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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: 6.591 (scored by 1635016,350 users)
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Ranked: #60842
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Popularity: #3692
Members: 33,252
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Recording Engineer, Music
Maseba, Yutaka


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


Sep 17, 2020
Nice supplement to the .HackSign series, showing a group of 3 girls trying to look into and expose what was happening in the outside world during the events of .HackSign, as it's revealed that several other people around the world had fallen into a coma like Tsukasa from not being able to log out of The World due to the Morgana virus. They find out the company that created and managed the game was trying to cover the situation up while trying to solve the problem. It's a more realistic scenario than the fantasy one in .HackSign, however, this one, rather than being a psychological ...
Feb 16, 2022
Mixed Feelings
And before I knew it, I fell down the .Hack rabbit hole.

With this being an anime, I feel like I can open up more since I've seen SAO, for better or for worse since the concept is similar in nature.

The first game series, IMOQ started with Kite's friend Orca being put into a coma because of the game, he seeks the monster that put him there, thinking that defeating it will bring him back, spoilers, it doesn't. Or at least, it's not that simple.

What this anime accomplishes is taking the same premise, one kid narrowly escaping it, trying to help another kid who got into ...
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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