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.hack//SIGN - Vol. 1: Login (2003)

Megumi Toyoguchi , Amanda Winn Lee  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Megumi Toyoguchi, Amanda Winn Lee, Kazuhiro Nakata, Brianne Brozey, Mitsuki Saiga
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089UBP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about ".hack//SIGN - Vol. 1: Login" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Textless Opening/Ending
  • Character Gallery
  • .hack//INFECTION Trailer
  • Bandai Previews

Editorial Reviews

Based on a popular PlayStation2 game, the fantasy-adventure .hack//Sign is set in the world within an online game. Tsukasa, a powerful Wave Master, finds himself lost in the cyberworld, with little memory of how he got there. More significantly, he's unable to log out of the game and is apparently immune to many of its restrictions. He may be the focus of an impending crisis linked to the mysterious Key of the Twilight. As he wanders through different realms, Tsukasa meets spunky girl warrior Mimiru; earnest soldier Bear; the Crimson Knights, who maintain order in the game-world; and genially heroic Crim, a Heavy Spear wielder. Tsukasa also encounters a potent but unseen entity who promises to protect him--and does. Handsomely designed, nicely animated, intriguingly scripted, and refreshingly free of unnecessary dialogue, .hack//Sign looks like a winner. (Rated 13 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, looks like a great Box Set February 8, 2003
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I have seen the entire series and it is one of my favorites, ranking right up there with EVA and Cowboy Bebop. It's very easy to give too much of the story away, but basically pretend you are playing a MMORPG one day, and you go to logout, but can't. That's the start of the story for Tsukasa. However it develops a great deal from there and is never boring, a downfall of many series. I couldn't wait to see the next episode, and I had to limit myself to watching one a day to keep myself from blowing through it in a weekend.
The storyline overall is serious and dramatic, but not excessively. There is no sappy high school lovestory to suffer through, no horribly shallow characters. If you liked Lain, EVA, and Cowboy Bebop, I think you will like this one to. Subaru is by far my favorite character, while all the others are well done and fit in their roles nicely. The animation is very good.
The music gets it's own paragraph. It's simply outstanding. I often found myself ignoring the dialogue just to listen to amazing songs like "Fake Wings". That soundtrack included with this set will not just be a filler I promise you.
I don't do many reviews but I felt I just had to for this one. Many people probably haven't heard of this one yet and aren't sure if they would like it. This is an outstanding series and this box set looks like a great deal.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars .hack Feeds Gamers and Otakus Alike! March 12, 2003
I heard of .hack from Cartoon Network, pre-debut and got very excited. An anime that takes place in an MMORPG (mass multiplayer online role playing game)? This sounds like a really great idea! I was further pleased to find it had a real twist to it, and not just staged within the game. Tsukasa, our 'hero', can't log out of the game for some reason, and has lost his body to the game. The World, the game everyone's playing in this anime, is a beautiful world displayed with fantastic artwork. It's however not enough to have the visual effect however. The music, done by someone Yuki Kajiura, someone ive never heard of before but rivals Yoko Kanno herself, is fantastic and makes the soundtrack alone worth holding back on getting that last DVD of Cowboy Bebop. The only reason i can't give it 5 stars is because the character build so far doesn't seem to be going very far. That doesn't mean it's not an amazing series, cause it is! I think it just needs a bit more time. Perhaps by the 3rd dvd things will heat up. The package comes with a box for all your .hack dvds, a soundtrack with 19 tracks, 2 postcards, one sheet of stickers, a Grunty doll (coolest stuffed animal ive ever seen), a .hack t-shirt (XL) and the DVD with the first 5 episodes dubbed OR subbed. Not bad at all if you ask me. The dvd, soundtrack, and t-shirt should be worth over $(...) as it is, so there's no questioning the value, and believe me I've checked: Amazon(.com) has it the cheapest. Places like discountanimedvd have it marked for at least 53. Take away shipping as well cause you can get it free here, and you're saving around $(...) by buying it through amazon.(com) Not bad if you ask me. I cant wait to see more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ^-^ I luv .hack! April 19, 2003
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One of my favorite shows of all time; though I do admit, its strange. I love the goodies! I'll never wear the shirt--I'm gonna frame it. ^-^
The music is awesome--in my opinion. I didn't really need the soundtrack but hey I got it anyway.
This is totally worth the money.
The only problem I have with the .hack series is its length:
.hack//Sign Anime (26 episodes; 6 DVD volumes--I believe; 3 soundtracks)
.hack Games (four games; four OVAs; 3(?) soundtracks)
.hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet [.hack//Dusk] (12 episodes; 2(?) cds[op and ending singles])
so basically, for the .hack experience, you have to be willing to be in it for the long run to fully understand everything. I'm still partially confused in the series, but I have seen all of .hack//Sign, and have the avalibility to watch .hack//dusk, which I refuse to watch until I finish the games
So, I you have no knowledge of .hack, and you're willing and able to stay in the series, it IS worth it.
.hack//SIGN does drag at the begining, but does pick up; oh did I mention he music is awesome? (I know I did).
The story is original and doesn't seem like any other series which I have seen. I have yet to decide wheter I would call this series a Sci-fi or a fantasy (or both). Maybe if you wish to know, you can see for yourself.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, the best deal March 30, 2003
Very first off, incorrectly state that .hack//SIGN is based on a PlayStation2 game. This is not true. .hack//SIGN is a story about an online PC game called THE WORLD. The direct sequel to .hack//SIGN is a PlayStation2 game called .hack//INFECTION. Someone at, clearly someone who did not see the series before writing the review, got these points confused and they will not accept corrections of their editorial review, just the title and some technical details.
First off let me preface this by saying I don't like Anime. Usually it is too silly, too violent, or too "adult" for me, so I'd never been into an Anime series had kind of a medieval look to it, so that interested me. Plus, this friend of mine had told me basically what it was about; an online RPG where one user can't log out. So when I had the first episode, I watched it, and I liked it. I ended up watching the whole 26 episodes, in Japanese, with English subtitles, translated and captioned by fans.
Being my first Anime experience, I realized one major difference between "cartoons" and this Anime is that while cartoons are self containing - that is, you don't have to see them in order, and the plot starts at the beginning and ends at the end of each episode. Kind of like Star Trek was, only no multi-part episodes. ;) Rather, Hack Sign was like an 8 hour 40 minute animated superfeature, with ending and opening themes inserted every 20 minutes.
Before I point out some of the flaws in the series, let me point out that the objectives in making a successful film script are radically different between an 8 hour 40 minute script and a 2-3 hour script. That said, character development is unusually slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful show, very good watch.
Published 23 hours ago by Salananstra
5.0 out of 5 stars .HACK//SIGN a lost 00's masterpiece
yes this aired at verious times on cartoon netwook (post the closing of the original toonami) but it is a magnificant series, yes i'm spoiling the finale here when we FINALLLY... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kris devereux
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
if you like final fantasy you will like this great anime fantasy adventure very interesting anime must have for anime nuts
Published 16 months ago by elizabeth loftis
5.0 out of 5 stars no problems at all
wow how do you fill in sixteen words, every thing was great... ext ba ba ba ba ba ba sixteen
Published 22 months ago by wrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item.
Great Series. I would really recommend this series to any fans of the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall art style and music are top notch.
Published on June 13, 2012 by Raul C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Before MMORPGs the first MMORPG
When I watched this I felt immersed in the world. Many anime movies are filled with too much fighting and not enough plot; this is the perfect balance with fighting only when... Read more
Published on July 8, 2010 by Chip Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
got what i wanted, and it was in good condition, not much mroe to say
Published on November 8, 2009 by Darkaito Bruns
5.0 out of 5 stars hack link
First, I'll admit, .hack//SIGN is getting some of the best limited edition treatment I've ever seen. Read more
Published on October 13, 2008 by N. Alhuda Alkhateeb
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The plot premise of Hack seems a little thin at first glance. A boy is trapped in an online multiplayer interactive RPG. He need his friends to help him get out. Tron, anyone? Read more
Published on January 23, 2005 by L. Mintah
5.0 out of 5 stars from the creators of neon genesis...
I've watched A LOT of anime way before it became mainstream, so I have had a sample of all the good stuff that made it here before the crappy kids shows. Read more
Published on July 22, 2004 by B. Polier
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