Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".
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Series cast summary:
Kaori Shimizu ...
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 Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Dan Lorge ...
 Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1998
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 Additional Voices / ... 13 episodes, 1998
Ali Moriizumi ...
 DJ (Present Day announcer) 13 episodes, 1998
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 Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Yôko Asada ...
 Arisu Mizuki 12 episodes, 1998
Patricia Ja Lee ...
 Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...
 Arisu Mizuki 11 episodes, 1998
Chiharu Tezuka ...
 Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Manabi Mizuno ...
 Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Alexis A. Edwards ...
 Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
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 Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...
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 Lain's NAVI / ... 9 episodes, 1998
Barry Stigler ...
 Yasuo Iwakura 10 episodes, 1998
Rei Igarashi ...
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 Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Keito Takimoto ...
Shô Hayami ...
 Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Takumi Yamazaki ...
 Lin Sui-Xi / ... 7 episodes, 1998
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 Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kuniko Yoshioka ...
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 Karl Haushofer / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Jôji Nakata ...
 Karl Haushofer / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Bob Buchholz ...
 Lin Sui-Xi / ... 6 episodes, 1998
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 Myu-Myu / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Sora Tôma ...
 Masayuki 6 episodes, 1998
Yuki Yamamoto ...
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A week after Chisa committed suicide, her classmates begin to receive emails from her. Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl. Chisa's message reads that she killed herself because she didn't need her body anymore, and she now exists in The Wired. When Lain asks why someone would do something like that she gets a response: "Because God is here". Written by Anonymous

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The geek with the wearable computer is accessing a page that's utilizes Apple Computer's Hot Sauce web browser plug-in for 3D space navigation. See more »

Quotes

Lain Iwakura: No matter where you go, everyone's connected.
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Featured in MarzGurl Reviews: Serial Experiments Lain (2016) See more »

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Duvet
Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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One of the most strange Japanese anime serial
4 September 2007 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Generally speaking,Japanese anime products,as its by-product known as "otaku" culture, are full of contradictions. First of all, anime's "artistic" level has never been adequately estimated in its homeland(namely by audience, critics and mass medias) and usually "discovered" by foreigners(most sad example is "Inoccence--Ghost in the shell", Mamoru Oshii's best and probably last artistic film). Secondally, anime's highest level in dramaturgy had been achieved before it was "discovered" by world film festivals and foreign audiences(French people is said to have believed "Candy Candy"'s not a Japanese serial, because it was so sophisticated).

"Serial experiment Lain" is a accidental postmodern masterpiece,made after anime's classical achievements("accidental", because no one had intended to make a work of art). "Lain" uses plenty of postmodern devices: citation from purely historical materials,stylish eclecticism,"open" ending or circular structure and showing its own media's limitation(many scenes are openly "two dimensional" and look like rather abstract "picture").

Having been made in the time of imitation and citation of past anime "classical "serials of 80s and later 70s, "Lain" is superb in its originality and the sense of the contemporary.After seeing this serial, "Evangelion" seems to be boring and too long(experimental works must be not so long as ordinary "genre" works,it is the rule from the time of silent era).

I recommend to compare this serial with "Kairo" by Kiyoshi Kurosawa,the latter will seem to be some kind of a little out-dated remake of this serial.


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