Lain Iwakura is a fairly average girl. Her world is shattered
when a girl at school commits suicide. Even more disturbing
is that shortly after this girl's death several girls at the
school, including Lain, receive e-mails from the dead girl.
Lain tries to get to the bottom of who is sending the e-mails
by updating her 'Navi' home computer so that she can interface
with the 'wired' world. As her skill at working with her computer
increase the lines between her reality and the wired become
increasingly blurred with the threat to her own existence
becoming ever more perilous...
Experiments Lain is
an interesting series, although I have to admit that I thought
that the creators stretched the plot to breaking point. This
could easily have been a two-hour movie.
of the series will probably defend this claiming that part
of the show's charm is the fact that there's no attempt to
quickly explain away what's going on with some strange monsters,
or to partner Lain up with some cute sidekick and that as
concepts go it's creepy, haunting and endlessly fascinating.
And to be honest this is true up to a point.
then again the endless shots of Lain on her computer, conversing
with those in the wired world, gets a little tiresome after
a while. And even when something exciting looks set to happen
(the appearance of the mysterious men in black) the show quickly
goes back to being a little on the bland side.
really is a series that you have to give your full attention
too. If you let your mind slip for a minute you can easily
miss what is going on - and that's it. You're out in the wilderness.
Lost to what on earth is happening on the screen. This
really is a show that you'll need to view more than once to
loved the opening titles music, as well as the majority of
the incidental music. This really helped to give the show
more of a chilling atmosphere.
box set is simply the collecting together of the four original
DVD releases and packaging them slightly differently. This
is by far the cheapest way of owning the series and if you
want to buy it I'd advise you to get hold of this collection.
in all if you're in the right frame of mind (and feel like
watching a show that is a little more meatier than other anime
productions) you'll enjoy Serial Experiments Lain.