Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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 ...
 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)
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 Reika Yamamoto (10 episodes, 1998)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...
 Yasuo Iwakura (10 episodes, 1998)
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 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)
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 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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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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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There are numerous references to Macintosh and Apple Computers: The phrase "To Be Continued", with a colored "Be" is shown at the end of most of the episodes. This is a reference to BeOS, whose logo has similar coloring. The Be company was founded by Jean-Louis Guasse, a former Apple executive. The Navis use an operating system named Copeland, which was the codename for Apple's MacOS 8. Navi's operating system has a graphical user interface (GUI) similar to that of MacOS. Arisu's Navi resembles the original Apple iMac. The series slogan "Close this world. Open the NeXT" is a reference to the NeXT company, founded by Steve Jobs in the late '80s and purchased by Apple Computer in December 1996. All of the Navis shown in the series use one-button mice as Macintosh computers do. The electronic voice heard saying the episode titles is the "Whisper" voice from the MacOS Speech Control Panel, a program that permits text-to-speech. The child's Navi that Lain used to use was modeled after the 20th Anniversary Macintosh. The HandiNAVI, the handheld computers which both Lain and Arisu used was based off the Apple Newton, the first PDA. Navis and Macintoshes are both built by companies named after fruit, Tachibana (a type of orange) and Apple, respectively. See more »

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Chisa Yomoda: There was no reason for me to stay in the real world any longer. In the real world, it didn't matter if I was there or not. When I realized that, I was no longer afraid of losing my body.
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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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Rekindling My Faith
25 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews



Anime existentialism, generally speaking, is largely inaccessible to western audiences... and it's almost totally inaccessible to myself. I'm not ashamed to admit that I had to watch Akira three or four times before I fully understood it, and Ghost in the Shell had to live in my VCR for a couple weekends until I was satisfied I'd eked whatever shred of understanding out of it that I could. I grew very tired of essays on where mankind came from and where it was going. I decided, at that point, that I would never understand anime to a degree where I could be pleased with it, and abstained from watching it for a while (with the exception of the occasional Ranma1/2 episode, at the behest of my then-girlfriend).

Then, along came Lain.

I was very, very skeptical about watching Lain. Not only did it look like your typical "what is it all about" anime, but it was a thirteen-episode series, clocking in at well over five hours. I figured I'd watch the first four episodes and scrap the rest.

Lain sucked me in.

I can't stress how shocked I was when I swapped DVD #3 for DVD #4 and looked at my watch to realize I'd been sitting in one place for over four and a half hours. Serial Experiment Lain is simply incredible. There's enough mystery and enough seeds planted to keep the viewer watching from one episode to the next. The artwork is friggin' incredible... minimalist yet so rich that each shot breathes with its own life. Even the opening title sequence draws you in, with its careful attention to camera, style, and its mournful score.

Mournful, indeed. I don't make it a point to cry when I'm watching cartoons, but Lain beat the living hell out of my emotions. In very broad strokes, Serial Experiment Lain is about family, alienation, friendship and humanity. It analyzes the differences between obligation and true love, and comes down to the question of what is right and what will make you happy... and most importantly, what happens when we're forced to choose between the two?

Lain takes a lot of chances with style and presentation, and is a truly refreshing breath of fresh air from a medium that has grown far too comfortable with itself. The combination of cel animation with computer graphics and live action footage creates a world not unique to anime, but totally unique unto itself. Serial Experiment Lain rekindled my faith in anime, which is saying a lot. It is a great experience (I wouldn't be here telling you about it if it wasn't) and a great piece of film. If you've got a few hours to kill, step into Lain's world for a while, you won't be disappointed.


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