Serial Experiments Lain
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Lain Iwakura, an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda—the very same Chisa who recently committed suicide. Lain has neither the desire nor the experience to handle even basic technology; yet, when the technophobe opens the email, it leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the internet. Lain's life is turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. Strange men called the Men in Black begin to appear wherever she goes, asking her questions and somehow knowing more about her than even she herself knows. With the boundaries between reality and cyberspace rapidly blurring, Lain is plunged into more surreal and bizarre events where identity, consciousness, and perception are concepts that take on new meanings. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka, whose other works include Texhnolyze, Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological avant-garde mystery series that follows Lain as she makes crucial choices that will affect both the real world and the Wired. In closing one world and opening another, only Lain will realize the significance of their presence.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 1998 to Sep 28, 1998
Premiered: Summer 1998
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:15 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Genco, Pioneer LDC, TV Tokyo Music, Fujipacific Music
Licensors: Funimation, Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Triangle Staff
Genres: Dementia, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p, 480p
Type: BD, Dual Audio
Characters & Voice Actors
Yasuyuki Ueda – Producer, Planning, Original Creator
Masahiko Murata – Director
Ryuutarou Nakamura – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
ED1: “Tooi Sakebi (遠い叫び)” by Reichi Nakaido
PRESENT DAY… PRESENT TIME… HAHAHAHA… Let’s embrace the mindfuck world of 「 Ｔｈｅ Ｗｉｒｅｄ 」.
Stay away from the Internet, kiddos.
One of the most interesting mind fucks out there. Interesting gem of a series.
An anime that was way ahead of it’s time, conveying how the internet has become a big part in people’s everyday life. A daunting show.
Perception is key, and reality is jaded. The Mind fucking may be too much for some, but it’s definitely worth your time. So, go and dive in.
About as weird and screwed as anime gets but I loved every second of it. There’s a tense atmosphere here I’m sure most would appreciate.
If there is anime that truly encapsulates the weird and bizarre nature of the medium, then look no further than Serial Experiments Lain.