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Serial Experiments Lain - Vol. 3 [DVD]

Bridget Hoffman , Sh Hayami    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bridget Hoffman, Sh Hayami, Kotomi Muto, Keito Takimoto, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Producers: Yasuyuki Ueda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Mvm
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KMK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Episodes 8-10 of Ryutaro Nakamura's Anime series. Rumours surface that Lain is stealing people's secrets and sharing them in the wired. Her friends and parents disown her and Lain is forced to uncover the truth herself.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like I've seen before. 13 Sep 2003
This DVD is the first selection of episodes of an anime TV program called 'Serial Experiments Lain'.
The first episode starts with the suicide of a girl called Chisa Yomoda, who was a classmate of Lain, an introverted 14-year-old girl.
A few days later some girls (including Lain) start getting messages from Chisa Yomoda, saying that she only abandoned her body, and that she's still alive inside Wired, a complex underground computer network.
After this the polt really starts to thicken and we're brought into a world where reality and virtual reality often mix, creating a sensation of personal interrogation as to what is real and how deep new ‘realities’ can go. A bit like ‘The Matrix’, in ways.
This is a good experience not only for fans of anime, but to everyone that enjoys to actually "think", as these episodes just get stranger and stranger.
I don't want to give much of the story away, but this is really something everyone should have!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serial Experiments Lain - Vol 1 20 Jun 2005
I bought this DVD by chance, it lead me to buy the rest of the series within the week. Its a very good series with good animation and storyline. The main character is a 14 year old girl called Lain, who starts recieve messages from a girl who killed herself, claiming she is still alive in "The Wired".
The story is very thought invoking and can be compared to "The Matrix" in ways or even to "1984"
The plot is compelling and makes you want to find out the truth of what is happening to Lain and her friends as the story grows darker.
It can be slightly confusing at points if you aren't paying attention but it is a worth while series to buy and keep. The extras are nothing special but the epsiodes more than make up for it and the intro music is very good and has won awards for best anime intro music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Social Networking Mayhem 4 Oct 2010
"Serial Experiments Lain" is a story about a schoolgirl who discovers Cyberspace, is then drawn into a series of mysterious incidents, and in the end saves the real world from dissolving into the net.

It is also an outstanding anime even among the ranks of Cyberpunk classics.
The series features a distinctive style that combines very calm, at times almost motionless, animation, set in bland but high-contrast colors, assembled in imagery that is smoothly rendered and would be photorealistic would it not be so distant and lifeless. From the very first minute it is clear that this "real world" is a very strange one, because while it looks like something we know, we feel that the camera is inherently helpless trying to capture the actual developments going on beneath the surface of the objects that are filmed. The camera cannot do better, obviously, and we see electric wiring and telephone cables, hear their monotone humming, see computer machinery filling every inch of Lain's room, hear their harddisks running.

So while we see technology through its outward appearance, that all this machinery represents a consciousness of some sort doesn't seem too far off, and some entity hidden in the net is obviously pulling the strings behind the events Lain experiences. This is different compared to other Cyberpunk anime, where it is at some point explained to the viewer that something, or somebody, has awoken in the net: In "Serial Experiments Lain" this explanation is unnecessary, we feel it from the beginning.

All of this seems strangely attractive, especially for the sort of net-dwellers that we are, although it is also creepy.

The series progresses as Lain finds out more and more about the tremendous power that she has -- which, in a not very easy process, she learns to use -- and in the end does what has to be done, to keep the worlds separate.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best anime ever! 27 Mar 2004
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After buying both Serial Experimants Lain vol. 1 and 2 i really wanted to find out what happened next. I borrowed the american version of a friend and it is amazing! The animation is superb as always and the characters are brilliant! The story is very interesting (for me anyway) because you have to think alot. And for any fans of The Matrix who liked it for its puzzles and philosphy then this is for you.
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