a.k.a. .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu
Company: Bee Train
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 1/9/2003 to 3/26/2003
Shugo and Rena are siblings who were separated when their parents recently divorced. Even though they don’t live together anymore, Rena has the perfect solution: they can spend time together in the online game The World. Shugo and Rena are the winners of a prize campaign, receiving the character designs of the renowned players Kite and BlackRose. Like those heroes of legend, Shugo and Rena’s true adventure in The World begins when they meet the mysterious girl, Aura.
summary by Madoka
Reviewed: 04/03/2003 by
Highs: Story with momentum; bright and clean animation
Lows: Poor background music
Legend of the Twilight is the day to .hack//SIGN‘s night. This .hack outing is much lighter fare with none of the melancholy or sluggish pace that dragged down its predecessor. With a steady pace, clear story and bright, clean animation, Legend of the Twilight is a notable and highly entertaining addition to the saga of The World.
This is not a true sequel, even though it takes place after the events of both .hack//SIGN and the adventures of Kite and BlackRose in the video game. Players of the game will feel more attachment to the characters who return to make an appearance, while those who haven’t experienced the game may be left out of some of the character backgrounds. There is also an all too brief cameo by one of the players from Tsukasa’s experience in The World. So if it’s a hint about what became of Tsukasa and Subaru that you’re looking for, you will be sorely disappointed.
However, that doesn’t mean that Legend of the Twilight is disappointing. This story is fast-paced, moving with a momentum that steadily advances the plot while also giving more of a feeling to the actual game world. The characters, brightly animated in both design and personality, infuse this story with energy and life. Even though there are cute characters and comedic moments, there is a serious story underneath the surface. The one area where Legend of the Twilight is inferior is the background music, which is bland and unoriginal. Kajiura Yuki’s influence is noticeably missing, taking away much of the atmosphere that permeates .hack//SIGN.
Legend of the Twilight is a breath of fresh air in the The World. With the game, manga and numerous anime series in production, the .hack project is shaping up to be a success.
.hack//Legend of the Twilight is licensed in the U.S. by Funimation, and episodes may be viewed legally in the United States HERE.