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.hack//Quantum: The Complete 3 OVA Series (Blu-ray)
FUNimation // Unrated // February 14, 2012 // Region A
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted May 25, 2012 | E-mail the Author
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Imagine a
world in which the video-games you played were not merely about
pressing down buttons
in a repetitive-like manner on plastic key-pads to earn high scores and
bonus
points. Instead, try to visualize what it would mean to have a
video-game
focused entirely upon the possibility for interactivity.  That
is a question of essential importance to .hack// Quantum.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
environments of the video-games are a digital playground, and the gamer
can essentially
enter through a digital gateway, transport themselves, and completely
leave
reality for some fictional hyperspace. The game is one that changes the
method
of interactivity. People can connect themselves directly into the game.
Freaky,
I know.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">This
is
the beginning formulation for what is an extremely entertaining entry
into the
ever-so popular .hack franchise. The
story of .hack// Quantum focuses on three
best-friend girls who enter "The World" together (the nickname given to
the
digital video-game environment). All they want to do is have some fun
together
while putting aside their school exams and the real pressures of
every-day
life. The girls names are Tobias, Sakuya, and Mary.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Unfortunately,
a newly discovered glitch of sorts in the game leads them down a
possible rabbit-hole.
The group finds out an incredibly disconcerting detail about the
game-world: that
some gamers, in large numbers, have begun disappearing from reality
altogether
and have become "stuck" inside of the digital environment. To make
matters
worse no one can find them in a digital playground of video-gamers
either. Upon
meeting a new friend named Hermit, these outgoing girls place it upon
themselves to discover where the missing video-gamers are all going. A
mystery
unravels and builds to a climatic, thrill-a-minute, and fantastic
conclusion.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">One
thing that
left me incredibly impressed by this anime series is how much ground it
was
ultimately capable of covering for fans within a time-span of only
three OVA
episodes total. Surprisingly, this was one of the most entertaining
OVA's I've
seen in ages. It doesn't even necessarily have anything to do with the
fact
that the combination of the three pieces feels a awful lot a successful
film. but that certainly doesn't negatively
affect the
swell proceedings at all.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">.hack//
Quantum
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">is a
short-run series that should
delight fans of the ongoing franchise and an onslaught of new-fans to
boot. The
characters are charming, the plotting is briskly effective, mysterious
plot
devices make the story more fun, and the animation seems almost to be
the "outa-this-world"
variety in anime production. The entire series is entertaining,
fast-paced,
quirky, and original. Some viewers might complain that the run-time is
too
short, but I am inclined to disagree. style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">.hack//Quantum
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">has
the perfect length. It never bores, and constantly
amazes. style="">





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style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
Blu-ray:


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Video:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; color: black;">This
is one of the most visually stunning OVA releases that I've had the
pleasure to
see. Beyond the fun storytelling, the one thing that stood out to me
more than
anything was the great designs used in the animation. The character
designs are
distinct, and the environment created in .hack// Quantum's
digitized
world is fluid and unlike anything else. The 1.78:1 framed transfer
retains the
proper aspect ratio and preserves it with a stunning native High
Definition 1080p
transfer.  


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audio:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Funimation
has a somewhat inconsistent track-record with their releases. Granted,
this
typically is because of the source material they are working with to
begin
with. This is a company that consistently releases anime in the best
possible
format but sometimes the source material is going to disappoint given
certain
limitations. However, that is absolutely not the case here.
Funimation's
English language dub surpasses any and all expectations and is one of
their
absolute best quality-releases to date. It has amazing bass, surround
activity,
and clarity consistently able to astonish.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">I
personally had a minor preference for the dubbing pertaining to the
original
Japanese VA cast the English version is the way to go if any
anticipation
exists for what would be a full-on "aural experience". Both options are
presented
with 5.1 Dolby TrueHD lossless audio. Optional English subtitles are
available.
 


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Extras:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; color: black;">There
are far more
supplemental materials included on this release than anticipated
(especially
given the short episode count on the OVA). Fans should be pleased,
probably
much more than usual, and that's certainly nothing to dismiss - rather,
I was
impressed by the amount of bonus materials included.  Funimation
has put together a notable
collection.


align="center">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Go,
Our Chim Chims
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">: A
series of three short animated
films.style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; color: black;">


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; color: black;">Three
shorts feature the
characters of the series as if they are simple purple simulations.
Some of the Japanese voice acting cast reprises
their anime roles here. Any downside to the shorts? These brief pieces
total in
at less than 8 minutes total and they seem to feel as though they
aren't really
included for any reason other than to boost a supplemental-count and
continue
to promote these releases in Japan. The humor just isn't there, and
each short
seems disconnected from the series aside from the VA reoccurrence. So,
basically, you have three fluffy pieces that attempt to add little to
the main
experience. These shorts are best viewed for offering up some slight
laughs.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; color: black;">The
next big inclusion's
a series of three lengthy supplements featuring voice-actress Yui Ogura
(Hermit):


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Yui
Ogura's 'Yui-Yui' Cooking
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(1080i; 17:59) has Yui trying to make a charaben food-dish.
She goes through a step-by-step process on
a cooking
special aimed specifically towards fans of a certain character in the style="">Quantum universe.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Yui
Ogura's 'Yui-Yui' Club
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(1080i; 11:12) finds Yui and a friend learning about the
process of animating a series and they get to make their own flip-book
animations with the help of one of the series staff members and the
director of
Quantum even steps in to take a look
and give the pair some suggestions.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Yui
Ogura's 'Yui-Yui' Cult Quiz
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(1080i; 8:21) is the last piece featuring Yui Ogura and it's
one that has Yui "divulging answers" to the Cult Quiz which was
included in the
packaging of Volume 3 of the .hack BD and DVD releases for the
Japanese
viewers. I'm not sure this is something anyone would really find all
that
interesting on the U.S. release considering we actually didn't receive
the quiz
in the first place.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Also
included: Promotional Videos, Japanese
Commercials, a Pre-Release Promotional Clip, the North America promo
trailer,
and additional trailers advertising other Funimation Entertainment
anime releases.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Final
Thoughts:
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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">.hack//Quantumstyle="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">
is essentially a motion-picture. Technically,
it's a three episode OVA
but it does flow almost entirely as a movie
would. This effort should be pleasing for longtime style="font-style: italic;">.hack fans as well
as for
newbies just getting started on the franchise. The story is exciting,
the
characters are well developed, and the entire thrill ride is a blast
from start
to finish. Funimation has outdone themselves with very impressive PQ/AQ
(even
more so for the English language dub), and a bucket-load of extras. In
Yoda
speak: Have fun, you will. Have at it.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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