Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain Recommendations

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If you like complex thinking, you should watch this. Very psychological.
report Recommended by PandaPuff
Lain and Evangelion are intrinsically complex series. In both there is a strong presence of technology, which underlines the problematic relationship between individual existence and collective psychological archetypes of a symbolic order. These anime address topics such as the self, the body, the role of communication and the possibility of forging bonds. Lain is heavily intellectual from the outset and slow-paced through and through, while Eva only develops its conceptual core in the later episodes and is much more action-driven. Lain and Eva are prodigies of existential thought transmitted through a visual medium; and as such they go hand in hand.

report Recommended by Nocturnal
Both are very deep, and make you think. They have somewhat similar theme, but the setting is very different.

Lain is no doubt a series to be enjoyed for every NGE fan that was attracted by NGE's psychological scenes.
report Recommended by Korru
Both have deeply complex plots and deal with the human psyche
report Recommended by little_raven
Makes you think on what the hell is actually happening in the anime, and what the characters are thinking and what leads to their actions.
report Recommended by Jayith
Dark, psychological, philosophical, mysterious, Lain and Evangelion are very similar thematically and tonally. If you like one (or if you didn't absolutely hate the last two episodes of Evangelion), you'll almost certainly like the other.
report Recommended by Mawootad
Two great psychological anime. In both almost all the characters have their own individual inner world, incomprehensible even to themselves, do not speak already about others. Immediately recall the words of Gendo Ikari: "No one will ever fully understand another person".
So, to fully enjoy these masterpieces of psychological need to put it mildly, "to apply the brain." Well, if you're fans of the genre ala "Lucky Star", or "Azumang's" image not recommend.
report Recommended by Die_Mann
I've watched both of this anime and i think that anyone who has watched Neon Genesis evangelion should also watch serial experiments lain.The most common thing between these two anime is the psychological aspect.Both of them have a complicated history and also characters.Even if the history is not the same (of course) they both have to do with technology and future.Also the main character are almost the same,with big personality problems and duple personality sometimes.Also i think that in both animes the characters surrounding the main characters are problematic and difficult to understand .
report Recommended by myso12
Both these series are psychological in nature. It explores the idea of existence, self and being. You'll end up questioning yourself. Although NGE has more action and SEL has a slower pace.
report Recommended by Mirorin
Both have similar themes dealing with "god" and self discovery. They also share similar art styles and story telling mechanics.
report Recommended by Cesilius
Heavily influencing deep psychological thinking, themes like Existential philosophy and Depth in human inter-relations, both shows intersect in the point where the viewer is left with more meaning behind the plot and span of episodes.

If you like Complex themes, and thought-skewering eeriness, watch them both.
report Recommended by ramimanify
- Both are psychological and deep
- Both are mindscrewy (Lain more so than Eva)
- The last two episodes of Eva are the most similar to Lain
report Recommended by jessifer
If you liked NGE's psychological theme and complex story , i would recomend this anime because it consists of some of the same themes and the story is quite complex so it would require you to use your brain
report Recommended by SpookiDjinn
Revenge of the late 90s with these two unique pieces. Serial Experiments Lain is only similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion with the undertones, as well as the atmosphere and overall impression both series tend to leave with people. Evangelion will leave you somewhat shaken in what you consider to be "normal" in the ways of human psychology, as well as taking you through a detailed unraveling of the main characters, whereas Lain will leave you wondering more about the duality of the self and the responsibilities associated with near God-Like power (something that the viewers of the End of Evangelion wish had been discussed with   read more
report Recommended by Traveling_Man
Complex plot lines, existentialism, and bizarre realities are present in both. Anime you need to think about after watching. Both could be seen as old takes on future technological development as well
report Recommended by Legg91
both neon genesis evangelion and serial experiments lain are shows that mainly revolve metaphorical/deeper elements yet also can conjure up a sophisticated and complex plot. like evangelion, many of the scene in sal can be analyzed heavily and may take a couple rewatches to figure out what's really going on beneath the plot's surface layer. lot's of "oh i get it now!" in both animes.
report Recommended by gkillua

Two series difficult to understand, which showed great innovation in its time. But not as much as in its images , and the way it flows the pain of our protagonists , a psychological game with religious touches. In a world , the world of our main character, in their struggle to understand his existence , where throughout the series, accumulate more mysteries of this surreal world .
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both series are similarly portraying themes in a wide array of ways. They are complexly build, feature darker elements and similar in directing and animation style.
report Recommended by AnimeXHunter
Both are artsy type animes, that leave a lot of story details up for interpretation for the viewer, however 'Serial Experiments Lain" is a bit more vague with its story so that may shy away potential viewers.
report Recommended by BurbleBenis
Deep, complex, and dark stories with underlying themes of the human mind and depression. Both are full of psychological, and philosophical ideas relating to existence, self-perception, and god.
Not a show to watch with your brain turned off.
report Recommended by Gone_Noir
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a very psychological show, and Serial Experiments Lain is the same in that regard, plus they both have a dark science fiction setting. Serial Experiments Lain also touches on some things talked about in the infamous last two episodes of NGE, and if you didn't hate those episodes, I would say that is more of a reason to give SEL a shot. Both also have some great directing and can take a bit of thinking to fully understand the plot.
report Recommended by Bluekirby2
Both involves coplex and thought-provoking story.
Have similar dark and depressing atmosphere ,lots of psychological and philosophical ideas.
report Recommended by LifeIsOverrated
- both deal with themes such as the unity of humanity being the highest level of evolution
- deeply psychological; not for the simple-minded
- serve thoughtful questions for the viewer to digest
- both cult classics that stand out drastically against your average run-of-the-mill anime drama
- it's some of the darkest of the dark in the world of anime
report Recommended by birdiverse
Both anime are shows that will question their audiences and make them think about the messages and impactions they present. They both require time, an open mind for interpretation, and patience to understand. They are both quite dark, and should not be watched by children, however, for older audiences, these are both shows I would highly recommend.
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