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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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)
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 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)
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 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)
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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)
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)
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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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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The girl in the "Devices" segments is the voice of Lain herself, Kaori Shimizu. Also, Lain's character design was based in part from Ms. Shimizu's physical appearance. See more »

Quotes

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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Duvet
Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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Woefully unknown piece of anime
30 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"SE: Lain" is a great anime series. It's not godly perfect or anything, but it gets up there...way up there. From the killer opening title sequence (with a great opening song, by the way) to the strange "previews" (they only consist of a girl talking and her body parts - I'm not kidding) for the next show, "Lain" certainly has a fairly unique style. But it goes beyond style and gets into substance.

The story is simple at first and seems half-predictable in these post-"Matrix" times. After a classmate seemingly commits suicide, Lain gets e-mail from the dead girl. Apparently, her consciousness is still on the net...or is it? From then on, things get weird, complicated, and interesting.

Splicing in elements of Matrix-style cyberpunk, X-Files conspiracy, and the David Lynch-esque surreal, "Lain" is, like the Wired world it portrays, a synthesis of disparate ideas and personas, all thrown into a blender for the viewer to interpret. The interpretation's the thing, and those looking for action or comedy may come away slightly disappointed. After 13 episodes, there will probably be more questions than answers, but isn't real life like that, anyway?


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