History Anime / DotHackSign

5th Sep '17 5:54:14 PM KamonTheSkunk
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* JerkassWoobie: Tsukasa is a rather HUGE ass to everyone initially, but considering what he, [[spoiler:or more accurately she]], has gone through, its no wonder he deliberately pushes everyone away.
4th Sep '17 7:12:31 PM theknack101
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* JerkassWoobie: Tsukasa is a rather HUGE ass to everyone initially, but considering what he, [[spoiler:or more accurately she]], has gone through, its no wonder he deliberately pushes everyone away.



* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Tsukasa's father doesn't like her for being a girl.

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* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Tsukasa's father doesn't like her [[spoiler:her for being a girl.]]
4th Sep '17 7:07:51 PM theknack101
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** Unlike many isekai characters who are nerds or NEETs who use the game to escape their dull existence, Tsukasa is [[spoiler:a girl who is regularly physically and mentally abused by her father for being a girl when he wanted a boy. She plays the game to find an escape from her abused life, and is initially excited to be stuck in the game because she doesn't have to deal with her father anymore.]]

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** Unlike many isekai characters who are nerds or NEETs who use the game to escape their dull existence, Tsukasa is [[spoiler:a girl who is regularly physically and mentally abused by her father for being a girl when he wanted a boy. She plays the game to find an escape from her abused life, and is initially excited to be stuck in the game because she doesn't have to deal with anyone who could hurt her father anymore.like that (though she doesn't initially remember her life outside The World, or even that she is actually a girl).]]
1st Sep '17 9:11:51 PM theknack101
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** Unlike many isekai characters who are nerds or NEETs who use the game to escape their dull existence, Tsukasa is [[spoiler:a girl who is regularly physically and mentally abused by her father for being a girl when he wanted a boy. She plays the game to find an escape from her abused life, and is initially excited to be stuck in the game because she doesn't have to deal with her father anymore.]]
1st Sep '17 9:07:47 PM theknack101
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* UnbuiltTrope: .Hack//Sign could practically be considered a deconstruction of Isekai stories such as ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', except it came out years before they received anime adaptations and became the megahits they are now.
** You have Tsukasa, the socially awkward loser who gets trapped inside an MMO, except he's such a jerk to everyone he meets that few people can stand to be around him for more than 5 minutes and those who do eventually become his friends make it their mission to make him stop being such an ass.
** He sees being trapped in the MMO world as a great thing initially, but unlike other Isekai, the appeal isn't for him to become a badass he could never be in real life, but as a place to escape to and be alone without any social expectation.
** He gets a game breaking ability early on, a guardian that one hit kills anything it attacks. However, such an ability causes him a fair amount of grief as nobody respects him for having it, indeed much of the player base hates him and it becomes a public mission for a while to hunt him down for being such a blatant cheater.
** His character doesn't even become a badass statistically. His class is a support class and remains as such for the entire story. Whenever he actually does any fighting, its in a purely support role, healing and buffing his teammates as they do the actual fighting.
** And finally, the final solution to getting Tsukasa out of the game isn't some grand final battle or completed questline. It's accomplished by [[spoiler:a hacker crashing the server.]]
4th Jul '17 8:04:21 PM KizunaTallis
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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a {{Jerkass}}. Despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler: [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl,]]]] slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father is shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a {{Jerkass}}. Despising {{Jerkass}}, despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler: [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent [[spoiler:[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl,]]]] girl]]]], slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming in the kid's face while raving drunk drunk, and cruelly yanking away a little kitten away that she Tsukasa was caring for. Added The crowner to all to the fact of this is when he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter child off life support. [[spoiler: And later support [[spoiler:and later, tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had himself, only to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]



* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch / read / play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch / read / play watch/read/play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...confused.]]



* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During Aura's awakening.]]

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* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During Aura's awakening.]]



* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.

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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: Morganna]] [[spoiler:Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler: which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player as she leaves and manages to recognize without ever meeting in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen: "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A key part of Morganna's plan.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler: Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly,'' '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler: Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to "stop this, please."]] The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate hated her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All the shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player player/real self leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player real self as she leaves and manages manage to recognize without ever meeting each other despite never having met in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen: "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A key part of Morganna's plan.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler: Morganna [[spoiler:Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly,'' '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler: Tsukasa [[spoiler:Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to "stop this, please."]] please"]]. The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.



* TheEndOrIsIt: The series ends with a pretty clear indication that [[spoiler: Morganna is still alive and well in The World.]] Justified, since the story really isn't over, and the anime was intended to be followed by the video games.
%%* EurekaMoment
* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is much more cartoony looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters from NPC's.
* GainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]

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* TheEndOrIsIt: The series ends with a pretty clear indication that [[spoiler: Morganna is still alive and well in The World.]] World]]. Justified, since the story really isn't over, and the anime was intended to be followed by the video games.
%%* EurekaMoment
* EurekaMoment: When Tsukasa [[spoiler:remembers who he/she truly is and wants to log out]]. Morganna lets out a BigNo at that.
* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is are much more cartoony cartoonish looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters {{Player Character}}s from NPC's.
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* GainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series series, she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]



* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World,]] a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy guardian. [[spoiler: However in the end it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa.]]]]

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* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World,]] World]], a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy trigger-happy guardian. [[spoiler: However [[spoiler:However, in the end end, it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa.]]]]



* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being data drained by Morganna.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being data drained by Morganna.]]



* InternalReveal: At the end of the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler first episode]] there is a [[FreezeFrameBonus 10 second]] {{reveal shot}} of An Shoji collapsed in front of her computer.

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* InternalReveal: At the end of the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler first episode]] episode]], there is a [[FreezeFrameBonus 10 ten second]] {{reveal shot}} of [[spoiler:Tsukasa's real self, An Shoji Shoji, collapsed in front of her computer.computer]].



* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other.]]
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest," forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.

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* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this this, only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other.]]
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest," "Tempest" - forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.
22nd Nov '16 6:22:47 AM crazysamaritan
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* HitodamaLight: A blue flame symbolically appears in the background when Bear explains to Mimiru that their enemy is not an entity that can be simply attacked but is both nowhere and everywhere.
1st Aug '16 8:03:16 AM Rippingtons60
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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: The World]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.

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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: The World]] Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.
10th Jul '16 4:36:43 PM DarkHunter
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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]

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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Tsukasa.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Tsukasa.[[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]



* EurekaMoment

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* %%* EurekaMoment



* GainaxEnding

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* GainaxEndingGainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]



* HermeticMagic

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* %%* HermeticMagic



* InstantRunes

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* %%* InstantRunes



* ThePowerOfFriendship.

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* %%* ThePowerOfFriendship.



* RolePlayingGameVerse: Literally.

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* %%* RolePlayingGameVerse: Literally.



* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Averted.

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* %%* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Averted.



* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Tsukasa again.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture

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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Tsukasa again.
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is stuck in The World and is unable to log out. Figuring out why is one of the driving mysteries of the series.
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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
3rd Jun '16 9:57:16 AM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]

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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]
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