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The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Jigglypuff – Round 1 – Polls 1-8 “Analysis”

By TheBigN

Given the nature of the Pokemon, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a sleep-inducing bracket on initial glance. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the two polls here keep things lively in a good way. Continue reading ‘The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Jigglypuff – Round 1 – Polls 1-8 “Analysis”’

Revived Experiments Lain

by dm00

You’ll never look at power-lines the same way again.

Long before there was Mawaru Penguindrum, or Kaiba, roughly contemporary with Evangelion and Utena, there was Serial Experiments Lain, an ambitious exploration of the impact of networks on the way we live and think and interact, steeped in hacker lore, UFO crankery, Timothy Leary/John Lilly expansions of consciousness, disorientation, future shock, and dreams of IP Version 7.

The series begins with a schoolgirl jumping from the roof of a tall building (you’ll note that she has her shoes on — she hasn’t removed them, as is traditional for suicides, perhaps because this is not a suicide). A week later her schoolmates start to receive email from her, email explaining that she’s moved to “the Wired”, and that “God is here”.

Lain is a quiet, withdrawn middle-school student. At the beginning of the series she’s “not very good with computers”, and seems largely unaware of things happening around her. News of these emails makes her curious, though, so she digs out her old “childrens’ PC” to see if she has mail. This act begins to connect her to the world, and she begins to come out of her shell.

The second episode takes us to Club Cyberia — an all-ages rave where Lain’s classmates see Lain’s doppelganger — the complete opposite of the shy, retiring Lain. Intrigued, they persuade Lain to join them at the club. She joins them, dressed in dowdy little-kid clothes, only to find herself in the middle of a shooting incident involving a deranged gunman — a gunman who is terrified of Lain.
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