.hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)


Title: .hack//GU+
Author: Mori­ta Yuzuhana
Artist: Hamaza­ki Tat­suya
Seri­al­ized in: .hack//The World
Pub­lish­er: Kadokawa Shoten

Grade: B-


The sto­ry basi­cal­ly fol­lows a redone ver­sion of the .hack//G.U. sto­ry­line. Tak­ing place with­in a vir­tu­al MMORPG (Mas­sive­ly Mul­ti­play­er Online Role-Play­ing Game ) called “The World (II) ” — a black Mul­ti-Weapon (Adept Rogue in the Eng­lish games and man­ga) named Haseo, also known as a very strong PKK (Play­er Killer Killer) “The Ter­ror of Death”, is in search of a leg­endary PK (Play­er Killer) known as Tri-Edge, to find out what had hap­pened to his friend Shi­no and why it hap­pened. Get­ting a Flash Mail from an old friend, Ovan, telling him to go to the Δ Hid­den For­bid­den Holy Ground. Haseo runs into “Tri-Edge” (or, at least, a zom­bie-like play­er with a zom­bie-like ver­sion of Kite’s avatar) and after a short strug­gle, Tri-Edge had Data-Drained him back to lev­el 1, how­ev­er, this will envoke a pow­er that slept deep with­in him. The rest of the man­ga basi­cal­ly retells and details Haseo’s search for Tri-Edge and his meet­ings with a mys­te­ri­ous group known as “G.U.”.

Is that... Kite? No it's not...


An okay adap­tion of the .hack//G.U. games, although some of the plot­holes with the oth­er games in the .hack uni­verse is real­ly a turn-off, even though this man­ga is uncan­non to the .hack time­line. The art style in this man­ga is real­ly nice. In my opin­ion, the art style makes Atoli look 10x cuter than she does in the game! ^^ But of course, the art style does­n’t real­ly stray far off from the games.

Seems that this man­ga has a few incon­sis­ten­cies as well as the plot­holes men­tioned above… “Flash Mail” is called “Short Mail” and I think they spelled one loca­tion wrong in this man­ga. So over­all, if you don’t have a PS2 and aren’t able to play the G.U. games, get your hands on this. If you have a PS2, it’s way bet­ter to see it through the source mate­r­i­al as well as get­ting some decent MMO gameplay.

2 thoughts on “.hack//G.U.+ (may contain spoilers…)

  1. …Um, you are aware that the man­ga came out six months before the games in Japan, right? The plot-holes were inten­tion­al to pre­vent spoil­ers and the fact that the game was still incom­plete. And mis­trans­la­tions are com­mon, in AI Buster 2, they spelled Macha ‘Maha’. I know what loca­tion you’re refer­ring to, it’s Lumi­na Cloth or ‘Cross’ in the man­ga. The like­ly katakana word they prob­a­bly used was prob­a­bly ‘Kuro­su’ whitch could be ‘Cross’ or ‘Cloth’ depend­ing on the translator.

  2. @KirikoAsaku­ra: Yeah, I sort of found out about that some time after this post… Total­ly makes sense, I guess.
    After tak­ing some more pro­fes­sion­al Japan­ese lessons, I’m a lot less scorn­ful of the misspelling.

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