Hack Sign (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Fantasy framed as near-future science fiction, almost cyberpunk. Part of a large franchise.

Subject

In about 2007, a girl gets trapped in an online role-playing game with 200 million users. She cannot log out, her real body is stuck in a coma and she has the power to hurt other players physically. She is also convinced that she is her male online persona, and quite antisocial too. Nonetheless, the mystery surrounding her predicament and power attract various other players: some friendly, some not.

Commentary

A few of the characters are interesting, particularly the immature Soura who is also really annoying. Some neat design work. Hack Sign's major problem is dreadful pacing leading through an unrealistic plot regulated by the ridiculously archaic world and rules of the game, ending badly. The music and the fact that almost everything we see takes place in the game world are novelties that wear out swiftly.

Japanese production animation series