Duplicate entry - .hack//Legend of the Twilight

Title:Duplicate entry - .hack//Legend of the Twilight
Keywords: , , , , , ,
Notables: Animation - BEE TRAIN
Music - KAJIURA Yuki
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
Duplicate entry, see .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu; 3 reviews to be transferred.

Years after the Awakening and the events with the dot hackers, The World has been restored. But something is going wrong. After winning a Limited Edition Character contest, twin siblings Rena and Shugo take on the roles of BlackRose and Kite. Shugo receives the original Twilight Bracelet from Aura, and now is able to do Data Drain. Now what ever is about to happen will fall to their shoulders, as the mysteries of The World continue piling up.

12 TV Episodes
Animation by Bee Train
R1 licensed by Bandai

[edit] The ↗.hack franchise:

Tsukasa arc: Shugo & Rena arc (sequel): Side stories (alternative setting): Haseo arc (same setting): Unknown (same setting):
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 8 8 7 7 7 7 Dreamer [series:805#2279]
Hmmmm... it's definately not .hack//SIGN. I gave this one a shot since I pretty much enjoyed SIGN. However......

Art, Animation & Character Design
Art and animation was pretty good. Details weren't high nor was the art breathtaking but it was good enough and above many other titles. However, I didn't like the "cutesy", almost "chibi" looking lead roles. So the character design was dropped a notch. The only character I somewhat liked was the cute looking Ohka

Music? Don't bother. In fact, the opening theme song had me annoyed to hell! My God, I think I would have enoyed the Barney song over it.

Series & Episode Stories
Not to draw any comparisons, but this installment was much faster paced than SIGN. However, with that fast pace, it doesn't make it any better. In fact, I don't think the plot was worth noting. Some of the fight sequences were kinda enjoyable... but that's if I'm really trying to reach for something worthwhile to remember.

Overall, it's nothing special and it's not worth the .hack line-up.

Last updated Sunday, November 30 2008. Created Sunday, November 30 2008.
Rent 8 8 6 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:805#1552]
This offering from the hack franchise is more easier to get into compared to its past anime adaptations. There is greater focus on the elements of an MMORPG that .hack//SIGN had minimum focus on as Rena and Shugo form parties to complete player quests and raise their experience levels in the game. In addition, the content to this series is lighter and easier to take in with more focus on comedy and less mysteries for viewers to take in. You will even have the return of some characters from past hack series such as Ginkan (Silver Knight), Aura, and Balmung.

However, much of what made .hack//SIGN appealing to those who could handle its slow pace is lost in this offering. Besides the mysteries surrounding character motivations and plot, the drama that came from character interactions is downplayed for Twilight Bracelet. The character designs look 'chibi'-fied as some characters look more younger than they looked in the World. It took me a while to get used to seeing Shugo and Rena as chibi versions of Kite and Black Rose (both siblings being teens in the real world while they look like kids in the World). Another issue I had was the music selections for Twilight Bracelet. Sign wowed me with its techno-style and dramatic soundtrack. The music for this new version is more mellow and slow, thus lacking the fast intensity that got me giddy over previous offerings of hack.

For those who wanted faster plot development and greater focus on MMORPG elements from hack, this new offering should be alright for you. But, this comes at a cost to those who enjoyed the mysteries and character interactions that came from .hack//SIGN.

Last updated Sunday, April 27 2008. Created Sunday, April 27 2008.
Watch 10 10 10 5 5 5 Anime4Ever! [series:805#1414]
This series is okay, but not as good as .hack//Sign, while there is more action in it, there is less mystery to it. It may take some time to get used to the two main characters voices, as they are sometimes rather annoying. (Sandy Fox returned to do Mistral)This show is not so bad, but it does lack the mystery .hack//SIGN had.

Last updated Sunday, June 20 2004. Created Saturday, June 19 2004.

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