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DothackGIFT
Title .hack//GIFT
Number of Episodes 1
Opening Theme Song(s) Obsession
Closing Theme Song(s) Yasashii Yoake


.hack//GIFT is a single-episode OVA featuring characters from the .hack//Games and .hack//SIGN. It is a non-canonical self-parody of the .hack franchise.

Setting

The entire episode of GIFT occurs in a caricatured version of The World.

Story

The plot begins with Helba congratulating the players for clearing the game and inviting them to the Twilight Hot Springs. Meanwhile, Orca is found dead, with Balmung, the first player on the scene, accused of killing him. The entire episode revolves around the characters racing to get to the Twilight Hot Springs first while Balmung tries to clear his name by finding Orca's true killer.

Giftback

Back cover of Japanese DVD case

Release

In Japan, DVDs of GIFT were shipped to fans who bought all four games. GIFT is available in America as an extra on the fourth Liminality disc.

Cast

Role Japanese VA
Tsukasa Mitsuki Saiga
Mimiru Megumi Toyoguchi
Bear Kazuhiro Nakata
BT Akiko Hiramatsu
Subaru Kaori Nazuka
Silver Knight Isshin Chiba
Sora Hiroshi Yanaka
Crim Shinichiro Miki
Aura Maaya Sakamoto
Balmung Nobuyuki Hiyama
BlackRose Masumi Asano
Elk Mitsuki Saiga
Emi ?
Helba Yumi Touma
Kite Sayaka Aida
Mia Minami Takayama
Orca Yasunori Masutani
Piros Masaya Onosaka
Uchiyama Daisuke Uchiyama

Trivia

  • In GIFT, the characters are crudely-drawn caricatures of themselves, being made up of triangles, squares and circles, with exaggerated personalities as well.
  • GIFT is only available in Japanese audio because most of the jokes are something only Japanese people would understand and it would be hard to translate to English.
  • The ending sequence of GIFT is the same as that of SIGN, except the characters appeared are in GIFT style and a screen depicting Mimiru, Subaru, and BT (in their regular, SIGN forms) bathing nude in the hot springs replaces the pan shot of Subaru's silhouette.
  • Kazunori Ito cowrote the screenplay to GIFT with Michiko Yokote.
  • Daisuke Uchiyama, the creator of most of .hack, has his own insert character—an administrator, who Daisuke himself voices, named, "Ucchi."
  • In the Blu-ray version, available in the .hack//Link zettai houi (Quarantine) bonus pack, Ucchi's heads censor the breasts of Helba, Tsukasa, and Subaru.

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