MyAnimeList.net

Ranked #532
Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

Alternative Titles

English: Serial Experiments Lain
Japanese: シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 1998 to Sep 28, 1998
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.991 (scored by 70281 users)
Ranked: #5322
Popularity: #162
Members: 154,645
Favorites: 5,153
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Synopsis

Lain Iwakura appears to be an ordinary girl, with almost no experience with computers. Yet the sudden suicide of a schoolmate, and a number of strange occurrences, conspire to pull Lain into the world of the Wired, where she gradually learns that nothing is what it seems to be... not even Lain herself.

(Source: ANN)

Background

No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime


Characters & Voice Actors

Iwakura, Lain
Iwakura, Lain
Main
Shimizu, Kaori
Japanese
Shimizu, Kaori
Mizuki, Arisu
Mizuki, Arisu
Supporting
Asada, Yoko
Japanese
Asada, Yoko
Eiri, Masami
Eiri, Masami
Supporting
Hayami, Show
Japanese
Hayami, Show
Iwakura, Yasuo
Iwakura, Yasuo
Supporting
Oobayashi, Ryuusuke
Japanese
Oobayashi, Ryuusuke

Staff

Ueda, Yasayuki
Ueda, Yasayuki
Producer, Original Creator, Planning
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Director
Murata, Masahiko
Murata, Masahiko
Director
Ueda, Shigeru
Ueda, Shigeru
Director

More episodes Episodes(8/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Weird
Jul 7, 1998
2 Girls
Jul 14, 1998
3 Psyche
Jul 21, 1998
4 Religion
Jul 28, 1998
5 Distortion
Aug 4, 1998

Opening Theme

"Duvet" by Bôa

Ending Theme

"Tooi Sakebi" by Nakaido Chabo Rei'ichi



Write a review | More reviewsReviews

seraphjei
Mar 11, 2008 9:46 PM
Review for Serial Experiments Lain by John Kim

Introduction: I find myself typing this review thinking more about the conceptualization of existence, than the anime itself. Above all, there are two standards I hold true for anime. There are anime that simply entertain for the sake of enjoyment, and there are anime that stretches the boundary of human imagination. Serial Experiments Lain falls in the latter category and for this reason Serial Experiments Lain stands out as a true classic. Serial Experiments Lain pushes the envelope of what the perceived notion of what can be done with television as a medium. The show doesn’t just provide read more
I found this review Helpful
Qwerkzy
Jan 20, 2008 7:47 PM
I'll just cut to the chase. I don't recommend this anime. I'll start out with the good things. The art is superb and very atmospheric. It's drawn in a unique style and it might be worth watching an episode or two for just this fact alone. If I were ever to direct an existentialist anime, I would definitely turn to this series for some major inspiration. The opening theme is well chosen and the sound effects are fairly good.

Now for the bad-- everything else. Serial Experiments Lain tries to tackle the problem of existence and identity read more
I found this review Helpful
AnimeViewerJ
Feb 7, 2012 11:12 AM
Now let me start of by saying THIS IS NOT AN ANIME FOR EVERYONE! *minor spoilers included*

The story of Serial Experiments Lain is an interesting complex one to say the least. It starts of by a student commiting suicide saying she does not need to exist in this world anymore. The following day the students receive an email from the dead student and at first they think it is spam mail but that turns out not to be the case. Pretty much the whole show revolves around The Wired (or their version of a more advanced Internet) and how humans use it as a form read more
I found this review Helpful
ktulu007
Jul 2, 2014 11:09 AM
Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological horror, sci-fi, cyberpunk drama anime written by Konaka Chiaki and developed by Triangle Staff. On one hand, I've seen enough things claim to be psychological with virtually no psychological content that I'm a bit skeptical. However, I've also seen plenty of anime with legitimate psychological horror elements foremost among them being the absolutely stellar Perfect Blue. This will be the only anime produced by Triangle Staff that I've seen so I can't provide an educated hypothesis based on that. I will say that I've seen some other anime that Konaka Chiaki was involved with, though not the head writer read more
I found this review Helpful

Recommendations

Anime: Boogiepop wa Warawanai: Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom and Serial Experiments Lain are very slow-paced and have very little dialogue. They both attempt to be philisophical.... 
reportRecommended by selective_yellow
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
If you like complex thinking, you should watch this. Very psychological. 
reportRecommended by PandaPuff
Anime: Ergo Proxy
similar themes and even look and style of the animation. 
reportRecommended by dollie_mixtures
Anime: Dennou Coil
Both are the stories about a cyberspace layered on the real world. The concepts and details are bit more confusing and scientific in SEL. SEL is a must watch for anyone who like sci-fi anime like Dennou Coil. 
reportRecommended by abhin4v
Anime: Mousou Dairinin
Perception and reality: the divergence between what one perceives and what might exist is at the heart of both series. Paranoia Agent follows a more psychological approach to unravel the relation between these vectors while Serial Experiments Lain has a more philosophical take. It is likely that those who enjoy abstract deconstructions of identity will appreciate these exercises in surreal existentialism that are Lain and Paranoia Agent. 
reportRecommended by Nocturnal
Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Both shows center around a girl, whose fate is unknown to her. The answers they are looking for unfold as the the two series progress. In the end they both stand alone before a great challenge and they both have to discover that they can ultimately change the world as we know it. 
reportRecommended by Radzeer

Recent News

No discussion topic was found.

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Serial Experiments Lain Episode 13 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 )
nini - Dec 30, 2008
161 replies by TheConquerer »»
Aug 25, 4:39 PM
Poll: Serial Experiments Lain Episode 9 Discussion ( 1 2 )
aero - Mar 16, 2009
72 replies by Mroujeee »»
Aug 13, 2:17 PM