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.hack (Series)

by DoubleNegative

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Original Thread: MMO Melodrama - Let's Finish (Again) .hack!



What is dotHack?
The .hack franchise isn't what you would call a mega-hit. However, there is an extremely loyal fanbase that buys everything .hack related. There is, not coincidentally, also a shitload of stuff that is .hack related. There have been several full-length anime series, at least seven games, four 45-minute one-offs that tie into the first series' story, more manga than you can shake a stick at, many novels, at least one actual MMORPG, and so many other kinds of merchandise that it boggles the mind. Unfortunately, CyberConnect (the company behind the franchise) have taken a "buy it all if you want to understand the full story" stance. This can get prohibitively expensive very quickly.

About the Thread
The primary focus of the thread is going to be playing through the first series of games, collectively "IMOQ" or Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, and Quarantine. In the last thread, we finished Mutation and catastrophic hard drive failure prevented us from continuing on with Outbreak. We're now here to finish Outbreak, and Quarantine.

While I would prefer you didn't post spoilers, I'm not going to create a big deal about it. If you absolutely feel the need to talk about Kite learning how to go super saiyan then please use spoiler tags as I have there.

I would also really appreciate it if the thread didn't look like a classified FOIA document.

Will You 100%?
By the time we're done with Quarantine, the Ryu books will be completed and I will have unlocked all of the concept art.

Just to note, I will not be going out of my way to get full item lists. That would be insane and prohibitive to actually finishing the series.

Extra Notes
Like I said before, the .hack franchise is very story-driven with some actually decent voice acting. Most of the "big name" voice actors in video games have at least one speaking role here. Expect to hear a lot of familiar voices as the game progresses on. Because of that, this will be a screenshot LP with accompanying videos. I will occasionally mark particular videos as ones that should be watched due to what happens in them.

Text in italics is used for commentary that I've added. Bolded text is typically used for system messages or any narration done by Kite.



Supplementary Lore

Character List

//Update 01 - Δ Bursting Passed Over Aqua Field
//Update 02 - Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground
//Update 03 - Level Grinding (Several Fields)
//Update 04 - Δ Expansive Haunted Sea of Sand
//Update 05 - Fuck Mia and Elk
//Update 06 - Θ Quiet Eternal White Devil
//Update 07 - New and Old Friends
//Update 08 - Investigations
//Update 09 - Screaming Conspiracy
//Liminality Vol. 1 - In the Case of Mai Minase (ANIME WARNING)
//Liminality Vol. 1 (Part 2) - Navel Gazing (ANIME WARNING)
//Update 10 - Θ Chosen Hopeless Nothingness
//Update 11 - Finishing up Vol. 1

//Update 01 - Θ Soaring Sky Bounded Abyss
//Update 02 - Rachel, Nuke Usagimaru, and Moonstone
//Update 03 - Moonstone's Adventure and Λ Nameless Seeker's Prairie
//Update 04 - Λ Resurrecting Confused Judgement
//Update 05 - Cubia
//Update 06 - Kite's Day Off
//Update 07 - .hack//SIGN Reference
//Update 08 - Wiseman's Quest
//Update 09 - Λ Pulsating Worst Core
//Liminality Vol. 2 - In the Case of Yuki Aihara (ANIME WARNING)
//Update 10 - Λ Bitter Fantasy Mirror World

//Update 01 - One-Two-Three Gut Punch
//Update 02 - The White Knight
//Update 03 - The Most Badass Moment
//Update 04 - What the fuck, Gardenia?
//Update 05 - It's actually pronounced Fid-hell
//Update 06 - Σ Rising Implacable Sipping Bug
//Update 07 - Cubia, Round 2
//Update 08 - Σ Sorrowful Sweltering Arena
//Update 09 - Rachel's Courier Service
//Update 10 - Operation Breakwater
//Update 11 - Σ Chatting Snaring Twins
//Update 12 - Λ Pulsating Sea of Cloud Whale
//Liminality Vol. 3 - In the Case of Kyoko Tohno (ANIME WARNING)

//Update 01 - Relic City Lia Fail
//Update 01.5 - Message Board Posts
//Update 02 - Σ Screaming Wind Sand's Fate Castle
//Update 03 - Σ Graceful Tempting Fallen Angel
//Update 04 - Ω Cruel Vindictive Scars (Cubia Edition)
//Update 05 - Ω Cruel Vindictive Scars (Tarvos Edition)
//Update 06 - Rachel's Rescue Service
//Update 07 - Ω Collapsed Traveler's Fort
//Update 08 - Ω Raging Facing Mirrors Virgin
//BONUS ROUND - .hack//Frägment
//Update 09 - Δ - Reincarnated Purgatorial Altar
//Update 10 - Corbenik
//Liminality vol. 4 - Trismegistus (ANIME WARNING)
//Update 11 - Data Stabilized
//Update 12 - Δ Bursting Passed Over Aqua Field
//Update 13 - Ryu Book Review
//Update 14 - .hack//Sign Data Ghosts
//Update 15 - Goblin Tag Final Rounds
//Update 16 - Ω Hidden Darkside Holy Ground
//Update 17 - Item Collection and e-Mails
//Update 18 - Grunty Races and 100% Completion
//Update 19 - Unison (ANIME WARNING)
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