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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 3

    March 01, 2002

Serial Experiments Lain Volume 3
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
I am God in the wired… I created you, Lain.
There are rumors that Lain is stealing people’s secrets and spreading them in the wired. Her friends, including Arisu, abandon Lain, and even her parents leave, telling Lain that they are not her real parents. Then Lain discovers the one in the wired causing the trouble – her other self. “Which is the real me?” Lonely and confused, Lain then encounters a man who calls himself “God” in the wired.

The Review!
Lain’s isolation grows as she begins to lose her connections with everybody she knows outside of the Wired, while she gets to meet God. Things are getting less vague, but still have a way to go.

Two amazing stereo tracks, but then how can I not rave about Lain’s music with Boa’s Duvet for the opening titles ^_^. The music and sound effects sets 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.

Lain’s video continues in the same high standard as the last volume, with a mixed combination of animation and live action. 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.

The menu is red and maroon version of the Copland OS access menu used on the last discs. Some minor animation, a nice background tune, and includes the hidden extra as the Region 1 version. Perfect.

This time around we get some 18 pages of conceptual artwork and character sheets, both for people on this disc such as Arisu’s “crush” and things from the pervious two discs and the next. 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 up from her class room, 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 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.

As Lain begins to explore the Wired more and more, her Wired self fights back by turning squealer and revealing personal secrets about people. All those around her, including Arisu, blame Lain. Lain isolation continues to grow with the departure of the people she thought were her family, before she meets her creator, the God of the Wired. But does he have her best interests at heart?

There is some great touches on this disc such as the live action conspiracy sequences that make you wonder if there isn’t a grain of truth to some of them, and finally some answers are provided. One main thing is that you get the sense that the series is moving toward a conclusion, that all the loose treads will get wrapped up. Every episode is engrossing, and leaves you hanging out for the next.

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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