DVD Review: .hack// Quantum Collection
An interesting mixture of fantasy, real world and science fiction gone wrong!
As online gaming RPG’s have taken off so well, it would only be a matter of time before an anime was created around that theme, and .hack// has all the references to virtual reality gaming complete with virtual reality visors and sophisticated computers. The anime makes out it gives all people, children, teens and adults something to do in their spare time, yet their virtual world isn’t what they thought.
CC Corp is a huge corporation that has hospitals all over Japan, and they are also the ones who released a game called The World to the masses and they have had problems with it ever since. Interestingly, a scientist who worked on it came up with the idea of quashing racism by making everyone in the world a lost one, a gamer who was lost to the real world, but nothing ever came of it.
One of the gamers called Eri who used to play with Sakuya has been transferred to another hospital run by CC Corp. A rumour is circulating that players who collapse in the real world are taken to their hospitals and controlled by CC Corp. Iori believes that CC Corp don’t want anyone in the real world to find out that there could be a connection between the game and the comas that have been happening. What is even creepier is that the people whose souls get trapped in the game also have their characters in the game still wandering around. This is even stranger when the players are actually unconscious by this time.
The basic storyline is that Eri is still in a coma, and Sakuya and Iori are out to look for a way to free her, yet they have no idea how they will go about it. There is even a problem that hackers who are a part of CC Corp are onto them, and could be out to assassinate them in the real world. The story is easy to follow and skips between the characters as they are in the real world and also in character in The World. The characters are colourful, so they are attractive to the eye; the scenery is well animated and makes it easy to think you are in the computer world.
There is a little humour in this anime with a character called Hermit, and also between Iori and Sakuya being childish, and Iori being a bit older and more adult than her. The anime shows that there are school friends who are already playing the game, and want other kids to play too, but several are resisting it. And although the game is supposed to be played after school, work, etc, it shows on various occasions that players are playing it in-between. The creators at CC Corp have made it totally addictive and immersive, as well as being better than real life, so more and more people throughout the world will want to get involved with it.
This OVA is made up of three consecutive episodes: “Walking Party”, “Wired Prisoner”, and “The World-End Pallbearer”. “Walking Party” was originally released first in 2011, with the other two being released a month after. .hack// Quantum is an interesting mixture of fantasy, real world and science fiction gone wrong that is well worth setting time aside for.
Release date: 9th July 2012
Running time: 75 mins
Director: Masaki Tachibana
Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.