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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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 ...
 Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)
Bridget Hoffman ...
 Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)
 Additional Voices / ... (13 episodes, 1998)
Ari Moriizumi ...
 DJ (Present Day announcer) (13 episodes, 1998)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
 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)
 Additional Voices (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)
 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)
Kirk Thornton ...
 Deus / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
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)
 Myu-Myu / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
Sora Tôma ...
 Masayuki (6 episodes, 1998)
Yuki Yamamoto ...
 Myu-Myu (7 episodes, 1998)


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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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Release Date:

6 July 1998 (Japan)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Lain Iwakura: [gasp]
Miho Iwakura: The wired might actually be thought of as a highly advanced upper layer of the real world. In other words, physical reality is nothing but an illusion, a hologram of the information that flows to us through the wired.
Lain Iwakura: But ma...
Miho Iwakura: This is because the body, physical motion, the activity of the human brain is merely a physical phenomenon, simply caused by synapses delivering electrical impulses.
Lain Iwakura: But mom, I...
Miho Iwakura: The physical body exists at a less evolved plane only to verify one's existence in ...
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Referenced in Pulse (2001) See more »


Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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Brilliantly subtle, thought-provoking series...
6 April 2000 | by (Farmingdale, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Last night I finally received the last of 4 DVDs in this mind-blowing series. This series is to anime in general what films like American Beauty are to movies in general. Don't let the word anime turn you off, folks. Doing so would be like comparing Schindler's List to The Kentucky Fried Movie...

The story follows Lain, a shy, adolescent school girl. After receiving an email from a classmate who committed suicide a few days earlier, Lain begins to examine the world, society, god, self, technology, and how these concepts fit together. The fact that such an email could easily be faked is irrelevant, but instead we focus on how Lain's perspective changes as she learns to deal with life. This 13-part series, spanning 4 DVDs, is the best aspects of American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, 2001, and (to a lesser degree) The Matrix rolled into one subtle and beautiful story.

Note that this is NOT an action-packed story, nor does it lessen itself by trying to cater to the lowest common denominator. Nor does it ever come straight out and explain itself or what is going on. That's not the purpose of the story. The purpose is to make you think about your own place in life, and how you deal with it. The story is never judgemental, it simply gives you things to think about. It raises more questions than could possibly be answered given the limitations of language. The answers can only be understood, never explained.

In keeping true to the Zen Buddhist traditions of Japan, the animation style is often minimalistic, offset by the frenetic chaos of the computer animation added to it. This is an intentional counterpoint to the more natural looking animation, often consisting more of still paintings than movement, and the effect is stunning.

So if you are looking for a thought-provoking way to spend about five and a half hours of your time, I cannot recommend this more. If you understood what made American Beauty such an incredible movie, you'll love Serial Experiments: Lain.

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