Based on the hit PS2 games, this new manga series shows The World from protagonist Kite's point of view as he searches for a cure for the comatose Orca.
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This is why you should never have high expectation of game to manga/visual novel adaptation.
The book wrap up the events in the game in 2 volumes. Definitely not enough if the author expected to do a faithful adaptation of the events in the game. And guess what, the writer didn't. They skip a lot in XXXX. In a way, the people almost act out of character compare to their original counterparts. If you are expecting to see your favorite character in the book you are going to be very disappointed. The only characters with 'decent' screen time are Black Rose, Balmung, and maybe Mistral. Even important key characters in the game like Elk and Mia don't have too big a role to play. .hack//XXXX might as well be called the grand adventure of Kite, Cubia, and their friends. They really downplay the grim mood in the game, and completely ignored the characters' maturation and hardening resolve as the game world progress and degenerates. What made the game fun and enjoyable was watching...
This incarnation of .hack is a two part series covering the events in the original four games, with the first issue covering the first two games and part of the third. The story is heavily modified from the original and for those who played the games it will be apparent right away what main protagonist was changed. Since this is a manga though; the changes can exist without messing up the main series.
What's really cool though is that the main stuff is true to the core of the game. Like when Kite and Blackrose meet Balmung for the first time in Hidden Forbidden Holyground. The pacing just gets thrown around from what happens in the games to meet the standards of the manga, while provided a reason (Twist in the story) to read the series if you already know the story.
The art style captures the game perfectly. The characters, enemies, environments and the weapons all look like they came straight out of the original .hack games. Even the new stuff they add has that...
An Insult and betrayal to the character arcs, dynamic and themes of what .Hack is in favor of the author's own reinterpretation of them with as little knowledge of their purpose and relevance to the greater franchise.
While several events remain the same as in the games, the meaning and purpose behind them is nonexistent, and the divergences hurt what was the core of the 4 game's story, and as a long-time fan was a very frustrating read. Several long-established elements are contradicted, and the homoerotic subtexts the author generated between Kite and (spoiler) were nauseating. It is a pale shadow to the games, getting little right.
If you want .hack Infection/Mutation/Outbreak/Quarantine in novel form, stick with the Another Birth novels which are the game's events from the point of view of Akira "BlackRose" Hayami.
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