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Denno Coil

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In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.

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Dennou Coil 2007 TBD
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Takeshi HONDA Character Design
Mitsuo ISO Director
Tsuneyoshi SAITO Music

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"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.

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There is an omnipotent presence of AI as a negative factor in both series, which helps to assist the characters or brings out the worst of human society. In Denno Coil, in order to gain more weapons or protection barriers, characters hack into the controlling AI world; whereas in Serial Experiments Lain, the world is influenced directly by AI technology.


Lain and Denno Coil both center around the idea of an upper artificial layer of the real world - a sort of super internet.

The protagonist in both anime is an adolescent girl, but Lain is intended for a more advanced audience than Denno Coil.


Denno Coil and Lain both feature human/machine interaction. There's a fair chance that if you watched either of these series you'll like the technology aspect. Children are very quick at adapting to new technologies, especially if they grow up with it.


Honestly, these series have almost the exact same premise approached from slightly different angles with wildly different feels. The world of Lain is dark and distorted, and the main villain is what lies inside. Coil's world is a child's world: light and sunny, but with things that defy understanding. They both craft these worlds lovingly (with a side of moe), and they both do it extremely well.


Lain is an important forerunner to Denno Coil within the genre. Watching them together, it is interesting to see how much both real technology and technological imagination have changed within a single decade.


Both anime take a look at the future of computing and interacting with the worldwide web, while effortlessly pointing out that there is an incredible power to be had with technology. These anime show us how the internet (or some derivitave of it) will evolve to become part of our everyday environment, and at the same time will demonstrate what kind of problems this path might give to mankind.

If you're the type of person who wants to maintain a different personality, how would you incorporate that behavior into an internet that reaches into real life? Should doing something in real life have consequences online, or vice versa? At what point does the imaginary become truly real?

All of these things are examined and several ideas are presented to the audience in a way that is entertaining, subtle and informative even to those not knowledgeable on the subject.


Both anime play with the line between the internet and the real world. Characters regularly break the boundry in both series and if you've seen one, you will probably like the other!


The central idea behind Serial Experiments Lain and Denno Coil revolves around augmented reality (otherwise known as AU.)  Though the tone and animation styles are completely different, many similar ideas are presented in these shows about the intangibility of the virtual world.  The main characters also happen to be young, timid girls.  SEL and Denno Coil are quite unlike anything else I've ever seen, with interesting, well-executed premises.


Lain and Dennou Coil both deal with futuristic technology, and how the line can blur between actual reality and virtual reality.  Lain is definitely more psychological and metaphorical in its development.  Dennou Coil is a bit easier to understand.

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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There's a reason Denno Coil is referred to as "Miyazaki does cyberpunk". Both Spirited Away and Denno Coil excel at showing us the cute and quirky underbelly of a hidden world. While Denno Coil is definitely cyberpunk at its core, it and Spirited Away have a remarkably similar feel; even the character designs look the same. If you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.


Although Spirited Away has more of a fairytale feel than Dennou Coil, fans of Dennou Coil certainly enjoy the adventures of Chihiro in Spirited Away.


Both series have an almost mystical feeling to them. Each have excellent character interactions that make you feel as if you actually know them.


If you love the skewed perspective of children you will like both Denno Coil and Spirited Away. They remind you how exciting, scary and utterly isolated from adults the world was.


Both Denno Coil and Spirited away are my favorite childhood animes. The animation, the characters, the values are all so similar and absolutely lovably weird. If you know what I'm talking about, then you should definitely take a look at this series/movie.


There's definitely a striking similarity in the animation between the modernized and cybernetic Denno Coil and the more traditional and magical Spirited Away. The main heroes are children and they grow emotionally while dealing with the concept of two merging worlds and interacting with the supporting cast involved such as the ederly, the pets and the "mystical creatures" (represented in their own context).

Both stories left a deep and warm impression on me, which is why I think you'll appreciate both. 

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Satsuki, her younger sister Mei and their father have just moved to their new home in the countryside, where grand adventures await them. One day while playing outside in the garden Mei encounters a small creature and decides to follow it. After chasing it through the bushes Mei eventually finds herself at the base of a large Camphor tree and as she drops through a hole in its roots, she lands on the stomach of a large, sleeping forest spirit named Totoro. The two sisters befriend the gentle spirit and are soon introduced to a world more fantastical than they could ever imagine, from playing with soot spirits to meeting a Catbus, to flying through the air and even making the trees grow. However when Mei disappears, Satsuki must call on the help of her new friends if she wants any hope of being able to find her sister...

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Each series is about children who are living an adventure every day. The characters in Denno Coil seem to highly emulate the characters in My Neighbor Totoro, such as Mai from Totoro and Kyoko from Denno Coil.  Also the animation resembles the style and quality of Hayao Miyazaki's movies.  You will find that if you love the characters from one, then you will like the characters from the other.


Denno Coil definitely gives the same "feel" as Tonari no Totoro. The main perspectives are of young girls, and there's definitely a mysterious factor in both titles. Watching these give you an enchanting feeling as if you're soaring through the skies (yes, I'm corny); you'll also be introduced to some cute and furry fluffballs.


Any fan of Dennou Coil will find the art and adventure of a Miyazaki film such as My Neighbor Totoro. Also, fans will find an uncanny similarities between Yasako and Kyoko of Dennou Coil and Satsuke and Mei of My Neighbor Totoro.


While the tone of Dennou Coil is more existential, there are definite similarities between it and My Neighbor Totoro. Both anime have a focus on the relationship between young sisters. My Neighbor Totoro leans more towards fairytale, while Dennou Coil is more science fiction, but the relationship between daily life and the “other” world in both anime are similar as well. It may not be a sure bet that if you like one you'll like the other, but both have a unique charm about them.

Eve no Jikan

Eve no Jikan

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...

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There are plenty of sci fi anime out there, but few show such a quiet, introspective look at the relationship between man and machine. Denno Coil and Eve no Jikan are acceptable for all ages (though Denno has a much younger feel), display gorgeous visuals, and overall will appeal to the same fans.


Even if slightly different these two series deal with technological elements melt with personal insight of characters. While Denno Coil is based on internet and with children as protagonists, in Time of Eve we have androids and high school people. Anyway the atmosphere is similar and I think that if you liked one you could like the other.


Both anime deal with children, technology (The VR in Coil and robots in Jikan) and the ease with which they can use it. For this reason, these two anime compliment eachother nicely.

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Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound

Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time he lost his sister all those years ago. He relives the fear, but can't recall any of the details of the time. Now, a new transfer student, Masayuki, takes an interest in Tarou's troubled past, as well as their school mate Makoto's connection to the dark incident. Under his persistence, the three boys end up visiting the site where Tarou was held hostage as a child: a decrepit hospital beyond the dam. The three venture forward to face their pasts and fears, unsuspecting of the bizarre world they are about to enter...

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Although these two shows are very different in substance, the style is what makes the connection.

Beautiful scenery features some fantastic CG blended in seemlessly and should be viewed in HD to be fully appreciated.

Both the world in Ghost Hound and that of Dennou Coil features one world overlaid over our own. A group of young kids find their way through, and the adventure begins. If you like a show that requires a little more thought and attention than the norm, I think you will enjoy both of these.


Just like Denno Coil, Ghost Hound explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy and how the past affects the present. Driven to explore the mysterious, both shows tell compelling stories not only about that which does not exist, but also about the very nature of humanity itself.


Both of these are anime that require a little more from the watcher but return the investment many times over. As previously stated, they both involve children getting caught up in a series of mysterious events which are slowly shown to be tied together.

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