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.hack//SIGN Ver. 02: Outcast back to product details

Character and relationship drama within a techno mystery
written by hneline1 May 25, 2003 - 12:35 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Ok, NOW I'm really impressed. I thought that the first disk was excellent entertainment but didn't have that extra something to grab me good. With the episodes on this disk, I'm a convert.

.hack//SIGN is a very dialog intensive, character and relationship drama being carried out in the midst of a techno mystery. What caught me most is the depth and individuality of each character -- with every episode, another facet of the main cast gets revealed and even the minor characters are multidimensional with their own motivations and quirks. What caught me next is the interplay between people in The World with their players in real life -- it's becoming more obvious that what we see on the screen is not the only reality (which it would be if this were a pure D&D fantasy anime) as characters disappear for several days because of "real" work or as characters who know each other in the real world bring their drama into The World. On top of this, there is the encompassing question of why Tsukasa can't log out and what is the Key of the Twilight -- like a well-done mystery novel, hints are dropped and we encourage the protagonists as they take each step forward in their investigation, while we ourselves are still uncertain of the impact of this mystery... is it only within The World or does it touch on Real Life?

This anime may not be for everyone, since it does focus on character and mystery while pushing action to the wayside (at least for now). It may not be as mind blowing as Serial Experiments Lain or Neon Genesis Evangelion, which ask questions about God and human existence. But in terms of exploring human relationships and human emotions within a too-close-for-comfort virtual reality, this series is developing very well indeed. I look forward to the next disk!


(Average 6.81)
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