Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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)
Ali 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)
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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)
...
 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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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There are numerous references to Macintosh and Apple Computers: The phrase "To Be Continued", with a colored "Be" is shown at the end of most of the episodes. This is a reference to BeOS, whose logo has similar coloring. The Be company was founded by Jean-Louis Guasse, a former Apple executive. The Navis use an operating system named Copeland, which was the codename for Apple's MacOS 8. Navi's operating system has a graphical user interface (GUI) similar to that of MacOS. Arisu's Navi resembles the original Apple iMac. The series slogan "Close this world. Open the NeXT" is a reference to the NeXT company, founded by Steve Jobs in the late '80s and purchased by Apple Computer in December 1996. All of the Navis shown in the series use one-button mice as Macintosh computers do. The electronic voice heard saying the episode titles is the "Whisper" voice from the MacOS Speech Control Panel, a program that permits text-to-speech. The child's Navi that Lain used to use was modeled after the 20th Anniversary Macintosh. The HandiNAVI, the handheld computers which both Lain and Arisu used was based off the Apple Newton, the first PDA. Navis and Macintoshes are both built by companies named after fruit, Tachibana (a type of orange) and Apple, respectively. 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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Featured in MarzGurl Reviews: Serial Experiments Lain (2016) See more »

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Duvet
Composed and performed by Boa
Vocals by Jasmine Rodgers
Courtesy of Polystar Records
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Forever altered my perspective
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series not only opened my eyes…it literally changed my life. I've experienced the whole series many times, always letting it probe my mind to provoke thoughts I didn't know existed. This isn't a review, if you want to know what the series is like, watch it, or rather let it watch you. After studying the series for a while I became deeply interested in computers, computer science, philosophy, mind-expansion, and theory.

I related to Lain on such a personal level that the show almost seemed to transcend the subtext of it just being a work of fiction. But then again Serial Experiments Lain blurs the thin boundary that is reality and the virtual. The concepts and information shown at parts is very much worth looking into as well (E.I. Shuman resonance (commonly)7.83Hz). The integration into the story seems entirely possible in the future. The concept of the wired is in itself one of the most intriguing and glorious things i've ever heard of. Cyberpunk nirvana I suppose would be a way of looking at it. I could write for days on this work of art, but i'll limit myself here. If you do decide to watch it, you must commit to the whole series, or you'll probably be confused or misled. The series comes full circle like i've rarely seen any other do before.

On a side note, the series is also an incredible psychonaut tool.

  • Don't pass this one up.



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