Good to see that movie is still planned. Though whatever happened to the ChupChopCase? I had thought that was supposed to be either a manga/novel/OVA? To my knowledge I haven't seen anything on it.
Also in the Archives 03 near the back there is a timeline which seems a lot more detailed than the ones given elsewhere, with this one starting in "196?", what exactly is that event, according to the timeline? If I would garner a guess I would say Harald's birth, but Harald is often referred to as normally looking as if he is 30-40, not 40-50?
And I have to say, now looking through all of the changes that I could read (or rather see) .hack came a pretty far way. The first prototype looks like it would have been an... interesting experiment, I guess? Very action oriented. The design for the town looked rather interesting, if nothing else and the cast of characters in it seemed more accustomed to the World:R2 rather than R1.Though was that prototype even supposed to take place in an Online Game? Also is that evil looking succubus looking girl in the back of the Prototype Phase 1 supposed to be Morganna? In any case it looked as if that idea went nowhere. Aside from the "Actions" there's no info. on it.
MoonCrow looked like it was a closer implementation of the current system, you can see Mac Anu slowly start to emerge from the cars zipping by and traffic lights that seemed to play a part. It surprisingly appeared to have a much darker main character than Kite was, even this early it was interesting to see the Eye motif being prominent. Though what is some of the text around those characters? There's quite a variety there and nothing of that sort appears in .hack by any stretch.
Now Treasure Hacker is clearly the most well developed of the prototypes, I think it could even be considered to be the beta version of .hack as we know it, it seemed more or less complete, at least I get that from how much info. is here on it. Is that guy with the chains on the first character page of Treasure Hacker just an alternate version of Orca? If so, I'm glad they went with the other design, that one looks far too much like Balmung.
I do have to say that BlackRose using a whip is intriguing.
What does the text say under Human Skeith, out of curiosity?
Natsume using Tonfas? (Or rather... one Tonfa... hah) interesting. Wiseman looks like Guile, very glad they didn't go with that design. Rachel with a Shield? Could have been interesting... Shields are mentioned in AI Buster 2, I guess it can be assumed that they were a version upgrade addition.
After the Data Drain and Gate Hacking sequences they seem to have an article on Data Bugs and next to that three interesting seeming characters.
An old man with a bunch of spell scrolls, A man in a wide brimmed hat, wielding a Coffin as a shield (awesome looking, may I add), and some third thing... what was their role? If any was given?
Now what interests me most in all of this is that they seem to have full Scenarios for Treasure Hacker. Even 3 of the phases are mentioned (that I can see), it appeared as if the order was Magus, Gorre, and Skeith. With Skeith as the final boss of the series? That may explain why his AI in .hack//Infection is as relentless as it is...
If you have a minute to spare Kuukai, would you be able to give a slight transcript of what those scenarios were about?