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Serial Experiments Lain 

Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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
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 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
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 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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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Trivia

The Psyche processor is pronounced as "psukhe", the original Greek form of the word. See more »

Quotes

Lain Iwakura: No matter where you go, everyone's connected.
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Connections

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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Subtly creepy anime
30 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

You normally don't think of subtle and sci-fi anime in the same sentence, but that's what Serial Experiments Lain is. The atmosphere is slightly sinister all the way through, with beautiful animation. The story could be compared to the Matrix and the Sixth Sense, while the atmosphere and style is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, eXistenZ, and the end of Neon Genesis EVA.

The ending makes this clear that you won't be getting any easy answers.


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