Anime Review: .hack//Legend of the Twilight
Having won the limited edition character models of the former players “Kite” and “Blackrose”, Shugo and his twin sister Rena begin their adventures in “The World”, a futuristic MMORPG. Unstoppable monsters have started appearing, and players that encounter them fall into comas in the real world. With the help of the magical Twilight Bracelet, the two siblings must unravel the mystery behind these events.
.hack//Legend of the Twilight is part of the extensive .hack franchise. It is a hybridized sequel to .hack//Sign, and to the .hack video games. Although there are brief mentions and easter eggs from these previous installments, this anime is still quite watchable without having previous knowledge.
This show has a completely different feel than any of its predecessors. For those who have seen .hack//Sign, the major difference with this series is that it is a much livelier (at a faster pace of 12 episodes), playful look at “the World” and the things that go on inside it. A great deal of .hack//LoT is centered around normal game situations: special events, quests, and even caring for a grunty! Also, the main characters have a more “cutesy” appeal. This may displease franchise devotees who enjoy the cerebral, serious tone of .hack//Sign.
One issue that some viewers of .hack/LoT may find unsettling is the incestuous vibe in some of the scenes with the main characters Shugo and Rena. Anyone who has played an MMORPG before can tell you that real-life attraction vs the attraction to the look of one’s game character/avatar are very independent of each other. This alleviates what would otherwise seem to be an uncomfortable element of this show.
All in all, .hack//Legend of the Twilight is a good view. The characters have some great adventures, the plot keeps momentum besides a “let’s go to the beach” episode, plus maintains mystery and suspense throughout the series.
If you are interested in exploring the .hack universe from the beginning, but don’t know where to begin, I have included the generally accepted order & a flow chart:
1.) .hack//Sign (26 episodes)
2.) .hack//Intermezzo (OVA; Side story told by Mimiru)
3.) Video games: (.hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, .hack//Quarantine)
4.) .hack//XXXX (Manga; Adaption of the above video games)
5.) .hack//Gift (OVA sidestory; contains video game characters and Sign charcters)
6.) .hack//Unison (OVA sidestory; contains video game characters and Sign characters)
7.) .hack//Legend of the Twilight (12 episodes; includes references to the video games)
8.) .hack//Legend of the Twilight (Manga; Adaptation of the anime)
9.) .hack//Liminality (OVA)
10.).hack//Roots (26 episodes; prequel to GU video games)
11.).hack//GU video games (Rebirth, Reminisce. Redemption)
12.).hack//GU + (Manga; Adaptation of the video games)
13.).hack//4koma (Manga; Contains characters from all the previous video games)
14.).hack// GU Returner (OVA; contains GU video game characters and Root characters)
15.).hack//GU Trilogy (Movie; Adaptation of video games I believe?)
16.).hack//Link (Manga; Takes place 3 years after GU, new characters)
17.).hack//Quantum (OVA; released by Funimation Feb. of 2012)
18.) .hack//The Movie (In Japanese theaters from Jan. 2012, not yet licensed).
Posted on March 27, 2012, in Reviews and tagged .hack anime, .hack chibi, .hack//Legend of Twilight, .hack//LoT, anime incest, blackrose, chronology, hack legend, hack order, kite, legend of twilight bracelet, reina, shugo, twilight bracelet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.