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.hack//XXXX Volume 2 (.Hack Novels) (v. 2) Paperback – September 16, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: .Hack Novels (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427809321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427809322
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.1 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Insult and betrayal to the character arcs, dynamic and themes of what .Hack is in favor of the author's own reinterpretation of them with as little knowledge of their purpose and relevance to the greater franchise.

While several events remain the same as in the games, the meaning and purpose behind them is nonexistent, and the divergences (which is most of this volume of the XXX manga) hurt what was the core of the 4 game's story, and as a long-time fan was a very frustrating read. Several long-established elements are contradicted, and the homoerotic subtexts the author generated between Kite and (spoiler) were nauseating.
It is a pale shadow to the games, getting little right.

If you want .hack Infection/Mutation/Outbreak/Quarantine in book form, stick with the Another Birth novels which are the game's events from the point of view of Akira "BlackRose" Hayami.
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By Andrew Jimenez on September 16, 2013
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Thanks for a great book! Looked for a great del and finally found it. Received in great condition and early as well. Thanks again!
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By John Mirabella on August 13, 2013
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The stunning story of The World and player character Kite as he delves deeper into the origings of The World and Harald Hoerwick.
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By Jose Lopez on June 5, 2013
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This story is different from the game but in the end it made me happy. Like many thing I see and read when it ends the feels of sadness is in my heart because it is over. But happy that I have experience it.
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This is the second and final volume of dot hack X-fourth and is the one that really diverts from the original games. The changes though are actually pretty awesome and I loved the pace of the action. They even incorporated some minor things from the game (spoilers if I mention it, but people who played the original series will get this, it was a warning in every game), so it was pretty awesome seeing the author being a fan of the games as well.

The story takes place during the third and fourth game sort of, but as I said has its own pace to what happened in those games so it's a little off. The author included a mini back story of some important characters and it fits in to their personalities a bit. The conclusion of this manga was extremely epic. I really LOVED the choices they made for the changes and it actually sets up other plot points to make more sense.

The volume has the same colored character page as the first issue and a beautifully drawn, two page scenes with an Epitaph of Twilight quote. Art style continues to stay true to the look of the games, so when it changes a bunch later on it feels right at place. The end of the manga really kicked up in action, but the artist did a great job in recreating that on the pages.

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I really recommend this manga to original fans of the games. It has a ton of value for your purchase and its cool seeing how some scenes are changed or have minor edits to them. The end to me though was so worth the purchase price. As an avid dot hack fan I instantly recognized it and the awesome way they had the panels set up during the action in the end. It's worth the retail price with no doubt in my mind.
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