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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

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Score: 7.981 (scored by 67951 users)
Ranked: #5612
Popularity: #160
Members: 148,381
Favorites: 4,924
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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

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Serial Experiments Lain: The Nightmare of Fabrication

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
Murata, Masahiko
Murata, Masahiko
Director
Ueda, Shigeru
Ueda, Shigeru
Director
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Director

Add episode | More episodes Episodes

Episodes  8 / 13
Aired  Jul 6, 1998 to Sep 28, 1998
Status  Finished Airing


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Jun 16, 1:43 AM
AlienEuphoria
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Serial Experiments Lain is a paragon of many dimensions, and completely unparalleled in many more. It's a masterpiece of intellectuality, and utterly unparalleled in providing a mind-warping trip into extreme psychological and philosophical themes whose impact lingers and haunts like nothing I've ever experienced.

This is going without saying that Serial Experiments Lain is one of the most inaccessible creations of art to grace the medium of Animation, and it is difficult to even describe its complexity. There is a broad range of ideas, all of which have massive depth in their facets, which could all be focused on as a main point. read more
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Dec 24, 2014 7:55 AM
SnowyMaclaw
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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Mar 11, 2008 9:46 PM
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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Apr 6, 4:20 PM
lawlmartz
Present day... Present time! hahaHAHAHAha

"What isn't remembered never happened. Memory is merely a record...You just need to rewrite that record."

Preface:

The term "existentialism" gets tossed around a lot when talking about psychological narratives. Perhaps it's that existentialism is a theme common to many stories that not only makes them more interesting, but encourages the viewer to ask questions about themselves, and be more introspective. Perhaps it's that existentialism is a concept central to the being of psychological intrigue, and one that also lends itself to storytelling. However, Lain is existentialism in its most pure form.

Story: 9

Serial Experiments Lain is extraordinary, and not in the most read more
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Opening Theme

"Duvet" by Bôa

Ending Theme

"Tooi Sakebi" by Nakaido Chabo Rei'ichi

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