Serial Experiments Lain Blu-ray/DVD Anime Classics
About Serial Experiments Lain Blu-ray/DVD Anime Classics
This Anime Classics Serial Experiments Lain complete collection contains episodes 1-13.
Lain Iwakura appears to be an ordinary girl with almost no experience with computers. Yet the sudden suicide of a schoolmate and a number of strange occurrences conspire to pull Lain into the world of the Wired, where she gradually learns that nothing is what it seems to be... not even Lain herself.
Special Features: Textless Opening & Closing, Trailers.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: FUNIMATION
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 325
- Year Created: 1998
- Release Date: 5/20/2014
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
by Joseph -
This is one of those shows that can not be explained to anyone thoroughly. It can be interpreted in many ways and will always numb your brain with each run through of the series. If you like psychological and complex situations, then this show deserves a chance.
Serial Experiments Lain is psychological thriller with quite a bit of social commentary on the obsession with computes and technology. There are many scenes that are left open to interpretation, which makes it a very unique series. There isn't anything else quite like it.
The animation is very well done and this remaster has incredible quality.
One of my favorites
This is a very good anime that has multiple watches in it. Starts alittle slow but stick through it and you won't regret it
by Magic -
Along with Neon Genesis Evangelion, this was one of the first anime series I watched back in the 90s as a teenage anime fan. Sadly, I never got to finish Lain back then, but it always stuck with me...Particularly the image of Lain in her white slip surrounded by a tangle of cables and cords in her room. So years later I decided to buy the series so I could watch it again and finally finish it, and I was not disappointed. The series' exploration of the interplay between identity and technology is perhaps even more relevant today in our technology driven age, and visually the anime looks great despite its age.
Not about computers
I disagree with the reviews of Lain as being a commentary on technology. Lain presents the viewer with the experiences of Lain as if they are real events in her world, but over and over again the anime hints there is a more fractured meaning. One of the best anime ever.
Present Day! Present Time!
by Ben-Ji-O -
No matter how far into the future that day or time may be from whenever this review is published, this 13-episode series will continue to keep its reputation for being one of the most fascinating, spellbound and important anime shows in history. With an engaging style of animation, the story is told in a unique way that blends drama, suspense, science-fiction and horror through a tone that's most times silent, ominous, and then strikes out at you when you least expect it. I most certainly wish more animes were done this way.
Do not let the "computer" premise discourage you; it is a story that is compatible with anyone in the entire world that can understand by opening their hearts and minds to the dialogue and events unfolding before them. This anime is unlike any other I have ever seen. This one is special. These reviews do not do it justice until you see it for yourself. Trust me.
Anime that Makes You Think
I could tell you that this anime will change your viewpoint on the world. I could tell you that it will open your eyes. I could tell you that you will never see anything else like it. I could tell you those things but ultimately it doesn't matter what I say. You just have to watch this and see for yourself. The only thing that I can promise is that this anime will make you think. You might come out the other side with different conclusions and meanings than I did, but it's a journey worth taking. Even 20 years later, Lain feels more significant than ever before.
An Eerie Tale of Reality, Identity and Loneliness
by Austin -
As Serial Experiments Lain progresses, the boundary between the physical world and the virtual - the Wired - grows ever more thin, where, among other phenomena, the dead can communicate with the living. A world where the individual can be connected with the virtual to such an extent that the body is no longer necessary...it sort of reminds me of GITS: SAC.
And in a world as alienating and lonely as this one, one might just take that leap. Red blots amidst deep shadows, and the harsh white of society. The buzz of the prominent power lines. Fickle friends. An extremely distant family. Between such a reality and the realization of her identity in the Wired, what will become of the titular protagonist?
Lastly, I quite liked the menu for the Blu-Ray discs, as it emulated a computer interface that you might expect from the late '90s.
If you desire rewatches, intriguing sci-fi/psy-horror, or the talents of Nakamura, ABe, and/or Konaka, then this anime may be just the title for you.