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Poll: Serial Experiments Lain Episode 1 Discussion

Jul 23, 2010 5:16 AM

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One word:

shit is fucked up
Aug 4, 2010 3:46 AM
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MasterJ633 said:
The 1st episode was, as someone said on another forums site, a MindF***.
Really was....random and didn't make sense.
I kinda see why she doesn't talk cause she's very shy, but Lain also just stands and stares too much.
Kinda a Mystery so far why the students are committing suicide right now. I Hope it gets explained later and not at the last few episodes. I might lose interest by then.

I agree totally with what you say..
Oct 11, 2010 9:02 PM

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I love it. One of my first animes I've ever watched. :)
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Nov 1, 2010 2:40 AM
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So after watching this today, I have come to the following conclusion:

Whoever made this Anime must've been smoking Pot, Cannabis, Weed, Crack, LSD, LCD, LED, Heroin, Hair Spray,Glue, and Gas all throughout its production.
Nov 2, 2010 10:15 AM

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It's the first episode and I already have no idea what the hell's going on. This is more confusing than paranoia agent. But I still want to keep watching.
Nov 18, 2010 6:55 AM
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aero said:
I knew it wasn't going to be normal, but I didn't expect this much abnormal.


I'm not sure whether to drop this or not but as this is the first episode... I'll give it a chance. Ive got to admit that I'm curious about it.
Feb 10, 2011 1:21 AM

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Suicides, wired world, pretty odd stuff but definitely piqued my interest.
Mar 25, 2011 9:53 PM

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Wow. That was...weird. I'm intrigued.

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Apr 24, 2011 5:13 AM
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I kept thinking of Yume Nikki when I watched this...
Jul 13, 2011 11:05 AM

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What a nice and refreshing thing in anime that they don't talk too much. But because of that I'm a bit confused.
Jul 20, 2011 3:30 AM

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Extremely weird.
But I MUST finish this for no reason. I just feel attracted to it.

The OP is great. I love it.
Jul 22, 2011 5:55 AM
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Been putting off watching this for ages now.
First ep is certainly unique from my experiences...
Aug 12, 2011 5:28 AM

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What a twisted anime. Nothing happened but still there's something getting on my nerves. I totally can't predict what's going to happen next.
Aug 23, 2011 8:49 PM

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Confusing as hell, kinda stale and boring. I'll watch more but this is just not that interesting...
Aug 24, 2011 6:38 PM

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Solkiskey said:
Confusing as hell, kinda stale and boring. I'll watch more but this is just not that interesting...

Drop it, if you're confused already there is no way in hell you're going to understand the later episodes.
Aug 30, 2011 9:59 AM
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Some of my thoughts..
Seems Chisa found a way to "connect" to the world more efficiently and no longer needed her body. I think her messages to the students were the messages with the opal-like background. Perhaps Chisa recognizes a similar ability in Lain, as she also seems introverted. Soon reality begins to blur with the hum of the Wired. Lain noticeably taps into it- when she was annoyed and communicated a message on the train to get the people to shut up, and is later pulled into it.
Lain's father emphasizes the "connection" the Wired brings and how it holds societies together.
Honestly, if you think of it in this perspective it isn't as twisted as it seems.
Jan 16, 2012 9:05 PM

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That was a really good mindfuck, and so very interesting.
Feb 10, 2012 7:29 PM

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Hmm. I'm not sure what exactly to think just yet. A little weird, but I like that.
Maybe I'll be able to piece things together better as I go on.
Mar 24, 2012 12:11 PM

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Surprisingly the quality isn't as bad as I expected from a 1998 anime! Maybe it didn't bother me that much because the atmosphere was so good...
So was everything that happened in this episode actually just a dream/hallucination that Lain saw during the class? Or was did the action just change from the train to the classroom? If it was real, then the situation in her family is quite sad: mother who doesn't care about her daughter and father who is addicted to computers =/ Anyway, will most likely continue watching this, because I finally started after 3 years of planning :)
Apr 21, 2012 12:19 PM

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Kind of boring and doesn't make sense , but I'm gonna watch it until the end ..
Aug 2, 2012 2:44 PM

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what i got from that is lain either left her body and went home and crap or she ahd a dream about the future >.>
Does anyone else need a doctor to confirm that someone without a head is dead?
Oct 31, 2012 12:50 PM

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At first I thought it was interesting.
Then the more I thought about it, (when Chisa wrote 'God is here' and when Lain saw her in front of the train) the more creeped out I got...the more I had to finish watching this...
Nov 10, 2012 1:23 PM

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Lain has been one of those shows that I've known for a long time, but never got around to watching it. One of my friends from middle school had this on VHS and he was telling me how good it was. I just finished college and someone was telling me about some of their favorite anime and Lain popped up.

From what I've seen, this show is very interesting. Lain doesn't seem to talk much and we don't get to hear her thoughts a lot of the time while she just stares at what is happening around her. I kind of like that, it's almost as if we are experiencing what is happening before her personally as well since we don't get her insight on it.

I'm glad I gave this show a watch now. Should have watched this on VHS back in middle school lol.
Dec 8, 2012 10:11 AM

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SO MUCH QUESTIONS! Damn that doesn't happen much where I really have a bunch of questions floating in my mind o_O really weird but mysterious start, I like it for a specific reason, it's weird and I like it :D
Jan 17, 2013 9:17 PM

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Her eyes... they're looking into my soul Dx
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Jan 25, 2013 8:59 PM
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The title of the first episode explains itself. Not too shabby so far.
Feb 4, 2013 12:56 AM
The Beginning

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Good first episode, I liked it. Very interesting indeed. =p
Feb 11, 2013 10:21 PM

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Damn I always see Stark and OriginANIME on every anime I start.
Pretty decent so far. I like the artstyle.
Mar 11, 2013 3:20 PM

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Sorry I just thought this was boring
Mar 22, 2013 3:58 AM

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I don't know what's going on xD....hope some episode hooked me up
Mar 28, 2013 8:15 PM
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Purplephaze said:
Man, I've heard of Lain for a long time now (and also been wanting to watch it for a long time now), and now, I've finally got to watching it after years! =D

Anyway, this is a lot like The Matrix, in many ways. Does anyone else get this same feeling?

yeah definately the same feeling
Apr 14, 2013 12:42 PM
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arnxx said:
Sorry I just thought this was boring

It kind of was. Slightly intriguing though.
Apr 30, 2013 9:36 PM
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Different from what I'm "used to".
Though I know not to judge it on the first episode.
I'll keep an open mind while watching this.

Somehow reminds me of Steins;Gate.
May 8, 2013 11:49 PM

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I've been meaning to watch this for a while now.
I'm a huge, HUGE fan of Haibane Renmei and Welcome to the NHK, so I'm hoping this won't disappoint.

So far, very mysterious and surreal. I can't wait for things to pan out. Morbid topics like suicide from the start gets me interested.
May 15, 2013 12:24 AM

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I could've sworn I never heard about this series until recently, and had a case of deja vu when I saw Lain in that bear suit. Then somehow I recalled a lost memory that I actually watched bits of this show like 10 years ago when it was airing on Tech TV. I'm feeling weird in more ways than one after this first episode...
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May 30, 2013 1:09 PM
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This has kind of freaked me out... :/

Gosh... This is kidna mindf*cked me o_o
(Staph messing with my head anime)
Jun 6, 2013 5:34 PM

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So I've watched this first episode and i can only say that the definition of weird is now on a whole new level. But that's a good thing. This show was made in the 1998. And the art is pretty damn good for those times.

This show might be a good brain-polisher :P
Jun 17, 2013 3:10 PM

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Jun 22, 2013 5:01 AM

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That onesie looked good on Lain.

Well... I guess this anime will be a real mindblower...
Jun 26, 2013 2:03 AM

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Stark700 said:
The title of the first episode explains itself. Not too shabby so far.

"And if, there were so many people in the world, there had to be someone living an interesting life that wasn't ordinary. I was sure of it. Why wasn't that person me?"
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part V
Jun 29, 2013 8:53 AM

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I went into Lain expecting something strange, but this was way weirder than what I was prepared for. Creepy, too... Not sure if this is something I will like, but I am definitely intrigued. I can already see how this is going to be existentialism all over the place, thanks to the sole existence of the "Wired". Or it’ll just get way weirder, which is what’s probably going to happen. :D
Aug 9, 2013 2:03 PM

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That was a good first episode. Lain really is shy, and the whole navi system is interesting too
Sep 29, 2013 9:29 PM

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Weird, i wonder about the bit that said that god is in the net.
Oct 17, 2013 9:16 PM

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Been meaning to watch this for years! The episode was quite good, however i was completely mindfucked a majority of the time :)
Oct 28, 2013 5:36 PM

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This is one weird anime o.O
Nov 1, 2013 4:13 PM

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what a grim world lain sees with her eyes..

it may be too soon to make comparisons, but tecnology in this first episode reminded me a bit of the feel in dennou coil

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Dec 2, 2013 6:37 PM

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I'm re-watching this, and I will be leaving what I think some things means in these chapters

This is the first episode, lain a shy girl suddenly start to feel something weird, she starts to notice the wired after getting a mail from the girl who suicide in the first scene. We don't know yet why did she commit suicide but its implied that she started to disconnect from the real world and wanted to stay in the wired ("I dont need to stay in a place like this").

Chisa also mentions something about a god which will be relevant in future chapters.

Lain start to get curious about the wired and ask her dad to buy her a new Navi, probably because the old one limit how much she can do to communicate with chisa.

Now comes the mindfucking scene that some people don't understand... Lain was in the train and suddenly the train stops, she sees blood in the wires outside and the scene change to the streets and then to another different scenarios where she usually walks home, she see what happened in the rails, there was a girl and watch her dying, after all that she wakes up in her classroom all sweaty and nervous. I think she never left the classroom but that wasn't a dream, she was connected to the wired and she was watching what happened to the girl in the rails.

after all that she sees chisa in her way home through the wired and that's the end of the episode..
Dec 14, 2013 6:35 PM

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What the **** just happened? First episode seems promising, I'm hoping this isn't gonna be one of those anime that lets the viewer figure things out.
Dec 26, 2013 4:10 PM

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It looks like Matrix before it was cool to me.
I must focus and understand the symbols , dementia is so hard to understand ( or it was psychological )
Jan 28, 2014 11:50 AM
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I love stuff like this. Don't know why I've been putting this off so long when I love Texhnolyze and liked Haibane Renmei.
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