Lain is a tale of a thirteen year old girl wrapped up in
a mysterious world that slowly reveals itself to her. When
e-mails from a classmate who recently commited suicide start
turning up, Lain grows to wonder what is happening. It's at
this point the introverted little girl starts to find out
that the world isn't as black and white as she was led to
believe. Hints about a world known as the Wired, where her
classmate has left her body to go leads Lain to get a new,
more powerful Navi, or computer, so she can get on the Wired,
or internet, to find out more about this mystery.
Animation in this series is not relegated to just cartoon
animation. Bits of computer generated effects add to a more
visceral affect. Lighting adds a huge part to the package.
Scenes outside are washed with a bright white contrasted by
the deep, sharp shadows. Shadows aren't just black, they're
littered with red and purple spots, giving them texture and
volume. While the characters are not overly detailed, they
still carry a physical volume and movement that carries well.
The pace of the story is slow at first, but builds high amounts
of tension. Every little thing comes together to complete
the package. The sound effects are excellently done, from
the constant hum of the power lines around Lain's home to
the screaming traffic of the downtown area. Excellent voice
acting helps in bringing a strongly written story across well.
Anything less might have led to disaster. Both the sound effects
and visual pace of the story lend in building tension and
intrigue. The further into the story you get, and the more
that's given to you, the more odd and unusal the tale becomes.
Lain's strength is that it doesn't rely on on high-speed
action to get through the story. There is no fighting to solve
problems. The cerebral aspect of this series aid in building
the intrigue and buy the time you finish the fourth episode
on this dvd, you're hooked enough to want more.