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.Hack//Legend Of The Twilight - A New World (Vol. 1)

Legend of the Twilight brings new characters, new mysteries, and a lighter tone to the computer game world of .Hack//Sign. Kept apart by their parents' separation, 14-year-old Shugo Kunasaki and his twin sister Rena join forces in the the online World. As the winners of a contest, they assume the forms of legendary players Kite and Blackrose. Legend simultaneously invokes and spoofs the conventions of role-playing games, as Shugo, Rena, and the cadre of friends they assemble tackle a variety of improbable-looking monsters. Aura, a mysterious girl in white, gives Shugo a powerful bracelet that enables him to destroy the most formidable monsters. As a newbie, Shugo needs all the help he can get, especially since "Twilight" once again threatens the World. Warm-hearted, adventurous, and funny, Legend of the Twilight is a welcome addition to the popular .Hack continuity. (Rated 13 and older: cartoon violence, minor risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBMY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 20, 2004
Format: DVD
With the success of the original .hack releases behind them, Bandai went on to make a short series out the .hack mange, which have also only just appeared in translation. Set four years after the first crisis it is the story of two new players, Shugo and Rena, who are introduced to The World as part of a promotion where they win the right to use the characters of the original dot hackers - Kite and Black Rose.
The same events that heralded the first crisis are beginning to reappear. Balmung, who has become a system operator, is concerned that Twilight is returning. When Aura appears to give the new 'Kite' his data drain bracelet and dangerous creatures begin to appear in beginner's dungeons we know that once again The World needs saving. Shugo and Rena bring a lighter and more human touch to the story though which seems to make it all the better.
The differences from the manga series are subtle, but significant. In the TV series, the twins have been separated in their parents divorce, and the relationship between them is a primary focus for the story. The World is the only place they can meet. Several of the internal relationships are rearranged as well. Shugo is a bit more inept as a fighter, some episodic details are left out, and new characters are introduced to smooth the way. But the over all story is the same.
It's difficult to compare manga and TV series, since the media are so different in what they can allow. The TV Series flows much better than the manga, and the characters come across as a bit older (in behavior) than they do in the comic. All of the changes are favorable, and I found myself enjoying the lighthearted touch of the TV series much more than I expected to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zhivago on September 3, 2004
Format: DVD
This story is so well done, and the climatic ending is philosophically profound as always, leaving you with a "whoa". What I really love about these .hack anime is that they incoporate so much philosophy into it, giving you a complete experience. Of course, this is the type of excellent work I expect from the makers of "Evangelion".

The characters from the series are so loveable too! From Shugo's goofy , tooth-missing smile to Reina's "Oni-chan" to what's-her-name's rare item obsession, its great. Anyhoo, watch the anime in its orginal language with the English subtitle, you'll get a much better experience. Japanese voice actors are superb, unlike some dubbing artists ;)

Enjoy! And this series rock!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stress on March 9, 2004
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After the games resolve much of the mystery and dilemma in THE WORLD, you have to assume that KITE and BLACKROSE were booted from the game for some reason, because their characters are revived and raffled off to hopefuls. The hopefuls who recieve the characters are a brother and sister team of Rena and Shugo who live apart due to schooling in Japan/Tokyo. They soon play in the WORLD and use it as a place to be together while living apart. However, Kite gets drawn back into problems left unresolved in the game and is given the data drain bracelet again. Through a series of light hearted adventures in a kawaii anime style, they meet some of the adventurers from the video games, and reveal some of the minor mysteries left unanswered from previous .hack installments. One of the funnest episodes in the first DVD is where the same girl from SIGN who dumped an ill Grunty of Tsukasa does the same to one of the TWILIGHT characters, but is revealed at the end to be scamming people so she didn't have to care for her pet...and the girls deal with her off screen. This kind of resonance helps make TWILIGHT seem like more then a minor appendix to .hack.
While it is a very cute and fun little series, involving more animation and action then SIGN, TWILIGHT doesn't have the kind of deep, emotional story of its predecessors. TWILIGHT is a 12 episode series with a beginning, middle and end, and in some ways mirrors the video games. Within the episodes, you will see Balmung, Sanjuro and Mistral but none of the SIGN characters. It's cute! It is fun. It isn't great. While some light hearted sexual interest is encountered, the oddest element is a kind of incest implied again and again between the brother and sister as Kite gets nervously arroused over Black Rose's design. The animation is a little soggy, but it doesn't kill the idea of the series - cuteness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Collector on May 2, 2005
Format: DVD
This is the first .hack// series I've watched and so far I really enjoy it. The character designs are adorable, and the animation is pleasantly bright and colorful without ever looking garish or overdone. The upbeat opening and soothing closing music go well with the general feel of this series. Each episode has a good amount of action and comedy mixed in to keep the viewer entertained. I found the story fairly easy to follow even without prior .hack// knowledge. Overall a very cute, pleasant, and easy to follow series. I found it to be a nice break from more intellectually heavy and dark anime series.
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Before beginning this latest installment of the .hack franchise, I rewatched .hack//SIGN, the prequel to all the TV series and the PlayStation II games. Comparisons between the two are impossible to avoid, since it seems as if Bandai took to heart the criticisms of those who really disliked the original, making this the exact opposite in every way possible. Where SIGN was a 26-episode series criticized by many for its slowness of plot development, LOTT's 12 episodes breeze along at a fast clip. The overall gloomy weirdness of the first is replaced by chibi cuteness galore, with overall character designs modified for most, including the Gruntys. There is an unexplained mix of these almost chibi characters with only slightly simplified original designs like Balmung, one of the few who returns from previous versions of The World. Although the seasoned viewer will easily recognize many locations within The World ( like Mac Anu and some of the playing fields ), they nevertheless look fresher, more colorful, and less threatening; and therefore less interesting.

The characters themselves behave differently, with very little time for - or interest in - the introspection that was the focus of the original. The protagonists Shugo and Rena, twin siblings in real life, seem like typical bubbly anime teens, neither silent nor brooding like Tsukasa, Mimiru, or Subaru often were. Shugo's clumsiness, "sister complex", and overall libido are indistinguishable from most teen boys populating anime. But of course things are not as they appear on the surface, and there are the usual expected threats to the stability of The World. The "real" world outside the games is also depicted more here than in SIGN; but there somehow seems less division between the two.
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