Many people to not like this episode, because it doesn't have a reason. That's exactly why I like it. It was a fun commercial break that set the two groups you grew to love interract. It's all in good fun. This episode is an OVA, and doesn't really add or subtract anything from the characters or the management of the plot. All in all, just the scene where Tsukasa see's Mia for the first time since Macha's sacrifice was worth it. It's cute, it's fun, and a good break from two of the most depressing projects. But I'm glad they didn't make a whole series out of this concept of just 'fun'... Oh wait... .hack//DUSK.. *Sigh*
This episode is about all the characters that have been introduced through episodes 1-25 meet up at a bar, drink virtual beer, then travel to Net Slum and dance stupidly to the theme song and fireworks. That's it. The only things of significance that happen are a conversation between Tsukasa and a character that was assumed to be dead, and a conversation with Helba and a character (who was never in any previous episode) about the value and future of Net Slum. The other things explored are: -The childishness of Sora, which was already blatantly shown in episode 25. -The relationships between Tsukasa, Mimiru, and Subara, and between Bear and BT, all of which have been completely solidified by the end of episode 25.
With this in mind, it feels like an unnecessary second ending to the show. Whereas episode 25 had a fairly open ending, this ties the ending so tight that it strangles it. They even felt the need to write "END" in big letters at the end of the episode.
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