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.hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet

Alternative Title: .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu (Japanese)
Original Director: Koichi Mashimo
Creator: Rei Izumi, Tatsuya Hamazaki (Manga)
Screenplay: Satoru Nishizono
Character Design: Yoko Kikuchi
Art Director: Yoshimi Unno
First Aired: Janurary 08 2003 (USA)
Genre: Adventure
Age: All

Based on the Manga of the same name
Last installment to this franchise: .hack//sign, .hack//infection, .hack//mutation, .hack//outbreak, .hack//quarantine, .hack//Liminity, .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet.

Series Review:
This series is meant to end to the great franchise that is .hack. Legend of the Twilight Bracelet doesn’t hold up its predecessors, but that’s not saying it isn’t a good series.

4 years ago (before Shugo and Rena joined) there was the Twilight Incident—which if you ever played the game (.hack//Infection/Mutation/Outbreak/Quarantine) it’s the ending—the CC Corporation made the two characters that saved the world (Kite and Black Rose) legends—after they banned them. As part of a promotion to attract new members the CC Corp. created the Limited Edition Contest in which the winners would receive the legendary dot hackers avatars.

Shugo, your typical adolestant teen-ager, gave up on video games once he entered junior high, but his twin sister Rena is still addicted. She enters both of them into the special contest held by the CC Corporation; she won and convinces her brother to join the world. Neither was prepared for what they were going to encounter.

It seems that the original Twilight Incident wasn’t the end to Aura and the trouble she seems to bring with her. Characters, once again, have been going into comas mysteriously. Balmung (who has been promoted to System Admin) quickly realizes that the return of the legendary dot hackers and the cases of members falling into comas is not a coincidence. He’s going to keep an eye on Shugo and Rena, and make sure the events of four years ago that nearly brought the world to a crashing halt doesn’t happen again. Shugo and Rena, of course, have no idea that their rare avatars cause such uproar or that members have falling into a comas and that they are now the new dot hackers meant to save the The World.

Being the new dot hackers Kite is going to need special help, in an out-of-the blue encounter with Aura she gives him the Twilight Bracelet—which if you’re new to the series give the holder the ability to use Data Drain and Gate Hack. Shugo and Rena are now drawn into a world—within The World—of monsters, and a group of individuals bent on bringing The World down to its knees. Will Shugo, Rena and friends be enough to take on whatever is thrown at them?

Characters:

Shugo
Shugo didn’t really want to be part of the events that he got dragged into, but when duty calls he is sure to be there to help. He is very protective of twin sister. He is also very friendly. Of course his major problem is he doesn’t read the manual! Shugo doesn’t seem to be right person to do the job of saving the world, but is going to do his best anyway.

Rena
Shugo’s Twin sister. Rena is responsible for getting them into all the mess that they get into by entering them into the contest. Rena and Shugo’s parents are divorced so they lived away from each other for a while; The World seems to be a place where they can both together and not be separated. Rena is very practical and tries to keep her cool in difficult situations. Rena is kidnapped and the entire series becomes a search and rescue mission; of course Rena doesn’t just sit and wait to be rescued she going to do something.

Mirelle
Does she look familiar, anyone? Mirelle is the one and only daughter of the rare item hunter Mistreal from the games. If those of you that played it remember in the second installment when Mirelle had to leave; because she was having a baby, well here’s the finished product. Mirelle uses her mother Avatar, because Mistreal was so cool. Just like her mom, Mirelle wants to collect the rarest items in the world. She followed Shugo and Rena, because their avatars looked quite rare. Mirelle becomes close friends with both Shugo and Rena, and becomes a very dependable alley when it comes to potions and other necessary items.

Ouka
Disguised as a wolf/dog, Ouka takes a fondness to Shugo when he says he would like to make Ouka his online pet. Since then Ouka has always been around Shugo. She’s a very power fighter and is known throughout the game.

Hotaru
A cute wave-master, she doesn’t do much in terms of battle, but she will give her support whichever way she can. She is always seen caring for a small grunty.

Sanjuro
Some of you might remember Sanjuro from the game, this time around he decides to take Shugo under his wing and mentor him, teach him the ways of the warrior. Sanjuro knows some information about the Twilight Incident from four years ago, so he becomes a valuable member of the team.

Balmung
Now System Administration, it’s his job to keep players interested in The World, and to make sure that everything remains under control. Balmung is a lot more involved this time around; he realizes that the new dot hackers and the events happening in the world aren’t by mere chance. He watches over and helps Shugo and the others, even when CC Corporation has placed them on the most wanted list. Balmung doesn’t loose his great fighting ability. He seems to like being involved in the actual game than watching over it.

Reki
Reki is Balmung’s assitant, and probably his greatest fan, too. Reki keeps his real intensions to himself and sometimes is using players to get what he wants done. Reki believes Balmung is best in the game instead of working behind the scenes, and arranges is that Balmung is sent to play the game—as he loses his position as System Admin. Reki is pretty smart and probably won’t fight you head on, but he would find a way to kiss your arse with getting dirty.

Grading:
Story7/9
Characters 8/9
Music 6/9
Animation 8/9

Opinion:
I must say there is sadness in my heart, Legend of the Twilight Bracelet is the last installment of great series. Sad Legend of the Twilight Bracelet didn’t really live up to its predecessors, but I still enjoyed it. It doesn’t really tie-up all the loose ends that left you puzzled in .hack//sign. The characters aren’t as in-dept as the prior installments, but still cool. Legend of the Twilight Bracelet does a good job of keeping up with the mystery part, which makes .hack// such a great franchise.
You don’t have to know much, or even anything, about the prior series; that’s the good thing about .hack you can always pick it up from anywhere. You’ll probably like Legend of the Twilight Bracelet better if you watched and/or played the game, and is a bit more familiar with the story, but it won’t hurt if you pick up from the beginning of this series. Legend of the Twilight Bracelet is pretty different compared to the others, but it has the ability to stand on it’s own to feet as an anime. Watch this series if you want to see the ending of .hack// or if you’re in the mood for an entertaining bunch of characters and a good story.

By Cherubim

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