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Serial Experiments Lain 

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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".
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Series cast summary:
Kaori Shimizu Kaori Shimizu ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Bridget Hoffman ...  Lain Iwakura 13 episodes, 1998
Dan Lorge ...  Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1998
Randy McPherson ...  Additional Voices / ... 13 episodes, 1998
Ali Moriizumi Ali Moriizumi ...  DJ (Present Day announcer) 13 episodes, 1998
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Yôko Asada Yôko Asada ...  Arisu Mizuki 12 episodes, 1998
Patricia Ja Lee ...  Mika Iwakura 12 episodes, 1998
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...  Arisu Mizuki 11 episodes, 1998
Chiharu Tezuka Chiharu Tezuka ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Manabi Mizuno Manabi Mizuno ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Alexis A. Edwards Alexis A. Edwards ...  Juri Kato 10 episodes, 1998
Lenore Zann ...  Reika Yamamoto 10 episodes, 1998
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...  Yasuo Iwakura 10 episodes, 1998
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...  Lain's NAVI / ... 9 episodes, 1998
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ...  Yasuo Iwakura 10 episodes, 1998
Rei Igarashi Rei Igarashi ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Brianne Brozey ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Petrea Burchard ...  Miho Iwakura 8 episodes, 1998
Keito Takimoto Keito Takimoto ...  Taro 8 episodes, 1998
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Takumi Yamazaki ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kirk Thornton ...  Deus / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Kuniko Yoshioka Kuniko Yoshioka ...  S 7 episodes, 1998
Jamieson Price ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Jôji Nakata ...  Karl Haushofer / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Bob Buchholz ...  Lin Sui-Xi / ... 6 episodes, 1998
Sandy Fox ...  Myu-Myu / ... 7 episodes, 1998
Sora Tôma Sora Tôma ...  Masayuki 6 episodes, 1998
Yuki Yamamoto Yuki Yamamoto ...  Myu-Myu 7 episodes, 1998
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A week after Chisa committed suicide, her classmates begin to receive emails from her. Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl. Chisa's message reads that she killed herself because she didn't need her body anymore, and she now exists in The Wired. When Lain asks why someone would do something like that she gets a response: "Because God is here". Written by Anonymous

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There are numerous references to Macintosh and Apple Computers: The phrase "To Be Continued", with a colored "Be" is shown at the end of most of the episodes. This is a reference to BeOS, whose logo has similar coloring. The Be company was founded by Jean-Louis Guasse, a former Apple executive. The Navis use an operating system named Copeland, which was the codename for Apple's MacOS 8. Navi's operating system has a graphical user interface (GUI) similar to that of MacOS. Arisu's Navi resembles the original Apple iMac. The series slogan "Close this world. Open the NeXT" is a reference to the NeXT company, founded by Steve Jobs in the late '80s and purchased by Apple Computer in December 1996. All of the Navis shown in the series use one-button mice as Macintosh computers do. The electronic voice heard saying the episode titles is the "Whisper" voice from the MacOS Speech Control Panel, a program that permits text-to-speech. The child's Navi that Lain used to use was modeled after the 20th Anniversary Macintosh. The HandiNAVI, the handheld computers which both Lain and Arisu used was based off the Apple Newton, the first PDA. Navis and Macintoshes are both built by companies named after fruit, Tachibana (a type of orange) and Apple, respectively. See more »

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Chisa Yomoda: There was no reason for me to stay in the real world any longer. In the real world, it didn't matter if I was there or not. When I realized that, I was no longer afraid of losing my body.
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Masterpiece of Anime and Animation
22 June 2003 | by Rirath_comSee all my reviews

Lain is by far one of my favorite animes of all time. The story is deep, well thought out, and very entertaining throughout. The characters develop perfectly, the atmosphere is incredible, and the story is flawless. Some of the story is left slightly open ended, leaving the viewer to fill in his or her own conclusions.

Tech heads will relate to this story effortlessly. The Wired is easily a souped up version of our own Internet, and the history isn't outrageously far from our own and well explained. The parallels between our world and this fictional world really make things interesting. This series really hits a sweet spot for sci-fi technological dramas.

Every anime fan should see this series, but be prepared for a brain twister. I've watched it a good five times and I can honestly say I still find new tidbits of the story every time. You just can't sit back and put your brain on cruise control; You must make an effort to follow the story or it will leave you mercilessly lost and confused.

And remember folks, this is fiction. You have to be willing to suspend belief a few times and accept the universe of the work at hand. Those unwilling or unable to do this, need not apply. Think of it as a deep mystery novel. Even when following the concrete parts of the story with great attention, there's enough misdirection to leave you wondering what if... and that's half the fun.

If you simply can't accept that the story isn't handed to you neatly gift wrapped, and that you may have to fill in the details from your own imagination, then go watch a simpler anime. This isn't for you. If you like the confusing story of animes like Neon Genesis Evangelion, or Boogiepop Phantom then you'll love this. If you live and breath technology, you'll only love it that much more. All in all, this is a masterpiece of animation.

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