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.hack // AI Buster (.hack//AI Buster #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  541 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Book by Tatsuya Hamazaki
Paperback Manga, 240 pages
Published January 15th 2006 by Tokyopop (first published January 1st 2002)
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Shane Hall
Apr 24, 2013 Shane Hall rated it liked it
The .hack series really caught my attention as I was growing up. Over time, I lost interest the more I understood the likely motivations for yet another series, book, game, promotional website, anything .hack related on a quantity scale. The series offers scant breadcrumbs over the same well tread mysteries. What's up with the world, morgana, how and why do these people end up in comas, all that stuff that never really gets strictly answered, and it's left room for yet another game or show or pr ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Sophia rated it liked it
I have a weakness for the .hack series. Should it be a guilty pleasure or an interest worth bragging about? It's certainly a tad more...complicated, though it deals with some issues that seem simple but really get you thinking.

As first in the chronology, this short read can really prep you for .hack//SIGN, the 26-ep series. The last twenty pages are all you need for a complete understanding.

As a novel, I guess I didn't appreciate the simplified dialogue, treating me like someone who didn't know
Nov 12, 2012 Alexis rated it liked it
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Jun 11, 2015 kazerniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
SO boring... I'm a fan of the .hack//SIGN and .hack//ROOTS anime series and wanted to start the in-world timeline from the beginning, but this book really failed to keep me engaged. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is predictable for one who's familiar with The World and its major characters.

It's been on my currently-reading shelf for 8 months now and I'm barely halfway through. I can't bring myself to trudge through the rest, so I'm writing this review and marking it as dropped.
Apr 20, 2010 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Set even before the adventures with Kite and BlackRose, A.I. buster VOL 1 follows the story of the player character Alberio, who works for the company that runs "The World", CC.Corp.

After stumbling upon an odd Rogue A.I., his life is changed by the emotional challenges he hasn't faced, along with meeting a few new people along the way who change his life forever.
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Nov 13, 2008 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Awsome Mystery Novel with a video game sci-fi feel. i have to say the ending really surprised me the most about this book. The book is very creative and wriiten in a very detailed first person angle.
Little.Miss Angel
Feb 02, 2010 Little.Miss Angel rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship, manga
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Isabella Cruz
Aug 15, 2009 Isabella Cruz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Excellent insight to the dot hack world; an engaging five star story. However, Tokyopop's infamous translational errors regarding dot hack effectively tamper with comprehension of the story.
Jan 21, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The .hack series is mainly about a video game - an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) called The World. .hack//AI buster follows the story of one of the games players. Albireo (the name of his character) is a member of the Colbalt Knights (an administrative team in charge of debugging the game). They search around the game for bugs, cheats, and vagrant AIs (artificially intelligent programs outside of the company that runs The World’s control).

Albrieo finds one such AI in a
Michael (Mai)
Mar 23, 2016 Michael (Mai) rated it liked it
It gets three stars for a light novel not for a normal novel.
Oct 20, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
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A great side-story for the .hack universe (and just before it all became a little too much...)
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