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From acclaimed artist of Haibane Renmei, Yoshitoshi ABe

  • Genre: Cyberpunk,Drama,Mystery,School,Sci Fi
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of Episodes: 13
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An easy pickup for old and new fans alike that I can’t recommend enough.

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Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix.

Close the World. Open the Next. Decades before the internet was something people carried around in their pockets, these words introduced anime fans to a surreal existence where computer monitors served as portals to brave new worlds. Serial Experiments: Lain and its deceptively “ordinary” title character redefined an entire generation’s concept of the world wide web, prompting us all to suspiciously take note of humming power lines and central processing units. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain – driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate – logs on to the Wired and promptly loses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches. Close the World. Open the Next. It’s as simple as the flip of a switch.

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  • Weird
    Episode 1 - Weird

    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.”

  • Girls
    Episode 2 - Girls

    Accela - a designer drug born of nanotechnology - is a big hit with the club kids, but what’s that got to do with Lain? Only a madman who painted the dance floor with blood can answer that question - and he’s dead.

  • Psyche
    Episode 3 - Psyche

    Lain has questions about a computer chip someone left in her locker, and her Dad’s not talking. Some kids at the club say they know all about it - but they want a piece of Lain’s wired wild side.

  • Religion
    Episode 4 - Religion

    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.

  • Distortion
    Episode 5 - Distortion

    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”.

  • Kids
    Episode 6 - Kids

    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.

  • Society
    Episode 7 - Society

    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.

  • Rumors
    Episode 8 - Rumors

    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.

  • Protocol
    Episode 9 - Protocol

    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.”

  • Love
    Episode 10 - Love

    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.

  • Infornography
    Episode 11 - Infornography

    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 to forget a secret that never should have been revealed.

  • Landscape
    Episode 12 - Landscape

    “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.

  • Ego
    Episode 13 - Ego

    Lain’s guilt over the havoc caused by her interaction within the wired provokes her to take drastic - and irreversible - action.

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frumpyframpton

04-14-2014

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"Starts slow, ends strong"

Somewhat incoherent and really slow for the first 4-6 episodes, Lain takes off and does a fascinating job exploring "reality" vs. digital life. Quaint notions about the future of the internet are over... more

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  • $39.98 $29.99 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-13

    Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix.

    Clo...

    Rating: TV-14

    Available May 20, 2014 Pre-order Now!

  • $64.98 $48.74 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-13

    Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix.

    Clo...

    Rating: TV-14

    Available Now!

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