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Oh Wizard Baristers....so much wasted potential. A damn shame!

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I have about 3 more episodes of SEL (Serial Experiments Lain) left to watch, so I will input my opinion for those who may be interested. My opinion can be subject to change. (Spoiler-free)

 

For starters, Serial Experiments Lain is certainly unlike anything I've ever seen before. It presents psychological issues at the expense of the viewer; characters in SEL don't ask or beg for the viewer's empathy. There is no false sense of insanity (the show's actually very sane, in contrast to popular belief), and the characters are portrayed very realistically (though albeit quiet). There are no statements visually or through dialogue that tells the viewer about a particular character's condition, very rarely does the show express emotion conspicuously. Yet, even without truly understanding the character's intentions, yet I feel as if SEL displays one of the greatest portrayals of characterization in anime. Characters in SEL do not show ambition, and through this medium, the events that take place 99% of time seem unaccounted for (unexpected). There still is a cause and effect factor within the plot, yet it is highly likely the viewer will not notice this relation, nor will he or she be able to explain a certain event's purpose, since he or she will be spending most the anime trying to understand the purpose of the previous scene, or the reasons for a certain character's reaction during the present scene. The best way I can describe it; is that the characters in SEL are like the characters you would see in a very good movie, where the actors don't express their feelings through facial expressions, or words, but through atmosphere. It's just a very mature anime, and viewers should try their best to remain open minded when watching. 

Basically, everything's a mystery, yet there are answers to be found, and everything that happens, happens for a reason, not the way you might want it to happen.

The plot is something else. Potential viewers; don't hold any expectations for SEL, just watch it and get an idea for yourself. It's pretty first rate in my opinion, and EXTREMELY original (it was made in 1998)

Lain (the MC) is an absolute enigma, and is currently one of the best characters I've seen to date. Her ability to characterize her role in SEL rivals only that of Dio Eraclea (Last Exile), and Samejima, Mamimi (FLCL).

Also, for potential watchers; this anime is not enjoyable. It lacks drive and ambition, yet this is factor is what makes SEL subtly amazing, and at times utterly shrouded in mystery.

SEL is not entertainment (more like a mind game), it doesn't beg the viewer to watch, and I can't call it a masterpiece either, but what it does do, it does extremely well; and with a cold shoulder.

I will post all my impressions after I finish the anime


Edited by headphonatic - 3/2/14 at 1:56pm
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You know you've got a good physics teacher then he/she describes Maxwell's equations as "beautiful"....
When my teacher showed them to us last class she went "Let's sit here and admire them for a moment before we continue" eek.gif
Well, it sounds like they're passionate about their job at least... :|
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I'm in the US though!

Heh, CFW for the slim slim, I doubt that'll ever happen. I doubt much hacking will happen outside of the sketchy Chinese pirating scene since Sony sued geohot for the original PS3 CFW :/
I'm in Australia though!

Damn it! Maybe modchips are the way to go?
Ah, I always thought you were just in the US orz

Nope, all the mod chips do is let you downgrade to 3.55 (console had to have 3.55 on it at some point, which the slim slims didn't) so you can install CFW.
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My new setup! iPhone for scale (kinda).








Nice onkyo stack lol
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Can't help but to laugh a bit every time I see 「精一杯」(TL: to give your all / do your best ) in Japanese....
The same kanji would be most likely be interpreted as "a cup of jizz" in Chinese.
LOL
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TD cancelled my order of 4 mouses that would otherwise have costed them over $100 if they allowed me to get them....awww
Datum, that's too bad. Maybe you shouldn't have been greedy and just ordered one?
post #106534 of 119399
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

I have about 3 more episodes of SEL (Serial Experiments Lain) left to watch, so I will input my opinion for those who may be interested. My opinion can be subject to change. (Spoiler-free)

 

For starters, Serial Experiments Lain is certainly unlike anything I've ever seen before. It presents psychological issues at the expense of the viewer; characters in SEL don't ask or beg for the viewer's empathy. There is no false sense of insanity (the show's actually very sane, in contrast to popular belief), and the characters are portrayed very realistically (though albeit quiet). There are no statements visually or through dialogue that tells the viewer about a particular character's condition, very rarely does the show express emotion conspicuously. Yet, even without truly understanding the character's intentions, yet I feel as if SEL displays one of the greatest portrayals of characterization in anime. Characters in SEL do not show ambition, and through this medium, the events that take place 99% of time seem unaccounted for (unexpected). There still is a cause and effect factor within the plot, yet it is highly likely the viewer will not notice this relation, nor will he or she be able to explain a certain event's purpose, since he or she will be spending most the anime trying to understand the purpose of the previous scene, or the reasons for a certain character's reaction during the present scene. The best way I can describe it; is that the characters in SEL are like the characters you would see in a very good movie, where the actors don't express their feelings through facial expressions, or words, but through atmosphere. It's just a very mature anime, and viewers should try their best to remain open minded when watching. 

Basically, everything's a mystery, yet there are answers to be found, and everything that happens, happens for a reason, not the way you might want it to happen.

The plot is something else. Potential viewers; don't hold any expectations for SEL, just watch it and get an idea for yourself. It's pretty first rate in my opinion, and EXTREMELY original (it was made in 1998)

Lain (the MC) is an absolute enigma, and is currently one of the best characters I've seen to date. Her ability to characterize her role in SEL rivals only that of Dio Eraclea (Last Exile), and Samejima, Mamimi (FLCL).

Also, for potential watchers; this anime is not enjoyable. It lacks drive and ambition, yet this is factor is what makes SEL subtly amazing, and at times utterly shrouded in mystery.

SEL is not entertainment (more like a mind game), it doesn't beg the viewer to watch, and I can't call it a masterpiece either, but what it does do, it does extremely well; and with a cold shoulder.

I will post all my impressions after I finish the anime

 

Looking forward to it. And thanks for the non spoiler impressions

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Well, it sounds like they're passionate about their job at least... :|
Ah, I always thought you were just in the US orz

Nope, all the mod chips do is let you downgrade to 3.55 (console had to have 3.55 on it at some point, which the slim slims didn't) so you can install CFW.
Nice onkyo stack lol
LOL
Datum, that's too bad. Maybe you shouldn't have been greedy and just ordered one?

lol..if only..maybe if I ordered 100?

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b1o2r3i4s5
Pandaman mature content (Click to show)

Saving anime #2014

 

"So that's what a naked apron is!"

 

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Ah, I always thought you were just in the US orz

Nope, all the mod chips do is let you downgrade to 3.55 (console had to have 3.55 on it at some point, which the slim slims didn't) so you can install CFW.
Nice onkyo stack lol
 

Well I did mention a few times here that I'm a Hong Konger living in Australia.

 

I thought some modchips also let you play burned discs?

 

The Onkyo stack actually comes with another box that's exactly the same size as the amp unit and connects to the "System Connection", but that unit has two tape decks and a 10-CD stacker. Nobody uses cassettes and CDs anymore!


Edited by vantt1 - 3/2/14 at 2:44pm
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I just finished episode 12 of Serial Experiments Lain; arguably one of the most enlightening experiences I've ever been through. No question, SEL just confirmed its status as the deepest thing in the universe. It's like watching Beck's Modern Guilt and Sun RA's Strange Strings in anime format.

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"So that's what a naked apron is!"


XD
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I just finished episode 12 of Serial Experiments Lain; arguably one of the most enlightening experiences I've ever been through. No question, SEL just confirmed its status as the deepest thing in the universe. It's like watching Beck's Modern Guilt and Sun RA's Strange Strings in anime format.

Sun Ra always was more like drug fueled noise to me.....it's just too "free".
This is my kind of drug music! (and it's from Japan so...thread canon :P)

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How the 'elections' went in Russia were part of the badassery of why I like Putin

 

Yes, having fair democratic elections and that cycle is good. That has its ups and downs with good and bad leaders and can also lead to serious crap and failing if not done correctly. 

 

Putin and his crownies thought, **** that schiit. A new federation would be beneficial with a 'behind the scenes' autocratic based system. As history, political studies, and LOGH shows. This is indeed one of the beneficial ways. This way, is actually more beneficial for countries that are rising out of ashes IF DONE CORRECTLY. This typically isn't that case, and the possibility of long standing dictators leads to possible more worse solutions than a full democratic system. Most choose the safer and slower route. Putin said **** that. 

 

You need to look at the big picture. Look at the RF's history, and look at what Putin has done. It is nothing less than awe aspiring and moving. In one of the recent videos showing Russian Cossacks beating a protestor. One of them said 'Putin will teach you to love the motherland'. It was funny, but it was also real. 

 

LOGH was nothign short of amazing.

We got a putin fanatic here :ph34r: 

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We got a putin fanatic here :ph34r: 

It's better for all of us to just ignore this side of him.

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It's better for all of us to just ignore this side of him.

I embrace diversity :smile: 

 

think i'm looking at around $7-800 with this upcoming computer w/ out a graphics card

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I embrace diversity :smile: 

 

think i'm looking at around $7-800 with this upcoming computer w/ out a graphics card

So do I.

That's more than enough money for a PC without a fancy graphics card.

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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

I just finished episode 12 of Serial Experiments Lain; arguably one of the most enlightening experiences I've ever been through. No question, SEL just confirmed its status as the deepest thing in the universe. It's like watching Beck's Modern Guilt and Sun RA's Strange Strings in anime format.

CR, Amazon, Netflix all don't have it......

 

-_____-

 

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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post
 

We got a putin fanatic here :ph34r: 

 

Putin will teach you to love the world. 

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Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong View Post
 

It's better for all of us to just ignore this side of him.

:ph34r:

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CR, Amazon, Netflix all don't have it......

-_____-

 

Putin will teach you to love the world. 

:ph34r:

Naw my good panda, you will :D with your wonderful brethren saying "hello" as I eat them while smiling.

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So do I.

That's more than enough money for a PC without a fancy graphics card.

:p gonna wait for the price on GPU's to tank. Always changing -_-

Haven't really been caught up on release dates for next generation cpu/gpu's like i was in the past

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CR, Amazon, Netflix all don't have it......

 

:ph34r:

Since when do you get your animu from sites like these? :P

No hard feelings, bro.

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