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.hack//: Another Birth, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – June 13, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598164473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598164473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was suprised and just could stop reading from start to finish.
Brandy Lindsey
On the other hand... This book will appeal to longtime fans of the .hack// franchise - which I'm sure is the audience to which this book is being marketed.
T.W. Kallaway
Kite's best friend also fell into a coma while playing the game, and now he's on a quest to save him.
Rebecca Herman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in a series of novels that tell the story of the .hack video game series from the perspective of Akira Hayami, the Japanese teenager who plays the character of BlackRose.

Akira is just a normal teenage girl, who doesn't even like video games much. She prefers to concentrate on her studies and on doing the best she can as a member of her school's tennis team. But when Akira's younger brother, Fumikazu, falls into a coma while playing the popular online role playing game "The World," her priorities change. She decides she will do whatever necessary to save her brother, and she believes the video game is likely responsible. So she creates a character, BlackRose, and enters The World, where she meets Kite, the main character from the games. Kite's best friend also fell into a coma while playing the game, and now he's on a quest to save him. BlackRose decides to help him, and the two uncover the horrifying truth that The World is not just a game and there is real danger in playing it.

I'm a big fan of the .hack series, particularly the video games, so I was very eager to read this novel when I saw it would be coming out in English. I'm happy to say I was not at all disappointed. Akira's point of view gives a fresh perspective to the story, so that it doesn't seem like just an exact repeat of the games. I definitely plan to read the rest of the books in this series when they are released, and I would recommend this book to all .hack fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.W. Kallaway on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
.hack//Another Birth is a novelization of a video game screenplay. Adding in the fact it was translated from Japanese into English, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that this isn't exactly what you consider quality reading. The narrative is boring, character relationships are rather flat, the dialog is pretty basic (especially in the beginning), and it won't take masterful readers more than 2-3 hours to digest. Casual readers who haven't watched the anime (or for that matter, even know about the anime) should avoid this waste of their money at mimimal costs.

On the other hand...

This book will appeal to longtime fans of the .hack// franchise - which I'm sure is the audience to which this book is being marketed. The book doesn't bring much of anything new to the table and you'll stand shocked as you watch BlackRose and Kite exchange what seems like half of their lines (mostly in the beginning of the book) as seen in .hack//INFECTION (the video game).

I think the best thing that can be said about this book is that it will look good on your shelf along with your other .hack// merchandise. More than enough reason to buy it for collectors like me.
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By J. Sherman on October 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
A lite novel based on the popular video game series, Miu Kawasaki's ".hack//Another Birth" retells the story of Twin Blade Kite and Heavy Blade BlackRose--from BlackRose's perspective. After her younger brother falls into coma while playing in "The World" (a popular online game), BlackRose takes it upon herself to log on and find out why. The reader gets to know Akira, the girl behind the avatar as she tries to solve the mysteries of "The World" while coping with the pressures of high school. Featuring illustrations by the folks at CyberConnect2, Vol. 1 breathes new life into the original story, though some may not find it as fun as the video game or the anime shows. At least you wouldn't need a game system or any other electronic device! The book also includes a brief message from Kawasaki and a special art section.

Please note: This is not a manga comic but a written novel. Keep this in mind you're making a purchase.

This book is unrated: Violence, Adult Language.
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Good companion piece to the first game, although the material does seem to overlap slightly with the beginning of the second game. Interesting story outside the world of the The World video game, which is good because you don't get very much of that playing the PS2 game.

The writing level is obviously very low because this is a light novel aimed at younger teenagers and meant to be short and easy. As such, it takes like an hour or two to read the entire thing. I'd say if you are, in 2010, looking to play through the .hack games for the first time, that you'd do well to get these novels for cheap and read them after you finish each of the games in the series.

The art in the book is not particularly good, but I think that mostly has to do with it being basically pencils (to use a comicbook term) without any ink finishing or colors. They're fine for giving you an idea of what the characters look like, but you're not going to want to collect the series for the art.
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I never even finished the game but the first part i have no doubt. But when I started to read this i just had to buy it and wanted to know who BlackRose really was. I never though she would be the kind of person she was in real life in the book then how different she was in the game. I was suprised and just could stop reading from start to finish. She made me wish that i was in her shoes o be ablt oplay in the games aong side Kite and have those awsome controls, i was completly jealous. The real BlackRose was so suprising i had to keep on reaing to find out why she played and why she acted the way she does.
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