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Serial Experiments Lain is a complex anime series that follows the story of the main character, Lain. Lain is a completely normal girl, living an average, relatively boring, life. She has never had much to do with technology, although her dad is a computer enthusiast. That all changes, however, when Lain learns that girls at her school are receiving computer messages from a fellow classmate, Chisa, who committed suicide. Before Long, Lain gets her own message from Chisa, and is soon in contact with the girl, who is supposed to be dead.


Serial Experiments Lain is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 6, 1998.

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1 Season, 13 Episodes
July 6, 1998
Anime, Science Fiction
Cast: Rei Igarashi, Ayako Kawasumi, Kaori Shimizu, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi, Shigeru Chiba
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  • Lain's guilt over the havoc caused by her interaction within the wired provokes her to take drastic - and irreversible - action.

  • "God" preaches that our bodies are simply an obstacle preventing the evolution of mankind. An exhausted Lain appears willing to sacrifice her own flesh and blood until Alice convinces her to take a stand against the digitalized deity.

  • Lain risks a meltdown by uploading a Navi clone into her own brain. Later, the border between reality and the wired is threatened when Lain forces the world forget a secret that never should have been revealed.

  • Lain encounters a man who call himself the "god" of the wired, and members of the Knights all across the world log on to participate in a cryptic mass suicide.

  • A DJ at the club passes Lain a plain brown envelope containing a computer chip of unknown origins. Hoping to learn more about the clandestine technology, Lain abducts a young boy for a "date."

  • Lain's unsavory behavior within the wired turns her into an outcast at school. Confused and alone, Lain investigates her own cyber-lifestyle only to be shocked by a voyeuristic incarnation of herself.

  • Covert agents in black suits take Lain in for questioning. When the interrogation hits too close to home, Lain flips from real to wired in the blink of an eye.

  • When an image of herself appears in the clouds, the "real" Lain enters the wired on a search for answers. Her quest leads to a "child-killer" scientist whose devious work is being exploited by the Knights.

  • Lain's friends suspect her involvement in a series of computer errors that caused a lethal traffic accident. Meanwhile, her sister is haunted by mysterious messages demanding that she "fulfill the prophecy".

  • The more involved with computers she becomes, the more Lain begins to transform. In the cybernetic cocoon that was once her room, she's hard at work blurring the lines between reality and the wired.

  • Lain wasn't interested in computers until she received her first email from a formerly suicidal classmate. Her newfound desire to connect with the dead will lead her into the twisted maze of the "wired world."