Posted by psgels on 5 August 2007 with categories: .Hack//Roots


I finally got around to seeing this one, and I still think that there needs to be some kind of second season for .Hack//Roots. It also confirmed that there is absolutely no other anime that I have a bigger hate/love relationship with. The anime was a trainwreck with a great beginning and ending. Some characters were fascinating, while others were horribly dull. The great character-massacre in the middle of the series was awesome, but it did kill off all of the interesting characters, leaving most of the dull ones behind. Phyllo’s end was amazing, though before we knew what happened to him, he just was obnoxious.

Same with this OVA. Even though a lot of time had passed, Shino has come back from the dead, a bunch of new characters are introduced, and Ovan has died and reborn again, Haseo’s character-development seems to have stagnated. Something has to be wrong when his biggest change is his new outfit. He’s popular with the ladies now, and seems to have turned from a critical and lost character into your typical shounen-lead.

It also seems that the creatures called AIDA caused Shino and others to faint, though that’s the only piece of information we get. The how, why and relation to Tri-Edge are still unknown to those who haven’t played the games. Tabby also is as annoying as always.

Now the good points. Seeing Sakisaka return was awesome. I remember why he was one of my favourite characters at one point. The two new side-characters have a potentially interesting relationship, and overall it was great to see the different characters return for a bit. I even spotted two cameos from .Hack//Sign at one point. It definitely wasn’t a bad watch, and the end where we saw Ovan and the little girl was quite good.

The thing is, though, that .Hack//Roots has been relying too much on its characters, and it’s almost not using the fact that it’s got a unique setting. The reason why I’m loving series as Dennou Coil and Bokura no so much is partially because they’re incredibly well integrated with their settings. .Hack//Sign understood this as well, which is why it turned out so brilliant. .Hack//Dusk also made use of its setting, though that one failed miserably because it didn’t take itself serious enough, though. I’d love to see another .Hack anime who is serious and makes full use of its setting.

6 Responses

  1. Freedom says:

    Hi, can you tell me where did you download this ova? i want to see it, but i cant find download

  2. psgels psgels says:

    You can find it on Tokyo Toshokan. Search for Lu Perry.

  3. Dre37 says:

    Play the Game and you’ll know the back round of the new season! the old one (.Hack//Roots) was good but not as good as this one’s (.Hack//G.U.) going to be.There connected for those who don’t know that. The Game is called .Hack//G.U. there are 3 vol. Oh and the little girl Aina is ovans sister

  4. aquagon says:

    BTW, have you planned in watching the .hack//G. U. Trilogy movie?
    I won´t be as good as playing to games to get all the story, but at least it should cover up some of the loopholes that you have in the story of Roots.

  5. Tan-Tan says:

    “He’s popular with the ladies now, and seems to have turned from a critical and lost character into your typical shounen-lead. ”

    110% agreed. I want the old Haseo back. He was definitely funnier and more interesting. Sure he definitely looked better (fangirl +++) but typical hero guy, no no :(

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @ninja ouch. that doesn’t sound good. just about to start it soon…
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    *that was a real samurai series <- is what I meant to add.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:05 PM)
    @ninja I hadn’t noticed it until you said it, but it does seem like samurai stuff has been in decline. I mean there are series that have samurai elements, some that portray the values of that era, and others that have the sort of epic scope some samurai tales had. but to be honest, Vagabond is probably the only one I can recall off the top of my head in recent times.
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    Wow, I have never seen a show descend from a promising beginning into an unbearable crap-fest as fast as Amagi Brilliant Park. The third episode was so bad that I’m not even going to give the fourth episode a chance. I should have seen this coming. KyoAni I have had enough. I’ve reached my limit with your nonsense.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:57 AM)
    I mean I guess it wasn’t really fair to make a sweeping generalization like that about society in general. I agree with you that in a lot of ways the renaissance in knowledge has caused an unprecedented spread of information.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:52 AM)
    wait a second…is that why rubik’s cubes became so popular…? hmm…
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    whether its better or not, I suppose it depends on who’s consuming. Subtlety and depth have their place, but like everything else, too much isn’t a good thing.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:48 AM)
    although perhaps its true to an extent. the attraction right now, imo, is shallow thinking. putting the mind to work without requiring too much effort.
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