We are finally back after being offline for 3 weeks. There is a reason for this, of course. My host at the time had billing issues with his server, and as a result it was frozen. I didn't know how long I would have to wait, so I took matters into my own hands and resolved the problem in a matter of hours. I bought my own server, where I have control over my files 100%, and won't have any billing issues. It's good to be back!
We also are trying out a brand new news system, called Phpns. It's an open source PHP News System that I have stumbled upon, and since it's new, and is being updated on a regular basis, it's already superior to PHPNews, which hasn't been updated in... forever!
Please look forward to a new design, new features, more content, and more goodies.
You betcha. Thanks to a member of our lovely forum, harajuku_maikeru, we got a little insight into what CC2 is looking for. Be sure to look at the full news article for time, date, and place.
View the original article here: http://www.cc2.co.jp/company/recruit/recruit.html
A new .hack novel has surfaced, seen on CyberConnect2's official Japanese website. This is what the synopsis seems to be, translated from Japanese:
"Brought along by her father, a girl named Lara visited her uncle Harald. While Harald was away, Lara logged onto his computer and found herself in a golden field. It was, in fact, the world of the "Epitaph of Twilight" which she loved so much! This is the secret story of the genesis of .hack."
This is set to release in Japan on May 1st 2008 for 560 Yen (Around $6 USD).
My apologies for the lack of updates and changes to the website, I am in the middle of re-vamping .hack//Portal, which means making it XHTML Valid, CSS Valid, and converting to a new, more functional look.
I anticipate this will all be complete within the next week, give or take. Once the new design is set and in place, I will resume with regular updates, new content, and even a few forum promotions which can win you a prize.
So why not get a head start and join up and engage in the awesome discussions we are already having on the forums!
Until then, enjoy what we already have to offer, and expect some nice changes around here in the next week!
I've finally added the .hack//Liminality section to the website, along with the full 20 track OST, and its included 4 track bonus. I would also like to take the time to welcome a new moderator to the forums, shugo/kite!
The official Japanese website for CyberConnect2 has opened up their store for .hack//G.U. Trilogy merchendise. The store includes thus far 4 t-shirts, a mouse pad, and a echo bag displaying the CC2 logo.
Here is the price list I translated.
First 3 T-Shirts: $28.93 (3k Yen)
Mousepad: $9.64 (1k Yen)
CC2 T-Shirt: $19.29 (2k Yen)
Echo Bag: $9.64 (1k Yen)
Let us know if you buy a product from their online store! Visit it here: http://cc2.shop-pro.jp/
The official Japanese CC2 website apparently held a poll for the 2010 most popular .hack character, with the top 3 characters being made exclusively into a downloadable wallpaper. #1 was Haseo, runner up at #2 was Kite, with not so far behind at #3 Ryoko Terashima. The entire list can be viewed in Japanese on the official website here: http://www.cc2.co.jp/hack_link/vote/ranking.html
I have translated the other poll results below.
#6: Azure Flame Kite
#11: Tokio Kuryuu
#27: Kite (Sora)
#35: Knight of the Azure Flame
#37: Saika Amagi
#39: Piros The 3rd
#41: Ryo Misaki
#46: Mai Minase
Of course, our beloved Helba didn't make the list, simply because they probably didn't add her to the options! Without a shadow of a doubt, she would be #1, because lets face it, she's the toughest gal in Net Slum.
You can also freely download the wallpapers available below.
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Here are a couple I messed around with to change up the color, since yellow really isn't all that nice on the desktop.
A couple weeks back .hack//Portal teamed up with a couple of admins to work on a single forum together, named Aikurushii.net. It turns out the admins there weren't interested in keeping the forums, so I have decided to re-make a new forum. Thanks to Lethargy, one of the previous admins for Aikurushii.net, we now have a Vbulletin, and a new skin from the previous project.
Unfortunantly existing members will have to re-join, for the previous phpbb forum was corrupted with the server move. I apologize for the inconvinience, this forum will be the last, and only one. Never corrupted/moved/deleted. Please enjoy the new forums!
A new section has been added to the site, and its about time. Welcome the Trilogy section, which is equipped with a taste of whats to come. I have added 109 screenshots taken right from the movie itself, from the first two scenes, with plenty more to come. I have also added 13 limited edition wallpapers from the Trilogy O.S.T. Also the website has been revised-coding wise. I also added the Music Database page, to view all soundtacks on the site.
Any feedback regarding the layout is most welcome, you can post your opinions by adding a comment. I also switched from cutenews to phpnews, and each page got a little re-vamp, and cleanup. Enjoy!
I've added a whole bunch of screenshots to the G.U. Rebirth section, 320 in total. I've also added 8 new wallpapers to the .hack//SIGN section, and will be adding more media shortly, within the next day or two.
While doing my usual routine of checking .hack sites for news and information, I ran into some interesting stuff. It was found on the CyberConnect2 Japanese website, featuring a big COMING SOON icon on the main page.
When you click on it, you will see an interesting picture that resenbles the world of .hack, with some familiar job classes. I will keep you updated on this, and hopefully more information will become available.
Click the link below to view the page where the image is.
Also, here is a cropped image of what looks to be Kite in the picture.
Edit: It also appears that this may also be a sequel to the Tail Concerto game, with Kite thrown in the image as a cameo (special appearence). Although this may be the case, lets keep our fingers crossed.
It has been a little quiet in terms of .hack//Quantum information, however a new exciting 7-whole-minute video was released, and we are very excited to be showing it. It has been uploaded to our youtube page for easier viewing, as well as posted below. The quality sadly isn't top-notch, but that's to be expected for now. You will also be able to catch a glymps of two new characters, Atoli & Kuhn to the cast. Enjoy!
You may or may not have noticed, but on .hack//Portal there is a donation button. You can use this button to help with the cost of running this place. The donations help pay but are not excluded to:
... and much more.
(read more on donations here)
We know you all enjoy coming here and being a part of our community, so why not help make sure this community will be here tomorrow? Even if all you can donate is $1, thats enough to make a difference. Look to your right and find the button that looks like this
Click on it and support .hack//Portal!
All people who donate will be put on the "Donors" list for all to see
News has been floating around the net about a possible new .hack series. This may involve a new anime series, as well as a game series. Not much is known about what this new series may entail, but none the less here is a small preview of what (hopefully!) is to come in the future.
Credit goes to dothackers.net for the image.
The long awaited G.U. Trilogy CG movie was finally released in Japan on Bluray and DVD, on March 24th 2008. No word as of yet if North American's will be able to get their hands on it featured in English. Hopefully the team from Bandai Entertainment will be kind enough to do this for the american fans!
The .hack//Quantum official Japanese website recently updated their website to include the dvd box cover to be released on blu-ray & dvd, as well as pricing and other dvd related information. For the blu-ray copy, it will cost about ￥5,040, which equals $62.08 USD. For the regular DVD copy, it will cost about ￥3,990, which equals $49.14 USD.
The dvd's are already available on Japanese amazon and other websites, so be sure to get your hands on it!
Also, I have added the trailer to our .hack//Portal YouTube channel, which will feature all of our trailers from hereon out.
The accuracy of this news probably isn't top notch, since website translators aren't that great. None the less, .hack//G.U. Trilogy will be releasing a soundtrack, which will contain 23 songs from the movie. Songs include Liar's Smile, and Deepest Memories. If this soundtrack will be included with the movie, i'm not sure. For those of you fluent with reading japanese, have a go with the source page!
Tokyopop has been busy! They have released a fantastic Special Edition of the first volumes for .hack//Legend of the Twilight, and .hack//Another Birth. This new title was released December 1st and can be purchased online at amazon for great prices. This Special Edition would be great for existing .hack fans, and anyone who wants to get into the .hack universe.
Buy the .hack//Manga and Novel Special Edition!
.hack//Quantum is the latest dot hack installment from Kinema Citrus studio. This will be a 3 part OVA, with the first DVD releasing November 2010 – January 22, 2011. The first DVD will feature one episode and a 16 page booklet, as well as special features such as special footage, bonus CG animation, character commentary and more.
Quantum revolves around adventures in a fictional online game called The World, the characters Tobias (Top right, Balmug look-alike), Mary (Top left, BlackRose look-alike), and Sakuya (center) form a party and embark on a high-difficulty-level quest in The World R:X. This will be the same 'World' shown in .hack//Link released for the PSP.
Bandai Namco Games announced at last September's Tokyo Game Show that a full-CG anime project from Bandai Visual would tie into the .hack//Link game. .hack//Quantum is in fact NOT the mentioned project, so fans can look forward to yet another full CGI film in the new year.
While the website is still under construction, feel free to sign up on our community forums, and communicate with other .hack fans. The forums are for all ages, and everyone is welcome to join. We also are accepting any comments about the site, so feel free to give your input via the forums, from the contact section.
I have uploaded the two-disc OST for .hack//SIGN. It is available for download via the .hack//SIGN section, or you can click here. Keep in mind while I do not post every modification I make to the website here, it is being altered, tweaked, and updated on a daily basis. Keep coming back to see new changes being made.
.hack//PORTAL will no longer be a stand-alone community for .hack, it will now be a complete playground equipped with anime and gaming topics for everyone thanks to us joining Aikurushii.net. You will still get that .hack edge with exciting new forum skins regularly, a far more attentive admin and moderator cast, and many more forums to dig your nose into.
Current members of the .hack//PORTAL community, I urge you to join up on Aikurushii.net, and begin your forum adventure there.