.hack//SIGN

Season 1 Episode 20

Despair

Aired Unknown Jul 19, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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The episode opens with Mimiru and Bear waiting in Dun Loireag for Subaru. Mimiru wonders why Subaru is late, and Bear says she is most likely looking for Tsukasa. Subaru arrives, and Bear asks if she was able to meet with Tsukasa. She responds that she hasn't been able to contact him and is worried it is her fault. Bear says that beating herself up won't do any good , and that they have to start looking for him. Subaru says she will look for him by herself. Mimiru says that they have all ready looked everywhere he could be. Subaru says they haven't looked where the sleeping girl (Aura) was. There is a brief flashback to when Tsukasa took Subaru there and Aura was missing. Mimiru says they need Tsukasa's power to get there. Subaru says she will use the message boards to try to find someone that knows something about the place. They all agree to search for Tsukasa. Subaru leaves to talk with B.T. , and Mimiru comments on how tired Subaru looks. Tsukasa is shown leaning against the bed. He is in some sort of trance and sits absolutely still. B.T., Sora and Silver Knight are discussing what to do about the Key of the Twilight. Sora says that the others have no plan, and that it is up to Tsukasa. B.T. says he is missing and that even Subaru can't contact him. At mention of Subaru, Silver Knight expresses interest. B.T. says he is worried about her. Sora says he is jealous, but Knight says that because Subaru has gotten involved with "an illegal player" she has lost her way and is playing outside the rules and that has him worried. B.T. says that is jealousy. Sora tells him to relax because Tsukasa is a girl. Knight is surprised. B.T. tells that they don't have definitive proof though. Knight asks if Subaru knows, and B.T. tells him probably not. She then goes to meet with Subaru. Then Sora starts to leave. When Knight asks where to, he says to investigate a rumor. B.T. and Subaru meet up. B.T. asks if Subaru has found anything, and she says no. Subaru asks B.T. the same with the same results. B.T. asks what the big deal is since it's only a game. Subaru says Tsukasa is the only thing she likes about the world anymore. B.T. almost tells her that Tsukasa is a girl in real life, but stops. Subaru leaves, and B.T. realizes that, to Subaru, it is more than a game. Then it goes to Crim fighting an infected, unbeatable monster (data bug). Tsukasa is shown again, this time he his rubbing his hands in the grass. Macha appears and looks at him with a concerned face. Then Crim and Bear are discussing what to do about the Key of the Twilight. Bear says he is worried about Subaru, but Crim tells him she'll be okay. They then discuss the new invincible data bugs. Now Sora and Silver Knight are walking through a field at night. Sora tells knight he is going to investigate the rumor of the data bugs. Now it is back to Tsukasa, who picks up a twig, and hands it to a very worried Macha. Tsukasa doesn't appear any better. It goes back to Crim and Bear as they agree to investigate the invincible monster. Crim also tells Bear to tell Subaru that if she gets in trouble, she can use the "spell". (See episode "Recollection") Then Sora meets a party in a field. He cuts down two members, then tells the third to tell him about the data bug. Mimiru, Bear and Subaru meet in the church. Bear gives Crim's message, then says they must visit the broken man again. There is brief flashback to their first encounter with him. He says the man looks just like Harold Horwick, creator of "The World" prototype, "Fragment". Bear says he holds the solution. Mimiru asks how they can get there again since it fell apart the last time they went. Bear said there must be a copy of him on each server. They wonder where to find the man again, and Bear says Helba could help. Bear says they will contact her through the message boards. Then it shows Aura hanging upside-down under a swirling portal (not gate). Macha looks on and appears frightened. Then the voice asks her what is it, and says that there is nothing to worry about, that only Macha, the girl and she are there. Macha asks about Tsukasa, and the voice tells him to forget about him because they don't need him anymore. Macha is scared, and the voice says that a whole new world will come, where the three of them (Macha, Voice Girl) can live together peacefully. (Macha is right to be frightened, since the voice made the same promise to Tsukasa, and look what happened to him. Tsukasa, whose status is unchanged is flicking an eye of the stuffed bear near the bed where Aura was with his thumb. The eye comes off come off, and he begins flicking the other one. He never looks down at the bear, and stares straight ahead. It closes with Bear standing in a fire dungeon. He says posting on the message boards wasn't such a bad idea, and he turns to face Helba standing behind him.moreless

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Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Kite (US) (.hack//Unison)

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Orca (US)

Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Black Rose (US) (.hack//Unison)

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Crim (U.S.)

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Helba (US)

Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox

A-20 (U.S.)

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