Many years ago, Cartoon Network had .hack//SIGN on saturday primetime for the first runthrough, the Toonami block I think. It even had commercials, so you know they were banking on it. But, alas, today we all know too well that background music animu doesn't garner many awards. The series fell into obscurity, further doomed by its shitty and far too expensive episodic games. It was a lost cause.
I can't remember the timeframe's length, but at some point later, I was up at 5:00 or so on a Friday morning. I happened to have my TV on, and imagine my surprise when I looked at it and saw DUSK. I couldn't believe it. I checked the TV guides and the schedule channel, but all of them said some CN-made cartoon was in its place instead. Even the bumps that said "you're watching--" denied its existence.
Surely this was a mistake.
The next week, hesitant though I was, I left my TV on again. Yet, once again my head was filled with bad hacking analogies and dubbed incest. It was like my secret half hour, veiled from the eyes of the world while I could only imagine them feeling nothingness within their Persona 3 coffins.
The series ended a few months later, and I could no longer stay up at such hours due to a more rigid life, but I suspect it kept running in my absence, calling out to me.
Time passed. GU was well on its way, and I had all but forgotten my weekly companion.
One night, although weary from the previous day's trials, I couldn't sleep. Something didn't want me to. Something was calling out to me. I lazed about for a few hours before turning over and flipping on the tube, and I nearly wet myself.