Serial Experiments Lain

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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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  • One of my favourite animes
    This was one of the first series I saw just after it came out, and its still left an impression on me to this day.

    There are some interesting parallels between the real world and The Wired which still seem fitting with technology today. A must watch.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    An original, must see classic anime
    This anime, from 1998, rivals many new and old anime in terms of uniqueness. The artwork and animation is very unconventional and bizarre at times but ultimately very enjoyable.
    The story is very original and sci-fi covering topics such as spirituality, technology & psychology through an alternate version of the internet called The Wired and the main character Lain. The anime's plot is ...
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  • Anime about Emergent AI
    The thing about Lain is its an incrementally gritty and shocking cyberpunk story about emergent AI. It has more in common with Ghost In The Shell, if that were written by Burroughs. This is not a NICE or cute girls story. Its ugly, and it talks about some ugly things. Its very good, but its not a good one for kids to watch.
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  • 8 out of 8 people found this review helpful:
    Among the most Unique shows You could ever Hope to Watch.
    This has mild spoilers by the way. Just letting those who read have a heads up!

    Serial Experiments: Lain, similarly to Ghost in the Shell, explores the concept of memory and the implications of mating it with technology. In Ghost in the Shell this manifests in questions of self-hood and truth/deceit, but Lain takes it a step farther and ...
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