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Serial Experiments: Lain

Serial Experiments: Lain

1998
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
TV Mini-Series
5h 16m
In this mini-series strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired". (imdb)
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Serial Experiments: Lain

1998
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
TV Mini-Series
5h 16m
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Avg Percentile 71% from 448 total ratings

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Rated 15 Oct 2012
70
59th
Serial Experiments Lain is rather artistically ambitious, ruminating on the internet, Emergence, Japan's distrust of individualism and other fun stuff. Despite the praise for it (even a couple of academic papers written about it), I thought it was philosophically hit & miss - and the sci-fi medium for its philosophy was distinctly unscientific. The mood and art were quite striking; unsettling.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
81
75th
This series is the perfect example of the obscure psycho-thriller genre of the animes. I loved it when I watched it at those years, but looking back maybe it was too ambigious and revealed too little in the end for my satisfactions. But as an attempt to build an atmosphere about the fuzzy boundaries between virtual/real, it is still top-notch.
Rated 15 Oct 2020
80
75th
Certainly not as striking today as it was in its time, and the quality can be variable, but Lain is quite an eerie and uncanny exploration of the internet and its influence from a time when it was a fraction of what it is today. Absolutely bleeds atmosphere. One of the better philosophical anime to come out of the post-Evangelion boom.
Rated 05 Jun 2012
75
48th
Perhaps if I had watched this when it originally came out, I'd be a lot more impressed, but the animation is far too lackluster to give a high score to.
Rated 27 Mar 2012
0
1st
So very boring.
Rated 04 Jun 2021
85
64th
Exceptionally strange, and difficult to understand what's happening 90% of the time. Animation is lacking in many respects. However, the philosophical aspects of the show are deep and thoroughly explored.
Rated 22 Sep 2015
84
94th
Although somewhat outdated and unscientific in terms of its portrayal of the internet, I do admire its take on mankind's relation with machine as well as a number of other themes. Visually speaking, the show is really breathtaking and it plays really well with its own themes and general weirdness. It is undoubtedly hard to follow, but one thing to consider is that the show has numerous different ways to interpret it. In essence, it's kinda like Evangelion in that regard for better or worse.
Rated 04 Apr 2024
70
19th
Rated 18 Nov 2017
60
26th
Started off almost too slow. Then got pretty good/interesting, stayed weird lol. Then episode 9 got overwhelming outta nowhere. Then slowed down again. Didnt really go somewhere+end in a way i liked. I would prefer if ep 9 stuff was sprinkled throughout the show nicely but i appreciate this show's unique approach and now i gotta google explanations haha
Rated 26 Sep 2015
4
43rd
I was really excited going into this - I'd heard so much hype for years. But I found it slow, pretentious, and inaccessible. Pity.
Rated 07 Dec 2014
30
33rd
Being avant-garde is fine, but there's a line between being experimental and disappearing up your own arsehole. This falls on the wrong side of the line. I imagine its high rating is down to an Emperor's New Clothes-style delusion where people give it credit because everyone else is praising it and they don't want to be the one to call bull.
Rated 02 Dec 2010
85
94th
Brilliant sci-fi anime mini-series.
Rated 12 Feb 2014
55
34th
Interesting setup but the philosophical line of questioning isn't really resolved in a satisfying way (read: not a complete mess), nor is it really precise enough to think about
Rated 17 Dec 2010
67
55th
Not sure if I liked it. It's strange, kinda slow-paced and..well.. just weird. But on the other hand it's nothing like I've ever seen before, it's not forgettable
Rated 28 Jun 2021
95
95th
*static*
Rated 12 Aug 2012
9
87th
Serial Experiments Lain is a psychedelic, post-modern cyberpunk series that one wonders how the director ever managed to make. Lain centers on a very shy school girl who slowly begins to figure out that she is not what she seems to be. After getting a computer and connecting to the "wired," something with is far more expansive than the internet, Lain begins to realize that she may not be human, and that truly, reality and the "self" is exists (or does not exist) on many different levels.
Rated 18 Jul 2017
75
86th
very good anime
Rated 25 Sep 2012
88
81st
Pre-millennial philosophical questioning at its best.
Rated 25 May 2020
4
89th
A slow, intimate exploration of the early internet and the potential of computers. There's practically no science here, but rather an artist's thoughts and ideas on the subject.

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