>>13063216>but everyone tells me Lain is bad or a work of art, so I've avoided it since no one can give it's pro or cons without sounding biased.
Lain is love or hate. I think it depends on what you're expecting in an anime.
A lot of people who disliked it consider it to be nothing more than pretentious, philosophical/psychological babble (and that's pretty much what it is). However if it's what you're after than it's a mind blowing series. It touches on some very important issues and exectues it beautifully. Don't expect to see mecha battles or shit blowing up because it's not that kind of show. Nonetheless, it's a classic.
If you like it, check out one called Boogiepop Phantom. It's very very similar to Lain in the art style. Now, the main story isn't anything that's exactly based around realism, but the characters and how each episode deals with them, leaves room for lots of psychological and philosophical writing. A lot of people consider it to be Lain's other half.