In .hack//Legend of the Twilight, Shugo and Rena were given the avatars of the famous dot hackers, Kite and BlackRose... Now learn how their legend was born! While playing in The World,the most successful online game in history, a young boy suddenly loses consciousness and falls into a coma after taking a blow to protect his friend Kite from the deadly beams of a strange monster. To save his fallen friend, Kite must log back into this most dangerous game and begin to unravel the mysteries behind his friend's affliction. But understanding the true power of The World may prove as dangerous as it is crucial!
First thing I need to say; I have not played all of the original games, in fact I only played the first one, but I do understand the gist of the full story from the games. With that out of the way, here's my review.
STORY: .Hack//XXXX, I'll start with the title. Honnestly I thought this was a hentai when I read the title. But each X represents one of the games, with four in total and I heard its pronounced .Hack//4X. But whatever.
.Hack//XXXX condenses the story of the 4 games of the PS2 series into... 10 chapters? Whoa, the result ending up skipping and speeding through the story with keeping only imporant events highlighted, or alot of it redone. But this story is trying to create it's place with the inclusion of manga only character (Not really), Cubia.
While Cubia is an important character in the manga, many who had played the games first will feel that his presense is unnecessary (As a NC character). And really this manga is truthfully for people who have played the games, and is basicly another way to revisit the story and the characters.
But it is still somewhat enjoyable for those who have not played the games. And the characters feel a bit more livelier than what they were in the game and the relationship between Kite (The main protagionst) and Cubia is very interesting.
ARTWORK: Actually the artwork is pretty good and has alot of style. The battles are draw well, some characters (Like Black Rose) looks better than what they looked like in the game, and the color art looks very good. However, there is alot of simple drawings and sometimes they look like doodles.
OVERALL: It's a quick read, and alot of fans will be disappointed, but the art looks nice and the story isn't just a straight up copy from the games, but fans of the games are the ones will enjoy it the most.read more
It's a very lighthearted version of the dot hack games. Cute, and comical, not to mention Cubia being a human character makes this a good read. Even though it's based off of the games, there are alot of differences that amused me. And of course, Kite looks simply adorable in the manga. (I wish his personality was more like his game personality and not like Shugos though :/)
You actually get to see Helba with her mask/helmet/hat thingie off and at the end of volume two, you get to see the characters of Kite, Orca, and Balmung in real life (doesn't show their eyes, but still...)
Even though it's a lighthearted take on the game, there have been parts in it that made me cry (the whole Cubia thing made me cry like a dog) So its not just fun and games... well... it IS a game, but you know what I mean.
Check it out if you are a dot hack junkie (if it's your first .hack media, I'd suggest watching .hack//sign and reading the novel .hack//A.I. buster to get a feel of The Worlds autonomy.read more
After waiting a pretty long time for this manga to be translated, it did not let me down. The art was wonderful and gave new life to the classic .hack characters. It's an absolute masterpiece and the character designs are as amazing as ever (especially some of the new ones!) Although it gets slightly hard to follow at some points and it really is almost like replaying the games, it's awesome refresher with an even crisper new feeling to it. It is well worth the read!
Alright, I'd LOVE to say this was a good series, but personally I'm glad it's only two volumes, because I got sick of some of the alterations. I know it's "based" off the games, but I see very little similarities left after one character was altered. I've been apart of the .hack fandom since it began in the States with //SIGN and the first four games.
Moving along, there will be some spoilers, but it's a two-book series and probably anyone who is reading this has already played the games anyways. The manga began with one major changed that sort of ticked me off, Cubia's not a monster you fight, he's your party member! LOLWUT? So he can Data drain too, and Kite and him go off to destroy the phases to save the Lost Ones. Because of this change, portions of the plot where screwed with royally, including the Mia/Macha fight, Corbenik, amongst various other moments. Not only was the four-game and insanely-long series squished into two books, but it was altered to fit into said two books.
I honestly don't get why they even made Cubia a PC in X-Fourth. It didn't even make sense. His character was a pain and to any .hack fan it's obvious that Cubia working with Kite is just going to end badly for the party. Cubia ends up kidnapping Kite and wants to suck him up and use is power to make sure he never dies. Hey, at least BlackRose still destroyed the bracelet. Roll in the final battle, which isn't against Corbenik, it's again Morganna! Excuse me? She's never made an appearance save for voice, why would she suddenly appear to fight them, skipping Phase 8? Oh and Azure Flame God? Trying to turn it GU on us? But then again, at that point that was probably the only way to end it properly.
With this series, it's obvious that CC2 and Square-Ennix are having some competition to see who can milk their golden series for more money. They know the old .hack fans will still buy it because it is what it is, and because it's .hack they'll say they like it no matter how screwy they make the plot. Though I have to hand it to CC2, they've made the most alternative realities for their cash cow.read more