One of the best anime series I have ever seen.
C. Merced | Stamford, CT and sometimes in Puerto Rico | 08/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Lain" is one of those anime series that surpasses your expectations, leaves you speechless, confused and completely engrossed in the storyline. Lain is a teenager who gets an e-mail from a classmate that committed suicide. She tells her that she is alive, that she left the flesh and lives at The Wired. This starts Lain's quest to find out the truth about The Wired, an enormous computer network, like the Internet, but it is actually a reality apart from the physical world.
Lain starts to find out the truth about The Wired and sees her life change in the process. This is an amazing series that deals with philosophy, identity, culture, reality, computers, and the ever-changing culture and way of life of people due to technology. It is truly one of the deepest and most amazing series I have ever seen. This is one to watch."
C. Merced | 08/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After watching anime for about four years now (I am not a kid) I can honestly say that Lain, so far, is a truly excellent anime series, if not just excellent sci-fi in general.
What I liked so much about this anime (just be warned, this is the same reason why some people absolutely hate the show)is how absolutely, wonderfully strange this all is. I of course, as you can see, consider the oddness of the show as a plus to its production and most certainly not a minus. I can't tell you how many times I've seen animes, or just plain shows for that matter, that are in fact very strange, but yet, theres no meaning behind it. Its just weird for the sake of being weird, which isn't what its there for. Lain isn't trying to be weird, its just the way the show is naturally, and thats what makes it so unique. It all has purpose, every image means something, the focus on the powerlines twisting throughout the street is just an example of that.
What I also liked about this show was actually Lain herself as a character. I liked her for how mellow she was, I can't stand how animes always have shreiking annoying school girls all over the place, it really grates on the nerves, but Lain herself is far more reserved, she's acts like a very real, quiet teenager.
I also really loved the animation, for 1998 it was really cutting edge, but even now, eight years later it still holds up really well. Its a very good looking show, exhibiting appropriate colors to establish the more quiet, subdued, hauting mood presented to us. I also really liked Lain's character design, its very memorable.
Overall I really like Lain alot, its a really cool series and I encourage all, serious anime fans to give it a shot. Everybody says its like the Matrix, but you don't need to be a Matrix fan to like this, I absolutely hate that movie, but for some reason I loved this, call me crazy. But anyway, if you like Kino's Journey, Noir, or Paranoia Agent, I would give this a shot. I know the plots in all three of those animes are highly different from Lain and for that matter from each other but as far as mood and style are concerned they all remind me alot of Lain. You'll either love it or hate it, but either way you can't argue its extraordinary."