Anime – Serial Experiments Lain [REVIEW] – Present Day, Present Time!

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,99/10
Genre: Dementia, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Studios: Triangle Staff
Author: Yoshitoshi Abe
Seiyuu: Kaori Shimizu, Yoko Asada, Show Hayami

Of all the anime that I’ve watched, this is the first anime I’ve watched many times to understood what is mean. I also read all of the reviews on blogs as well on YouTube. Previously also, I once discussed what the first impression after watching one or two episodes. This time, I will try to review this anime.


“Serial Experiments Lain,” tells the story of an introverted teenage girl named Iwakura Lain (Kaori Shimizu) isolated by some of her friends. Wired is a very popular social network of children and adults. One day, there was a case that happened at her school. They all get spam messages that don’t know where they come from. Lain is someone who doesn’t know about computers. Because she told by one of her friends, Lain tried to buy computers that have Wired network. The message was sent by Lain classmate named Yomoda Chisa (Sumi Mutou) who committed suicide before the message was sent. Chisa says that she didn’t die, it’s just that she left her physical body. Chisa said that she has lived in a virtual world that is a reciprocal relationship between the real world and the virtual world. Chisa says that she has found the real God. From here, Lain gets stuck in a series of cases that Chisa is talking about and find out what the real meaning of Wired is.

If looking at the genre, this anime certainly shows a very dark impression, gloomy, difficult to understand, and confused about what just watched. If a movie or anime normally shows a problem to the completion level, then this anime will make a lot of questions into the final episode. I also feel confused until now what is the purpose of this anime. The plot of the story seems very slow but makes the audience to be carried into the hallucinations that exist in this anime. Anime like this is usually named Dementia.

This anime really shows the true meaning and impact of playing in a virtual world or something like people say, The Internet. This anime explains how someone who doesn’t really know the internet world to be someone who always closed himself. When someone is very innocent and very friendly to everyone, then the internet changed her personality to be a very quiet person and always close his heart to others. Iwakura Lain is one of the highly introverted characters. After learning some tech, he became very good in that. Even people call him, Hacker.


For those who do not understand, Dementia is a term used to explain how functional decline is often caused by abnormalities in the brain. Dementia isn’t a disease, but a symptom caused by diseases and disorders of the brain. In the anime, Dementia is practically a genre but there is no Dementia term in the movie. Dementia is an anime genre that has mind-twisting plots, where the plot-twist itself must require highly focused thinking in order to be understood. Dementia is also not an anime genre but can be said to be part of the “Psychological” genre. Examples of Dementia anime in addition to Serial Experiments Lain such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Perfect Blue, Boogiepop Phantom, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, and others.

This anime shows how the main character has a two personality. On one side, She Introvert and on the other side, She Extrovert. Another unconscious with herself who always changes her personality. Her friends tell her that she has two sides. However, this anime will explain it to the end but it can lead to perplexed confusion after watching it. This anime mixes the real side and the unreal side. The audience will be difficult to distinguish the real and unreal side of this anime. Therefore, theories and conspiracies are also very much in this anime. The sound of BGM is so bleak that supports the theme and the dark side of this anime. This anime explains something mixed up and coupled with hallucinations and dreams. The audience will be carried into the core of the story.


Overall, I don’t know if I should suggest you guys watch this anime or not. What is clear, this anime can make you confused prolonged until the end. You can also be involved by hallucinations and existing reality. However, for those of you who are very fond of this kind of anime genre you can watch it. Not recommended for those of you who don’t really like the anime that has a very complicated story.

Some ‘Plot-Twist’ Will Make That Very Interesting


Okay and we’ve arrived at the 11th day. If yesterday we discuss my favorite fighter anime, today we will discuss the topic, “Favorite Mech Anime.”

I don’t really like anime mech. Just a few of the mech anime I watch like Code Geass, Aldnoah.Zero, and Date A Live. As it is, that’s just the mech anime I’m watching. When asked what my mech anime favorite is, I’ll say, “Buddy Complex.”


“Buddy Complex,” set in a school. When an ordinary student named Watase Aoba, he was suddenly targeted by a giant robot named, “Valiancer.” He was saved by his mysterious classmate Yumihara Hina. Upon revealing that she and the robot were from the future, Hina suddenly brought Aoba to 70 years ahead to prevent his death.

I really love this anime. Reading the synopsis is interesting, and want to watch it. This anime if I compare to other mech anime is very different. The plot of the story that we all wondered why, why and why. The question will be answered after seeing the last plot-twist. This anime also remember some one movie that name, Pacific Rim.


Okay, so we have to end our topic this time. It felt very short, well. But, I just don’t know want to write much less. In fact, I don’t really know much about mech anime. For our topic tomorrow, we will discuss “Saddest Anime Scene.”

Game – Spec Ops: The Line [REVIEW] – You Just Don’t Be A Hero

IGN Rating: 8/10
Genre: Third-person Shooter
Publisher: 2K Games
Developers: Yager Development, Polygon Magic, Darkside Game Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux

Third Person Shooter is a genre game that has its own impression like Resident Evil 4, Gears of Wars, Uncharted. There are is the most successful games of all time. Some competitors have started to lose his idea to bring something different. Many are stuck because of a very simple cover mechanism, thus making players not interested at the contents of the game itself. For this game, a player has a very strong first impression. Starting from a solid storyline but making adrenaline racing fast until the visualization and themes raised very explicit.


“Spec Ops: The Line” takes on a post-apocalyptic theme, where the city of Dubai got some disaster of the worst sandstorms in history. The natural disaster caused the inhabitants to seek a shelter. Reinforcements help evacuate Dubai residents flow from all around the world. The Americans also sent 33rd Battalion troops led by Colonel John Conrad to assist with the evacuation. However, this unit disappears without a news. Walker, a member of the Delta Force special forces assigned to enter the city of Dubai and look for the presence of Conrad. Together with Adams and Lugo, his mission began. However, there are some mysteries that make this mission doesn’t go smoothly. The condition of Dubai that has no authority to make armed groups appear to rule this city of Dubai. Starting from Insurgents born from the inhabitants to the CIA secret agent who somehow appeared there too.

I also just finished this game. But, I don’t know what to say for this game. Although from the side of the gameplay, actually nothing special. Like the TPS (Third Person Shooter) game, you’ll only see health and bullets. The only thing that makes this game unique is a strong enough simulation system that is more directed to the arcade. This game also provides some environmental effects that will certainly help to defeat the enemy. Like the fragile glass effect that contains tons of sand. If it broke it, it would be easy to pass each enemy. Players can also command Lugo and Adams for your own set of targets. Unlike other games, this game has an AI system that is so strong that it makes it feel comfortable to play. You can also use cover-shot, so you can flank it. Spec Ops: The Line also presents a rather difficult level of difficulty, even for normal difficulty levels.

The first impression for this game is very common. Similar to other genre games, this game presents a very ordinary gameplay. However, you will change your mind when you reach a certain plot in this game. For example, you will be prepared several options that could affect the story like the moral values ​​and real human values. For example in one part of the story, where Walker, Lugo, and Adams are trapped in a situation where they are faced with the game being “judges” alive. You must shoot one of two people who was hanged alive by the rebels. The first person was an American soldier who executed six innocent people for no reason. Meanwhile, the second person is a corrupt who blacklist the small people, although he never killed them with his own hands. Each trip, you will find options like this throughout the game. This game also shows how the war was very brutal, even shown explicitly.

The uniqueness of this game is also one of them a very neat story. The plot presents some images of war like rebellion, violence, cruelty, and some other things. The plot also presents a plot-twist that makes the players will be made goosebumps. As an underrated TPS game, there is no need to distinguish gameplay anymore. Although this game comes as a game that has its own uniqueness, this game also still has some disadvantage. Like a very unattractive cover system, visuals, AI, and even rarely checkpoints are pretty far away.

If you are a gamer who like TPS or action, I strongly recommend playing this game. This game’s also very suitable for you who are very fond of the plot-twist story. You will feel a concept that becomes the standard for games in this genre.

Movie – Primal Fear [REVIEW] – The Altar Boy

IMDB Rating: 7,7/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Writer: William Diehl
Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton

Actually, this is the first debut film from Edward Norton. From here he is famous. This movie is also a film that reminds me of “The Usual Suspects” which is exactly same as a double plot-twist ending. For Norton, he is really worth the appreciation two thumbs for his acting on this movie. Before I review a bit about this movie, there will be a little spoiler.

Movie Poster

“Primal Fear,” tells about Martin Veil (Richard Gere) a very powerful lawyer who one day voluntarily handles the case of his client named Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) an innocent young man and orphaned indicted for the murder of a great archbishop.

Although you rewatch over and over again, it does feel bored for me when I first watched it. Adapted from William Diehl’s novel, this film is Edward Norton’s first debut. His famous films such as American History X, Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk, and Birdman are his very popular films.


The role of Edward Norton is very cool. To portray multiple personalities, one a psychopath, and the other an innocent child. On the one hand have to talk like a stutterer and on the other hand, must talk emotionally. He also received “best supporting actor” at the 1996 Golden Globe Awards event in his first film.

Richard Gere and Laura Linney are also performing well but not very prominent. What’s interesting about this movie is also a very brilliant ending twist. The director of this film, Gregory Hoblit leads us from a very ordinary start to being in a confusing situation.

Overall, this movie is highly recommended for those of you who like about case films and plot-twist. Not worth it if the script from the beginning is so strong in the duration of 130 minutes.

Movie – The Sixth Sense [REVIEW] – Not Every Gift Is A Blessing

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Recently, M. Night Shyamalan has made a very popular thriller this year titled Split. But, who would have thought that “The Last Air Bender” (2010) and “After Earth” (2013) was the worst films of all time and so boring? Back to 18 years earlier, “The Sixth Sense” was the most successful thriller and plot-twist of the year.


“The Sixth Sense,” tells about Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is celebrating his success with his wife, Anna (Olivia Williams), for receiving his dedication award as a child psychology field. In the middle of the celebration, the joy of happiness only lasts a moment. A young man suddenly appeared from inside the bathroom entering through his bedroom window. The young man knew Dr. Crowe, but Dr. Crowe forgot who the boy was. Recalling who the young man was, he was a former patient. Shortly thereafter, the young man fired his pistol right at him. Crowe put him down and the young man also shot himself.


Elsewhere, Dr. Crowe also has another pediatric patient named Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Cole has a closed personality, no friends, and he thinks a lot of people call him “weird”. One day, Dr. Crowe came to visit Cole’s house, which he alone shared with his mother, Lynn (Tony Collette). At first, Cole was a bit awkward with Dr. Crowe is always following him everywhere. Dr. Crowe felt obliged to help because, like the other boy he handled, Cole had a psychological problem. On the sidelines of his business he handles Cole, Dr. Crowe also took the time to visit his wife. From the frequent Cole met Dr. Crowe, making them both more familiar and open to each other. Until finally, Cole made a confession to Dr. Crowe that he often sees the dead walking like a living person, or in other words is a ghost. Does Cole see that it is really a ghost or just a phenomenon psychologically?

“The Sixth Sense” has a slow plot, but it’s still interesting to watch. The film is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s movie “The Shining” which almost has the same story and psychological horror elements that look same. The main point of this film is the plot-twist that Shyamalan made. Shyamalan hopes, with the ending twist viewers feel the sensation of extraordinary after the audience made “cheated” in the ending that never before thought by the audience. If you stay focused on this movie plot, then you guys are successfully tricked by this movie. However, if you are very unfocused by the plot of this film, maybe one of you can guess the ending from the beginning of the movie.

Movie – Reservoir Dogs [REVIEW] – The Quentin Tarantino Debut

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

Quentin Tarantino is known for a very genius-man. By introducing non-linear films that incorporate a dark-comedy, soundtrack that we often hear everywhere, violent scenes with blood everywhere, and some other things that he owns. This film is the first debut film of Quentin Tarantino and plays it also in it. Tarantino loves to present some great actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

Reservoir Dogs

“Reservoir Dogs,” tells about eight men who were breakfast while talking about the song “Like A Virgin” by Madonna. Six of the eight are unknown and have only an alias name that is Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Blue (Eddie Bunker), and Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino). Two others are Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tiemey) and his son “Nice Guy” Eddie (Chris Penn). They plan to rob a diamond shop at the behest of Joe Cabot. After interspersed slow motion scene as an introduction to his character, we will begin to be invited to watch the non-linear plot of Tarantino. No scenes of robbery even audiences invited directly to see Mr. White and Mr. Orange is badly injured by being shot into a warehouse where they gather. From there the audience can find out that robberies don’t match what they are planning. After that, come Mr. Pink, who believes that one of them betrayed and leaked the robbery to the police. Then, start a scene of suspicion and anxiety between them.

Tarantino is great at putting together his story plot because he also slipped a sort of flashback that was divided into three parts: Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, and Mr. Orange. Each of them tells the background of each character and how they can join. Reservoir Dogs store many of the most memorable scenes so people can remember. One of them is the slow motion scene which is the coolest scene. Michael Madsen also performed best on this movie because some of his scenes that tortured the police were crazy.

As I said, robbery isn’t shown at all. So, the audience can only imagine what happened and how chaotic the robbery. The main highlight of this film is also a debate that occurs because of mutual suspicion. This film also is filled with many surprises that can actually be created as a debt and easy to remember.

Behind the scene of violence, this film also has elements of friendship and loyalty is very thick where the human conscience is always selfish. Even within the group, there is a conflicting dilemma. “Reservoir Dogs” is the first work of Tarantino’s debut and also as a film that makes a masterpiece entitled “Pulp Fiction”. Actually, the Tarantino movies I’ve watched so far are Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Kill Bill Series.

Movie – Get Out [REVIEW] – Everything Changes To Nightmare

IMDB Rating: 7,8/10
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford


This year, it is rarely to find some more thriller movies out in cinema. As recently as the movie like “Split” and one of the films “Get Out”. Maybe nowadays, the audience of thriller movies is rarely there. But, “Get Out” is a movie that amazes me for this year. This movie is a horror movie that is not too concerned with jump scare or sadism. Did you know, horror movies are often their jumpscare. Then why is this movie called horror movie and none of the jump scare elements? That is the uniqueness of this film. In fact, rating sites like “Rotten Tomatoes” rated 99% of the 224 suggestions by critics. In fact, “Rotten Tomatoes” is a very sadistic site when assessing the film. So, I will try to review this movie if you are very curious about the story!

Actually, I can refer this film as an anti-mainstream horror film like “The Shining”. “Get Out,” tells the story about a black photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) dating a white girl named Rose (Allison Williams) for 5 months. At that time, Rose invites Chris to meet his parents. Chris knew that Rose’s family was a family that was very concerned about the relationships between racism. So, Chris decides to meet Rose’s family. However, Chris’s visit didn’t match his expectations. Rather, it becomes a nightmare that he can’t deny.

“Get Out” really has a story that can not really guess. But for me as fans of thrillers and puzzles like this, I’m into it. But, for those of you who are very annoyed to watch a movie like this maybe you will be made dizzy by this film. In my opinion, this film is another light thriller. But, recall this movie is like “The Shining” which has the Horror-Psychological genre.

Jordan Peele is the director who is responsible for the success of “Get Out”. He is very genius and creative composing his story than horror movies that have jump scare or other sadistic scenes like a horror movie in general. Peele also managed to build the plot in stages. Starting from a very quiet situation until the terror that pops up little by little. As a director and comedy actor, Peele also includes a dark comedy in this movie.

The use of sound effects in this movie is also very different from the horror movie in general. If “The Conjuring” uses sound effects that make the audience more frightened, the sound effects in this movie will make the audience feel confused. One of the uniqueness of this film is also included from a very rational characterization element. As an example, most horror films are usually the protagonist will scream for fear of his ghost. But, not for this movie. The film uses a very logical characterization element as well as very realistic.

Actually, if I think twice, this film is very clearly showing the element of racism. But, fortunately, the Peele is a very genius in making the film. He seems to be trying to convey an important message to his audience. This film may be considered very successful in the world of film, especially in the world of horror movies because the story has another alternative in a horror story. It could be, for the next year will often pop up films like this. But as a thriller movie lover, I really hope a movie like this appears!