A 14-year-old boy named Kite is invited by his schoolmate Orca to play the online game The World. While playing the game, both Kite and his friend are attacked by an unknown monster. As a result, Orca becomes comatose in the real world. Despite his friend's condition, Kite continues to play, believing hell find a way to revive Orca. While playing The World, Kite accepts the Twilight from Aura, a mysterious girl in white. Kite is transformed into an Outlaw player within the game, wielding the very same power responsible for Orcas condition.
- .hack is volume 1 of a 4 part series.
- An original totally entrancing, action/RPG game.
- Character design by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, famous character designer of Evangelion.
- An engaging and immersive storyline scripted by Kazunori Ito, acclaimed writer of "Ghost on the Shell" and "Patrabor".