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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: 7.971 (scored by 62786 users)
Ranked: #5492
Popularity: #150
Members: 134,964
Favorites: 4,517
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cyberpunk drama mystery psychological sci-fi

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)

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Adaptation: Serial Experiments Lain: The Nightmare of Fabrication

Characters & Voice Actors

Iwakura, Lain
Iwakura, Lain
Main
Shimizu, Kaori
Japanese
Shimizu, Kaori
Hoffman, Bridget
English
Hoffman, Bridget
...
Taro
Taro
Supporting
Siddall, Brianne
English
Siddall, Brianne
Sindberg, Susan
French
Sindberg, Susan
...
Karl
Karl
Supporting
Nakata, Jouji
Japanese
Nakata, Jouji
Price, Jamieson
English
Price, Jamieson
Eiri, Masami
Eiri, Masami
Supporting
Hayami, Show
Japanese
Hayami, Show
Thornton, Kirk
English
Thornton, Kirk
...

Staff

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



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Jan 25, 2015
guywholikesanime
Note: I ain't no english speaker

Everyone is connected

I recently finished one of the most iconic and groundbreaking anime in history. Honestly is very difficult to write a review as my brain is trying to recover from the mind-melting experience of watching Serial Experiments Lain, but I am going to do my best.

SEL is all about making you think. While other anime want to simply amuse you, SEL tries to connect with you and tries to create some kind of "bond" between you and your conscious, pretty much what NGE and GhitS do (or try to). SEL uses (and abuses) your intelligence and your darkest feelings read more
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Mar 11, 2008
seraphjei
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
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Dec 24, 2014
JiyuuNoTenshi
Often, you find that some people don’t watch anime for one reason or another (excluding “it’s just not for me”), whether it be “it’s just for a bunch of kids”, “it’s all the same thing” or “it’s just a bunch of mindless entertainment” or other such reasons. Serial Experiments Lain breaks that reasoning not only right in its face, it makes sure you remember it too.

To start off, the synopsis for the show is Lain Iwakura is a mere quiet girl, who after receiving a text from a classmate that had committed suicide, and pressure from her friends, buys a computer to find out what read more
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Feb 7, 2012
AnimeViewerJ
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
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Recommendations

Boogiepop Phantom and Serial Experiments Lain are very slow-paced and have very little dialogue. They both attempt to be philisophical....
If you like complex thinking, you should watch this. Very psychological.
similar themes and even look and style of the animation.
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.
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.
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.

Opening Theme

"Duvet" by Bôa

Ending Theme

"Tooi Sakebi" by Nakaido Chabo Rei'ichi

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