Serial Experiments Lain

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  • What is this I can't even
    begin to explain how good this show was. WIthout spoilers it's nigh-impossible. But what if I told you... that an anime from the 90s predicted 90% of computer/internet culture years ago? That a 13-episode series transcended the Matrix "trilogy" in just about every way? Just watch it. Seriously. Just watch.
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  • Philosophy and Cyberpunk
    Overall I loved this anime and would recommend it to anyone, either a hard-core cyberpunk fan or not. It was a masterpiece.

    The story was simple while remaining complex and full of content, never a bland minute while also not feeling rushed to the punch. It never had one spot in the story I didn't love.

    The Art style was amazing and had an amazing 90's cyberpunk feel to it. This will remain ...
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  • A must watch Deep anime
    It's easy to see why every synopsis mentions that this anime paved the way for the Matrix. Imagine Neon Genesis Evangelion without the mechs or christian symbolism just that raw existential questioning turned up to 11. Easily a top 5 anime of all time contender.
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  • A lot of meanings...
    While you're watching this anime one of the things you need to keep in mind is that everyone takes a different meaning of this series, someone find it weird and mind f*cking and others find it not that weird, so yeah, watch it with your own eyes.

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  • Interesting Psychological Series
    Theres a lot I didn't understand about this series, it's definitely a very abstract and symbolic show.
    The main character displays a lot of symptoms of schizophrenia and I like the colors and animations shape what Lain sees. Abstractness in a series can be tricky, but with this series I think it really adds to the story following Lain.
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  • Wonderfully Executed
    Definitely an interesting concept, written before the world truly knew the implications of this scary thing known as the Internet, (Wired). A real intriguing take on our interconnectedness and trans-humanism. Thoroughly enjoyable as things begin to click into place as the story draws to a close. Things can be confusing at first, but if you stick with it, it's entirely worth it.
    And hey,
    Let's ...
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  • SEL is truly among the best
    Want something different? Something that explores psychology, philosophy, and dissociation? Want an anime that should be the prequel to the Matrix? Look no further. Serial Experiments Lain (SEL) is awesome. It delves into the psyche and existence, and asks incredibly deep questions. The landscape and animation is beautiful and intriguing. I'll be honest, I don't like the alien episode or ...
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  • A genuine masterpiece
    Perfect in every way.

    I don't even know what to write, the story and characters are incredibly deep and impactful, the timeline and pace of the show is frantic and convoluted but maintains a consistency that never breaks immersion.

    Outside of just anime, I would say this is one of the best pieces of media ever released in any medium. The culmination of the art, writing, music and sound ...
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  • An adorable girl gets lost in the woods...
    ...and finds out she IS the woods.

    This anime's primary scenario is rooted in apprehension, fear, and despair covered up by mundane, comforting details of streets and houses, schools and old surroundings. But the dead talk to the living, the virtual and real exchange places, and home is a strange and hostile place that seems routine.

    Lain, one of anime's great protagonists, wanders streets ...
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  • Confusing, but amazing
    This series was incredibly confusing initially, and it was absolutely enthralling because of it. The series lends itself to numerous interpretations, and while things become somewhat more clear later on, you will still have questions which can only be made clear on a re-watch. The series absolutely deserves its place as a classic.
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