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5.0 out of 5 stars "You mustn't confuse it with the real world", 24 Aug 2007
Sebastian Fernandez (Tampa, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lain: Serial Experiments [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If one were to describe this anime series with one word, there would be none better than the title of the first episode: WEIRD. But this description would only scratch the surface, and below that we find a rich and complex plot that transports the viewer through an array of emotions and states of mind. At times you will be baffled, at others elated, and in between you will try to grasp the tiny details that make this one of the most enigmatic series I have ever watched.

The story starts when a young girl kills herself and soon afterwards her classmates start to get emails from the deceased. Lain is one of the students getting the messages, and she is an introverted kid who has problems relating to others. This results in Lain being eager to understand more about the mysterious "ghost" and learn about The Wired, which is a world that allows people to escape reality (similar to our Web). But what happens when the two worlds start merging, and what people though was fiction begins to affect their lives?

As the series progresses, the duality between The Wired and the real world virtually disappears, and the effects are extremely interesting to observe. Questions will begin to pop-up in your head, in similar vein to those presented in "The Matrix". At some points, the series may get complex and confuse you, but keep at it, the rewards are worth the "pain".

It is not usual to find films in this genre that deal so well with psychological and existential issues, and even those that did not like this series have to recognize that at least it possess originality and deviates from the standard path followed by so many anime directors (evil vs. good with lots of fights and blood).

In terms of the graphics, you will not find anything extraordinary there, especially in terms of the settings, since the level of detail is rather poor. But I believe that this was probably done on purpose, since in this way the viewer is be forced to focus her attention on the more important aspects of the story. Some people may also find the series a bit slow at times, but I think the slow pace in these moments is warranted since its usage serves the purpose of getting us to think about the consequences of what we are observing. This was also done wonderfully in the masterpiece "Grave of the Fireflies".

I believe that this is a must see for anime fans, since you will find a whole array of new and interesting concepts being used. To those not familiar with the genre, I would recommend that you watch this series only if you do not mind complex plots and at times slow progress of the action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required viewing, but strange..., 15 Sep 2013
Weird will be your most used word, along with bizarre, strange and, my personal favourite - what??

This is well worth watching and, however confused you might be, it will be explained by the end. It is a great watch, a very enigmatic, odd, atmospheric and occasionally worldly story.

Lain is meant to learn about herself as the truths unfold, while the viewer is shown a hidden side to this brave new world of technology. As a central character, I must confess I was less than keen on Lain. She really needed a good shake half the time, but the storyline and general intelligence of the programme carried you along. And it really does make you think about our technology-filled modern world.

It's one of those animes which show you how superior the animated world can be, in comparison to live-action. I was completely immersed in it, held by the story and desperate to know what would happen next.

Highly recommended for people who want to think, as well as enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial Experiments, 26 May 2006
This review is from: Lain: Serial Experiments [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The first episode opens with the mysterious suicide of a high-school girl, Chisa Yomoda. Chisa-chan was a classmate of Lain Iwakura, a quiet, 14-year-old high-school girl. One of the other girls in the class has been receiving e-mail messages from Chisa-chan, and Lain discovers she also has mail from Chisa-chan. In the mail she explains to Lain that she just abandoned her flesh. She assures lain that she still is alive in the 'wired' world. After getting a new 'navi' and adding a 'psyche' circuit, Lain spends more and more time in the wired. It seems that Lain has at least 2 personalities, and Lain's first personality is changing even now. Who is lain? Who are the 'knights'? Can the wired influence the real world with a prophecy? Is the real world nothing but a hologram of the information in the wired?
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