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Hack//Another Birth, Volume 1: Infection (.hack// Another Birth #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  847 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
In order for Akira to save her younger brother, who suddenly loses consciousness in the middle of playing The World, she enters the online fantasy game as the Heavy Blade-wielding BlackRose. While heading toward the area where her brother's consciousness was stolen, BlackRose meets the Twin Blade fighter Kite. Written from BlackRose's perspective, this adaptation of the po ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by TokyoPop
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Dec 19, 2009 Karin rated it did not like it
It reads like the cover. Poorly made and uninteresting. Not recommended.
Sean Mayeda
Sean Mayeda

Los Angels:Tokyo Pop Press.2006 pp.232

“.Hack//Another Birth Vol. 1//Infection” by Miu Kawasaki is the perfect
book for lovers of Science fiction. The story takes place in Japan and
in the online fantasy game called, “The World”, in 2010. A high school
athlete, Akira Hayami, finds her brother, Fumikazu, who is sent into a
deep coma, by a unknown cause while he was in “The World.” Akira makes
a character named, Black Rose and looks for answers in-game about her
brother’s coma
Nick To
May 26, 2011 Nick To rated it really liked it
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Mark L.
Sep 19, 2011 Mark L. rated it it was amazing
This book is a little bit on the lighter side, however, that does not take away from the impact that the story and especially the setting of this book (along with all of the other aspects of the .Hack:// series, though more so the anime. In terms of what makes this book different than most, I would have to say it comes from the unique combination of real-life combined with the virtual game, known as "The World" and the obvious differences between the two. The true source of the interplay betwee ...more
Feb 13, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
Good companion piece to the first game, although the material does seem to overlap slightly with the beginning of the second game. Interesting story outside the world of the The World video game, which is good because you don't get very much of that playing the PS2 game.

The writing level is obviously very low because this is a light novel aimed at younger teenagers and meant to be short and easy. As such, it takes like an hour or two to read the entire thing. I'd say if you are, in 2010, looking
This "light novel," as they call novelizations of manga and anime, is a good story, but not a complete one. It doesn't stand alone as a book, and there is no resolution. At best, there might have been a slightly climactic battle scene, but even that is a little vague.
I had trouble with the main character, who constantly flips between guilt about possibly helping cause her brother's injury and worrying about simple real-world high school matters, all while trying to solve the mystery of the game
Kelly Stadel
May 17, 2013 Kelly Stadel rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book is mostly for girls. This story is about Akira, an average girl who isn’t really into video games and such. But her brother Fumikazu is a big time gamer playing this game called “The World” and he tries to convince his sister to play. When Akira went down stairs the loud boom, like something hit the ground she runs upstairs to find Fumikazu on the floor in a coma. Her things that it has something to do with this game so she dices to create a character, which she names “Blackro ...more
Sharmaine Mckeown
Dec 29, 2010 Sharmaine Mckeown rated it liked it
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Gary Sadosky
May 31, 2014 Gary Sadosky rated it it was amazing
Goes along pretty well with the Infection series of games. Explains some of the backstory of one of the main characters in the games.
Nov 23, 2015 Rickie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
A very unique take on the .Hack series, and I tend to recommend it to people who enjoy light novels more than manga.
Ray Bakos
This light novel was awesome. Followed the games and the anime in a different way which made it that much better.
Kodi H
Sep 22, 2009 Kodi H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book is an amazing form of detective fiction but it is some graphic novel. Blackrose has to go into the world to see what has happened to him. blackrose entered the world and met another character that had a freind named orca. his friend's name was kite. he told her what had happened to his friend. they try to find the thing that makes people go comatose. kite winds up getting a bracelet that gives him the power to do a datadrain. datadrain is what takes out what is taking the players out. ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Shannon rated it it was ok
I think this book could have been much better. I wonder if there is a manga version of the story that I must have over-looked? The story-line kept me going and I'll of course go on to read the rest of the series (can't go on without knowing the end, now! xD) but at the current point in time, I really didn't much like it from a general perspective. It lacked much-needed detail and if it weren't for the few illustrations in the book I would have been lost as to what the people and places looked li ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Gage rated it it was amazing
this was a very well written book
Apr 20, 2010 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
The origin of all .Hack series, told from the secondary character's view point.

Akira is a young girl in japan doing every day things, she goes to school, and she plays tennis. Until one day her little brother, nearly addicted to a video game called "The World" goes into a coma after playing. Determined to save her brother, and find out the mysteries of this game, she creates a character, BlackRose, and meets up with another young player who goes by the player name Kite.

First book in the series.
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Sep 27, 2012 Micah added it
The book .Hack:// is awesome and i believe it is the only book by Tokyo Pop that is not a manga. the game that game out before the book itself left many cliff hangers and so on the main character of the book was a high school girl named Akira who suddenly becomes interested in a game after her brother falls into a coma while playing it. while playing she meets a another person who has had the same experience but with a good friend. The two of them become friends and fight for their common goal t ...more
Chasity Z
Mar 03, 2010 Chasity Z rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I rated this book a two because i didnt really like the book. I didnt like it because I am not really into gameing and reading about it. IT was pretty boring because i didn't get how she was going to figure anything about why her brother was in a coma. By playing a video game that put him in a coma in the first place. I like how they include other things she did other then when she played the video game.
I really enjoyed this series. It was fun to see the game through Black Rose's point of view. The offline bits were rather nice, and the fact that it revealed more than just her view of Kite's actions was refreshing. Seeing her with other friends and knowing she doesn't just stalk Kite was definitely a good idea on the author's part.
Jerome Brizeno
Nov 01, 2012 Jerome Brizeno rated it it was amazing
It's a verry interesting story based on a best selling videogame frome Japan. It has exiting action seans, misterys, and interesting charicters. Told throu the perspective of the secondary charicter frome the original .Hack game searies. I recamend this for anyone who likes games, adventure, manga, mystery or science fiction.
Stephanie Kay
Aug 31, 2015 Stephanie Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, light-novel
As a fan of the anime .hack//SIGN and had played the games a bit, I knew I wanted this book. It was great seeing the events of the game from BlackRose's perspective! I did originally want to buy the rest of the books (I still do), but I guess life happened. Also, I feel proud to say I read my first light novel, haha.
Nov 13, 2008 Joshua rated it really liked it
Intresting book. it has an addictive detailed first person perspective that tells you broken bits of a story in the begining but progresses into a big mystery that not only affected her story bt expands into a more serious problem.
Alyssa Greatbanks
Jun 24, 2012 Alyssa Greatbanks rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the video game series, and although I'm a bit disappointed that this book is retelling the events of the video game, I think it was nice to have a different perspective and a little more explanation on the situation.
Apr 14, 2009 Lex rated it really liked it
i read this book a few years ago and really liked it. Im not sure if i liked it so much because i am a fan of the game and show but i thought it was very good.
Aug 06, 2012 Helena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: syfy-fantasy
It was interesting to get Black Rose's point of view from the original games. I played the original game and loved it. I really hope they make an MMORPG of The World :D
Sam L
Sep 22, 2009 Sam L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I gave this book five star because it it was cool and a little bit of funny in someways! I love graphic NOVALS!
Aileen Angelique
Nov 04, 2012 Aileen Angelique rated it it was amazing
I really likes this one. It's nice reading about BlackRose's point of view instead of just playing the game as Kite.
Feb 08, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was ok
another one my daughter picked up - meh. if she had book 2 lying around i MIGHT read it, though.
Michael (Mai)
Jan 08, 2009 Michael (Mai) rated it really liked it
It's an easy read and good if you like .hack. I do so I liked it.
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