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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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:
Bridget Hoffman ...
 Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)
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 Additional Voices / ... (13 episodes, 1998)
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 Additional Voices (11 episodes, 1998)
Kaori Shimizu ...
 Lain Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
 Mika Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)
Patricia Ja Lee ...
 Mika Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
 Lain's NAVI / ... (9 episodes, 1998)
Ari Moriizumi ...
 DJ (Present Day announcer) (9 episodes, 1998)
Barry Stigler ...
 Yasuo Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)
Yôko Asada ...
 Arisu Mizuki (8 episodes, 1998)
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 Miho Iwakura (8 episodes, 1998)
Rei Igarashi ...
 Miho Iwakura (7 episodes, 1998)
Chiharu Tezuka ...
 Reika Yamamoto (7 episodes, 1998)
Manabi Mizuno ...
 Juri Kato (7 episodes, 1998)
Shô Hayami ...
 Deus / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
Kirk Thornton ...
 Deus / ... (7 episodes, 1998)
Kuniko Yoshioka ...
 S (7 episodes, 1998)
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...
 Arisu Mizuki (7 episodes, 1998)
Alexis A. Edwards ...
 Juri Kato (7 episodes, 1998)
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 Reika Yamamoto (7 episodes, 1998)
Bob Buchholz ...
 Lin Sui-Xi / ... (6 episodes, 1998)
Jamieson Price ...
 Karl Haushofer / ... (6 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 Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl.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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Lain Iwakura: Why? Why did you die?
Navi [Dictating Chisa's response]: God is here.
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Referenced in Pulse (2001) See more »

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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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