.hack//Liminality (OAV)

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[ part of [.hack], side story of .hack//Another Birth (light novel) ]

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Alternative title:
.хак//Лиминалити (Russian)
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: In the year 2007, an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) known as 'The World' is released in the US and becomes insanely popular, spreading worldwide and reaching up to 20 million players. One day, a mysterious phenomenon occurs where all the monsters in the game become increasingly powerful and harbour otherwise unheard of abilities. Along with this, players are unable to make any progress with their characters. Naturally, these occurrences render The World rather unplayable, so a player who goes by the name of Kite decides to get to the bottom of it.
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Seen in part or in whole by 2392 users, rank: #418 (of 5921)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.704 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.6428, rank: #2990 (of 5914)
Weighted mean: 6.632 (Good−), rank: #3065 (of 5914) (seen all: 6.66 / seen some: 6.50 / won't finish: 5.35)
Bayesian estimate: 6.644 (Good−), rank: #2781 (of 4463)
Running time: 30 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 4
Episode titles: We have 4
Vintage: 2002-06-20 to 2003-04-12
Chronology:
(2002-06) Volume 1 ("Infection Expansion") Released
(2002-09) Volume 2 ("Malignant Mutation") released
(2002-12) Volume 3 ("Erosion Pollution") Released
(2003-03) Volume 4 ("Absolute Encirclement") Released
Opening Theme:
#1: "Edge" by See-Saw
#2: "Senyaichiya" by See-Saw
#3: "Kimi ga Ita Monogatari" by See-Saw
#4: "Kioku" by See-Saw
Ending Theme:
"Tasogare no Umi (Twilight Sea)" by See-Saw
Insert song:
"Edge" by See-Saw
"Liminality" by Yuri Kasahara
Official website:
Links: We have 3
Comment:
Released with each volume of the four part .hack video game for Playstation 2. The OVA series looks at the events of the .hack games from the "Real World" point of view.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Koichi Mashimo
Series Composition: Kazunori Ito
Screenplay: Kazunori Ito
Storyboard:
Koji Sawai (vols. 1, 2, 4)
Masayuki Yoshihara (vol. 3)
Episode Director:
Hiroshi Morioka (vol. 3)
Koji Sawai (vol. 2, 4)
Masayuki Yoshihara (vol. 1)
Music:
Chiaki Ishikawa (Vocals)
Hideo Yamaki (Drums)
Hijiri Kuwano (Violin)
Hitoshi Konno (Violin)
Masakazu Ishibashi (Oboe)
Masato Matsuda (Piano)
Mecken (Electric Bass)
Rie Akagi (Flute)
Susumu Nishikawa (Electric Guitar)
Takuo Yamamoto (Sax)
Yoko Ara (Cello)
Yuki Kajiura
Yuri Kasahara (Vocals)
Character Design: Toshiya Washida
Art Director:
Hachidai Takayama
Mari Kawai (volume 2)
Mechanical design: Kenji Teraoka
Sound Director: Koichi Mashimo
Director of Photography: Masayuki Kurosawa
Producer:
Daisuke Uchiyama (Bandai)
Daisuke Yamauchi (Bandai) 
Kuninori Egawa (Bee Train)

A&R Desk: Etsuyo Ohnishi (VICTOR)
Animation Completion:
Aiko Hirao (Murk Animation)
Akie Mita (Murk Animation)
Akiko Ohba (Studio Road)
Chie Iwamoto (Studio Road)
Eikei Yokota (Studio Road)
Fumiko Takeuchi (Murk Animation)
Hiroko Akimoto (Murk Animation)
Katsuyo Otani (Studio Road)
Kazuko Nakajima (Studio Road)
Makiko Kojima (Studio Road)
Makiko Yamanaka (Studio Road)
Makoto Iguchi (Murk Animation)
Megumi Sakawa (Studio Road)
Megumi Sukawa (Studio Road)
Mutsu Takase (Murk Animation)
Naoki Fukutana (Studio Road)
Naoki Fukutani (Studio Road)
Natsuyo Otani (Studio Road)
Sachiko Abe (Murk Animation)
Satomi Shirayoshi (Murk Animation)
Satoshi Inoue (Murk Animation)
Takaharu Hirano (Murk Animation)
Takako Hoshohata (Studio Road)
Yuki Uehara (Studio Step)
Yukie Haneishi (Murk Animation)
Yumi Niwa (Murk Animation)
Background Art:
Chie Murakoshi (Production AI)
Chitose Asakura (Production AI)
Fumie Kawai (Production AI)
Harue Iwai (Production AI)
Haruka Ohsawa (Production AI)
Junnko Nagasawa (Production AI)
Kaori Motojima (Production AI)
Katsuhiro Yamda (Production AI)
Kiyoko Sugano (Production AI)
Kuniko Miyake (Production AI)
Megumi Ogawa (Production AI)
Setsuko Satou (Production AI)
Shin Watanabe (Production AI)
Tomomi Kato (Production AI)
Toshihisa Koyama (Production AI)
Wakaba Okamoto (Production AI)
Yasunori Hishinuma (Production AI)
Yoshimi Umino (Production AI)
Yukiko Nakayama (Production AI)
Yukiko Ogawa (Production AI)
Character Design Director: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Color Key: Sayuri Yoshida (Studio Road)
Color setting: Sayuri Yoshida (Studio Road)
Executive Soundtrack Producer: Hideaki Kaneko (VICTOR)
Head of Soundtrack Promotion: Shousei Ito (VICTOR)
In-Between Animation:
Akiko Terashima (Studio Ghibli)
Asami Watanabe (Bee Train)
Aya Onishi (Studio Ghibli)
Ayako Okamoto (Radix)
Chiaki Kaiya (Studio Mark)
Chiharu Haraguchi (Anime Torotoro)
Chiharu Yamakwa (P.A. Works)
Chika Kuwahara (Bee Train)
Chiyoko Sakamoto (Radix)
Emi Honda (Bee Train)
Eri Sahra (Bee Train)
Hanako Enomoto (Gainax)
Haruka Tanaka (Gainax)
Hideko Tani (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Hiroki Takano (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Hiromi Sasaki (Studio Ghibli)
Hiroyo Yammato (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Hiroyuki Ookaji (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Hitomi Tateno (Studio Ghibli)
Hitoshi Katsura (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Ikuhiko Kimura (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Kazunori Akiyama (Production I.G)
Kazunori Higuchi (Muyu)
Kazushi Tanaka (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Kazuyoshi Onoda (Studio Ghibli)
Keiko Horsie (Muyu)
Keiko Inoue (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Keisuke Shimodaira (Anime Torotoro)
Keito Hagio (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Kenji Sugiyama (Anime Torotoro)
Kotaro Tamamato (Bee Train)
Kumiko Katou (Bee Train)
Kumiko Kojima (Studio Mu)
Kumiko Nakwaga (P.A. Works)
Kumiko Tanihara (Anime Torotoro)
Machi Ichiara (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Machi Ichihara (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Makiko Nogami (Production I.G)
Mariko Suzuki (Studio Ghibli)
Masashi Adachi (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Masashi Koezuka (Bee Train)
Masya Saito (Studio Ghibli)
Maya Matsuura (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Mayumi Tamakoshi (Studio Mark)
Megumi Nagayami (Studio Line)
Megumi Tokuda (Studio Mark)
Mika Shirota (Bee Train)
Miyuki Harada (Bee Train)
Moriko Yano (Anime Torotoro)
Motano Komiya (Muyu)
Moyo Takashi (Studio Ghibli)
Mutsumi Sasaki (Bee Train)
Nako Soeda (Radix)
Nanase Yoshimoto (Studio Mu)
Naoki Shimada (Bee Train)
Naoko Igarashi (MSC)
Naoko Takahashi (Studio Ghibli)
Natsumi Yoshida (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Nobuhiro Hayashi (Bee Train)
Rei Okinoki (Studio Mark)
Reikei Nakano (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Ryo Takahshi (Radix)
Sachiko Miura (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Satoshi Hashimoto (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Shino Nakaguma (MSC)
Shinobu Saeki (Anime Torotoro)
Shinya Nishizawa (Bee Train)
Shinya Okaji (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Shoko Kushibisiki (Muyu)
Shuko Sasagawa (Studio Ghibli)
Shunsuke Hirota (Studio Ghibli)
Shunsuke Kanho (Muyu)
Tadahito Matsubayashi (Gainax)
Taeka Ishiko (Studio Mark)
Takato Sugawara (Anime Torotoro)
Takeshi Miyamoto (Studio Mu)
Takeshi Ohkoshi (Radix)
Takura Matsumura (XEBEC)
Ten Morita (Production I.G)
Tomoko Ishida (Bee Train)
Tomoyasu Sakakibara (Bee Train)
Tomoyuki Oshita (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Tomoyuki Segawa (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Toshie Inomata (Studio Line)
Toshifumi Nijima (M.S.C.)
Tsukasa Ohira (Muyu)
Tsukasa Sukurai (Studio Line)
Tsutomo Umichi (Studio Ghibli)
Tsuyoshi Tanabe (Studio Mark)
Yoko Takahashi (XEBEC)
Yu Maruyama (Gainax)
Yuka Hasegawa (Radix)
Yukari Kimura (Studio Mu)
Yukari Yamura (Anime Torotoro)
Yukie Kaneko (Anime Torotoro)
Yukihiro Kobayashi (Gainax)
Yukiko Mita (Production I.G)
Yuko Sera (XEBEC)
Yuko Toyoura (Production I.G)
Yuko Yoshino (AnimeWorld Osaka)
Layout Animation Director: Satoshi Ohsawa
Music Composition: Yuki Kajiura
Music producer:
Keiichi Nozaki
Shiro Sasaki (VICTOR)
Photography: Masayuki Kurosawa
Planning: Shin Unozawa
Post Production Editor: Kumiko Wada (VICTOR Design Center)
Script Composer: Kazunori Ito
Sound Effects:
Fumiko Ueda (Rakuonsha)
Sho Urahata (Rakuonsha)
Sound Mixing: Nobutaka Hirooka
Sound Producer:
Toru Nakano
Yuki Kajiura
Soundtrack Co-Producer: Yasunori Mori (Space Craft Produce)
Soundtrack Cooperation: Hiroshi Matsuyama (Cyber Connect 2)
Soundtrack Cover Illustration: Toshiya Washida
Soundtrack Design: Riichiro Yoshida (VICTOR Design Center)
Soundtrack Mastering Engineer: Hiroshi Kawasaki (Flair)
Soundtrack Promotion:
Hiroyuki Abe (VICTOR)
Shiho Miyai (VICTOR)
Yoshinori Sugawara (VICTOR)
Yu Saito (VICTOR)
Soundtrack Recording Engineer:
Tsutomu Okada
Yuki Kajiura
Soundtrack Sales Promotion:
Kou Yamashita
Toshiyuki Nakajima
Special Effects: Ayumi Kamo (Bee Train Digital)
Theme Song Arrangement: Yuki Kajiura
Theme Song Composition: Yuki Kajiura
Theme Song Lyrics: Yuki Kajiura
Theme Song Performance: See-Saw
Visual Setting: Setsuko Satou
Masashi Ebara as Junichiro Tokuoka
Sanae Kobayashi as Mai Minase

Saeko Chiba as Yuki Aihara
Toshihiko Seki as Ichiro Sato/Kuro no Bito(eps 3-4)

Ai Satou as Mai's Mother(ep 1)
Aya Hisakawa as Kyoko Tohno(ep 2) 
Emi Shinohara as Miho
Hiroshi Watari as Yuki's Brother
Kaori Matsuura as Hotel Receptionist(ep 3)
Kujira as Old Woman(ep 3)
Nanaho Katsuragi as Kyoko's Mother(ep 3)
Nobuaki Sekine as Kyoko's Father(ep 3)
Souichiro Hoshi as Makino
Takahiro Sakurai as Tomonari Kasumi
Takumi Yamazaki as Harold
Toru Ohkawa as Makino's Father(ep 1)
Yumi Touma as Asaba

Japanese companies
Animation:
Anime World Osaka (volume 2 and 4)
Bee Train
Front Line (volume 2)
GAINAX (volume 1)
Hangzhou Flying Dragon Cartoon Co., Ltd.
M.S.C. (volume 1)
M.S.J. Musashino-Seisakujo (volume 2-3)
Muyu
Production I.G (volume 1)
Radix (volume 2)
Studio Gash (volume 1 and 3)
Studio Ghibli (volume 1)
Studio Line (volume 2)
Studio Mark (volume 1-2)
Studio Mu (volume 1)
Studio Takuranke (volume 1)
Tamazawa Dougsha (volume 4)
VENET (volume 2)
Xebec (volume 1)
Animation Completion:
Kibana (volume 2)
Murk Animation (volume 2)
Studio Road (volume 2-3)
Studio Step (volume 2)
Background Art: Production AI
Creation: Bee Train
In-Between Animation:
Anime Torotoro (volume 3)
P.A. Works (volume 3)
Studio DEEN (volume 3)
Studio Gash (volume 2-3)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Original story: Project .hack
Photography:
Bee Train (volume 3)
Bee Train Digital
Production Association:
CyberConnect2
P.A. Works
Recording: Half H-P Studio
Sound Effects: Rakuonsha (volume 1-2)
special effects: Bee Train Digital
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Kevin Seymour
Translation: Anna Exter
ADR Script: Mary Claypool
Executive producer:
Ken Iyadomi
Ken Nakata
Digital ADR Tracking: Michael McCarty
DVD Menu Design: Erika Offutt
Final Mix: Michael McCarty
Recording engineer: Les Claypool III
Subtitle Timing: Anna Exter
Jamieson Price as Junichiro Tokuoka
Michelle Ruff as Mai Minase

Sherry Lynn as Yukichin

Annie Heller as Miho
Anthony Pulcini as Tomonari Kasumi
Barry Stigler as Dr. Makino
Catherine Battistone as Old Lady
Christopher Smith as Guard A
Crispin Freeman as Harald Hoerwick
Doug Stone as Guard D
Jane Lanier as Kyoko Tohno
Karen Strassman as Kyoko's Mother
Kevin Brief as Kyoko's Father
Kim Mai Guest as Narumi
Kirk Baily as Masaya Makino
Leslie Hicks as Mai's Mother
Michael Reisz as Sato Ichiro
Philece Sampler as Kiyoka
Richard Cansino as Guard C
Skip Stellrecht as Guard B
Steve McGowan as Dark Suit
Susan Marque as Hotel Receptionist

English companies
Distributor: Bandai Entertainment
Dubbing: Animaze
DVD Production Services: Stream Santa Monica
Licensed by: Bandai Entertainment
Online Editing Facility: HMA Digital
Recording Facility: Magnitude 8 Post
Soundtrack: Bandai Entertainment
Subtitle Timing: ZRO Limit Productions
Subtitles: Captions, Inc.
Translation: ZRO Limit Productions
French staff
French companies
(none)
Distributor: Beez Entertainment
French cast
(none)
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