Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #3 -

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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • 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. #3

By Roman Martel     February 18, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999

The Review!
Overall Rating: 5
(on a scale of 1-5)

Lain's world seems to be crumbling around her. Her family and friends begin to leave her. Do they fear the Lain in the wired or is there something more sinister at work? And then there is the question of the truth. Is god real? Does he exist in the wired? What is Lain's connection to him? More questions and clues are revealed in the third installment of Serial Experiments Lain.

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 5
Sound: 5
Plot: 5
Acting: Japanese: 5
English: 5
Music: 5
Overall: 5

-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 5
Presentation: 5
Goodies: 5
Overall: 5

Someone came on the forum and asked if Anime on DVD had some deal going with Pioneer in which we give them wonderful reviews and they host the forum. Well, I can say pretty definitely, that isn't the case. The problem is that Pioneer keeps releasing great discs. If they would stop I might give them lower than a 5. So, did you hear that Pioneer, if you want to get lower than a 5 from me stop making Lain. It's too perfect!

I think that if you have been reading my reviews of this series, you know how I feel. I love it. It is the crown jewel of my DVD and Anime collection at the moment. The animation works wonderfully with the sound and music. The plot is painstakingly woven threw out the series and it takes it time revealing all it's secrets. With each episode we are so much closer and yet we can't quite grasp the whole picture. The acting on both parts is very good again. Overall this disc continues the fine quality that can be found in the previous installments of Lain, so if you liked the artistic aspects of the last disc you'll find more of the same in this one.

Again you've got perfect visual and audio on this disc. I have yet to see any flaws in this series mastering wise, so once again Pioneer is throwing everyone else tough competition. The extras in this set include, another set of stickers, a commercial for the Playstation game of Lain, more concept drawings and another easter egg. To access this one, merely toggle to the left on the main menu, a spot on Lain's uniform will be highlighted red. Select this and you will see another strange, short segment

Well, this disc is a must if you enjoyed the previous installments. The story only has one more disc left so as far as I can tell it can either get weirder, stay just as weird (resolving a few questions but still leaving much up in the air) or wrap everything up nice and neat. I doubt the last option will occur (and I'll be upset if it does). This series greatest strength is the ability to make you think once you've watched it. If it ends and you have to discuss and ponder it some more, then this series will end just perfectly, in my opinion. Well, we'll see next time won't we? ;-)

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