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.hack//Another Birth (light novel) A retelling of the first series of .hack// games from BlackRose's POV.

Anime I'm watching at the moment, and a few that I haven't finished in the past.

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Kotonoba Drive (manga) Good This seems to be a sequel to Ashinano's earlier PositioN. Same main character, but a few years older.
(2015-09-26) Caught up on this manga again. Recent chapters feel different from earlier ones. One more character, but less mystery.
Wandering Son (manga) With about half a year between translated volumes, I have to reread the last part every time. Not really a bad thing, I just wish they'd release them more often. At this pace it takes several years to get the whole series.

(Apologies for not commenting on the Miyazaki movies. I watched those before I became addicted to anime, so didn't write anything about them. I'll fix that when I watch them again (most are worth it).)

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.hack//AI buster (light novel) Very good Hmm, I wonder if the translators actually played the games. Several terms are slightly off from their game translations.
Ah, so this story was written at the same time as the games and anime. That's why some details are different. They're only minor ones though.
Volume two's stories are spread out from before .hack//SIGN, during that anime, four years later, and finally shortly before the start of .hack//Legend Of The Twilight Bracelet.
The first four stories give some interesting background on The World and CC Corp.. The last two are short vignettes about some characters from Legend. If you're just casually interested in the .hack// anime or games, this isn't very important. For those who want to know all about The World this is a must-read.
Kabu no Isaki (manga) Very good Another manga by Ashinano (of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou). It's another slightly mysterious setting, this time a world that's become ten times larger. Ashinano's love of flying and engines comes through clearly. A big question introduced in the last two volumes (Isaki dreaming of what looks like the normal world) is left unanswered, which is a little frustrating. Otherwise it's another lovely slice-of-life story.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (manga) Excellent
PositioN (manga) Good Another short manga by Ashinano of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. This one has an ordinary setting, but with some little magical things happening. None of it is elaborated on, just left mysterious.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (manga) Excellent Such feels.. Many questions. But, wow.
And I don't mean that in a silly way. It really is an awesomely special manga. Bittersweet at times, often just sweet and relaxing. It leaves many questions unanswered, but it's still one of the best iyashikei stories ever.
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