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Weird wired indeed but well worthwhile,
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This review is from: Serial Experiments Lain (Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
It's not easy to say much about "Lain" without giving away plot points - though the plot is not so easy to summarise, come to that, either! Tvtropes calls it "creepy cool shojo cyberpunk", all of which is true enough. Initially it's very hard to work out what's going on, but this is certainly deliberate and mirrors Lain's own perplexity in her very odd and scary world. Eventually things do get clear enough.
If you're well up on classic anime you probably know about "Lain" and don't need my recommendation. If not, I guess it's likely to appeal to the sort of person who likes David Lynch movies AND ALSO "Spirited Away" or "Princess Mononoke". If you think the first half of "The Matrix" is wonderful, and find it disappointing when the film turns into a much more ordinary action movie, then you might do worse than to check out "Lain".
Visually it's very well done and it's continually inventive and intriguing even when obscure.
A final note - the protagonist is a very immature 13 year old girl, but the series is not suitable for very immature 13 year olds. There's little violence or overt sexual content, but there's a good bit of the slightly creepy sexualization of young girls which is obviously no big deal for Japanese audiences but could be uncomfortable for some viewers (maybe more unsettling for uptight old men like me than for actual teenagers, though). Child suicide figures quite prominently in the plot. The general tone is serious and adult and would be perplexing for a young child, but very rewarding for a bright and open-minded 14 or 15 year old - or adult.
The sort of people who like this will like it very much indeed.