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Serial Experiments Lain- The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Serial Experiments Lain- The Complete Series Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

They don’t make many shows like “Serial Experiments Lain.”

The series begins with a young girl named Chisa committing suicide. While everyone is in mourning, they soon discover that Chisa’s mind somehow lives on in the internet (AKA the Wired). The story then shifts focus to another young girl named Lain after she receives an e-mail from Chisa. From there on out, Lain becomes fascinated by the Wired and finds her life changing forever. Throughout the 13 episodes, expect to see plots about a techno club Cyberia, Lain being linked to a shooting, Men In Black (not the ones from the film series), two Lains with two different personalities, a computer game called PHANTOMa, a hackers group known as the Knights of the Eastern Calculus, an experimental project that collects para-psychological energy from children called KIDS, Lain becoming deeply involved with the Wired, a microchip, a possible God, Lain’s friend Alice, and a mysterious man named Eiri. How do all of these elements play together? That would be spoiling.

Despite the fact that the series was released in 1998, the series still feels fresh as it was no doubt ahead of its time. Not only is it NOT your average anime series, but it’s also an incredibly adult and intellectual cyberpunk series to boot. The series delves heavily into concepts of God, rebirth, technology, reality, identity, and existence without coming off as pretentious. This is a very moody, creepy and artistic anime series that truly feels like a work of art instead of a manufactured anime series that is more concerned with fanservice and target demos.

The most refreshing aspect of ‘Lain’ is of course the writing. Unlike some shows that feel like they are making stuff up as they go online, it’s clear that Lain’s intricate story was mapped out in advance. The intriguing mystery that constantly builds with each episode is what makes the show worthwhile. Granted, it may require some patience to get through this journey, but it’s a journey worth embarking on.

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in widescreen 1080p, has been beautifully upgraded to hi-def. The colors are sharper and the character and environment designs are noticeably more detailed here.

The set contains English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 audio tracks. The English dub is exceptional (especially since the dub doesn’t have the same old cast members we hear nowadays on most Funimation tracks). The original language Japanese track is superb here as well.

Extras:
* A thick paperback artbook/sketchbook.
* Trailers for “Steins;Gate,” “C-Control,” “Mass Effect,” “Fafner,” “Level E,” “Texhnolyze,” “Ergo Proxy,” “Lost Girl,” ‘Sengoku Basara,” and Funimation.com.
* Another booklet featuring emails and commentary from Hiroshi Saito.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* Promo video, original commercial, and U.S. trailer for “Serial Experiments Lain.”

Summary: It’s not hard to see why “Serial Experiments Lain” has become a cult hit as it’s one of the more accomplished anime series out there. Recommended.

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January 9, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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