Touru Souma was a hacker in Steppen Wolf, a rogue group of four who caused mischief in the wired world. But during their final hacking session, they attacked the government agency known as FLAK and Touru’s friend Yuuya died in the process. Haunted by his memories, Touru vows to find the ones responsible for murdering Yuuya, even if it means he must join the enemy to do so. Further complicating the matter is the emergence of the terrorist organization Fei Dao; but the largest challenge Touru must now face is his forgotten memories – especially one involving a girl who continuously reappears in reality...
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
The year is 2167 and mankind has populated Mars. Somewhere on the Red Planet in a hidden lab the Martians are developing a new weapon known as "Idolo", which incorporates the mysterious mineral Metatron -- a combination that causes Idolo to become frighteningly powerful and gain a mind of its own. Lieutenant Radium Lavans is assigned as its test pilot, but the Metatron's power slowly consumes him and he begins to walk the path of destruction and madness. Will he be able to break free from its stronghold, or will it end in a bloodbath that consumes both the Earth and Mars?
Like Baldr Force, ZOE Idolo deals with characters first, and mecha second. Any fan of the ZOE games can attest that the story concerns itself with socio-political interactions first, and mecha second. Still, both shows have a healthy dose of mecha action.