Serial Experiments Lain

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Serial Experiments Lain
Original Manga N/A
Director/Artist Ryutaro Nakamura
Format Anime (TV)
Made By Sunrise
Episode Length 25 minutes
# of Eps/Volumes 13


Drama, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Suspense

Sum it up in a Sentence

A young girl's descent into "the wired" takes her away from her friends, family, and reality itself.

Main Description

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.

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Personal Opinions


I downloaded and watched this for one reason.

Original creator: Yoshitoshi Abe. aka 'He Who Did Haibane Renmei'

Lain continues in part Abe's sense of design and progression. The colour tones of the episodes are replicated through out all the episodes and abused in the more surreal. The series takes a very abusive look at itself, refusing to conform to any sort of exterior time line formed by the viewer. Events happens as they are presented, or maybe not. The difference between the real and the surreality is a significant point in this series as it questions the nature of reality.

This whole series is very confusing and is the sort of shit you should not defiantly watch when hung over as you'll end up like me, scrambling between philosophical statements trying to work out some kind of middle ground the series is constantly pushing you away from in order to find your own explanation.


This is one of my favorite series, but it's definitely not for everyone. First and foremost, it is very confusing. The plot itself is quite bizarre, and understanding it is complicated further by the fact that characters lie about the strange events that occur. Secondly, I've heard the pacing called "deliberate," but a more accurate term is "slow." Lain spends a lot of time going about her normal daily routine between bizarre occurrences, and if you demand frequent action, you will HATE this show.

However, if you don't mind a difficult plot and slow pacing, this is a highly artistic, mind-bending series that is a lot of fun to watch.


The archetypal trippy confusing psychological show. It's not often clear what's going on, or how much of the things you see actually happen, but that's part of the charm.


I loved this series, even though it starts off with a girl committing suicide. It is indeed very slow but if you get caught up in the thoughtfulness it likes to instill, it can be very addictive. It's very bizarre and psychologically gripping. I felt bad for whatever ultimately happened to Lain's "sister" but I loved the very end where Lain saw Alice again. A few warm-fuzzies, horror, revulsion, and sheer awe in one package. The design and imagery of the show is quite amazing too. The almost blank, light-saturated world with the splotchy, intensely angry-looking, bruise-purple shadows hanging out as the telephone poles gently buzz overhead is something I'll never forget.