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Serial Experiments Lain

BASED ON 8 OF 13 EPS DROPPED
6 MAY
2011

A long time ago I watched the first four episodes of LAIN on a anime convention and it was so mysterious, goodlooking and odd that I couldn't help myself liking it. Years later I picked it up and started watching the whole thing from start to finish but a little more than halfway I gave up. What happened to make me go from intrigued to bored?

 

Story:

Like I said Lain starts out really well, the pacing and mystery is great and little by little things unravel while new questions continually pop up. The first few episodes I was glued to the screen. Then the main question is raised, "Do anomity on the internet make us assholes?"

What the ****? "Is this for real?" I thought, "Is this goodlooking, intriguing piece of anime about alternative personalitys on the internet...?"

Lain might have been relevant once but in 2011 this is a horse that's been shot, beaten to a pulp, cut up into little pieces and thrown into a pile of manure. If anyone still thinks this is a interesting question please visit 4chan, SomethingAwful or a similar forum.

God, I could barely watch more after this. Later she actually meets her alternative internet personlity in a dream or something and it all just fell to pieces. I probably wouldn't watch more if someone paid me for it even, my brain would commit suicide.

If the show had continued with its slow pacing and brooding feel I would probably have loved it, later on the same team would do Texhnolyze which essentially is Lain with less highschool philosophy and more characterisation. And I do love that show, immensely even.

 

Animation:

Lain has a visual style that I'm very fond of, it's depressing and psychedelic and never lets go. There's no particulary happy moments in Lain, neither story-wise nor animation-wise. And that is as it should be, their second show Haibane Renmei looses a bit of its appeal on this for me with its bright colors and smiles all over. Who needs stuff like that anyway?

 

Sound:

Lain also sounds pretty good. There's not very much of it but what there is fits very well. The lack of sounds also goes well with the artistic style making a very depressing whole.

The voice-acting is also well cast, I can still put a few voices to faces from the show which is about as good a grade as I can give out.

 

Characters:

Sadly I don't remember much of the characters except for Lain herself and she develops a alternative internet persona... I do recall her dad was rather empathic but most of the characters serves as backdrops for Lain and considering I went from fond to apathic when it comes to her this isn't a good thing. When I stopped caring about Lain I stopped caring about the whole show since there was nothing else to like. It's not that the characters were awful, they just weren't very interesting.

 

Overall:

The final score is a combination of the first four episodes which are worth a seven or so and the four ones after that I'd probably give a 3. This is actually just like Ergo Proxy which starts out as a incredibly interesting mystery and then does a complete turn around into a pseudo-philosphical debacle about absolutely nothing. Or well, it still is about something only that something is about as refreshing as Chuck Norris jokes.

Sorry guys, I really wanted to like Lain but it is full of shit. There is nothing nice I can say about a show raising philosophical questions about the internet except that it happened to look and sound good.

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comments

SadisticTendencies avatar SadisticTendencies
Aug 7, 2011

Serial Experiments: Lain has mastered the art of making itself seem more intelligent than it actually is; but nonetheless I found myself desperately trying to memorize important facts in order to comprehend the story completely... I failed gruesomely. I'm going to see it again soon and see if my opinion has changed; Lain was among the first Anime I watched so I may have overrated it gruesomely.

skrotkanon avatar skrotkanon
Jun 15, 2011

lol

I have no idea what the point of your comment is. Condescending remarks only makes it seem like you take my opinions as fact.

Also, I didn't think it was bad, only not half as smart as it tried to be.

hurin avatar hurin
Jun 13, 2011

It is not Lain being a bad anime, it is you who are incapable of apreciating it.

skrotkanon avatar skrotkanon
May 25, 2011

I might try and watch it to the end, your comments at least makes me considering giving it a chance some day. No idea when, episode eight was so very bad...

DarkSarcasm avatar DarkSarcasm
May 25, 2011

After I commented, I realized that you hadn't watched all 13 episodes. Her "evil internet persona" is explained later. And you have to realize that Lain is not a person with an internet profile, rather an internet profile with a body. She's the OS, and others are the applications. I don't know if you reached to this point ( I think I'm spoiling it here ). And once "God" enters more deeply the series and many questions are risen with 2 different viewpoints ( God and Lain, mostly), and Lain's actions at the end that sorta give a conslusion and a purpose to her "existence", make you realize how well everything was put together.

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