Serial Experiments Lain

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4.9
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  • Absolutely Fantastic
    It is amazing to see how such a new issue of people blurring their online and real identities is tackled way ahead of its time. It gets slow at parts, but this is one of my favorite anime and I can't recommend it enough. The characters are all interesting, and most parts make a lot of sense.
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  • One of my favorites!

    Present Day ... Present Time HAHAHA

    Let me start by saying..Wow I really enjoyed SEL! This anime was truly an experiment in every sense of the word and I do not recommend this anime for everyone. The show is a bit slow, weird like really weird, makes you think and tries to confuse you at times. If you enjoy the cyberpunk, psychological, thriller type animes then I highly recommend ...
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  • Beautiful yet Dissociating
    This is some dark, lovely, and strange cyberpunk from '98, the year before wifi was introduced.
    Trippy and tranquilizing, yet serious. With just a spark of paranoia :)
    I still listen to the theme sometimes ( >x u x)>.zZzZz

    It can seem a little slow at times, because it's so subtle and has a very rich but subdued soundscape and somewhat cryptic, but it's awesome if you take it VERY seriously ...
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  • 2 out of 52 people found this review helpful:
    Bothersome to Watch, not good at all
    This has to be one of the worst anime's I have ever seen. I would give it a Zero rating if possible. The Anime would have been better left as a Manga or Light Novel like it was intended. This is a good case of not turning a book into an animation. Just bad.
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  • 2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    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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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    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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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    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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