Plot: Asumi (username: Sakuya) and her two friends, Iori and Eri, are playing the MMORPG, "The World", when they get caught in a mysterious explosion that sends them to an ominous area. Eri is attacked there, and outside of the game, she won't wake up. A guild leader helps Asumi and Iori to investigate the cause. (Some great twists come later -- no spoilers! -- A)

Characters: B

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A

Music: B+

Objectionable Content: Mild, some profanity.

Other: A really short, 3-episode OVA. This .hack incarnation spends about an equal amount of time inside the game and outside, unlike its predecessors, most of which spend the majority of time inside the game.

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 3.5/5

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