Kuukai wrote:Well, this is their first theatrical film, which is all Pixar ever does. So that jump in quality is going to invoke the former. If Pixar did in-game cel-shaded scenes maybe someone would say that looks like CC2... In my opinion some parts of it actually remind me more of CC2's neighbor Level-5.
Actually, like many Japanese movies, this has a Japanese title and a not-exactly-the-same English title. The Japanese title is just "dothack". Simple, elegant, and singular. This is the story, wrapped up for new audiences and old fans.
What was the reference? What I saw was Stargate...
I thought G.U. Trilogy was somewhat theatrical as well, then again it was more of a direct to DVD movie (it may have had a theater viewing in Japan like FF7 Advent children had). In the trailer for this movie the title is clearly pronounced .hack//The Movie. Now this might be a working title or the official title, but I just thought it was somewhat funny since most of the subtitles for the .hack series have been somewhat cryptic. The Ghost in the shell reference is the design of the diving into the internet sequence that takes place from 20-30 seconds in the trailer (it also looks like it's a reference to Stargate as well). It's a similar structure to what is seen when someone in Gits looks at a server while they are on the internet (mostly obvious around 25 seconds into the trailer, if you look hard enough). It's a minor reference, but then again I'm someone who loves seeing minor references like that.
I also feel as if they intend for this movie to hit the theaters first, in every country it is released in, and I think that would just be awesome. Then again I would still be fine with a direct to Blu-ray movie here in America.