Serial Experiments Lain, The Complete SeriesHDClosed Captioning
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Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain – driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate – logs on to the Wired and promptly looses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWeird||Lain wasn’t interested in computers until she received her first email from a formerly suicidal classmate. Her newfound desire to connect with the dead will lead her into the twisted maze of the “wired world.”||24:12||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGirls||Accela – a designer drug born of nanotechnology – is a big hit with the club kids, but what’s that got to do with Lain? Only a madman who painted the dance floor with blood can answer that question – and he’s dead.||24:09||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPsyche||Lain has questions about a computer chip someone left in her locker, and her Dad’s not talking. Some kids at the club say they know all about it – but they want a piece of Lain’s wired wild side.||24:12||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReligion||The more involved with computers she becomes, the more Lain begins to transform. In the cybernetic cocoon that was once her room, she’s hard at work blurring the lines between reality and the wired.||24:12||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDistortion||Lain’s friends suspect her involvement in a series of computer errors that caused a lethal traffic accident. Meanwhile, her sister is haunted by mysterious messages demanding that she “fulfill the prophecy”.||24:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKids||When an image of herself appears in the clouds, the “real” Lain enters the wired on a search for answers. Her quest leads to a “child-killer” scientist whose devious work is being exploited by the Knights.||24:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSociety||Covert agents in black suits take Lain in for questioning. When the interrogation hits too close to home, Lain flips from real to wired in the blink of an eye.||24:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRumors||Lain’s unsavory behavior within the wired turns her into an outcast at school. Confused and alone, Lain investigates her own cyber-lifestyle only to be shocked by a voyeuristic incarnation of herself.||24:09||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoProtocol||A DJ at the club passes Lain a plain brown envelope containing a computer chip of unknown origins. Hoping to learn more about the clandestine technology, Lain abducts a young boy for a “date.”||24:09||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLove||Lain encounters a man who call himself the “god” of the wired, and members of the Knights all across the world log on to participate in a cryptic mass suicide.||24:10||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInfornography||Lain risks a meltdown by uploading a Navi clone into her own brain. Later, the border between reality and the wired is threatened when Lain forces the world forget a secret that never should have been revealed.||24:13||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLandscape||“God” preaches that our bodies are simply an obstacle preventing the evolution of mankind. An exhausted Lain appears willing to sacrifice her own flesh and blood until Alice convinces her to take a stand against the digitalized deity.||24:09||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEgo||Lain’s guilt over the havoc caused by her interaction within the wired provokes her to take drastic – and irreversible – action.||23:56||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Beware: It's dubbed.
Who is Lain?
If you're looking for your typical anime fanfare (Bleach, Naruto, etc.) you won't find that here, but you may appreciate the careful, deliberate and imaginitive sound design.
You may also appreciate the surreal art style and the creative background work that covers depictions of cities and cyberspace.
You may even appreciate the dark, existential story that is told through both of these mediums.
So, I say if you're willing to try something different, try this.
I was first introduced to Serial Experiments Lain back when G4 tv had anime (this may have been almost 10 years ago) and, not only do I still enjoy the series immensely, but I consider it to be one of the most rewarding experiences in viewing anime.
Re: Netochka Nezvanova
You clearly reviewed this with an already established mindset and your bias shows. English dubbed anime isn't that bad. It all comes down to personal preference. Your personal problem with it being dubbed does not warrant a three star rating, sorry.