"The World is a online 3-D fantasy game, where players log on and carry out quests, eithers are part of a party or on their own. For some reason, one day, a player appears who can't log out. And the mystery begins. I loved this story. Besides a interesting plot, with tons of twists, characters who have real reasons for logging on and doing what they do, great music and good artwork, it really reminded me of when I use to role play (on and off line) in college. The ending might be strange but remember that it does fit and also that it leaves it open because this anime is linked to the game. From what I understand, the events are nothing but a prologue - the background story to the game. Instead of a tiny booklet that they always insert into the game's case, to give it some kind of history, you have a anime that is 25 episodes long, with 26th episode as a stand alone flash-back, the 27th episode as a clip show of the important moments and the 28th episode as the final ending, the final episode set after the events in the four part video game! But even without the game the ending still fits - after all, the anime is set in a online game. And you have to log out sometimes!
An excellent anime series
eau | USA | 05/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent anime series. The Complete Collection is a digipak set of the 6 discs from the individual volumes at a lower price. It was released in late 2004 for a limited run, with a collector's pin set. Note that this Complete Collection does not include Episode 28 Unison, which is only available on disc 2 of Volume 6 Limited Edition."
Samson Wick | Council Bluffs, IA United States | 10/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't speak to the particulars of this complete box set as I purchased the Limited Editions of the series as it was originally released - that is what this review pertains to.
As an anime fan, there were a lot of things that stood out about .hack//SIGN. The story line is typical of many anime series. The plot line has plenty of twists and turns, just as much for the sake of the overall story as the developmet of the characters. After finishing this story I felt like I knew the characters. For those who don't already know this, the setting is one of the most unique aspects of this story - it takes place almost entirely inside a MMORPG (Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game) - Like Everquest or Final Fantasy XI. The sound quality was superb, as well as the video. I was quite pleased to find that it was in the 16:9 aspect ratio (Widescreen) - and it looks awesome on my HDTV! The voice acting was also top notch. If you like anime, and/or video games, you really can't go wrong with this series. If you like a good mystery and sci-fi you can't go wrong there either. If you like stories about relationships and personal triumph, well, you get the picture. It has something for everyone. Anime haters won't likely be converted by its charms, but I don't know many people who wouldn't enjoy this series.
As a closing thought, there was a lot of hype about the interrelationship of the .hack video game series for the Playstation 2. You're not going to get gameplay tips out of watching this series, nor are you really missing out if you don't go out and play the games. The plots cross each other, but they are essentially different and independent stories - the same is true of the short OVA series that was included with the PS2 games, and of the more recently released .hack//TWILIGHT. That said, they all compliment each other in small ways. There are cameo appearances by players from the other series and some of the background given in one, will reflect the events of the other. Probably the most noable instance of this is in the last "Bonus" episode of .hack//SIGN - I won't give any surprises away by telling you why:)"
.hack//sign is the [possitive adjective]-est
Hybrid Blue | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put, this anime is the best non-animated and animated television show I have ever seen.
The plot is simply unique and amazing- as the description and other reviewers have dictated. Be prepared for twists, turns, depressions, and highs in this overall series.
Each character has their own personality that each viewer can relate two. The character growth is amazing, as most characters sport dynamic, unique, and well thought out personalities.
The animation is one of it's kind; the characters have innovative and beautiful costumes, the scenery is imaginative yet realistic, and the panels and scenes flow nicely.
The music remains yet one of my favorite parts of the whole series. Yuki Kajiura, a reowned Japanese composer, composed all (I believe) of the score to this movie. Each song fits in perfectly with the storyline, and is beautifully orchestrated.
Addionally, the voices of the characters (in both Japanese and English) are amazing. Anime shows have a reputation for having bad dubbing (or English voice-overs for the origional Japanese speak). However, all of the voices are nearly identical, and very interesting. In both English and Japanese, the speech is in near perfect alignment with the movement of the characters' lips.
At least in English, .hack//sign also has very little cursing, and very little violence (no excessive gore or uneeded violence).
I highly reccommend .hack//sign to anyone, as it is a phenomenal series."
A very good anime series
N. HAGAN | Lynchburg. VA USA | 07/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen all 28 episodes of this series and I can say that I really appreciate this kind anime. I know that the ending of episode 25 leaves you hanging but the .hack games, the .hack. OVA, and the bonus episodes 26-28 will fix that. I did not get this full collection, I bought all of these DVDs indivdually with the episode 28 bonus disk. Why? It is because I got them before this complete collection came out. If you like anime with mind trips, cliffhanging climaxes, and good fight scenes then this is a good show for you to watch."