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Serial Experiments Lain 

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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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 Kaori Shimizu ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Bridget Hoffman ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Dan Lorge ...  Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1998
Randy McPherson ...  Additional Voices / ... 13 episodes, 1998
Ali Moriizumi Ali Moriizumi ...  DJ (Present Day announcer) 13 episodes, 1998
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Yôko Asada 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 Chiharu Tezuka ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Manabi Mizuno Manabi Mizuno ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Alexis A. Edwards Alexis A. Edwards ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Lenore Zann ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...  Yasuo Iwakura 10 episodes, 1998
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...  Lain's NAVI / ... 9 episodes, 1998
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ...  Yasuo Iwakura 10 episodes, 1998
Rei Igarashi Rei Igarashi ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Brianne Brozey ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Petrea Burchard ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Keito Takimoto Keito Takimoto ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Takumi Yamazaki ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kirk Thornton ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kuniko Yoshioka Kuniko Yoshioka ...  S 7 episodes, 1998
Jamieson Price ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Jôji Nakata ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Bob Buchholz ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Sandy Fox ...  Myu-Myu / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Sora Tôma Sora Tôma ...  Masayuki 6 episodes, 1998
Yuki Yamamoto 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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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13 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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In Layer:04, the boy playing Phantoma asks Lain if she's a PK. A PK is a "player killer", a term originating from the early days of online MUD (Multi User Dungeon) games. A PK is a player who kills other players. 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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Referenced in Pulse (2001) See more »

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Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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Engaging, surreal, intelligent, bittersweet all at the same time
18 June 2003 | by Andy_KSee all my reviews

As most have already pointed out, `Serial Experiments: Lain' is a rather unique Japanese anime series. Watching `Lain' is not an easy trip to take, certainly, but one that is totally engaging nonetheless. Although exactly what the show is `about' is subjective and is open to interpretation to all who see it, I believe some people are completely missing some key points. Some have complained about the lack of character development during the series. But one must understand, that's the whole essence of the series: alienation. Look at the shots in Lain's classroom when the teacher is writing on the blackboard; all the other students except Lain are grayed-out. Look at the scene where Lain shows her father the Psyche processor and look how far she stands from him. Even look at the name of the club, Cyberia (as in Siberia: a cold, desolate place of exile). It's all done to emphasize how far, how detached, how alienated Lain is from everyone else. The direction in `Lain' is brilliant in depicting this. We, the audience, exist in the real world as we watch Lain, but we hardly ever get to know her. Yet we know she has a deeper personality because of what other characters say about her (`weren't you the girl at Cyberia?' Etc). These facets, which we only get a rare glimpse of, are her `online-self'. There have been studies that have shown a paradoxical relationship between time spent on the Internet and isolation and loneliness. Japan is one of the most `online' nations in the world, with almost 40% of the population having Internet access. At the same time, Japan also has one of the highest suicide rates amongst developed nations (which brings to mind a scene early in the series of the girl who commits suicide). Many are concerned with Japan's trouble youths and the increasing difficulty many have forming meaningful relationships with others. The only meaningful relationship we, the audience, see Lain have with another person is with Arisu. Other than some brief instant messaging via a palm pilot, Lain and Arisu's relationship exists entirely in the real world, not on the Wired. So, to me, the entire series is a metaphor for this increasing isolation of Japanese youth in an ever-expanding high tech world. For those having troubling getting into this series, I say focus on the directing, the atmosphere, the metaphors used throughout. Come to your own conclusions. I highly recommend this bittersweet, highly unique series to any who want to branch out from familiar territory.


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