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When I think of surreal anime and shit like that, I think Sentou Yousei Yukikaze or Serial Experiments Lain, I kinda understand the plot of Yukikaze but for Lain I'm at episode 7 and I still don't undestand get it :^). 
So why I'm watching something that's a bit hard to understand for me well I like the unique that vibe and feeling they give you, the visual the sounds they always try something unique and they give you this surreal feeling, and especially love Lain because the worlds seems familiar but it isn't everything about is awkward, it's feeled with long scenes with just ambient sounds or characters just staring at each other the same goes for Yukikaze. 
I'm not sure how I can explain it but I like these type of anime.
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>I'm at episode 7 and I still don't undestand
on the surface lain makes little sense, it's one of those 3deep5u things that only makes a little sense at the end. the metaphor of the story however is actually shockingly accurate in a sort of spooky way and I'd go as far as saying it predicted the today's state of affairs.
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I don't care too much about the story of lain, I just love it visuals and it's atmosphere, I know many people will criticize the 2deep4u aspect but it's still a great looking show.
>>269 (OP) 
Yeah, surreal elements are intriguing. I like when they get used. For Lain it's central. The anime is a piece of art more than a stringent story that is being told. I honestly can't tell if I (at one point) understood it or didn't. I think I did the second time I watched but forgot. But then again much of is more or less up to interpretation.
Of course other series at least include surreal elements, like Madoka or the last few episodes of Evangelion, I liked them there as well.
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Evangelion had some cool looking scene with surreal elements but it tried to hamfist the story a bit too much, with character's always talking about something mysterious and shit like that but just like I said with Yukikaze and Lain they were subtle, most of the characters don't talk all the time they are many scenes of silence, heck most of the Dogfighting scenes in Yukikaze are pretty silent you only the ambient sound of the jetfighter.
>>269 (OP) 
I need to watch this again. There are some obvious themes the show explores but I feel like I missed some.
Let's all love lain!
Let's all love Lain!
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How could you?
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>>269 (OP) 
Tried Lain and while I could appreciate the visuals and artistic direction I couldn't get invested in the story at all. Lain wasn't really likeable or interesting at all, it was like watching an emotionless robot autist struggle to interact with humans. Maybe one day I'll give it another go.
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yeah it is a bit overrated
Lain is cute, would cuddle.
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FLCL is weird as fucking fuck, but it's the best thing I ever watched.
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>it was like watching an emotionless robot autist struggle to interact with humans.
That's exactly why I like it t. sperg
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Could you relate to her?
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i could...
i am interested in FLCL but every time i look into it i get a weird horrible feeling, maybe reminds me of my ex
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bh I don't want a perfectly made story where nothing upsets me. It's a show where everything has a funny angle and has that air of mystery (well it kinda has that since it's a melodrama, what can I say). It's kinda like Parasyte in a way, you want to know what's gonna happen next, but you can't tell for sure. So yeah I'm curious about the storyline and who it's about. I can tell you this, I'm gonna start watching Hana Yori Dango soon! Hopefully it won't be as disappointing!

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