serial experiments lain: RESET (Layers Ep. 11-13) (VOLUME 4) (1998)
MOVIE COMPANY: Pioneer
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
CAST:
Starring n/a
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Ryutaro Nakamura
PRODUCED BY: PIONEER LDC
RATING: For ages 16 and up
DURATION: 75 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

"I'll delete myself and reset everyone's memory."  Who am I?  The question is asked over and over again throughout the noise.  Lain destroys her own creator and loses her best friend, now Lain must decide what to do.  Should she delete herself from everyone's memory? If she does, the real world should remain exactly the same, but if no one remembers her, did Lain ever really exist?


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
Contains 3 Episodes: Episode 11 - Infornography, Episode 12 - Landscape, Episode 13 - Ego
Extra Stuff

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): 

All four Serial Experiments Lain DVD's have hidden pieces on the main menu by just hitting left on your remote. This will highlight usually Lain's eyes but I think the first one highlights a letter in the logo above the options. All of these lead to single or multi-image clips that are worth checking out. Submitted by Colin Lacativa and Joshua Vandecar
  • Disc 4. click eyes

DVD REVIEW:

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 three 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!

On the fourth final DVD, my impressions of the ending is.... Wait a minute!  That would be ruining it for you...

THE ANIME:  A+
THE DVD EXTRAS:  C
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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