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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
7 July 1998 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Present day, present time! Ha ha ha ha ha...
Plot:
Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired". Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 30 of 80)
Kaori Shimizu ... Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)
Bridget Hoffman ... Lain Iwakura (13 episodes, 1998)

Randy McPherson ... 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)

Dan Martin ... 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)

Lenore Zann ... Reika Yamamoto (10 episodes, 1998)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Yasuo Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Lain's NAVI / ... (9 episodes, 1998)
Barry Stigler ... Yasuo Iwakura (9 episodes, 1998)
Rei Igarashi ... Miho Iwakura (8 episodes, 1998)

Brianne Brozey ... Taro (8 episodes, 1998)

Petrea Burchard ... 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)

Sandy Fox ... Myu-Myu / ... (6 episodes, 1998)
Sora Tôma ... Masayuki (6 episodes, 1998)
Yuki Yamamoto ... Myu-Myu (6 episodes, 1998)
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Series Directed by
Ryûtarô Nakamura (9 episodes, 1998)
Lia Sargent (7 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Writing credits
Chiaki Konaka (3 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Yutaka Maseba .... producer (6 episodes, 1998)
Shojiro Abe .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Makiko Iwata .... producer: TV Tokyo (2 episodes, 1998)
Yasuyuki Ueda .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Original Music by
Wasei Chikada (13 episodes, 1998)
Reichi Nakaido (13 episodes, 1998)
Akira Takemoto (13 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tsuyoshi Imai (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Art Direction by
Masaru Satô (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Ryûtarô Nakamura .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1998)
Ryoko Hiraide .... color key (2 episodes, 1998)

Masahiko Murata .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Rokurô Niga .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Takuya Satô .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Phil Brewster .... re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1998)
Les Claypool III .... final mix (13 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Special Effects by
Takashi Maekawa .... special effects (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Akiko Nishikawa .... photographer: Azuhata Production (1 episode, 1998)
Shinichi Sasano .... photography: Azuhata Production (1 episode, 1998)
Kazusumi Takahashi .... photography: Azuhata Production (1 episode, 1998)
Atsuo Tsukioka .... photography: Azuhata Production (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Animation Department
Osamu Honda .... background artist: Baku Production (3 episodes, 1998)
Rie Honda .... background artist: Baku Production (3 episodes, 1998)
Toshihiro Shinyu .... background artist: Baku Production (3 episodes, 1998)
Gakuto Adehara .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Song In Ah .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Tomoaki Chishima .... animator (2 episodes, 1998)
Seima Geiri .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Choi Eun Ha .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Seung Hee Ha .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Akane Hamano .... ink and paint artist: Buyou / paint checker (2 episodes, 1998)
Hiroki Hara .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Oh Hyon Hwa .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
You Joo Hwan .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Kim Myoung Ja .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Ko Eun Joo .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Jin-ah Kim .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Kaname Kirishiro .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Taro Kitagawa .... ink and paint artist / ink and paint artist: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Mitsuyoshi Kosugi .... background artist: Baku Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Makiko Kumasawa .... ink and paint artist: Buyou / paint checker (2 episodes, 1998)
Lee Yoon Kyung .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Kim Myong Lan .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Byung Ae Lee .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Eun Sil Lee .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
You Joo Lyoung .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Yoshimasa Masuda .... ink and paint artist: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Kenichi Nagao .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Mitsuteru Nakamura .... ink and paint checker / paint checker (2 episodes, 1998)
Sakuya Sakurai .... inbetween animator: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Natsue Sasaki .... ink and paint artist: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Masahiro Sekiguchi .... animation director / layout artist (2 episodes, 1998)
Hiroshi Shirakawa .... ink and paint checker (2 episodes, 1998)
Yoo Ja Song .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Sin Choong Sook .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Rie Suzuki .... ink and paint artist: Buyou (2 episodes, 1998)
Yûji Takahashi .... animation director / layout artist (2 episodes, 1998)
Kang Hyo Yoon .... inbetween animator: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)
Kwak Nee Youn .... ink and paint artist: Sung San Animation Production (2 episodes, 1998)

Yoshitoshi Abe .... character designer (unknown episodes)
Koichi Arai .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
Seung-hyeon Hong .... animator (unknown episodes)
Il-bae Kim .... animator (unknown episodes)
Myeong-byeon Kim .... animator (unknown episodes)
Tae-hyeong Kim .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hidenori Matsubara .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
Tokuyuki Matsutake .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
Yeong-jae Pak .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hirofumi Suzuki .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
Toshiyuki Tsuru .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
Akihiko Yamashita .... animator: opening/ending sequences (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Suguru Matsuoka .... casting (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Editorial Department
Keiko Mizuta .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1998)
Kaoru Saito .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1998)
Megumi Uchida .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Other crew
Jin Chosokabe .... production assistant (1 episode, 1998)
Takashi Hirokawa .... production desk (1 episode, 1998)
Ito Junya .... promotion (1 episode, 1998)
Ryûtarô Nakamura .... continuity (1 episode, 1998)
 

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Runtime:
24 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) (most volumes) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (volume 4) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (complete collection) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (volume 4) | Canada:G (Quebec) (volumes 1-3) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Malaysia:U (DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | UK:12 (most volumes) | UK:PG (volume 2) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The two MIBs actually have names. The name of the short, Asian MIB is Lin Sui-Xi. The name of the tall, Caucasian MIB is Karl Haushofer. His character was the only one to be addressed by name during the series.See more »
Quotes:
Lain Iwakura:No matter where you go, everyone's connected.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One of the most strange Japanese anime serial, 4 September 2007
Author: shusei from Japan

Generally speaking,Japanese anime products,as its by-product known as "otaku" culture, are full of contradictions. First of all, anime's "artistic" level has never been adequately estimated in its homeland(namely by audience, critics and mass medias) and usually "discovered" by foreigners(most sad example is "Inoccence--Ghost in the shell", Mamoru Oshii's best and probably last artistic film). Secondally, anime's highest level in dramaturgy had been achieved before it was "discovered" by world film festivals and foreign audiences(French people is said to have believed "Candy Candy"'s not a Japanese serial, because it was so sophisticated).

"Serial experiment Lain" is a accidental postmodern masterpiece,made after anime's classical achievements("accidental", because no one had intended to make a work of art). "Lain" uses plenty of postmodern devices: citation from purely historical materials,stylish eclecticism,"open" ending or circular structure and showing its own media's limitation(many scenes are openly "two dimensional" and look like rather abstract "picture").

Having been made in the time of imitation and citation of past anime "classical "serials of 80s and later 70s, "Lain" is superb in its originality and the sense of the contemporary.After seeing this serial, "Evangelion" seems to be boring and too long(experimental works must be not so long as ordinary "genre" works,it is the rule from the time of silent era).

I recommend to compare this serial with "Kairo" by Kiyoshi Kurosawa,the latter will seem to be some kind of a little out-dated remake of this serial.

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