serial experiments lain: navi vol. 1 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

October 1, 2002 by  



DIRECTED BY: Directed by Ruataro Nakamura
PRODUCED BY: Hiroe Tsukamoto
RATING: For ages 16 and up
DURATION: 100 minutes

We’re All Connected.  There is the world around us, a world of people, tactile sensation and culture.  There is the wired world, inside the computer of images, personalities, virtual experiences and a culture all of it’s own.  The day after a classmate commits suicide, Lain, a thirteen year-old girl discovers how closely the two worlds are linked when she receives an e-mail from the dead girl.  “I just abandoned my body.  I still live here….”  Has the line between the real world and the wired world begun to blur?


• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, HiFi Sound
• Includes: layer 01 Weird, layer 02 Girls, layer 03 Psyche, layer 04 Religion
• Extra stuff

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): In the menu, press up and you will access a hidden feature on the “e” of experiments.  No one knows what it means…maybe just art.


Some people love this anime and many people hate it.  You can read the reviews below, it’s a different kind of anime.  Cerebral one may say.  The kind of anime I thrive on.

This anime is very artsy but in a cool way.  Many people will hate that though…

I don’t care.  If you have an open mind.  If you are a thinker.  I mean…a hardcore thinker.  This anime does things to make you think.  I haven’t watched the whole series but I can’t wait to get the next disc.

The extras are small in comparison…You get the four episodes and the small extra’s which accompany the video afterwards but that’s about it.  I was hoping to see some trailers for anime released by Pioneer but not sure why they didn’t add it. I still feel that anime companies can do better with their DVD releases.  More can be added since they are more expensive than standard movie DVD’s.

Oh, if anything, the music and the ambience really makes this anime trippy.  My brother calls this anime, “anime on acid”.

I see it as an artistic interpretation of a story to make one think.  It’s not for everyone but I really like it a lot!


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