Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".
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Kaori Shimizu Kaori Shimizu ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Bridget Hoffman ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Dan Lorge ...  Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1998
Randy McPherson ...  Additional Voices / ... 13 episodes, 1998
Ali Moriizumi Ali Moriizumi ...  DJ (Present Day announcer) 13 episodes, 1998
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Yôko Asada Yôko Asada ...  Arisu Mizuki 12 episodes, 1998
Patricia Ja Lee ...  Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...  Arisu Mizuki 11 episodes, 1998
Chiharu Tezuka Chiharu Tezuka ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Manabi Mizuno Manabi Mizuno ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Alexis A. Edwards Alexis A. Edwards ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Lenore Zann ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...  Yasuo Iwakura 9 episodes, 1998
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...  Lain's NAVI / ... 9 episodes, 1998
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ...  Yasuo Iwakura 9 episodes, 1998
Rei Igarashi Rei Igarashi ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Brianne Brozey ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Petrea Burchard ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Keito Takimoto Keito Takimoto ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Show Hayami Show Hayami ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Takumi Yamazaki ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Kirk Thornton ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kuniko Yoshioka Kuniko Yoshioka ...  S 7 episodes, 1998
Jamieson Price ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Jôji Nakata ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 5 episodes, 1998
Bob Buchholz ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Sandy Fox ...  Myu-Myu / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Sora Tôma Sora Tôma ...  Masayuki 6 episodes, 1998
Yuki Yamamoto Yuki Yamamoto ...  Myu-Myu 6 episodes, 1998
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Lain Iwakura, an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda-the very same Chisa who recently committed suicide. Lain has neither the desire nor the experience to handle even basic technology; yet, when the technophobe opens the email, it leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the internet. Lain's life is turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. Strange men called the Men in Black begin to appear wherever she goes, asking her questions and somehow knowing more about her than even she herself knows. With the boundaries between reality and cyberspace rapidly blurring, Lain is plunged into more surreal and bizarre events where identity, consciousness, and perception are concepts that take on new meanings.

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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 »

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Lain Iwakura: Why? Why did you die?
Navi [Dictating Chisa's response]: God is here.
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Woefully unknown piece of anime
30 September 2003 | by MulligaSee 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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13 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Serial Experiments Lain See more »

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