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AtticWindow

about me

I'm a philosophy major planning to pursue a graduate degree in the field. I spend most of my free time reading, watching anime, watching movies, writing music, and writing short stories. I've been developing a manga with a friend recently, but it's still in the purely conceptual stages; we hope to manifest our ideas in ink once we find an artist interested in the project. The stories, environments, and characters are all heavily informed by my philosophical background. If any artist happens to read this with some interest then feel free to leave a comment and I'll go into more detail, or if you're not an artist and just want to talk that's fine too : ).

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New Jersey

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January 3, 2011

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DarkSarcasm avatar DarkSarcasm

Konnichiwa!

May 25, 2011

oh my, I think I've met my soulmate in Anime-Planet. :P I haven't nearly watched many animes as you, but I think we might have pretty much the same ideology. So HI :)))

babyeinstein12 avatar babyeinstein12

Konnichiwa!

May 16, 2011

Hi AtticWindow,

Thanks for your comment.

First, I do have to say that I regard your critique of my review as perfectly valid, and just as valid as my review. It just comes down to the fact that we have different opinions about Lain -- after all, it's your favorite anime. And of course, a review is very much impacted by subjective bias. That's what they're for -- they're basically people writing down what they thought and felt about something. Now, there does come the difference between a good and a bad review, and I do have to say that I do not think my review of Lain is bad.

If you read my review a little more carefully, you'll see that I praise Lain for pretty much the same things you do -- interesting, groundbreaking themes (which I have, in fact, recognized while watching the anime) and an experimental style that's quite effective. So why didn't I give the anime a score of 8 or 9? One of the reasons -- one that any reviewer should never forget for its simplicity -- is that I simply did not like it. Of course, as with classic literature, that does not really mean anything. But in my review, I do point out why I didn't like it. I did not like the anime because I thought it was slow, experimental to the point of being self-indulgent, difficult to follow, and unpalatable. Basically, I did not think it executed its themes well. For what it offered back to me (the themes), I had to suffer through more than I thought it was worth.

To me, there just comes a point where complexity stops being superior and just becomes not-good storytelling. I did not think Lain told its story or its themes very well -- judging not only by my own reaction but by the reaction of many other anime viewers just as intelligent as me.  Of course, there will be just as many intelligent people who will say otherwise -- who will say that the anime told its story and themes very well. But they have their own justifications. No one is absolutely right, and I think criticizing someone else needlessly over a different opinion will not settle the issue. 

With my score, I am NOT disparaging the anime and flinging it among the ranks of something like Aishiteruze Baby. The world of anime is too vast for there to be a single objective scale of grading. I simply wrote my review for the sake of putting my thoughts about it down. Does my review have its weaknesses? Of course it does; no effort is absent of weaknesses. This also goes for Serial Experiments Lain. It just comes down to how well a viewer takes to an anime's strengths and to its weaknesses. For me, the anime's strengths could not unequivocally outweight it weaknesses.

I hope that clears up a couple things. Once again, I really do appreciate your comment. I totally invite you to write your own review for Lain to counter mine; the anime certainly deserves a second opinion. Have you thought about becoming a site reviewer? I know they're looking for people, and I'm sure you would be a great help.

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