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.hack//Sign Complete Collection – Anime Review

by December 12, 2013
Overview
Title

.hack//Sign

Publisher

Madman Entertainment (Australia)

Bandai Entertainment (Former North American Publisher)

Funimation Entertainment (North American Publisher)

Based On

First chronological installment in the .hack anime releases.

Genre

Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Format

DVD

Audio Languages

English, Japanese

Subtitle Languages

English

Synopsis

Login to the most successful online game in history! "The World" is being played by millions of people from all over, making it the most popular game ever. Players can go online and trade items from parties and go on quests. However none of that concerns Tsukasa - A virtual prisoner trapped within "The World". Tsukasa's journey from the digital world to the real world has just begun!

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.hack//Sign was the very first anime series I ever purchased, back when anime series’ were purchased in part sets of four episodes rather than in complete volumes as they are today.

You need to play the four-part video game series to full experience, especially considering as .hack//Sign provides more questions than answers. However by itself, the series still provides an interesting experience with a strong storyline and concept.

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Positives

The "trapped in an online game" concept is interesting, and well used throughout the 25 episode series.

A strong storyline, although may be too dialogue heavy for some people.

Features a variety of players from the top-tier hacker, in-game police and general user to the complete newbie.

One of the more notable opening sequences.

For its time, the visual and musical backing is very strong.

Negatives

The video game series that follows on from this title has been long out of print.

The plot can be slow to progress at points.

Some of the releases of this series do not come with the bonus episode that features a crossover between Sign and the games.

Despite being based in an online action RPG world, there is less action then you might be expecting.

Rating
Our Rating
Storyline / Character Development
A
Design
A
Music / Voice Acting
A-
Extras
B+
Personal Opinion
A
The Quick Brief

.hack//Sign was the very first anime series I ever purchased, back when anime series' were purchased in part sets of four episodes rather than in complete volumes as they are today.

You need to play the four-part video game series to full experience, especially considering as .hack//Sign provides more questions than answers. However by itself, the series still provides an interesting experience with a strong storyline and concept.

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Sam
Your average, perhaps slightly geeky 22 year old University student who spends his days studying but his nights watching, reviewing and reporting on video games, anime and manga. Has been writing for The Otaku's Study ever since it opened in 2006 as Sam's Anime Study.
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