Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #1 -

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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: A+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #1

By Sean Connolly     February 18, 2002
Release Date: July 13, 1999

The Review!
Wow. That's all I can say about this disc and this series so far. Wow. Where to begin? Well, I'll start with the video of this disc. It's simply beautiful. Right from the beginning intro and song, simply beautiful. This should be a new reference disc for anyone who wants to show the glory of DVD and Anime. That's all I can really say about it, simply beautiful.
The audio is a stereo mix ( this is a TV series of course ) and it is very well done. The sounds in this series are just as important as the visuals in getting the full effect of this series across. Each sounds, from the haunting sound of the wires to the pumping music of the Cyberia Club ( gimme the CD soundtrack NOW! ) come through loud and clear. Like I said, the sound and music in this series is just as important to the series as the visuals are.

Menus and the packaging are up next. The menus are very nice. To me, it look like they tried to make the menu similar to the Navi computer screen. That's just me though. Just feels like it, anyways, the menu is fully functional and a beautiful thing to use. The packaging the very nice with a haunting picture of Lain in front of the wires. Very cool.

Now, on to the story. The story begins as a young girl commits suicide by jumping off the roof of a building. The next day, some of her classmates get a strange email from the girl. When Lain gets the email, the girl tell Lain that she just abandoned her body and she resides inside the Wired ( kinda like our internet ). After this, Lain's view of the outside world and the wired start to change. Gradually, she gets more and more into the wired. People start to know her as being a totally different person and she begins to start hearing and seeing things. Not only this, it seems a group is interested in her. Two men wearing nothing but black and a pair of laser-sighted sunglasses. The question that begs to be answered is; Who is Lain?

This is one of those shows that is just " out there. " However, there is just something about it, that just keeps you on the edge of your seat. You're just waiting to see what happens to Lain next. Waiting to see what happens to other people. It's a great thing. Not many series' can do that to a person. This is definitely a thinking man's ( or woman's ) anime and I love it.

If you love this type of story, one that is bizarre and cerebral ( think X-files, Twin Peaks and such ) then you must buy this disc right away. If you aren't into this type of story, I suggest you try it anyway. So far, this is a great story, and it seems it can only get better.

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