Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kaori Shimizu ...
 Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)
Bridget Hoffman ...
 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)
...
 Reika Yamamoto (10 episodes, 1998)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...
 Yasuo Iwakura (10 episodes, 1998)
...
 Lain's NAVI / ... (9 episodes, 1998)
Barry Stigler ...
 Yasuo Iwakura (10 episodes, 1998)
Rei Igarashi ...
 Miho Iwakura (8 episodes, 1998)
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 Taro (8 episodes, 1998)
...
 Miho Iwakura (8 episodes, 1998)
Keito Takimoto ...
 Taro (8 episodes, 1998)
Shô Hayami ...
 Deus / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
Takumi Yamazaki ...
 Lin Sui-Xi / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
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 Deus / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
Kuniko Yoshioka ...
 S (7 episodes, 1998)
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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 ...
 Myu-Myu (7 episodes, 1998)
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Storyline

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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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 two MIBs actually have names. The name of the short, Asian MIB is Lin Sui-Xi. The name of the tall, Caucasian MIB is Karl Haushofer. His character was the only one to be addressed by name during the series. See more »

Quotes

Iwakura, Yasuo: Let me give you one little warning.
Lain Iwakura: Huh?
Iwakura, Yasuo: When it's all said and done, the Wired is just a medium of communication and the transfer of information. You mustn't confuse it with the real world. Do you understand what I'm warning you about?
Lain Iwakura: You're wrong.
Iwakura, Yasuo: Huh?
Lain Iwakura: The border between the two isn't all that clear. I'll be able to enter it soon. In full range. Full motion. I'll translate myself into it.
Iwakura, Yasuo: Even with a top of the line civilian Navi, you couldn't.
Lain Iwakura: I can do it. I've modified mine.
Iwakura, Yasuo: A Psyche ...
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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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Duvet
Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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couldn't leave his rant unanswered
26 November 2004 | by (Stanford, California) – See all my reviews

I feel like I have to say a few things about zetes's rant. For one, it's kind of depressing when people watch 4 episodes of a show and feel like they know everything about it. To put things in perspective, this is like watching the first 35 minutes of a movie and being convinced that it's worthless. But onto his points:

1. Yeah, a lot of effort does go into making the show more mysterious, but eventually it really does touch on themes that would appeal to those looking for something intellectual, especially functionalism, descriptive materialism, and the problems with a wholly materialistic interpretation of identity. Don't expect hardcore analytic philosophy, just a nice sprinkling of references and some interesting perspectives.

2. When you first start watching the series, it makes absolutely no sense, and every episode just seems to be adding to the complexity by introducing new aspects. But by the time you finish it, I guarantee that all of these things will make perfect sense (even why Lain's family seems so shallow and undeveloped). In this sense, the series creates perfect order out of total chaos, an aspect that I particularly liked.

3. I'm not going to pretend to be a film critic, but the directing seemed pretty effective at creating the kind of atmosphere that the series needed. And many of the episodes ended with great "what the hell just happened?" moments, that forced me to revise all my theories and definitely made me want watch more.

No offense to zetes, but you shouldn't watch this anime expecting to find character portraits or traditional "slice-of-life" drama. Just like any good existentialist movie ("Donnie Darko" comes to mind here) it won't make too much sense until you've watched the whole thing and maybe even thought about it a bit. So if you feel like you won't be satisfied unless you get your moral straight-up, then this series isn't for you. It'll make you think and will only provide you with more question, not answers.


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