Serial Experiments Lain
The series is set in a future where everything is connected to the Wired, an online network similar to the Internet but far more advanced. Japanese schoolgirl Lain Iwakura takes very little interest in computers, until one day a classmate commits suicide and other students report getting e-mails from the deceased girl. Lain goes online to discover that she too has received messages. Instead of dismissing them as a hoax, she starts to correspond with the dead girl, who claims that she is not really dead, but has merely left her body...
Lain is drawn further and further into the online world, even as the real world begins to warp around her. Children are being harmed by a video game, her family has been acting strange, there are mysterious men in black watching her every move, and strangers seem to know a completely different Lain walking around.
Serial Experiments Lain is best known for the strange voiceovers in each episode, including the prologue and episode title. It is also full of disturbing psychological imagery and dense technological dialogue where real people and machines in the history of computers are referenced often. Many of the elements of the series are standards for cyberpunk fiction, particularly the use of cyberspace, an unwilling protagonist who gets wrapped up in something much larger than she completely understands and complex conspiracy theories.
|Season One||July 6, 1998||September 28, 1998||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series.
|Navi||July 13, 1999||1|
|Knights||August 24, 1999||1|
|Deus||October 12, 1999||1|
|Reset||November 23, 1999||1|
|Serial Experiments Lain Boxed Set||November 28, 2000||4|