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Synonyms: Hack OVA
Japanese: .hack//LIMINALITY
English: .hack//Liminality
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 20, 2002 to Apr 10, 2003
Studios: Bee Train
Source: Original
Genres: MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 33 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.591 (scored by 1588515,885 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #58532
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3371
Members: 31,960
Favorites: 34

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While playing the newly released MMORPG "The World," Minase Mai and Tomonari Kasumi collapsed in the real world and were sent to the hospital after hearing a mysterious sound. Only Mai had recovered while her friend Kasumi had slipped into a mysterious coma. Mai is later approached by the creator of "The World," Tokuoka Junichiro, who unveils to her that, just like her friend, six other players across the country had also collapsed while playing "The World" and are now in mysterious comas. What exactly is "The World," what is this mysterious sound Mai keeps on hearing, and why are people slipping into comas from this game? Minase, Junichiro and their acquaintances set off to get to the bottom of this problem before any further harm happens.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


A four-part DVD series included with the .hack// PlayStation 2 games.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Recording Engineer, Music
Maseba, Yutaka
Sasaki, Shirou
Producer, Music
Nozaki, Keiichi


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Edge" by See-Saw
2: "Senyaichiya" by See-Saw
3: "Kimi ga Ita Monogatari" by See-Saw
4: "Kioku" by See-Saw

Ending Theme

"Tasogare no Umi (Twilight Sea)" by See-Saw

Nov 3, 2008
Stormy_77 (All reviews)

The .hack series isn't an easy one to get into for those of us who haven't played the game as there is plenty of background information that is left out in the anime. The strength of Liminality is it addresses some of these questions in a very intriguing manner. Liminality spans more than one .Hack anime, several of the manga and some games but the genius in this anime is it does so from the Real Life point of view (vs. gameplay). It manages to tie many loose ends together and in an entertaining fashion.


The characters are well fleshed out and developed. There is read more
May 3, 2009
sailorlitakino (All reviews)
This was suprisingly good! Usually in .hacks I am bored to tears but this was really good! I was very involved and focused 90% of the time. The first episode did drag on a bit but the final 3 weren't as long which was a good thing.

The story is outstanding! Unlike most .hack animes the story does not take place inside of "The World". This takes place in the real world and I like that. It does get somewhat confusing but if you pay attention you will understand it. The ending was a little confusing to me but I still really liked it.

The color was read more
Mar 9, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
This OVA is the (very much superior) follow up to the "Hack Sign" series. The production is in the typical style of Bee Train, with the ever present, haunting melodies of Yuki Kajiura (a staple aspect in Bee Train productions) succeeding to be even better than in "Noir" or "Hack sign". And since those were earlier works, it does seem like the studio is getting the hang of the music production more and more.

Unlike "Hack Sign", significant events actually start happening from the word go, resulting in a captivating opening episode. Unfortunately, having set the bar rather high, the remaining three episodes are a read more
Jun 16, 2011
HangJarrel (All reviews)
All right before we get started, just want to make sure that you all know that I haven't played any of the hack games, although a lot of my friends have been telling me to go and get the games because they are really good (from what they said)

Unfortunately the anime series are a completely different form of media so yeah this is my take on it.


Honestly though, it's hard to watch an anime that where you're already supposed to know things and with the lack of background information it's really difficult to get into the story line especially when read more


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