The Reality of Me


Serial Experiments Lain

After a discussion with a parent of my son’s friend, I was given what he considers to be a great, albeit confounding and complex, show: Serial Experiments Lain. He said he’s watched it about 7 times and is just starting to feel like he’s getting it.

A 13 episode show that originally ran in 1998 is a visual treat to watch, but don’t expect a light anime: this is some deep stuff folks.

The story revolves around Lain Iwakura, an adolescent girl living in Japan. It begins after a series of emails had been sent out post mortem by a classmate of Lain’s who had committed suicide.The emails stated that she was not really dead, but merely had abandoned her body and was now living in the “Wired” (what would be the internet today). Lain gets one of these email as well and off the story goes into a complex web of notions (and discussions) around religion, consciousness, technology, identity, and any number of things one could wrap into this. images (8)

Deep? Yes.

It is a show that is hard to describe and I tend to not enjoy giving the entire synopsis’s of shows anyway. If you like something that is going to challenge you mentally: give it a try.

Like I said in the beginning: the show is visually striking. Since it is a little older some of the character designs may be clunkier than you are used to.


But the art direction and backgrounds are very appealing.


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Attention Parents: There is some graphic death scenes that may be disturbing to younger viewers. Also the subject matter would probably be boring for a young audience. This is really aimed for a late teen to adult viewer.

I liked this show. It had a lot going for it, but it deserves multiple views to really get into the meat of it. Cyberpunk, religion, conspiracy, philosophy: it has got all of this and it gives you much to think about. Not that you will necessarily make sense of it.


Just enjoy it and don’t get too wrapped up into it….Like Lain.


My Older Son’s “Reason For Living” This Season


Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

What can I say about this show…It was fun, a great concept, well enough animated, some not as great episodes, but I think it probably achieved what it set out to do well enough. To make a goofy, not too serious send up of the magical girl genre.

I first came across this show on RocketNews24 and had to show my son (15). He was so excited for it and after it came out, this show has been the one that I know I could always talk to him about since he rarely missed it.

The show revolves around 5 friends(Yumoto Hakone, En Yufuin, Atsushi Kinugawa, Io Naruko and Ryuu Zaou), students at Binan High School, who are members of  The Earth Defense Club (which just seems to be an excuse to hang out and not really do anything). Off school hours they frequent a bathhouse run by one of the member’s (Yumoto) brother. There, they are approached by a pink, talking, wombat like creature who wants them to become “Battlelovers”. To use the power of love to save the world. They are not really too interested in this offer. But once Wom-san (talking wombat alien guy) gets them to put on the “Loveracelets” the die is cast, and with these they can transform when ever evil, anger, or discord needs to be conquered with the power of love. Ridiculous? Yes. But it doesn’t really pretend not to be.



But where does evil come from? Other pretty boys of course…Specifically, The Student Council.


They can transform as well.


And they have an evil alien counterpart to the Battlelover’s Wom-san… An Evil Green Hedgehog! Who, with his needles,shoots other students who are having troubles or emotional problems, thus transforming them into havoc wreaking monsters the Battlelovers will have to fight.


And every club has to have an advisor… Why not a dead teacher that is being kept alive by the alien controlling it?

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What else to love? Well, if you were my son, you’d love all the yaoi overtones.

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But what is mostly to love, is the friendships between the guys on the show. Their conversations and comfort level with each other as long time friends is what makes for some good comedy and enjoyable viewing.

Attention Parents: Aside from the BL suggestiveness there is not too much that is objectionable. If that doesn’t bother you (it didn’t for me) then that is they worst of it. Oh yeah..There is a little incidental nudity in the bath house. Is it bad, not really. Watch it and decide for yourself if you are concerned.

And always remember about the power of  what in your life?


Sparkles all around to my readers!