Serial Experiments Lain

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Serial Experiments Lain

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Welcome to the Serial Experiments Lain guide. TV Rating: TV-PG Genres: Anime, Psychological Drama, Science Fiction Serial Experiments Lain is not your typical sci-fi/drama anime. This unusual anime builds slowly as Lain, the lead character, goes deeper into the WIRED. More thoughtful then action-oriented, this anime is targeted more towards science fiction and mystery fans then action fans. A good frame of reference is to think of The X-Files crossed with The Matrix. It follows the life of 14-year-old Lain Iwakura, an introverted school girl who generally keeps to herself. She has few friends, a distracted father, a distant mother and a typically self-absorbed teenage older sister. Although most of the people around her are computer savvy and connected to the WIRED, Lain herself has never shown any interest in her own Navi. However, that all changes when Lain receives an email from a dead classmate. She is quickly drawn into the a dark and mysterious world of the WIRED. As she goes deeper into this world, the line between reality and the WIRED blurs; until, finally, a question is asked: "Who Is Lain?"

Characters: Lain: Although introverted and quiet at first, as she gains confidence in the WIRED she becomes more outgoing and self-assured. However, there is a dark secret about herself that she does not know about. It is this secret that could threaten the fabric of reality. Yasuo Iwakura: Lain's Dad. Although apparently distracted and obsessed with his computers, he does love Lain. As Lain goes deeper into the WIRED, his concerns grow. Miho Iwakura: Lain's Mom. She seems distant towards her children but shows affection for Yasuo when they are alone. Mika Iwakura: Lain's older sister. Although self-absorbed, she nevertheless becomes concerned for Lain as her younger sister goes deeper into the WIRED. Alice: Lain's true friend. Alice is the only one who tries to keep Lain grounded in reality. She is also the one that always sticks up for Lain and tries to keep her included in the group. As they grow closer together their friendship is what helps Lain to hold on to her sanity. Julie: A part of the group of Lain's school friends, she nevertheless is unsure about Lain. She often makes thoughtless remarks about Lain that Alice needs to correct. She is also one of the other school children to receive an email from Chisa, although she was too frightened to answer it. Reika: Also a part of Lain's group of school friends, she usually stays neutral. She is interested in rumors and gossip on the WIRED and likes to ask Lain if she had heard of anything new. Chisa Yomoda: The girl who commits suicide in the beginning of the series. She is very much like Lain, shy and quiet. Although they attended the same school, Chisa and Lain never met in life. However, it is the email that she sends after her death that opens a whole new life for Lain. Taro: Usually hanging out at Cyberia with his two friends, Myu-Myu and Masayuki, Taro considers himself quite the ladies man, often flirting with Lain. Nevertheless, he is also very knowledgeable about the WIRED, Navis, the Knights and so on. He helps Lain in her investigations Men In Black: Also referred to as the MIB. They are a mysterious, shadowy group of strongmen hired by the Tachibana General Laboratories to observe and protect Lain. Often seen with lasersights, Carl and his fellow MIB are often seen watching Lain from a distance. The Knights: A shadowy organization of hackers. At first, Lain is intrigued by their reputation. Later, she comes to believe that they are responsible for the suicides and deaths. Eiri Masami: An ex-researcher for Tachibana General Laboratories. Fearing that Eiri's research and development of hidden protocols would cause serious problems with the WIRED Tachibana fires him. However this only frees Eiri to pursue his true purpose: to bring down the walls between the WIRED and the real world.

Parental Notes: This series has a TV rating of TV-PG (V). For the DVDs and videos, the distributor (Pioneer) recommends that this series is for audiences 16 and over. Needless to say, this series is meant for mature children, teens and adults. There is some strong language, nudity (although it is done tastefully) and some violence that can be realistic. That being said, the warning is more for the mature themes explored in this series; they will be disturbing to young children, especially those under 7. These themes (the meaning of life, death, suicide, sex, etc.) are targeted for an adult audience, so please use your discretion.

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  • Lain, a shy girl gets into computers, literally.

    9.5
    I like this series but I never understood what was going on. Does Lain exsist or not? It doesn't make any sense. In the beginning for the series Lain was just an ordinary girl who has a sudden interest in computers and stuff, but then somewhere in the end, she doesn't exsist. How did that happen? Are her parents and her older sister virtual too? And speaking for her older sister, somewhere nearing the end of the series, she looked like she had a lobotomy. Creepy right? Despite the plot of the series, I thought the Japanese culture and pop culture was wicked cool, especially the night club scenes.moreless
  • The kind of show that you sit still to watch and keep your eyes focused on the screen at all times because its just so interesting.

    9.5
    I saw the first episode of Lain and just thought it was amazing, the animation is rather different to any other anime, heck everything about Lain is different to any other anime, this of course doesn't mean is silly or too wierd (even though it is quite strange) it just means its far more interesting than your typical 'main character must get stronger in order to save the world via fight scenes'. The only other anime I can liken it to is Ghost In The Shell, so by rights we are looking at a psychological and distopian science fiction. Lain is well thought out, well imagained and well animated. The plot is great as well and as I said makes a nice change from action orientated shows, this one really gives you something to think about.

    Would I recommend this show? No probably not. 'Why?' I hear you ask, because its just too different, I personally thorougly enjoy the show, but the majority of people I have shown it to dislike it and would sooner watch stuff like Naruto. Bottom line is if you have reached this review then you should like the show (on the basis that someone with similar interests to you recommended it, or you were led here while looking at Noein or something), but this is very strange and abnormal. 'All the better' I hear you say, fantastic.moreless
  • The first episode drew me in without me even noticing it, and after I watched it, I was left dazed...

    9.7
    The first episode drew me in without me even noticing it, and after I watched it, I was left dazed. The rest of the episodes hold a similiar power but not as great as the initiation to the show. The other episodes left me satisfied but unsatisfied all the same. My mind tried to form a theory but I was left even more confused than the begining, I tried to grasp what the show was saying and by the end I was left waiting for the next episode. The end really hit hard too. The last episode I was left even more dazed than when I first even glimpsed at the show. I truly felt conected with it in a different since, but yet I was left wanting more. I felt there were a lot of questions left to be answered and yet some answers ineed of questions. I truly enjoyed this series even though its animation was a bit old, not like the more modern animation, it was a brilliant creation. I was extremely thankful I was graced with being able to find this series. I also recently introduced the first four episodes to one of my friends, who has no interest in anime. She was also pulled in and left wanting more, we discussed the episodes we watched and she was left just as I was. This anime is a great work of art, and if you grasped the show I know you would agree its a wonderful creation.moreless
  • You don't stop watching this till you've seen the end.

    9.0
    Lain is a quiet girl who doesn't know much about computers. Till she connects to the wired and gets a mail from a girl. A girl who committed suicide a while ago. While the connection with the wired is getting stronger worlds starting to fade and nothing is what it seemed to be.



    The show has a exceptionally good plot which unfolds in the most unexpected ways. Included is a lot of philosophy, a little science and a reasonable link to the reality.



    The anime itself is kept quiet and slow with a lot of still images so your attention is mostly going to the conversations and other strange sounds. That doesn’t mean the anime isn’t worth watching, it’s beautiful drawn with eye for detail.



    Definitely worth a 9, although I’m not going to shout “bring it back!”. The show has 13 episodes and a satisfying ending. If they made more, it wouldn’t be Lain anymore.moreless
  • An excellent, intelligent, and exceptionally weird anime.

    9.5
    I will begin this review by telling you this, you don\'t see storylines like this every day. Not only is this anime demented (Like Paranoia Agent) but it is also chock full of philosophy1 Eachepisode throws a message at you if you look deep enough, and even if you ren\'t a philosopher, the large amount of \"WTF.... Did I just see that?\" scenes should still s\\appease you. This Anime is well voiced, beautifully drawn, and extremely well plotted. It is truly a pity that like other great animes that flew under the radar 9like Dual!) this show died with Tech TV. I would recommend this anime only to people who want to think instead of hearing \"KAMEHAMEHA!!!\" every episode in an anime, and while you don\'t have to be a phlosophy major to understand this show, it certainly would help.moreless
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