Serial Experiments Lain – MarzGurl

This strange and unsettling anime leaves us with a lot of questions, but what can it tell us about ourselves?

About MarzGurl

MarzGurl, a.k.a. Kaylyn Saucedo, is an Internet animation and gaming personality, known primarily for her work on Channel Awesome (home of other famed internet personalities such as The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara) and Screenwave Media (YouTube multi-channel network that hosts James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, Brentalfloss, and Team Four Star). She is also a former Crunchyroll news writer. She rose to fame for her in-depth, introspective, and satirical review videos for subjects such as dollar bin straight-to-video animation to the works of legendary animators such as Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth, the former of who recognized and commended her work on his Twitter. She also runs her own thriving Twitch channel where she and her partner JoshKnightThe1st, a.k.a. Joshua Saucedo, produce the weekly nerd culture podcast Beyond The Black Rims. In 2015, she released her first feature length film “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider” which she co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with JoshKnightTheFirst. The film is a conclusion to the FamiKamen Rider web-series produced by late Internet personality Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario, to whom the film is dedicated.

In recent years, MarzGurl has expanded her activities beyond the Internet realm to include live appearances at conventions. She has hosted panels at Anime Expo, MAGFest, Oni-Con, and many others. Her panels cover a wide variety of topics from animation, to Japanese culture, to her own work and the work of Channel Awesome. She has also become known for her widely popular Nerf Wars, where attendees compete in a variety of Nerf games in an environment designated by the event.

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5 Comments on "Serial Experiments Lain – MarzGurl"


Lain was one of those anime I got into after I graduated from college when Pioneer had the license and I initially didn’t like it at first, but I rewatched it a couple of years back with a former girlfriend and enjoyed it a little better since it was more of her thing.

I’m kind of a more Shonen type fan who likes DBZ, Naruto, etc.

Anon Tumahab

After watching this anime once, I tried to get rid of it for years, first selling it on eBay and finally offering it for free at conventions. No one wanted it. Finally I threw it in the trash. :/ It kind of feels like twice the pretentiousness of “The Matrix” series with none of the action.


It is quite nice analiz of mental disorders.. yes, it is pretentious, but far from Evangelion bullshit.


I’m just glad that computer doesn’t follower her around, saying, “HEY! HEY! LISTEN! HEY! LISTEN!”


I just noticed from review interesting fact. Despite sentiment of older Japanese generations about “Americanization” of Japanese culture what author miss was that in really it work in both ways as modern USA also is more “Japannized” then it was back then. It is simply because Western or in reality Multinational pop-culture isn’t just American.. it is simply conglomerate of many cultures. It always was.