Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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 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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Close the world, open the nExt. (aka "Close the world, .txEn eht nepo") See more »


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The geek with the wearable computer is accessing a page that's utilizes Apple Computer's Hot Sauce web browser plug-in for 3D space navigation. See more »

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Lain Iwakura: No matter where you go, everyone's connected.
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Forever altered my perspective
16 June 2009 | by rushnerdSee 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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13 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Serial Experiments Lain See more »

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