Watch .hack//SIGN

  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (1,410)

.hack//SIGN is a Japanese anime series that first premiered in the year 2002. Produced by Bee Train and directed by Kōichi Mashimo, this show was widely recognized due to its innovative plot and unique themes. The show was distributed in the United States by FUNimation, and it garnered a cult following because of its success.

The plot of the show revolves around a young man named Tsukasa, who finds himself trapped within a virtual reality MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) called The World. Tsukasa, the main protagonist, is mysteriously unable to log out of the game and has lost all memory of his real-life identity. He struggles to find out a way to log out of the game and ultimately uncovers a vast conspiracy that has a hold over the virtual world of The World. Alongside Tsukasa, we witness the journeys of several other characters who are all linked to each other in various ways.

Mitsuki Saiga voices the protagonist, Tsukasa. Rie Tanaka voices Mia, one of the few players who empathize with Tsukasa's situation. Nazuka Kaori plays the role of Subaru, who searches for the truth about Tsukasa, and Shinichiro Miki voices Sora, a player who gains power by exploiting the weaknesses of other players for his own gain. Akiko Hiramatsu plays the role of BT, an AI guardian of The World. Isshin Chiba, Kazuhiro Nakata, Megumi Toyoguchi, Hiroshi Yanaka, Yumi Touma, Atsuko Enomoto, Maaya Sakamoto, Mitsuyo Kondo, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Nozomu Sasaki, and Takumi Yamazaki also play crucial roles in the series.

The setting of the show is entirely based in a virtual world that caters to an online community playing The World. The virtual world possesses all the features of a physical world, including dungeons, landscapes, and cities. Despite being a virtual world, it serves as the backdrop of the story, with significant events and conflicts occurring within its confines.

One of the main themes of the show is escapism. As the series progresses, we see how different characters use the virtual world to escape from their real-life problems. The show focuses on the concept of people finding an escape in virtual environments to cope with their real-life. It is a relatable theme that portrays the desire for escapism that is prevalent in many people today.

Another theme that is effectively showcased in this anime is human relationships. Despite The World being a virtual environment, the interactions between characters are portrayed as being genuine, and their relationships affect their feelings and actions. The criticism of online relationships being "fake" is effaced in the show, with complex and meaningful relationships between characters being highlighted.

Lastly, the show also focuses on the impact of technology on society. The World is portrayed as an advanced online gaming platform with complex features and mechanics. This portrayal leads to questions regarding the relationship between technology and society, especially with regards to the impact on personal freedom, privacy, and the impact of societal expectations on individuality.

The animation for the series is eye-catching, and the artistic touch of the series appropriately highlights the virtual environment's themes. The animation is futuristic and clean-cut, with the environment of The World emphasizing the show's themes of virtuality and technology. The music of the series is another highlight, with an ambient and melancholy score that suits the tone and themes of the series.

In conclusion, .hack//SIGN is a show that deserves the recognition it has garnered over the years. The show's themes are relevant to contemporary issues, and its portrayal of escapism, relationships, and technology are relatable to modern-day audiences. The animation and music excellently tie-in with the show's themes, and the characters are all unique and complex. It's a great anime series that is worth watching for anyone who loves a good sci-fi story.

.hack//SIGN is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on February 1, 2003.

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25. Return
September 25, 2002
Drawing strength from Subaru, Tsukasa summons the courage to awaken Aura. Outside of The World, players share a true life encounter.
24. Catastrophe
September 18, 2002
As the battle intensifies, the group seeks shelter in the Cathedral. Morganna summons guardians to do her bidding.
Net Slum
23. Net Slum
September 18, 2002
Upon arriving in Helba's realm - Net Slum - the group is forced to defend Subaru from an attack by Morganna.
The Eve
22. The Eve
September 4, 2002
Tsukasa is too frightened to pass through Helba's gate, and Crim explains Subara's true life condition.
21. Phantom
August 28, 2002
Bear, Mimiru, and Subaru are attacked by yet another seemingly-unstoppable monster, but Balmung comes to the rescue.
20. Despair
August 21, 2002
Tsukasa lingers in a catatonic state, and some immensely powerful monsters make their presence felt in The World.
19. Tempest
August 14, 2002
Aura goes missing, Morganna attacks Tsukasa, and the search for the Key of the Twilight continues.
18. Recollection
August 7, 2002
Subaru drifts aimlessly through The World, reflecting on her past experiences. Her connection with Tsukasa grows even stronger after an unexpected attack.
17. Declaration
July 31, 2002
Silver Knight disrupts any and all potential rendezvous between Subaru and Tsukasa. Subaru ponders the future of the Crimson Knights.
16. Conflict
July 24, 2002
Crim refuses to meet BT outside of the game. Later, Tsukasa mounts a rescue attempt - and secrets are revealed.
15. Depth
July 17, 2002
Tsukasa logs back into The World, only to discover that he cannot die. Shocked, he turns to Subaru for answers.
14. Castle
July 3, 2002
After the Eye is opened, a secret area appears, complicating the group's search for the key.
Twilight Eye
13. Twilight Eye
June 26, 2002
A way to open the Twilight Eye is discovered, and the group decides to follow the new path unfolding before them.
12. Entanglement
June 19, 2002
Tsukasa stumbles upon Aura, an advanced AI, that is being held captive.
11. Party
June 12, 2002
Mimiru, Bear, and Tsukasa join forces before embarking on a non-fighting quest.
10. Compensation
June 5, 2002
Bear's shortcomings as a father may be root of his concern for Tsukasa. Clues arise as the search for the Key of the Twilight continues.
9. Epitaph
May 29, 2002
An elite hacker proves instrumental in the quest for the Key of the Twilight, and Tsukasa gets stuck with a sick Grunty.
8. Promise
May 22, 2002
Mimiru extends Tsukasa an invitation to meet; BT and Crim share an interesting encounter.
7. Reason
May 15, 2002
Mimiru encounters a novice player and offers her guidance in The World. This new relationship helps Mimiru uncover her own motivation for playing.
6. Encounter
May 8, 2002
Subaru carefully observes Tsukasa, gradually getting to know him. Sora mounts a rescue mission.
5. Captured
May 1, 2002
Tsukasa finally tames his guardian monster, but unbeknownst to him, someone is plotting his capture.
4. Wanted
April 25, 2002
Tsukasa's rampaging guardian monster wreaks havoc in The World, and an edict from Subaru makes him a wanted man.
3. Folklore
April 18, 2002
BT and Sora suspect that Tsukasa is somehow connected to a very important artifact, the Key of the Twilight.
2. Guardian
April 11, 2002
Tsukasa's inability to log out of the world worries Mimiru. The Crimson Knights, on the other hand, see Tsukasa as a threat.
Role Play
1. Role Play
February 1, 2003
Tsukasa is trapped in an MMORPG called The World. With his conscious inaccessible, Tsukasa attempts to find his purpose for being in the game.
Where to Watch .hack//SIGN
.hack//SIGN is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch .hack//SIGN on demand at , Crunchyroll and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 1, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (1,410)