Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain focuses on an adolescent girl, Lain, living in the suburbs with her middle-class family; her older sister Mika, an emotionally distant mother, and a computer-infatuated father. Lain herself is somewhat introverted, and socially isolated from most of her school peers that she wants to connect with, but her plain life becomes inverted when girls from her school receive e-mails from a former schoolmate who had committed suicide. The message tells her that she is not dead, but has merely “abandoned her physical body and flesh” because of the Wired; a global communications network similar to the Internet. Lain is then caught up in a series of cryptic and strange events that see her delving deeper into the mystery of the Wired a story that explores various themes of consciousness, perception, and reality.
I made the mistake when I was younger to watch this series in a day that ended up with my brain feeling overloaded. With series that have become popular based off technology and its impact on society, like Black Mirror, this may be a great series to have for at least one season. The anime itself is not long and neither should the adaptation be, but taking it from a twenty-four minute episodes to hour long ones may prove challenging, but there is always an option to add more to Lain’s family issues that the original barely touched on. Serial Experiments Lain is an older anime that still works today, but unfortunately, has been forgotten about over time by many.
Cowboy Bebop is an action/science fiction series that takes place in 2071 that focuses on Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter that had ties to a criminal organization that still haunts him. Along with friend Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward, and Ein the Data Dog, they travel to other planets in the Bebop to hunt down bounty heads that usually ends up being more trouble than they bargained for.
I know a lot of people that were looking forward to this show becoming a live action film, but the more I thought about it, I think it serves better as a series. Not only could we see interpretations of classic episodes made into live action, but the writers could come up with new, singular stories to tell which essentially would give us more Bebop to take in. The music of Bebop helped make the show one of the best, and bringing in different groups or bands to score an episode based on the type of music it represents could make Bebop a musical melting pot if anything else. Of course, that is how I envision it. I am sure there are others that are smarter than me that would have better ideas. One issue off the top of my head is the inevitable aging of the Edward character, but they could introduce her later on in the series. The possibility of more Cowboy Bebop is something people would eat up because it could be delicious, perhaps nutritious for their brain.