'The World' is the most advanced online game ever - a game full of fantasy and adventure! When fourteen-year-old Rena wins a contest that allows her to use the avatars of the legendary dot hackers known as 'Kite' and 'Black Rose', she convinces her game-hating twin brother Shugo to give it a chance. But things quickly go wrong, as the beginner players are attacked by a monster far beyond their level. Shugo is killed by it, but is revived by a strange girl called Aura. She also gives Shugo a weird bracelet, telling him that he must carry on the legend of the dot hackers; then she disappears. Together with Rena, and many new friends that he meets while in The World, Shugo embarks on an adventure to discover the secrets of this mysterious bracelet.
Manga in 200 Words: .hack// Legend of the Twilight Premise: An online game called the World has become incredibly popular, but neither the staff members nor the 20 million players know all of its secrets. Shugo and his sister Rena have won limited edition copies of legendary avatars and are thrust into a web of intrigue and secrets. Gaming: This manga did a great job of capturing the MMORPG world. The classes, events, terminology, and even player mentality reminded me of my own experiences online. Characters: I enjoyed these people, though a few of the party members really could have used more development. My favorite is probably Balmung. ;) Art: The style is simple and often lends itself to chibi versions of the characters. While this could get old in some series, .hack pulls it off, because game avatars aren’t always complex. If the World was a real game, and they truly held events this often, it makes sense that characters aren’t terribly detailed. Suspense: This series does a great job of concealing the truth. Half of the excitement is finding the truth. Overall: This is a solid series with fun characters and intriguing environment. Great way to spend an afternoon.
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