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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, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.951 (scored by 8257282,572 users)
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Ranked: #42712
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Popularity: #1216
Members: 177,357
Favorites: 1,331

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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


Miki, Shinichiro


Sakamoto, Maaya




Touma, Yumi


Kajiura, Yuki
Producer, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, 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 ...
Dec 8, 2009
To the many people who play them, video games, can be a form of escapism from the real world. What could be more stress relieving than diving into a fantasy world where you assume the role of the character in the game? It sounds very tempting but if one should stay too long in the virtual world you could lose yourself in it with no way to return to the real world. In the worst case scenario you may forget which world is real and which is fake.

That is the premise of .Hack//Sign. .Hack//Sign is a part of the .Hack series which surrounds the ...
Apr 22, 2010
Mixed Feelings

Okay, well, this anime is kind of awful.

Chronologically, this isn't even the first in the .hack// timeline, because Bandai keeps tacking shit onto this franchise. Anyway, it's basically about what would happen if Shinji Ikari played video games. Tsukasa, the main character, wakes up in The World, the first Virtual Reality MMORPG since some supervirus stomped all over the internet. He can't remember how he got there or who he is, and soon discovers that he can't even log out of the damn game. After running into some douchebags who want to jump his ass for supposedly hacking, he acquires some ...

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