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Hack // Another Birth: 1 Paperback – 13 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (13 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598164473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598164473
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In order to save her younger brother, who lost consciousness while playing the online game "The World," Akira must enter the fantasy world herself, which she does as the character BlackRose.

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"Another Birth//Infection" is the first novelization of four by Miu Kawasaki that adapts the four part video game series of the same name into print. In this first book, Akira is the older sister to her brother Fumikazu who is an ace player in the online The World, which is an immersive virtual MMORPG, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. Unfortunately, Akira has little patience for such things, but when she leaves the room, he collapses into a coma. Feeling guilty, she later, after Fumikazu is hospitalized, dons her brother's FMD, or the front mounted display goggles that will allow her to enter The World to find out why what had happened to her brother has happened.

As she enters The World she takes on the persona of BlackRose, a character that has communicated her with via a set of dreams. BlackRose is a Heavy Blade, a warrior, and as she enters The World she meets two other, soon to be continuing characters, Nova (another Heavy Blade) and Chimney (a reckless Blademaster) who help her to get organized, and oriented in The World.

Determined to get to the bottom of her brother's coma, Akira is eager to continue her adventures in The World, and learn more about how The World operates. So after her initial adventure with Chimney and Nova, she is eager to get back, and when she does, she meets the Twin Blade character Kite. Kite is on the same quest that BlackRose is on. His friend Orca lost his fight in The World and has also lapsed into a coma. Agreeing to go on an adventure they become partners throughout all four novels. Arriving at their destination they find a building with a statue of a girl bound with eight chains; also arriving at the same time is the aggressive Blademaster Balmung.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zane MS on 13 Sept. 2006
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Im a Huge fan of the .hack series, and i must say this is a brilliant adaption.Its set in the view of the character "BlackRose" and it is basicly all the things you didnt see her do in the PS2 versions in which you played as Kite.

This Book, much like AI Busters, is a whole new story in itself and explains the origins of BlackRose.I.e how her brother fell into a coma(why she started playing), why she chose that name, and it has out of game chapters which tie in to some of the emails you recieve from her in the game.

Not as much artwork as AI Busters which recieved 5 Stars, but is still much worth the read !
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I was expecting this book to be a sort of Manga style graphic novel; I was sort of embarrassed to see the order was not what I had initially expected. Regardless of that, being a big fan of the .Hack// graphic novels I do own and not really knowing how the franchise really started off I decided to give the book a chance.

I was happily surprised, the book was very engaging, I myself am not a huge reader of novels and books but was happy to read this, it's all written from BlackRose's point of view. It details about how her brother enters the World and when he falls into the coma her feelings and reactions as well as the relationships she cultivates with Kite and other people. It really drew me in.

I really am in love with these books, as I'm writing this I am nearing the end of volume 2 and making my way onto volume 3.

If you buy this product and are a fan of the series I am really sure you will enjoy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An excellent novel for .hack fans. 7 Jun. 2006
By Rebecca Herman - Published on
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This is the first book in a series of novels that tell the story of the .hack video game series from the perspective of Akira Hayami, the Japanese teenager who plays the character of BlackRose.

Akira is just a normal teenage girl, who doesn't even like video games much. She prefers to concentrate on her studies and on doing the best she can as a member of her school's tennis team. But when Akira's younger brother, Fumikazu, falls into a coma while playing the popular online role playing game "The World," her priorities change. She decides she will do whatever necessary to save her brother, and she believes the video game is likely responsible. So she creates a character, BlackRose, and enters The World, where she meets Kite, the main character from the games. Kite's best friend also fell into a coma while playing the game, and now he's on a quest to save him. BlackRose decides to help him, and the two uncover the horrifying truth that The World is not just a game and there is real danger in playing it.

I'm a big fan of the .hack series, particularly the video games, so I was very eager to read this novel when I saw it would be coming out in English. I'm happy to say I was not at all disappointed. Akira's point of view gives a fresh perspective to the story, so that it doesn't seem like just an exact repeat of the games. I definitely plan to read the rest of the books in this series when they are released, and I would recommend this book to all .hack fans.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Scion's Say 18 Oct. 2006
By T.W. Kallaway - Published on
Format: Paperback
.hack//Another Birth is a novelization of a video game screenplay. Adding in the fact it was translated from Japanese into English, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that this isn't exactly what you consider quality reading. The narrative is boring, character relationships are rather flat, the dialog is pretty basic (especially in the beginning), and it won't take masterful readers more than 2-3 hours to digest. Casual readers who haven't watched the anime (or for that matter, even know about the anime) should avoid this waste of their money at mimimal costs.

On the other hand...

This book will appeal to longtime fans of the .hack// franchise - which I'm sure is the audience to which this book is being marketed. The book doesn't bring much of anything new to the table and you'll stand shocked as you watch BlackRose and Kite exchange what seems like half of their lines (mostly in the beginning of the book) as seen in .hack//INFECTION (the video game).

I think the best thing that can be said about this book is that it will look good on your shelf along with your other .hack// merchandise. More than enough reason to buy it for collectors like me.
As The World Turns 13 Oct. 2008
By J. Sherman - Published on
Format: Paperback
A lite novel based on the popular video game series, Miu Kawasaki's ".hack//Another Birth" retells the story of Twin Blade Kite and Heavy Blade BlackRose--from BlackRose's perspective. After her younger brother falls into coma while playing in "The World" (a popular online game), BlackRose takes it upon herself to log on and find out why. The reader gets to know Akira, the girl behind the avatar as she tries to solve the mysteries of "The World" while coping with the pressures of high school. Featuring illustrations by the folks at CyberConnect2, Vol. 1 breathes new life into the original story, though some may not find it as fun as the video game or the anime shows. At least you wouldn't need a game system or any other electronic device! The book also includes a brief message from Kawasaki and a special art section.

Please note: This is not a manga comic but a written novel. Keep this in mind you're making a purchase.

This book is unrated: Violence, Adult Language.
If you're interested and know what this is, you'll enjoy it 13 Feb. 2010
By M. E. Bobola - Published on
Format: Paperback
Good companion piece to the first game, although the material does seem to overlap slightly with the beginning of the second game. Interesting story outside the world of the The World video game, which is good because you don't get very much of that playing the PS2 game.

The writing level is obviously very low because this is a light novel aimed at younger teenagers and meant to be short and easy. As such, it takes like an hour or two to read the entire thing. I'd say if you are, in 2010, looking to play through the .hack games for the first time, that you'd do well to get these novels for cheap and read them after you finish each of the games in the series.

The art in the book is not particularly good, but I think that mostly has to do with it being basically pencils (to use a comicbook term) without any ink finishing or colors. They're fine for giving you an idea of what the characters look like, but you're not going to want to collect the series for the art.
Helpful or not buy this book 12 Aug. 2007
By Brandy Lindsey - Published on
Format: Paperback
I never even finished the game but the first part i have no doubt. But when I started to read this i just had to buy it and wanted to know who BlackRose really was. I never though she would be the kind of person she was in real life in the book then how different she was in the game. I was suprised and just could stop reading from start to finish. She made me wish that i was in her shoes o be ablt oplay in the games aong side Kite and have those awsome controls, i was completly jealous. The real BlackRose was so suprising i had to keep on reaing to find out why she played and why she acted the way she does.
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