Shugo and Rena are your typical teenagers. They love video games and hate school. One day Rena gets a message that she's won the sought after .hackers limited edition avatars. Rena gets Shugo to join in and then they begin the game.
However, Shugo and Rena replaying the legendary .hackers Black Rose and Kite, who were in the 1st edition. But this game is not all fun and games. The World once malfunctioned, and the company is not looking forward to it happening again. When a woman reappears named Aura, the administrators start to get nervous. Aura "is the head of the dot hackers' adventure" and she also has a mysterious Twilight Bracelet. Aura was once an important player in the original .hackers game - but disappeared. Every time she appears, trouble follows.
As Shugo and Rena continue to play the game, they meet some friends along the way. When they catch the eye of Balmung (who was once a legendary player turned administrator for "the world") their game play begins to become more adventurous, especially since Balmung seems to have his eye for Rena.
I must say, this is my first manga book ever. I found it very hard to read at first (after the first 20 pages I found the directions on how to read them :/ ) but then I got into the hang of it. I was very shocked to find that the main character is a 14 year old wearing a skimpy outfit! And when I looked to see what age group this book is geared for it is for 13+! NO WAY! Especially in one picture there is a grown woman is clothes fit for a stripper. I'm shocked!
Is it just me though? Am I the only one offended and shocked? I find that young girls are already having a hard time not hating their body if they're not stick thing. Do we really need to subjugate young boys to pictures of scantly clad YOUNG girls (and some inserts of women) and change the way they see women too? I don't know, maybe it was just me - but I still can't believe that they would dress a 14 year old girl in such a way. I already feel like the kids are dressed FAR to old for their age. And then when I was looking through the book again, they had a .hackers pinup with Rena naked with water falling off her body while her brother and Balmung look from behind a tree (at least her brother looks shocked and horrified.)
Other than that it wasn't bad. I loved their adventure and I couldn't help but laugh at every little picture (if I could figure it out - some pictures I couldn't.) It will be very interesting to see what adventures Rena and Shugo will be on.
.hack//Legend of the Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki. Japan (c) 2002 - English (c) 2003