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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 34.95 AU
  • 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 Volume 2

    March 01, 2002

Serial Experiments Lain Volume 2
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Fulfill the Prophecy….
“KNIGHTS” – A super hacker group that has large effects in the wired, are tying to make Lain do something….. When Lain transforms her psyhical self into the wired to search for an answer to the recent suicides she finds that the Knights are behind these incidents. One day, two men in black suits make contact. They ask “Are those people you live with really your parents?”, “Are you Lain of the wired?” and “Who are you really?”

The Review!
After the first disc introduced us to the main character of the series, this provides a look at her foes….if they are her foes.

Lain’s audio greatness continues. Both tracks are technically solid and clean and clear. The soundtrack is just amazing, from Duvet at the start to the end credits, setting the mood for the series perfectly. The sound effects and speech, which both range from very quiet whispers to the hum of power lines, come through clearly.

Dropping down from 4 to 3 episodes per disc on a single layer disc offers more room and even the tiny niggles on the last disc appear to be gone. The subtitles provided are the stock yellow style Madman prefers, which really sets them apart from the white hard subs for the neon rainbow asides and the green hard subbed lyrics for end song.

This time the menu is a decidedly red and yellow toned version of the Copeland access menu used on the last disc. Apart from the reduction in episode count from four to three, this is identical to the first disc, complete with hidden extra in the same location.

Apart from changing the concept art, this disc features identical extras to the first. Taking a more location bent, the 18 pages covers some of the technology such as the Accela, Professor Hodgeson and Cyberia, but then stick to showing us slices of Lain’s home. The promotion section features the Australian Lain trailer and commercials for the Lain CD/Boa CD, the R2 LD/VHS/DVD release and the Playstation game. The Madman Propaganda section features trailers for other Madman anime titles (Blood, Akira, X, Gasaraki, Evangelion and Nadesico)

Double sided cover in transparent keepcase. The front cover has a rather bemused Lain looking towards the view from her class room, rendered in brown toned water colors. Inside cover features a repeat of the front cover on the preface side with the scene selection tables for the disc, 8 per episode, and now more spread out thanks to the reduction in episodes. Under the disc hub are plugs for four other Madman discs (Blood with second run cover, Akira with unused total black cover, BGC Tokyo Vol 6 and Ghost in the Shell). The disc features a close up on Lain from the front cover.

This disc begins to delve into the world of the Wired, concentrating on the mysterious Knights.
The Knights, a group of super hackers in the wired, are beginning to make their presence felt as they step up actions to cause some sort of prophecy to occur, which causes death among kids in it’s wake. As Lain begins to translate herself into the Wired to search for answers, her older sister gets caught in the cross-fire, who reacts like most of would react to seeing the weirdness Lain sees: she breaks down, her wired self taking up the slack. The MiBs finally reveal themselves and their mysterious employer has a chat with Lain, which asks more questions than it answers, and leaves hers even more confused about what to do.

Moving on the first disc, these three episodes show a more forceful Lain, yet at the same time just when she seems to be getting the hang of things, she’s thrown for six with a new revelation. Like Lain, the viewers questions are left hanging, and more questions are asked, drawing you in. Another excellent disc in this series.

English Language, Japanese Language, English subtitles, Australian Lain Trailer, Japanese Lain CD soundtrack commercial, Japanese Lain VHS/LD/DVD commercial, Japanese Lain Playstation commercial, Conceptual Artwork, Hidden Extra

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor


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