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- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #2
By Dan Kuhn
February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 24, 1999
See Vol. 1 review for technical review, no big differences
(Spoilers for Vol.1 and vague spoilers for Vol. 2 Follow)
If the first 4 episodes turned you on, these 3 will make you're day. Really, this is the best disc of the batch, particularly episodes 6 and 7.
So, what did we learn from Disc 1? At first glance, almost nothing. It seemed to be all mystery and no answers. Were the writers just funning with us- maybe Lain is about nothing at all, and it just seems clever? Not!
While not covering too much ground of the Big Story, we did see Lain begin her dramatic transformation from a quiet introvert into a powerful being in the Wired. And while Lain has not put it together, the Knights have been having a field day seeing what they can do by mixing the Wired world and the real world via Wired combat games that kids play. They've been trying to get Lain on their side by assisting her in building a rather danger-sized computer to aide her Wired adventures.
We also got a tad of commentary on the pressures of being young nowadays. Lain's friends, still in middle school are passively encouraged to get into their most daring outfits and party all night in the heart of Tokyo. I don't think I would have gotten to do that when I was in 8th grade:)
Lain's father tried, unsuccessfully, to encourage Lain to be more sociable, but he unintentionally pushed her into becoming a Wired junkie. Even Arisu is worried about Lain.
Episode 5: Distortion. After the vagaries of the first 4 episodes, this one leaps straight into actual plot point delivery! Lain gets the "straight dope" (sort of) from no less than God himself! And Mika becomes the target of some unpleasant attention.
Episode 6: Kids. Best episode of the series in my opinion. Unusual occurrences prompt Lain to finally do a full-blown Wired visit. A revelation for us, as well as Lain. And, (ding!), Lain's computer's done. It's very fast....
Episode 7: Society. What kind of people are in the Knights? And the Men in Black finally have something to say instead of standing around acting mysterious.
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