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Serial Experiments Lain

Alt titles: Lain

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"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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Serial Experiments Lain: LPR-309 Other   TBD

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Serial Experiments Lain: The Nightmare of Fabrication 1998 TBD
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Takahiro KISHIDA Character Design
Ryutaro NAKAMURA Director
Reiichi NAKADO Music
Shojiro ABE Producer
Yasuyuki UEDA Producer

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Serial Experiments Lain babyeinstein12 6.5/10 Dec 7, 2010
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Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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Boogiepop Phantom is another weird and trippy series. The story isn't as linearly defined and it touches on interesting psychological situations, just like in Lain.

Prisoner1138

Want a dark and moody series after seeing Lain? Then watch Boogiepop Phantom. This series is probably even more of a "screw with your head" type show than Lain was, and is fairly similar in themes, drama, and other aspects overall.

Rober
Boogiepop Phantom has a very intelligent plot, you have to watch every episode at least twice to understand what happens. As in lain the story develops in a dark enviroment full of new monsters that were born from a mysterious light, and as you get deeper into it you start understanding what happened there. The music goes acordingly with the darkness that rules in the city where all this is happening.
mindlesspuppet
Similar style. Both are Sci-Fi, type Psychological series, with many dark twists. BoogiePop is a bit darker, and harder to follow.
TheBurningCrow

As with Lain, Boogipop Phantom will confuse you at first, but watch it again and you will begin to love it for that reason. These two anime have been delicately designed to mess with your brain functions.

sothis
BP is very dark, and a mind-trip to boot. Similar to Lain because of those two things.
Imsorrykun
These series are so similar in style its hard to not see the connection, septia tones set the moods of both as well as there confusing plots leave you wondering.. defenetly watch-and-think anime.
nextolast
I cant believe that it took me so long to put these two together, as they are probably the two best dark techno thriller mystery animes out there. The way suspense is built up in both with subtle but eerie clues, and the desperation you feel from the characters trying to track things down.
CodeWordChobits
A dark modern world fraught with intrigue and mystery, is the common ground for Lain and Boogiepop. The atmosphere is very similair in that you have no idea what is going ton around the characters but it all seems to make some kind of sense... and then it all comes into focus. I suggest watching both of these titles a number of times to fully be able to understand there depths.
LeaT

Both Lain and Boogiepop are about mystery and the mysteries of the world itself to the point when you can start questioning your own sanity. Both are dark and depressing as well. If you liked Lain you will probably also like Boogiepop Phantom.

neutrino

In both series, the atmosphere, complexity of the characters' psychology and nonexistent plot all contribute to a disturbing mental trip questioning the things we know, the people we think we know, and the supernatural.

freakzilla

If you haven't had enough brain damage caused yet by watching either Lain or Boogiepop, I suggest you check out the other. Both throw around plot twists and try to confuse you as much as possible. The pieces of the puzzle only get put together at the very end, but by then you'll have lost even the pieces themselves!

Nocturnalgloria

Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are soul mates; they deliver highly convoluted stories with intricate plots that are presented in a non-linear way, which allows for some extremely disorientating moments. The mood of both is very dark and menacing; virtually all scenes are charged with nervous tension. Lain is more coherently philosophical while BP is somewhat disjointed but they share the same spirit of subversive violence, enthralling confusion and constant questioning.

JAhU

Boogiepop Phantom and Serial Experiments Lain share a load of things. To begin with, both are quite psychotic and confusing, introduce a large number of characters and have many similarities in plot. Its hard to explain what exactly makes those two shows so similar, but you can feel it from the very first episode. So if you can stand mindf***ing anime and even like them, those are perfect titles for you.

sydneylove

Both Serial Experiments Lain and Boogiepop Phantom have underlying themes that usually require a lot of thought to decipher. Even the animation style of both are similiar.

Darkpenguin13

If you are into crazy mind numbing cyberpunk type shows this is a great show to watch as well!

Apples

These two series have a lot in common. Whether it's the overtone, the soundtrack, the voice actors, the focus on visuals, the gritty story, the exestential questions, the style, the characters, etc. If you liked one of these shows you are sure to like the other.

Boogiepop Phantom is a tad slower pased but the story is relatively easy to follow thanks to the scene notes. They also take the time out every few episodes to explain connections between characters so you aren't wandering away for too long. Lain is slow but they keep each episode interesting enough so you are focused, but it doesn't really help explain things till the end.

Omurqi

Both shows will severely screw with your mind. The  pacing, darkness and complexity of Boogiepop is very similar to Serial Experiments Lain. Also, every person can draw a different conclusion out of both shows, the experience is completely up to the individual. If you liked either, don't miss out on the other! Disclaimer for both series: Do not marathon these shows! It will most likely ruin the experience for you (as boogiepop did for me the first time around).

chii

Want something that is dark, twisted, and makes you go wtf? Look no further than these two anime. Both have plenty of mystery and questions about them. Both have a very similar feel art wise and story wise. Boogiepop deals with supernatural beings where Lain take on the computer/technology side of things. I highly suggest checking out one if you liked the other.

panaru

Lain and Boogiepop are similar in their dark sprawling interconnected storylines.  But Lain is about technology and Boogiepop is more about philosophical madness and blood smeared life legends.  Oh and they have a super hero instead of a god.

dbzssjkris

Both skrew with your mind and have a dark side to them. even at the end you will be wondering what the heck happened. it took me a few watches with both  to be able to understand what was going on.

AnimeShima

While having a very different plot they both can be very difficult to understand at times and the two of them are psychological animes with a very dark atmosphere throughout the whole series.

If you enjoyed either of these two you should certainly watch the other.

SadisticTendencies

A muted color palette, a technophobic approach and several mindfuckish qualities that cooperate to make your thoughts disort into complete chaos. Serial Experiments: Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are like two siblings with plenty of similarities. The most enjoyable shared virtue is probably the Cyberpunk visual approach.

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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neilworms
Paranoia Agent is yet another entry into the "Mindfuck" genera of late night anime shows that Lain pretty much pioneered. While Paranoia agent is quite a bit more humorous with more emphasis on animation than direction (whereas Lain overcomes its lack of animation with direction) both shows feature a fair amount of social critique and are both quite unconventional in their execution. Paranoia Agent may not have quite the same atmosphere as Lain or Boogiepop Phantom and may feel a bit mroe linear to die hard fans of this genera of anime, both films are quite different from the normal anime mold and would appeal to fans of off beat works.
klafka
Lain and Paranoia Agent both have themes that run much deeper than is expected of in most anime, that while not the same I feel are in ways convergent, both in how they convey them and in their message.
abunai
In their sense of dissociation from reality, and in their alternative approach to storytelling within the anime medium, "Serial Experiments Lain" and "Paranoia Agent" are similar. You may not find you like them both, but the interaction between the two will prove enlightening.
XMrNiceguyX
Both series have the same weirdness in it, though while Lain is obviously the one harder to understand and alot complexer, Paranoia Agent is more humorous. Even though the series differ alot, there is a same atmosphere in both series and are a tad noir.
MrsickVisionz

Plot wise there are few similarities, but Lain and Paranoia Agent have a similar feel to each other. Both require that you really pay attention to all the details in order to understand what's really going on.

Little to no action in both shows, yet they do feature some violence (more so with Paranoia Agent than Lain.)

Darkpenguin13

Paranoia Agent definitely has the same creepy feel to it. Both shows deal with another plane of reality, and will keep you interested. I love how everything ties together in Paranoia Agent; it's definitely a good watch.

OneiChan

Serial Experiments Lain and Paranoia Agent can be enjoyed for many of the same reasons. If you enjoy a good mindfuck anime or something a little more intelligent, then I would suggest giving another weird anime a try and watching Paranoia Agent. You won't be disappointed.

Nocturnalgloria

Perception and reality: the divergence between what one perceives and what might exist is at the heart of both series. Paranoia Agent follows a more psychological approach to unravel the relation between these vectors while Serial Experiments Lain has a more philosophical take. It is likely that those who enjoy abstract deconstructions of identity will appreciate these exercises in surreal existentialism that are Lain and Paranoia Agent.

freakzilla

Both have a heavy atmosphere. Lain is a bit darker while Paranoia Agent is at times simply creepy. Yet both are quite mysterious and try to keep us up with the story throughout all of their mind-boggling events.

trajector

Both Paranoia Agent and Lain are mindbusters that will really make you think about life and the world around you. They are intriguing in that at first you have no idea what is going on but over time all the pieces of the "puzzle" come together to reveal the bigger picture. Both anime may also require more then one viewing to fully understand the message.

Justice4243

Two looks into escapism wrapped around a story. In Lain, the characters are attempting escape everyday life by creating a second "cyber life". Where's in Paranoia Agent, characters are looking towards an anime or even injury for their escape. Come for the story, stay for the messages rapped in the story and complex symbolism.

AsukaLangley

Parnoia Agent and Serial Experiment's Lain both bring up deep philosophical questions through crazy impossible situations. Both stories use symbolism that is very Japanese. If that's your thing, check out this anime.

tasanime

Here are two series that will exhaust the psyche of its viewer! Both are great at confusing those who watch them, asking many questions that there are no obvious answers to and are quite surreal in animation - it's not always clear if what you're seeing is what is really happening or a creation of the mind of its characters. If you like a more psychological approach to your anime then they are definite must views.

fiola

Both series have the same disturbing, disquieting, creepy kind of feeling that endures a while after watching it. In the case of PA, the freak out starts from the very strange intro to the disturbing ending sequence, with Lain the feeling goes along the episode with the creepy sound of the power lines (or was it the wired???). If for some twisted and sick reason you enjoyed Paranoia agent you'll also enjoy Lain.

Kantram

If you liked the mystery and darkness of Lain you would also like Paranoia Agent. After watching both series, I got that creppy someone is behind me feeling. I liked asking myself questions of what was real or not, which both series were able to please. I feel they both relate quite the same in mood, which makes one recommend the other.

Anewkeitaro

Both shows follow the same basic idea.

BACKGROUND STAGE:The first episode shows an average situation and quickly present the conflict or chaos that the story is formed around.CONFUSION STAGE: From then on, all the other stories explain and reinforce the conflict in as many ways as possible carefully avoiding ANY INFORMATION that would lead to you giving reason to what is going on.ANSWER STAGE: Hovever, with the last quarter of the episodes left, they begin to give you bones of information to calm your suspense. And they both end by giving you the answer to your first question and nothing else... and I assure you... you will have more questions.

There are two things to take into consideration:

  • Serial Experiment Lain was made in 1998 and therefore the creators felt less obliged to give any support to the viewer during the confusion stage, which leads to a longer confusing period where you seem to  know even less the more you watch. However its answer stage is longer and muchmore rewarding.
  • Paranoia agent was made in 2004, a time where viewers require more constant stimulation, for this reason the confusion stage is full of more details and sub-stories that compel you to watch the show further. Sadly, the answer stage is less interesting than Lain and annoyingly insufficient.

IN SHORT: Serial Experiment Lain is a more hardcore suspense show than Paranoia Agent.

CrazyAce01

Paranoia Agent and Serial Experiments Lain fall under the "MindF***" genre, and have very deep, meaningful things to say while using abstract and non-linear methods to say it.  While touching on different subjects, they have a similar, highly metaphorical delivery and rely heavily on the viewer to interpret and connect pieces of the story.  They also take fantastical creative license with the plot, placing characters in strange and sometimes disturbing situations. If you enjoyed the mental journey in one of them, you will, at the least, appreciate the other.

Xplayer

These series have nearly idential themes and messages, questioning the nature of reality while emphasizing the power of perception. They both have unique forms of storytelling and art styles. The main difference is that Lain requires lots of outside knowledge to fully comprehend the computer science aspect of it, while Paranoia Agent is much more universal in its story.

NimirRa

These are two anime notorious for leaving you with more questions than answers. If you enjoyed the thought provoking stories of one of these shows and are more focused on the journey rather than the conclusion you will find the other show to be just as intriguing.

pollinisation

Both series break the doors of perception. Either by turning imagination into reality or by manipulating the lines that shape it.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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AnarchicQ

Both Ergo Proxy and Lain question the use, ethics and reality of physical and synthetic existences. Both have a moody atmosphere and very confusing plot. When is artificial intelligence no longer artificial?

tetra

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are two of a rare kind. They both have an intelligent plot and well-portrayed characters that have flaws and act like actual people. Neither Ergo Proxy nor Lain is a 'happy-go-lucky' anime and I do belive that if you like intelligent and mature series you will enjoy both.

Nocturnalgloria

Lain and Ergo Proxy are insistent in their constant interrogations. They are both intelligent series that demand more than one viewing, Lain is considerably more risqué in that it twists narrative conventions to the point they no longer apply while Ergo Proxy channels its intellectuality via the plot itself, even if it lags a bit at the end.

colettelabete

Both series are set in high-tech worlds, and deal with the relationship between humans and machines. Also, both have strong-willed independent female characters in leading roles. Whoever enjoyed pondering about the philosophical issues raised in one will surely find a treat in the other.

Ran

Both Ergo Proxy and Lain deal with philosophical topics and show the main character's search for the truth, while she discovers a completely new world that she must learn to deal with. The stories unfold in a very dark environment, though at times a technical or historical explanation (in order to understand the plot) is shown in a light manner. The characters evolve and slowly show more of their deep psychologies throughout the anime.

kmull

Let's be honest --- Lain has identity issues. She must sort through these issues as the series progresses. Ergo Proxy, while set in a more futuristic environment, has several characters with their own identity problems, so you get the same philosophical undertones in both series.

sheepman

I think you would like Ergo Proxy if you watched Serial Experiments Lain because it also deals with some philosophical ideas like Descartes’ idea “Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum”, the Pinocchio epic of becoming a real human being and other ideas that I’m not going to say because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Have fun watching it :)

maneh

It shares that unique ambient only achieved by submerging the viewer in a puzzling story-telling. Both series share a kind of inner search. If you liked one of them, you'll be sure to love the other.

It's a smart anime for smart people, it can be too slow at certain times, but that is required to create the suitable ambient for the story to develop. And it's always fun to see series that goes against the typical in our "instant enjoy" society.

Two great works of art

Malek

When you like one you will like the other because the both are very filisophic and they look up the boundries of the difference between virtual or artifisial life and real lif. Non of the series have much action and the conversation is the most important part of both.

Profane

These are two philosophic animes, which both "plays" with metaphysics. The result just happened be a depressed atmosphere as well.

Haste

Both Ergo and Lain are immensely similar in several ways.

They both have deep, complex stories that slowly unwind, often not revealing themselves until the very end; they both tackle complex issues like mans place in the world and "god's" role for man and vice-vers; and they both deal with female leads who explore their relationships with others but also explore their relationships with the world.

Lastly, Ergo Proxy is perhaps more violent than Serial Experiments Lain, but they both exist in the same dark, somber atmosphere.

dyhl22

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are both phychological type, with not defined plots and makes you think to draw your conclusions.

I recommend both for maure poeple, and those who like a good storyline and plot.

VoidTemplar

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy deal with more mature, serious themes compared to most anime. Both deal heavily with philosophical and psychological topics.

If you have a particular interest in matters such as existentialism, human psychology, and the possibilities of technology, I highly recommend that you watch both.

eaper

These series each mix together a lot of elements from varsious intellectual fields, such as psycology, philosophy, ethics, and technology and present it in a way that is hard to understand in a single watch. While dealing with questions of individuality and the point and origin of existance while trying to uncover a large mystery, these series advance along an unforseen path.

SadisticTendencies

Both Animes contain gothic/cyberpunk elements and feature female protanogists. By the end they both grow slightly complicated, and in order to understand them fully you'll have to use your brain.

goofball

... Both deal with human beings as software, also in the both the protagonists are teenage females. 

Lemonducky

These two are easily two of my favorites. They are both highly psychological (Lain more so, however), which is my favorite aspect. They both have to do with the nature of reality and the reasons people have for existing. They are both very difficult to follow at times, but, if you stick with it, you will undoubtedly love both as much as I did and perhaps look deeper into your own life. A warning, if you want to watch a show only once, half awake, and expect to get everything, don’t watch either. I often see people giving anime bad ratings simply because they didn’t understand what was going on. It is disappointing, to say the least.

AnimeShima

They are both dark animes with complex story line that will most of the times make you wonder as to what the hell is going on. They will both appeal to the same kind of audiences.

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Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze

In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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TheBurningCrow

Texhnolyze is probably one of the best new series out there. It's very dark and full of intrigue. I really can't wait to see where it goes. It was made by the same people as Lain, and definitely a series that plays with your brain.

sothis
By the creators of Lain.. yet darker, and even more of a mindfuck.
kaz
One word: mindfuck. Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze tell their unfamiliar, sci-fi/cyberpunk stories in ways unfamiliar and alien to the average viewer, yet they do fulfill their goals -- what goals those are, exactly, is up to the viewer. Nonsense, or philosophical mutterings in the form of animation? If you're looking for a mindfuck, or for an intriguing story in an original format, these two series go hand-in-hand.
Imsorrykun
yup, watch-and-think anime, and both use color tones to bring mood, as well as hard to understand plots. you will really need to think type anime, if you like that then you will love this series.
aldat
There is something absolutely stunning how both Lain and Texhnolyze really express themselves through the way they were made: as animes. The story isn't plainly told, it is seen and heard and realized from the combinations of storytelling only available in anime. They both are dark and demand some thinking, they both build up by large in the wacher's head.
neilworms
Texhnolyze and Serial Experiments lain are both very similar series. Both shows are set in harsh futuristic worlds and excuted with very abstract storytelling. In addition both shows emphasize technolgy and its relationship with humans. Also both series are late night shows in Japan that were animated on small budgets and rely on direction over animation to convery their similarly gloomy atmospheres. While Texhnolyze is quite a bit more violent, and maybe not as deep as Serial Experiments Lain, I'd recommend both shows to anyone who is into "Mindfuck" anime in a heartbeat.
sublime
Both Lain and Texhnolyze share the human/technology interaction concept. Similar art styles and a storyline designed to make you think (see headfuck) mean these two series are good watches for a fan of either.
mexigogen

If you liked Lain, you would like Texhnolyze because, even though there are rather few common points, in the two series both have the feel of David Lynch. Both deal with existential questions and the evolution of mankind.

Cetonis

Of Yoshitoshi aBe's four works, Lain and Texhnolyze are the two that have the most in common. Both are very dark and feature main characters that are basically loners. They each deal with technology in some way, and both start off innocently enough but slowly pile on layer upon layer of complexity, culminating in something of a philosophical rampage towards the end. If you enjoyed the heavy, thought-provoking feel of one of these series you should find yourself liking the other as well.

tasanime

Both science fiction-based series serve to confuse the viewer with a whirlwind of dark, mysterious and oft taunting visuals, mixed messages, scrambled memories and strange plot-twists that will leave you scratching your head but gagging for more.

scenthr

Both Lain and Texhnolyze continuously apply pressure to your brain as you try to understand what the author is trying to say. Both are about technology and how it collides with the basic principles of what we refer to as a human. While we don't really know how humans and technology will merge in the real world, both of these anime give us an idea of what might happen and what problems may occur.

Ran

Lain and Texhnolyze share the same kind of cyberpunk animation. They each have a philosophical background regarding technology and its relationship with humans, including dependence, the birth of transhumans, and the dangers that technology can represent.

freakzilla

Both Texhnolyze and Lain have a confusing storyline that is full of plot twists and dark mysteries. Needless to say that if you want to crack your skull open and mangle your brain a bit, these are good anime for you.

ENTROPY

Both Lain and Texhnolyze involve elements of a dystopian future dominated and fueled by advanced technology. Although different in motivations and setting, the main characters both undergo some form of physical transformation involving technology.

AnimeShima

They both are very great series that keep playing with your brains over and over again until the end, though Texhnolyze is probably more of a mindf*ck than Serial Experiments Lain. Watch them, your brains will be cooked by both.

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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell
  • Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
  • 1995

A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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TheBurningCrow

Ghost in the Shell is a great cyber-thriller with lots of action. If you liked the technology aspect of Lain, you will really like Ghost in the Shell.

sublime
For the same reasons that Ghost in the Shell explores, Lain covers the depths of fusing technology between man and machine. Both superb and dark insights into future technology.
kamenoko

Both Lain and GitS raise questions of where man ends and the machine begins. Lain and GitS are also quite laconic, they are never in a hurry to get to where they're going, but that's just fine with me, they're both great anime.

aoki
The idea of technology as "body" links these series. Cyborgs run rampant in the human world in GITS while an "ex-human" runs rampant in the 'net in Lain. Both series bring up the questioning of existence, and what it means to be sentient. High technology gone weird at its finest.
senileseinen

Like Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost in the Shell explores questions of self-identity and personhood in the context of people being ever more absorbed into a global data network and artifical intelligences becoming ever more complex and person-like. Lain is more intellectual, GITS is more action-oriented, but there's a lot of crossover between the two.

The only reason I can think of that someone who liked Lain would not like GitS is the police procedural/paramilitary setting of GitS, which is about as far from Lain's middle-school life as you can get.

hurin

'Everyone is connected'. As in 'Lain', it is in 'Ghost'. Some of the themes explored are similar. 'Ghost' is more action than reflection, but you still have to think about what you're watching.

AverageShinigami

Both of these cyberpunk anime contemplate the implications of ever more powerful and sophisticated technology on the nature of humanity. Ghost in the Shell focuses on artificial intelligence and cyborgs, while Serial Experiments Lain deals with the Internet and communication.

Both can also be enjoyed for their presentation alone: Lain has an unparallaled sense of style, an eerie atmosphere and some excellent "mindfuck", while Ghost in the Shell boasts some of the best music, scenery and action to be found in anime.

Adouma

Both of these series are darkly themed, and bring up questions about the nature of our reality and the power of information and the internet. (However, Ghost in the Shell has a lot more of the badass gunslingin' ass-kickin' Major than the confusion and symbolism of Lain...)

absolute

Lain and Ghost in the Shell have both a cyberpunk subject. While Lain is more related to the phylosophical aspect GitS is more pragmatic (considering that one is focused on the internet and absence of body while the other deals with the replacement of a human body with a cyborg one). This is why the first one is slow paced and reflective while the second one has more action (even if it has a lot of phylosophical implication too). Of course the fact that Lain is a series (and not a movie) helped to develop the subject in a different way. I think that if you liked the subject of GitS you will appreciate Lain and, on the other hand, if you liked Lain you will enjoy GitS too.

Omurqi

Both series ask questions about how the human mind  and soul works, what it is and if it can be digitized. While Serial Experiments Lain is harder to follow, both shows are very thought provoking. Thus, if you liked the one, you will most likely enjoy the other.

eaper

Each of these series closely tie in the cyber world and the physical world in what could be considered a futuristic setting. If you like the thought of the internet becoming more substantial, then these series go extremely well together.

SadisticTendencies

'Ghost In The Shell' has the Cyberpunk aspects and the intelligence that 'Serial Experiments Lain' is famous for. Therefore, if you enjoyed Serial Experiments you'll most likely enjoy 'Ghost In The Shell' and vice versa.

Mirari

Both are dark, surreal, cyberpunk.  If that doesn't sound good to you, I don't know why you watched either of these.