I am originally a .hack//SIGN fan, and I'm reluctantly sticking with project .hack to see where the story goes. With the original The World destroyed and "R2" created, it's become much more shallow and technological. There is less intrigue, magic, wonder. It's a story where the gods are dead and mysteries are gone. Trying to keep the typically mysterious theme going, they impliment it in one character: Ovan. No one knows what his deal is or what his motives are, but it doesn't really tell you anything to keep you watching. The pacing is far slower than //SIGN, and it takes much more patience to get through it. The animation seems to remain constant, which is a plus from //SIGN, but the storyline is very slow, reserved only for the diehard .hack fans.