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Distributor: Bandai
Original Story: Project .hack
Volumes: 3
Rating: 13+ (this is where all the whimsicalness ended up)
Anime Code: G

Legend of the Twilight takes place 8 years after the events that took place in the .hack video games (sorry, video game reviews come much later).  The World is a much safer place.  Shugo and his twin sister Rena have just won the contest of a lifetime.  They get to play "The World" as the legendary characters "Kite" and "Black Rose" (the two main characters from the .hack video games).  But when Shugo is killed, he meets up with Aura, the Key of the Twilight who gives him Kite's bracelet, which can "data drain" a monster.  Why was Shugo given the bracelet?  Is the instigator behind the Twilight Incident somehow involved?  And what's Balmung doing working at CC Corp. (the company who manufactures "The World")  All these questions and more will be answered in volumes to come.

Review: Comic hyjinks aside, Legend of the Twilight is an excellent conclusion to the .hack series which started all the way back in .hack//Sign.  The .hack timeline takes place over a period of twelve years.  Four years between .hack//Sign and the video games and eight years between the video games and Legend of the Twilight.  As I mentioned earlier, it's a lot more comical than .hack//Sign or even the video games for that matter.

Action Level: 3/5
The fight scenes are reminiscent of the .hack video games.  Although some of the outcomes can be quite ridiculous.

Romance Level: 2/5
It has been suspected that "Kite" and "Black Rose" were interested in each other romantically.  Rena expresses this in the manga version.  Of course, Shugo and Rena are brother and sister.  I'm strattling the fence here.  Though the way she was humping him during episode 2 but... well... maybe you better just watch and decide for yourselves.

Comedy Level: 4/5
While .hack//Sign was void of most comic moments, Legend of the Twilight is like one big gag.  The innuendo, the stupid stunts, the even more stupid get-ups.  I guess it balances out.

Adult Level: 2/5
Some of the costumes wearing are kind of skimpy but other than that, nothing too bad.  Not like .hack//Sign.

Drama Level: 1/5
The first volume doesn't contain a lot of drama.  In fact, it barely contains any drama at all.  The second volume is a little more serious.  A little.

Overall Level: 3/5
Personally, I think they should've stopped at the video games but now that they've gone the extra mile, they should probably run the course again.  Expect to see characters from other .hack series pop up from time to time.