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Anime Review: 'Serial Experiments Lain'

By November 18, 2012

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Back in the 90s and early 2000s, Geneon was one of Japan's premier providers of upscale anime that often featured an experimental, adventurous bent. Some of the best shows of that time came out under their wing: Ergo Proxy, Paranoia Agent, Texhnolyze, and Serial Experiments Lain.

Sadly, too many of those shows slipped out of print with Geneon's demise. But thanks to that company's restructuring and a new licensing deal being struck with FUNimation, many of those long-missing titles are being brought back to the light of day. Serial Experiments Lain is the latest addition to that catalog, and one of the most mind-bending.

Lain's titular character, a middle-school girl with a haunted manner about her, has her life upended when a classmate commits suicide -- but continues to send everyone messages from within "The Wired", the show's version of the Internet. Lain's curiosity soon turns to an obsession, and before long her investigation of the incident unearths truths about both herself and the world around her that have shattering implications for the future of mankind. (It's your guess if the creators of The Matrix took cues from Lain for some of the ideas they explored in their film trilogy -- especially since Lain only came shortly before those films did.)

Check out our full review of the newly-restored and remastered Serial Experiments Lain, and let us know how well this bit of late-'90s digital headtrippery holds up for you over a decade after its release.

Image: Serial Experiments Lain Geneon Universal Entertainment. Image courtesy FUNimation.

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