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Japanese: .hack//SIGN
English: .hack//Sign
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2002 to Sep 26, 2002
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Thursdays at Unknown
Studios: Bee Train
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.951 (scored by 8345683,456 users)
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Ranked: #43032
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Popularity: #1260
Members: 180,040
Favorites: 1,357

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A young wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia. He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, the Crimson Knights suspects him of being a hacker, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way.

As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a "guardian," which promises him protection from all harm. Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out, and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yanaka, Hiroshi


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Sakamoto, Maaya




Touma, Yumi


Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Recording Engineer, Music
Sasaki, Shirou


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Obsession" by See-Saw

Ending Theme

"Yasashii Yoake (優しい夜明け)" by See-Saw


Jun 21, 2008
.Hack//Sign is a single part in the Project .Hack franchise, one that combines novels, manga, TV anime and OVA's to form one grand narrative with characters and events happening not only chronologically, but simultaneously as well. The review below is written from the franchise point of view, and as an standalone anime.

The general consensus of Hack//Sign is that the story's boring, there is almost no action and it doesn't make fast progress. While some of these points are quite true, the story is one of character development and interaction. The viewer learn more about every side character through their interaction with the rest of the ...
Oct 18, 2013
Mixed Feelings
This is a review compiled by the many members of the VIA (Value In Anime) Graveyard Division. All members who have worked on this review are mentioned at the bottom. In addition, this review will also contain a “Value in the Anime” section detailing life lessons and values that make this anime worth watching.
.hack//sign isn't exactly new. Known for it's slow pace, it has a reputation as a poorly paced, often boring show. While this is true, to an extent, there is still value in this anime--life lessons that make it worth the time you're willing to invest in it.

Story: .hack//sign is a slow ...
Jun 21, 2015
Kudos for being one of the first few animes with the topic of MMORPG. That is the only positive i can say of this title. Having recently finish season one of Log Horizon and still being in the mood for more anime with this genre,i decided to watch this series. Thinking that it would be of similar mold to Log Horizon,i went into this series having some what of a high expectation but was extremely disappointed. Even though,the artwork was not spectacular given that it came out in 2002,i was hoping that the story line would be interesting enough to compile me overlook this particular ...

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