Serial Experiments Lain (1998– )

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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".

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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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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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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Lain Iwakura: No matter where you go, everyone's connected.
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Referenced in Cowboy Bebop: Brain Scratch (1999) See more »

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Composed and performed by Boa. Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers.
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Subtly creepy anime
30 October 1999 | by (Tulsa, Ok) – 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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