Yeah that's true. I get the feeling the creators of this were big fans of what those last 2 episodes did. It also reminds me of the opening scene of Noein where the characters become very fluid and then the colour drains as they become sketches in the explosion.It was, yeah. I don't know about you, dude, but that reminded me somewhat of the bare-bones minimalism of the final episode of Evangelion. In fact...
Absolutely. I'd also include shows like Texhnolyze and From the New World as shows that just build an atmosphere just you just feel like you cant escape. I also feel like the early noughties was a time when anime was allowed to go a bit wierd. Ergo Proxy, Noein, Stand Alone Complex, Gilgamesh, Texhnolyze are all pretty out there shows in their own ways.Absolutely so, and Lain as a series is pretty unflinching in the atmosphere it wants to create, to the point that it can be so cold as to be actually frigid, like in that very scene.
Honestly, I find myself admiring creations that stick to their guns like that — there's this, there's Eva, obviously (both the original and Rebuild), survival series Gantz... and another recent one that I feel like I want to mention is The Dragon Dentist. That's prepared to go to some pretty dark places during its final act, and I really can't help but applaud the creative freedom of that.