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Crunchyroll Adds Serial Experiments Lain, C – Control to Digital Lineup


Well this is an interesting juxtaposition. We have an undeniable cyberpunk classic, along with a show that I jokingly referred to as “Ron Paul, in anime form” a few years back.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they added two titles to their digital lineup. The company started streaming Serial Experiments Lain and C – Control in their entirety for members in the United States and Canada.

As with all additions from Funimation, the titles are available in subtitled format.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is an original project from Yoshitoshi ABe. Ryutaro Nakamura (Kino’s Journey, Colorful) directed the project at Triangle Staff, with Takahiro Kishida (Baccano!, Durarara!!) providing character designs. Chiaki J. Konaka (Hellsing, Shadow Star Narutaru) wrote the show’s screenplay.

Crunchyroll describes Serial Experiments Lain as:

Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain—driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate—logs on to the Wired and promptly looses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches.

C – Control

C – Control is an original project from Tatsunoko Production. Kenji Nakamura (Gatchaman Crowds, Ayakashi – Samurai Horror Tales) directed the project, which features character designs by mebae (6HP – Six Hearts Princess). Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Durarara!!) was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes C – Control as:

Kimimaro works two jobs to make ends meet. He could go from pauper to prince in a parallel world called the Financial District—if he’ll invest his future as collateral in a dangerous game. Winning gets you more wealth, but losing could erase you from existence. When the destructive forces at play compel Kimimaro to confront the most powerful player, can he save the real world from total collapse?

Source: Crunchyroll

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