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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
Genre: MysteryMystery
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 33 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.581 (scored by 1683816,838 users)
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Ranked: #63292
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Popularity: #3837
Members: 34,081
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While playing the newly released MMORPG "The World," Minase Mai and Tomonari Kasumi collapse in the real world and are sent to the hospital after hearing a mysterious sound. Only Mai recovers, while her friend Kasumi slips 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 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.

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

Characters & Voice Actors



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

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 ...
Jun 16, 2011
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Feb 6, 2015
I might have got the chronology wrong, but I started out with this OVA, and have yet to see "Sign" and "Twilight". That's probably why I didn't understand a thing.

Not bad, not great. It looks kind of like most TV animes out there. I guess you expect more from an OVA, though. I like the attention to detail in the animation, though (throw a frying pan down a hatch, and it's still there when you get down there).

Voice acting is solid but nothing special. Background music is a bit repetative and there are few different songs considering this being a rather short OVA.

The ending theme ...

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