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INTEREST: Serial Experiments Lain's Chiaki J. Konaka Discusses Writing Game, Anime's Stories




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Zin5ki



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 1:35 pm Reply with quote
To read the synopsis of the PlayStation game is a mild relief. For something as resoundingly bleak to have constituted the anime's ending—which, up to a point, I had feared from the first episode onwards—would have soured what was otherwise a superb experience. At least as far as appearances go, I found its coda more of a deserved reassurance than a cause for lasting disheartenment.
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donhumberto



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:14 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for the article. This was a nice read and it's always a pleasure to read more from Konaka, who is responsible of 2 of my fav anime series ever (Lain and Texhnolyze). If only we could have Despera now... Confused
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Top Gun



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 8:39 pm Reply with quote
Love me some Konaka. Everything he's written for has been absolutely fascinating.
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Zeino



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 9:40 pm Reply with quote
Great works of art really do come from very humble origins and the process of just muddling through the creation of something often without knowing what you are doing at the time, huh?
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Arale Kurashiki



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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:46 am Reply with quote
I thought it was rather spelled out in "an omnipresence in wired" that "serial experiments" refers to the act of transhumanism that characters like chisa, eiri, etc. perform. To "serialize" yourself, to create a next stage in your existence.
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CatSword



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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 6:51 am Reply with quote
I'd love to play that game someday. Unfortunately, the only translation is a PDF file you read along with the game.
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BodaciousSpacePirate
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:36 pm Reply with quote
My getting into anime roughly coincided with my family buying their first internet-capable computer, and I spent a lot of my early time online reading various fans' interpretations of Lain. Very Happy
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