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Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she gave him this powerful weapon to protect his sister from the peculiar characters in 'The World'.


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Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she gave him this powerful weapon to protect his sister from the peculiar characters in 'The World'.

30 review for .hack// Legend of the Twilight, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    A new adventure begins in The World, this time featuring Rena and Shugo who are playing as the dot hackers. I am in the mood for .hack again! I love the world and I love the franchise so much. I sadly never got into the games though I did try most of them either on PS or PC, maybe I will give it another shot soon. As this year I want to dedicate to watching all .hack anime again, read all the manga that I have. Now with us entering another year with Covid I need a world to escape to and what bett A new adventure begins in The World, this time featuring Rena and Shugo who are playing as the dot hackers. I am in the mood for .hack again! I love the world and I love the franchise so much. I sadly never got into the games though I did try most of them either on PS or PC, maybe I will give it another shot soon. As this year I want to dedicate to watching all .hack anime again, read all the manga that I have. Now with us entering another year with Covid I need a world to escape to and what better world than The World. 🙂 I decided on this one first, it is one I haven’t read in years, so I don’t know all the details any more. Yay! In this manga we follow Rena and Shugo who have won a very special prize, namely the skins/outfits of the famous dot hackers! The ones who saved The World. Rena is very hyped about it as she loves the game but her twin brother Shugo.. isn’t that impressed. I have to say that I wasn’t such a big fan of Shugo in the beginning. Boasting, bragging, but also acting like this world is not interesting, not good, something silly. Rena however was such a sweet girl and I loved how hyped she was about The World and I know that if I had met her in The World, if we had a The World, I would definitely have hyped along with her. 😛 Shugo did change though, slowly. He got more interested in the world and started to kick some serious butt. Especially now that he had the bracelet he got more curious. I loved seeing Aura again and I knew that this meant the mystery was starting fully! I have missed this girl and also instantly got her songs in my mind (played the soundtrack so much + watched the series many times). I hope we see more of her as the mystery and the story progresses. Next to Shugo and Rena we also have Balmung (not such a big fan in this iteration especially found it creepy how he was around Rena), Mireille (who just loves treasure a bit too much at times), Hotaru (and her cute (well ish) pet), Ouka (our werewolf and I just loved this girl and how she acted). This book is mostly humorous with a dash of adventure and fantasy and seriousness. I love it! Though of course I do hope it gets a bit more serious! The art is really nice and I love love the style! I love the character designs. All in all, the only thing I missed was some music, maybe next time I will put up some .hack tunes while reading manga. I would definitely recommend this one to all. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin Halliwell Fraser Bower

    Good gamer story, perfect if you liked SAO because it's similar. It's about 2 twins that win a contest and get the avatars of two legendary players in a virtual game called THE WORLD and they start kicking ass in order to level up. Cool story, pretty addictive, gonna read the second one! Good gamer story, perfect if you liked SAO because it's similar. It's about 2 twins that win a contest and get the avatars of two legendary players in a virtual game called THE WORLD and they start kicking ass in order to level up. Cool story, pretty addictive, gonna read the second one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Petros

    Let’s start our prologue with a warning. Don’t DARE to read this before watching SIGN and LIMINALITY (made reviews about those as well, by the way). Not only you will miss the (slight) story continuity but you will also consider it a mediocre series, a thing that is not true. Let’s proceed with some production info. In the original planning of the .hack project, there was supposed to be a different chapter of the story made for a different form of media: SIGN would be a tv series, LIMINALITY an O Let’s start our prologue with a warning. Don’t DARE to read this before watching SIGN and LIMINALITY (made reviews about those as well, by the way). Not only you will miss the (slight) story continuity but you will also consider it a mediocre series, a thing that is not true. Let’s proceed with some production info. In the original planning of the .hack project, there was supposed to be a different chapter of the story made for a different form of media: SIGN would be a tv series, LIMINALITY an OVA mini series, the PS2 games a RPG quatralogy and TWILIGHT a manga. The decision to make an anime adaptation of TWILIGHT not only ruined the originality of the project (one chapter per media) but also produced an inferior version of the original story that only damaged the reputation of the series. And now, let’s end with a little advice… KEEP AWAY FROM THE ANIME! It has a lot less fan service and far worse story and characters. The ending is totally different and a lot dryer than in the manga. And not to fail to mention that it took out… (SPOILER COMING UP! SKIP THESE LINES IF YOU WANT TO AVOID IT!) …Aura’s child! How could they replace the Dark AI programs with a bunch of sissy hackers and expect us to like it? “It’s a hype trick to make us bitch about it and keep the mythos of .hack to keep going” is most likely the reason. After all “Bad publicity, is also publicity” as they say. (OK, SPOILER’S OVER. YOU CAN STOP ADMIRING THE SHAPE OF YOUR SCREEN NOW.) ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8 (6 in the anime) While the atmosphere of SIGN, LIMINALITY and the games was very serious and psychological, TWILIGHT is totally different. It’s a light-hearted comical adventure, without endless philosophical discussions and total absence of action scenes (ok, the games had plenty of action). And THIS is the reason I enjoyed it more than the others; plain and simple. While the others had a boooooring plot and a slooooow development, TWILIGHT featured fast pace, comedy, action scenes and light ecchi scenes that simply made it more interesting to watch. Not that it was great, though. Half of the jokes were mediocre and the action was quite simple and predictable (DATA DRAIN is a panacea!). But it STILL beats the aforementioned ones. STORY & OVERALL SECTION: 7 (5 in the anime) Four years after the events in the games, two twins, a boy named Shugo and a girl named Rena, (living mostly apart because of their parents’ marriage problems) win the character figure packs of Kite and Black Rose, the characters from the games that stopped the virus from spreading. They decide to play THE WORLD (the game) as a way to be together, even when they are apart (the game is MMORPG). In the game, Shugo is quickly killed by a virus monster but escapes the coma by Aura (the AI from SIGN) who gives him the Kite’s Twilight Bracelet (and a kiss!) and asks him to come and find her. The rest of the story is about learning to play the game, leveling up, making friends and enemies, participating in game events and facing viruses, game administrators and hackers. The story has continuity with the previous titles mostly through cameo appearances of characters and settings. It is nothing much if seen alone and doesn’t move the story any further than the others did (GRRR!). The ending gets more dark and serious but it feels only as a poor attempt to leave us with a better last opinion about it. Overall, it’s just a superficial retelling/repeating of SIGN and the games. So, its value also drops a lot because of the lack of story originality. ART SECTION: 6 Although the setting is THE WORLD, the graphics and sound themes are far inferior to SIGN. That is a bad thing, although they wouldn’t fit the series’ cheery atmosphere, anyway. The artwork is mostly childish and the characters look and talk silly. They are cute and that makes them a bit likeable but that is all. CHARACTER SECTION: 5 No character gets to have a strong personality amongst all this silliness. And as far as character development goes, Shugo, Rena and Balmung (of the games) get more serious and strong-willed in the end, but that is all. Generally, all characters are there just for fun and eventually share the twins’ or Balmung’s opinions (which doesn’t really count as maturity). VERDICT The accused is found … NOT GUILTY! … His animated adaptation leaves a bad impression but he avoided the penalty by an inch. It is a fun read but nothing to lose your mind over and feels poor if you read it before the other too. Another manga, named Ressentiment, takes the same premise and builds upon the themes in a lot more interesting ways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ginger (Sproutygamer)

    2.5 The art was hard to follow and muddled. A lot of pervy looks and comments. If you haven't read ,watched, or played any of the ither .havk things you will be confused. 2.5 The art was hard to follow and muddled. A lot of pervy looks and comments. If you haven't read ,watched, or played any of the ither .havk things you will be confused.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leigha

    Teen me: 5 stars Adult me: 3.5 stars *For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age grou Teen me: 5 stars Adult me: 3.5 stars *For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group, except for kids reading erotica or something, of course.* *3 or more is good for comics, manga or graphic novels. I never really know how to rate some of these. There are some where I'm totally in love, know automatically it is a 5 star, but then some I am just not sure about in the first couple volumes.* -- I recently found my old manga and am going down memory lane reading them. I really like this series; it is very nostalgic. It makes me miss playing the video games for the PS2, but those things cost an arm and a leg now! :(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wonbo

    This first book of the long series was an awesome one. It was interesting to see all the characters come into play and show their characteristics. Overall, the first book seemed to me like a long introduction to the characters and giving only short glimpse of the actual story of the, probably, long lasting series of the book. In this book, I enjoyed the comic actions of the characters. I especially loved the part where the main character Shugo is ignored after winning a competition because the s This first book of the long series was an awesome one. It was interesting to see all the characters come into play and show their characteristics. Overall, the first book seemed to me like a long introduction to the characters and giving only short glimpse of the actual story of the, probably, long lasting series of the book. In this book, I enjoyed the comic actions of the characters. I especially loved the part where the main character Shugo is ignored after winning a competition because the second place was just a much better looking guy. The reactions Shugo made was just hilarious to the readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chip

    This is Manga marketed to middle-schoolers, I believe. I've seen it around forever but never bothered to read it, so I did. I'm left feeling like I've been watching someone else play on the WII. This is a book about a role-playing game but you don't have a controller. Younger kids might enjoy it, but these days when 8 year olds are playing RPGs on their IPODs... I'm left wondering who would get into it. I won't be reading any more of this series. This is Manga marketed to middle-schoolers, I believe. I've seen it around forever but never bothered to read it, so I did. I'm left feeling like I've been watching someone else play on the WII. This is a book about a role-playing game but you don't have a controller. Younger kids might enjoy it, but these days when 8 year olds are playing RPGs on their IPODs... I'm left wondering who would get into it. I won't be reading any more of this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    It's a descent first book of a fantasy series takes place in a visual reality world, it's quite entertaining. Also the author did come up with interesting ideas here and there, and there's a nicely handled surprise in the ending part; but I have yet to be fully impressed, will stay tune for the rest of the series. It's a descent first book of a fantasy series takes place in a visual reality world, it's quite entertaining. Also the author did come up with interesting ideas here and there, and there's a nicely handled surprise in the ending part; but I have yet to be fully impressed, will stay tune for the rest of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sperera7

    Shugo and Rena live in a world where there are two realities, the outside world and "The World". The latter being an extremely advance MMORPG. But things go wrong when high level enemies start terrorizing players in beginner areas of the game. Then, Shugo and Rena have to find out who is causing this in "The World". The book's themes are Social Connectedness, Hegemony and Friendship Shugo and Rena live in a world where there are two realities, the outside world and "The World". The latter being an extremely advance MMORPG. But things go wrong when high level enemies start terrorizing players in beginner areas of the game. Then, Shugo and Rena have to find out who is causing this in "The World". The book's themes are Social Connectedness, Hegemony and Friendship

  10. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    The cuteness didn't fit, but it made the mange so adorable! It's hard to say if the cute artwork did or didn't work. Anyway, the story is pretty good and this is a must read for .hack// fans. The cuteness didn't fit, but it made the mange so adorable! It's hard to say if the cute artwork did or didn't work. Anyway, the story is pretty good and this is a must read for .hack// fans.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    I grew up with this run of the .hack manga and (pre-quarantine) found the full set on the free shelf at work. Mid quarantine I found them again and, having nothing much better to do, decided to give them a reread. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I still like it. All told, .hack//Legend of the Twilight is a sturdy enough little story that doesn’t require any knowledge of the daunting sprawl of the rest of the franchise to be enjoyed. It’s a bit too silly for its own good at times and I I grew up with this run of the .hack manga and (pre-quarantine) found the full set on the free shelf at work. Mid quarantine I found them again and, having nothing much better to do, decided to give them a reread. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I still like it. All told, .hack//Legend of the Twilight is a sturdy enough little story that doesn’t require any knowledge of the daunting sprawl of the rest of the franchise to be enjoyed. It’s a bit too silly for its own good at times and I’d classify it as more of a nostalgic guilty pleasure for me than anything else but it is good. That there have been countless .hack imitators over the years is a testament to the quality of the franchise, especially its earlier releases.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clayton VanLeeuwen

    This is my first .hack manga so is it fair to review this sequel without knowledge of the original? Probably not, so I gave it an extra star just for good measure. The story stands on its own, though. I didn’t feel like I was missing much, especially because there’s not much serious plot going on in these chapters. The best way I could sum up this book is “meh.” Not a lot happens other than characters meeting each other. The art doesn’t serve much purpose other than telling you who’s talking to w This is my first .hack manga so is it fair to review this sequel without knowledge of the original? Probably not, so I gave it an extra star just for good measure. The story stands on its own, though. I didn’t feel like I was missing much, especially because there’s not much serious plot going on in these chapters. The best way I could sum up this book is “meh.” Not a lot happens other than characters meeting each other. The art doesn’t serve much purpose other than telling you who’s talking to who and the occasional panel or two of action. Every other hand is jacked up which may sound nit picky but believe me. There’s enough deranged digits in here that it lost a star in this review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nagisa

    I was pleasantly surprised when reading this manga. I watched the anime as a child, but the manga is a bit different from the anime. It left out a lot of details that the anime had such as the fact the Rena's and Shugo's parents are separated, it left out a bit of information about the old man who made the flowers bloom, flashbacks about Rena's and Shugo's past in the real world, and several other things, but the one difference that stood out to me the most was that Shugo is constantly comparing I was pleasantly surprised when reading this manga. I watched the anime as a child, but the manga is a bit different from the anime. It left out a lot of details that the anime had such as the fact the Rena's and Shugo's parents are separated, it left out a bit of information about the old man who made the flowers bloom, flashbacks about Rena's and Shugo's past in the real world, and several other things, but the one difference that stood out to me the most was that Shugo is constantly comparing himself to a hero. Normally, the manga would have more details and information compared to the anime version, but I can't say that this applies to this manga. It was a surprise to me, but I didn't mind. It was rather refreshing to read it and not know what to expect. I enjoyed reading it and would suggest reading it if your a fan of the hack series such as "Hack roots" and the other hack series (there are too many to list).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    This was amazing. It was well-thought out and pieced together fantastically. The character growth and how they played off of each other had me amazed. This is definitely a series that I want to continue!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Simkiss

    All in all, it seems like an okay first volume. Apparently this is not the first in the full story, but it wasn’t horrible as a stand alone volume. The art was decent, although I’m not really interested in horny teenagers bleeding out of their noses due to being pervs in every chapter.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cara Patel

    Nice art and complex story but I've never been much of a fan of the getting stuck in a video game trope, so I don't think this one's for me. It looks well done though, so would recommend for fans of that. Nice art and complex story but I've never been much of a fan of the getting stuck in a video game trope, so I don't think this one's for me. It looks well done though, so would recommend for fans of that.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    So this really isn't my genre of choice, but I stumbled upon a copy and decided to read on. It is engaging manga but a bit simplified at times. I have a hard time getting into it. So this really isn't my genre of choice, but I stumbled upon a copy and decided to read on. It is engaging manga but a bit simplified at times. I have a hard time getting into it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Rating: Three and a half stars out of five!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sedna Dragon

    It was very lighthearted and has peaked my curiosity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Nguyen

    An interesting Manga that uses virtual reality trope as nothing

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey E

    2.5 It's alright. 2.5 It's alright.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    It's ok, better than the awful anime at least. It's ok, better than the awful anime at least.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara Lewis

    This was really fun. Early teen and up

  24. 4 out of 5

    Re •

    This is really cool, I’m very blind now having to SQUINT at the TEENY TINY text LOL!! But this was such a delight going back into this world. I love this series because of how short and sweet it is!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Not the best rpg/mmo mangas out there, the story isn’t that good but I liked the character designs and art was pretty good😁❤️🎮

  26. 5 out of 5

    アレツクス コツト

    Loved the art and the adventure of the story, i think i liked the manga better than the show for this series but all in all their both really great. The whole video game world set up and the feeling of actually being inside your favorite game. Is amazing, i too felt i was inside the world too!! Hanging out with people around the world would be sweet especially when you feel like your actually inside the game and can experience it as if its lifelike. Im going to continue the .hack series since th Loved the art and the adventure of the story, i think i liked the manga better than the show for this series but all in all their both really great. The whole video game world set up and the feeling of actually being inside your favorite game. Is amazing, i too felt i was inside the world too!! Hanging out with people around the world would be sweet especially when you feel like your actually inside the game and can experience it as if its lifelike. Im going to continue the .hack series since this definitely kept my interest through this series. Even though its 3 books its the best story i wont ever forget. Being there for your friends and helping each other through hardships, making memories, going on exilerating adventures is what life's about. Dont ever hesitate to get into the World of .hack you wont be dissapointed

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Teenaged twins Shugo and Rena become immersed in a virtual world role playing game. Rena had won a contest so that she and her brother were able to play the game as previous advanced players known as .hackers. They meet some friends and foes along the way and battle a few dastardly enemies. At one point Shugo is killed by one of the monsters but an alluring girl, Aura, gives him a healing elixir and a mysterious bracelet which not only brings him back to life but elevates the game to another lev Teenaged twins Shugo and Rena become immersed in a virtual world role playing game. Rena had won a contest so that she and her brother were able to play the game as previous advanced players known as .hackers. They meet some friends and foes along the way and battle a few dastardly enemies. At one point Shugo is killed by one of the monsters but an alluring girl, Aura, gives him a healing elixir and a mysterious bracelet which not only brings him back to life but elevates the game to another level. I am so not a manga fan except for the charming illustrations. Even those at times are a bit on the risque side and not quite so charming. I am determined not to skip any tags so thank goodness I am done with this one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anastacia Dunn

    Around the time I read this manga, I was fairly obsessed with the .Hack series on the Playstation 2. It was enjoyable to read the story while at school away from my gaming console as to not lose touch with the concept of the story. The target audience of this series is clearly for an adolescent crowd, as it revolves around two prepubescent kids for the most part. Had I not been able to play the video game first, I may not have liked this series as much as I did. It was interesting to follow the Around the time I read this manga, I was fairly obsessed with the .Hack series on the Playstation 2. It was enjoyable to read the story while at school away from my gaming console as to not lose touch with the concept of the story. The target audience of this series is clearly for an adolescent crowd, as it revolves around two prepubescent kids for the most part. Had I not been able to play the video game first, I may not have liked this series as much as I did. It was interesting to follow the story between two different medias, as I was vividly able to interpret the voices and personalities applicably without much thought. On its own, it's a decent read with an interesting plot line. But, it still isn't as interesting to read as it is to play.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cory L.

    Amazing book, well, amazing series in general. I like the idea of having The World set as a video game, thus allowing effects from the real world and the game world to bleed into each other more fluently. The characters are diverse but their names stick in your head the first few times you hear them. I watched the anime for this, and though it was mainly the same, I have to say I liked the manga better. Of course, the anime was still good, I just have my likes and dislikes about it. The series p Amazing book, well, amazing series in general. I like the idea of having The World set as a video game, thus allowing effects from the real world and the game world to bleed into each other more fluently. The characters are diverse but their names stick in your head the first few times you hear them. I watched the anime for this, and though it was mainly the same, I have to say I liked the manga better. Of course, the anime was still good, I just have my likes and dislikes about it. The series probably wouldn't be the best for those that haven't read the works before it, but it doesn't keep it from being a great manga. Fantasy is fantasy, no matter which part of it you read first.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mileena

    Hack 4/5 stars Okay so this isn't the "best" manga I've read this year, but it was still really good. The art was super cute... Although Rena's character design made me uncomfortable, them sexualizing a fourteen year old girl is more than a little weird. But the twin brother was really cute and because of the sibling aspect, the was the whole Spy Kids 3 vibe going for it. The series is also not the long so I'm excited to pick up the other few volumes. Ps. Although fun and everything, this is one of Hack 4/5 stars Okay so this isn't the "best" manga I've read this year, but it was still really good. The art was super cute... Although Rena's character design made me uncomfortable, them sexualizing a fourteen year old girl is more than a little weird. But the twin brother was really cute and because of the sibling aspect, the was the whole Spy Kids 3 vibe going for it. The series is also not the long so I'm excited to pick up the other few volumes. Ps. Although fun and everything, this is one of those mangas that if you don't concentrate hard the entire way through it can get quite confusing.

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