Light Novel: .hack//AI Buster
A two-volume light novel series of the Dot Hack
The first volume is one of the first entries chronologically, taking place before .hack//SIGN
and after .hack//Epitaph of Twilight
. It follows a solo player, Albireo, as he encounters a strange female NPC in an otherwise average dungeon in The World. The NPC seems quite abnormal - it's voiced, and acts as if it can respond to his speech. Compounding this oddity is his being forced into a party by a manic girl named Hokuto during an invasion event in a root town. With that, he has to find a way to finish the NPC's quest.AI Buster 2
is a collection of short stories which pertaining to both the original AI Buster
and Legend of the Twilight
- A short retelling of the events from Hokuto's perspective that provides more insight to her character.
- A true sequel to AI Buster that takes place during .hack//SIGN, once again revolving around Albireo as he investigates Tsukasa.
- The third story that takes place after the second, focusing on Kamui, the one character that serves as the link between AI Buster and Legend of the Twilight.
- Hotaru's first experience playing the World.
- Rena's interactions, as her previous PC Bridget, with a mysterious character, Rumor.
.hack//AI Buster contains examples of: