller? They could've just said the headset has some mind-reading power for all I care since obviously the fictional technology is already highly advanced compared to ours. In one scene the administrators talk about monitoring log-in info to see who accessed servers, but when they're searching for Shugo and friends none of them think to just stand by and wait until Shugo logs in for the first time of the day before he reaches Mireille's hideout and just capture him there? Also, why is a hideout hidden from administrators. They're administrators, they should have access to everything. There are hundreds of things in the anime to nitpick like this, and it counts because it makes both the world incoherent and the ability to buy into it as a gamer difficult. Everything I wrote above could have been written around, but the writers were either lazy or not very clever.
The series was made around the time when digital animation was starting to take over, and it shows the worst aspects of the format. The show is full of bright, solid colors that aren't shaded well at all and give it a very "flash cartoon" appearance, and there are frequent "moeblob" faces and other poor art flubs such as background characters having stick-thin or otherwise imbalanced limbs and screwed up faces. It's not an ugly anime, but it's not afraid to cut any corners. The backgrounds are painted though and look quite nice, with a lot of the fantasy architecture looking mystical with their odd color schemes yet friendly and inviting.
The music is, oddly enough, easily the best part of the anime. It's not really something I'd listen to outside of the show, but it's a somewhat post-modern mix of influences. It's typically light and breezy as the setting and characters are, and there's everything from synthesizers, xylophone-centered jazz, orchestration, and even (the best parts) picopop with bossa nova-esque vocals. I really like the opening even though the lyrics are completely impenetrable even by general anime standards, and the ending song and the short beautifully surreal visual sequence is literally my favorite part of the entire series. No joke.
As for the dub vs. sub thing, it's a weird situation. Normally it's cut and dry whether a dub is worth checking out because either the studio cares or it doesn't, but in this case the casting is acceptable to great (both Steve Blum and Crispin Freeman as main characters) yet the voice you hear the most is absolutely horrendous. Bryce Papenbrook as Shugo is unbelievably aggravating, with constant shrill shrieks of whining and screaming for Rena like a complete teenage baby. It's absolutely maddening, and I don't know how someone thought this was an acceptable performance. It makes his moronic, childish personality even more grating. I guess try the dub and see if you can last ten seconds of Shugo's ballistic babbling because if you can tolerate it the rest is solid.
But as a whole, I just don't want to recommend this to anyone. A serious .hack fan will watch it anyway and to them I only recommend to read the manga as well. Those on the fence should definitely just read the manga, where the main character personalities are far less annoying and every supporting character is used in the plot much more thoroughly. The story stays charming in its lack of severity which suits the more child-friendly tone of the art design and gentle characters, while the anime goes for broke on dramatic effect when it doesn't fit its surroundings and thus can't be taken very seriously. It also goes to mention its complete lack of depth, relevance to the series and its characters as a whole, and extremely vague explanations of events and character motivations, and almost every character is exactly the same at the end as they are at the beginning. It's a very uneven and loose story for something so short, while the manga stays within the modest confines the short length allows. Neither seem important to the overarching .hack story as a whole, so don't let thoughts of that sway your decisions. If Shugo went to my middle school I'd bully him.
.hack//legend of the twilight or .hack//dusk happened after the original .hack// series in the PS2. This follows after .hack//sign. If you see the .hack//liminality, .hack//game series and .hack//sign as almost purely serious, you'll enjoy the lightness and comical activities of the characters in this anime. I must say only four to five episodes have the serious story line... the rest are all funny and really enjoyable. In this anime, those who enjoy the game will enjoy the return of four of the coolest characters/PC in the original .hack//game series: KITE, BLACK ROSE, BALMUNG & SANJURO. Kite and Black Rose are special characters here, won by
twin siblings separated by their parents, Shugo & Rena. Balmung and Sanjuro stays in the background guiding, helping and protecting the world through the new chosen ones... If you ask my opinion they almost made the whole anime chibis... just look at AURA... she became a child... but because of that the whole anime is enhanced massively by the cuteness factor... you'll enjoy this just like you'll enjoy the other .hack//series, especially the game. ^_^ Oh, the music sounds great and original just like any of the .hack// soundtrack...
Before I start I want to let you know what order I have been watching the .hack series. 1. Sign, 2. Liminality, 3. Legend of Twilight, 4. Gift, 5. Roots, ect......(I have watched through Gift.)
This anime makes a whole lot more sense if you watch them in the order I listed above. Though, it is not necessary to watch them in this order, the first three can be watched in any order but above is in chronological order.
Compared to Sign and Liminality, this series is way better in my opinion. Unlike sign and liminality there is actually real action in this one! I swore
to myself if this series was like sign I was gonna quit this whole series. The creators wised up while making this one. They needed to put some action and cram less dialogue into the series.
I don't specifically remember anytime that I was bored or wondered how much longer I had left in the series. This series was perfect and length and never seemed boring. There was just the right amount of suspense and curiousity in the anime to keep me going.
Some of the attack and spells were pretty sweet. so in that sense it was pretty awesome.
Looking back at the anime one thing really stood out: "BROTHER!" & "RENA!". Once you have watched it you'll understand.
Okay, started watching the ".hack" series a few days ago, today I finished TnUD. Just one big argument about disliking this title, very important argument, so you really should re-watch last episode for fully understanding of this position.
Just one word. One word, I swear, no jokes.
ONII-CHAN. Onii-chan, ONII-chan, ONIII-CHAAAN, oniiii-chaaaan. God, this single word can perfectly describe main story-line of the plot. There are a few more variations of this, but I will spare you. I have a feeling that I watched some weird moe-harem-school days with magic and without blood and gore. Oooh. Be careful.
First things first. My "reviews" system is explained on a blog entry. Which can be found through my profile.
The usual .hack jam. Some characters start a game, meet game spirit, get something, the bad happens, lot of side character deduction and game masters etc.. stuff. Then MC basically has to save the world. And the usual risk of real life things from game.
Story was okay, felt dull, but wasn't bad.
Art and animation wasn't anything special. It was okay to watch. Did like some OST although, even most of them weren't as impressive.
Enjoyable stereotypes, did like the werewolf and the sister. 7 might be a reach,
but couldn't really bothering dwelling too much on this.
Issue as most .hack series, It felt really dragging and dull, didn't really care the mumbo jumbo of seriousness that staff members presented. Plus the whole game spirit & staff & chosen player troupe in this franchise usually feels oddly dull. It's like presenting mystery without excitement factor. I did finis the 12 episodes in a hour or so, in another words I did a lot of fast forwarding, lot of dialogues were really boring and action wasn't as impressive. Probably liked Aura the most, like their mysterious yet caring presence.
.Hack/Legend of Twilight is basicly a good anime. The only problem is that there is not a lot of movment to keep your attention for very long. Most of the series was the characters talking in one pose. Occasionaly they would have a battle or a new twist would appear. When that happened it was like waking up out of a deep sleep and you have to think about it.
Somehow all though this anime it was centered for kids with the comedy, the animation and the music. That made ir very fun. Then at the very end, they got
really serious and it lost that effect. Once it lost that it made you think way to much untill you basicly just thought "Whats happening?"
Other then that small part .Hack/Legend of Twilight is a very enjoyable anime with its fun sound and characters. I would recomend this to people that like kicking back and just watching the show.
In .hack/ Legend of the Twilight mostly all of the charaters have a back story in the charaters. Sorry if i am talking about the anime and manga i just wanted to speak in gerenal. Now Ouca is friends with Kaz aka BlackRoses (old one) and they all know mel aka mierielle's mom. ( trust me you have to watch these series 2 times to understand it fully.) Now the plot is a new threat is coming back to the world forming what the orignal .hackers would call Twilight. If you ever read the Novels Another Birth then you would notice that the charaters
in this series are the same or almost the same. I am really sorry but this anime makes you think while you enjoy it. Each story interlocks with a different series. Sign/ Another Birth, Another Birth/ Legend of the Twilight, G.U./ Roots.
I found this .hack to be the worst in the franchise that I have seen so far. I'm not a huge fan of chibi-like style anime. I found it to be way too cutesy for an anime (but I'm more into the serious ones). As well, I found "Black Rose" to be very annoying in the second half of the series (*whine* BIIIIG BROTTTTHEEER *whine*).
The opening theme of the show was pretty annoying as well and the ending theme was okay. One of the few redeeming factors was seeing some of the original characters from the first .hack game
series. I liked having Sanjuro around, but he was always my main Heavy Blade in the games. A lot of the episodes didn't seem to flow together and the supporting cast got to be grating after a couple of episodes.
This is not an anime that I would recommend for anyone except maybe a die hard .hack fan. I wouldn't watch it again.
The animation was very pretty in this series, and the sound was fair too. what I found really lacking in this series of the .hack is Story content and continuity. I felt that it jumped around and never really cleaned up all the loose threads in the story.
ALso, I found this one had more of a 'cutesy' feel to it. like it was aimed for a younger audience than its predicessors. There was a lot more cheap hunour, and gags than really helped.
So, overall I gave this a fair watch. on its own its weak, however if you
are following the storyline (betwee anime, games, etc) its an essential.
To start things off with a negative, after watching .Hack//Sign, .Hack//Legend of the Twilight really fell short to expectations.
The story begins with two young teenage kids winning the opportunity to play as the two Legendary dot hackers Kite and BlackRose. Shugo the older brother playing the role as Kite and Rena playing the as Blackrose. Rena recruits her older brother to "The World" and they soon find themselves lured into various dangers throughout their online journey.
The story of .Hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet really felt dumbed down since its last series .Hack//Sign. It's strange to see the significant difference between the two shows since they
both take place in the same universe, but I digress. The first five episodes really are just there for gags and laughs with plenty of fan service to be had. Think it's due to the complaints of .Hack//Sign being too boring for most audiences. I mean, girls being pets, and sisters kissing brothers; heavens me.
Sometimes, it felt like too much. In later episodes the only dialogue you'd hear from Rena was "ONIIIII-CHAAAAN" and "ONIII-CHAAAAN" and all of the above. Which leads me to the characters of the show. This series lacks character development and you can see hardly any change from either from beginning to end. It was such a change from .Hack//Sign, the characters there actually showed substantial change through events.
The music isn't anything great. The opening's "alright" with its cheerful tune and upbeat lah-dee-dahs, but the actual shows OST's a tad bitter. The only real song I felt something for was the ED which had some beautiful lyrics. It's to be expected, since it was performed and written by See-Saw (The ones who did the OP and ED for .Hack//Sign.)
The animation's pretty good I suppose. It features more childlike looking characters rather than adult. Things are bright and lush with a pallet of different fruitful colors. It's just average, nothing to really report about it.
All in all .Hack//Legend of the Twilight's not a bad series; it's just not very good. If you'd like to follow the story of the previous titles then go ahead and watch, but if you don't I wouldn't see any reason to.
Okay this review is about .Hack / / Legend of the Twilight the sequel to .Hack/ / SIGN and takes place 4 years after it.
Story: It's about two twins called Shugo (Male) and Rena (female) who won a character contest for the online game called "The World". The characters that they had won in the contest were Kite and Black Rose. There is a group of children who are hacking "The World" and modifying it so it can put other players into comas while playing it, they are also after Shugo. Shugo and Rena are the only ones who can solve this mystery.
my opinion art, I liked how they changed "The World's" areas. It was really good seeing how "The World's" scenery improved. The character art was quite good and I quite liked the different clothing for the different characters.
Soundtrack: I thought the soundtrack to .Hack/ / Legend of the Twilight was really enjoyable. The Opening Theme and Ending Theme were both quite nice. The music during the anime did it's best to suit the mood of the scenes it had to work with.
Character: The Characters of .Hack/ / Legend of the Twilight were quite enjoyable, I liked Ocra the most out of all the characters because shes a Werewolf plus her personality. All the other characters were quite developed. Shugo's and Rena's brother and sister bond was a great development to characters and the story.I quite liked how the Admins also had a different opinion on how "The World" Should be treated. The side characters who help Shugo and Rena like Orca and Mireille are also quite developed.
Enjoyment: I had a really great time with .Hack/ / Legend of the Twilight
Overall: I give .Hack/ / Legend of the Twilight 9/10