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.Hack Anime Viewing Order

Suggested viewing order for the .Hack franchise (anime side!). While most can be watched independently from one another, there is an overall timeline in which the .Hack anime, manga, and video games fit together in. I will reference the manga and link to them. There are basic arcs to keep in mind: SIGN, ROOTS, QUANTUM, and Beyond the World.
1 .hack//SIGN


Luckily, the .Hack show most people have seen, because it aired in North America, is the best place to start! It also acts as a prequel to the video games.

2 .hack//SIGN - Intermezzo

.hack//SIGN - Intermezzo

This is an OVA side story of .Hack/Sign told by Mimiru. It's background info on her and Bear.

THE VIDEO GAMES COME AFTER THIS: .hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, .hack//Quarantine

AND/OR the following manga, which is an adaptation of the games (with a slightly different re-telling): .hack//XXXX

.hack//Another Birth (Light Novel) is another re-telling of the video games, from the point of Black Rose.

3 .hack//GIFT


This is a fun little OVA where characters from the past anime/manga/games crossover. Not much story, just fun fluff.

4 .hack//SIGN - Unison

.hack//SIGN - Unison

This is a fun little OVA where characters from the past anime/manga/games crossover. Not much story, just fun fluff.

5 .hack//Legend Of The Twilight

.hack//Legend Of The Twilight

This anime includes references to the video game, but can easily be watched by itself.

.hack//Legend of the Twilight Manga is the adaptation of the anime. They can be seen in any order because they're mostly the same.



This is an important changing point for the .Hack series. The events of this OVA change The World and affects all future series.

7 .hack//Roots


With a new cast of characters and a new start for the franchise This show, along with .HACK//CELL, acts as a prequel to the GU video games: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption.

After Roots and the GU games, you should move on to:

.hack//GU+, which follows an alternate version of the events of the G.U. games.

.hack//GU, which is a side story with new characters in the Roots/G.U. universe.

.hack//4koma, which can be read at any point going foward has a mix of characters from the entire franchise.

8 .hack//G.U. Returner

.hack//G.U. Returner

OVA that includes characters from Roots and G.U. anime/games thus far.

9 .hack//G.U. Trilogy

.hack//G.U. Trilogy

Movie is based on the video games.

10 .hack//G.U. Trilogy Parody

.hack//G.U. Trilogy Parody

Comedic spin-off of the G.U./Roots characters thus far.

11 .hack//Quantum


The third 'era' of .Hack starts here! Can more or less be watched on it's own, it only vaguely refers to previous seasons and has all new characters.

12 .hack//Quantum: Go, Our Chim Chims!!

.hack//Quantum: Go, Our Chim Chims!!

13 .hack // The Movie

.hack // The Movie

Another new era! New characters, etc.

14 .hack//Versus: The Thanatos Report

.hack//Versus: The Thanatos Report

A spin-off special for the .hack movie.


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