In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!
Get Backers and .hack//SIGN have a similarity with characters and an initial plot. MacubeX and Tsukasa are both questioning their existence. In Get Backers, however, MacubeX takes his depression to an extreme; while in Tsukasa's case you get a small picture of a bigger problem. Both anime are entertaining in their own right, though Get Backers, not centered around a depressed main character, is humorous; and .hack//SIGN, while centered around a lone speculative child, is more thought-provoking. If you enjoy one you will enjoy how the other looks at the possibility in a different light.
Gon and Killua finally have a means of which to enter Greed Island, a game designed just for Hunters. Are their Nen abilities strong enough to help them survive in this new world? They must now train and grow stronger to uncover their secret abilities. With a helping hand from Biscuit, they will be able to continue their quest to unravel the mystery behind Ging Freecss and this 'almost too real' hunter game.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Two quiet protagonists travel the world...While it's obvious they're both searching for something, it's not anything that the world might provide for them. Instead, it becomes clear that inner-reflection is necessary for growth, though the world itself (and its inhabitants) may serve as the catalyst for this development.
Though .Hack//Sign has a more prominent soundtrack, both of the series are "quiet." Characters interact with the environment, and these interactions help define their personalities in a land where interaction with others isn't always available. Action is not as prominent as reaction. Perhaps best of all, both series take great care not to reveal anything ahead of its time- the mark of a wonderful story.
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette and .hack//SIGN both feature similar male lead characters with somewhat alarming personality issues, and a mysterious girl with a strong but difficult to grasp connection to the main character. They both keep you guessing as to what's actually going on deep into the series, and both feature beautiful and surreal areas for the anime to take place.