Copyright © 1998 Triangle Staff/Pioneer LDC
by Michael Poirier
Followup to the previous review
in EX 4.8:
Eloquently poignant and absolutely breathtaking, the final volume of SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN
brings this remarkable series to a bittersweet and enigmatic conclusion.
That is not to say that these last three episodes of LAIN fail to resolve
the questions raised in previous volumes. Indeed,
the mystery of Lain's identity and the nature of her powers in the virtual
and physical worlds are almost completely explained without any deus ex
machina tricks. However, the larger themes surrounding this show are
deliberately left open in the viewer's imagination: what does it mean to be
"real?" How has technology changed society? How has it affected the human
Masterfully manipulating stunning visuals to portray powerful emotions, the
finale of LAIN presents the fury of an angry "god," the sadness of a
confused young girl and, ultimately, a kind of quiet final happiness. While
the plot might take occasionally obscure and complicated turns, the
sincerity and power of the feelings presented on-screen are unmistakable.
In the end, SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN is a truly unique and challenging anime.
Elegant and elegiac, LAIN concludes with true tenderness towards its own
characters but haunting implications for our wired
Released in North America by Pioneer Entertainment (U.S.A.) L.P.
Rated for ages 16 Up, 75 minutes
Vol. 4 "RESET": VHS dubbed: PIVA-2234D $24.98
VHS subbed: PIVA-2234S $29.98
DVD PIDA-2234V $29.98
Available now in the U.S.A.
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