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.hack//CELL is a novel originally featured in .hack//G.U. The World. It was later released by itself in both Japan and America. Tokyopop acquired the rights to publish .hack//CELL in English, and the first volume was released on March 2, 2010, with the second being released on November 30, 2010.
CELL is about an Edge Punisher named Midori, who roleplays as a "professional victim", charging players GP in exchange for the opportunity to attempt to PK her without resistance. She encounters Haseo, on his search for Tri-Edge prior to the events of .hack//GU: Rebirth.
The Ending World
- Midori Shimomura
- CELL occurs at the same time as .hack//Roots and many events from the novel also occur in the anime.