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Serial Experiments Lain

Alt titles: Lain

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Synopsis:

"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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Serial Experiments Lain: LPR-309 Other   TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Serial Experiments Lain: The Nightmare of Fabrication 1998 TBD
Name Role
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
Lain babyeinstein12 6.5/10 Dec 7, 2010

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Serial Experiments Lain ratchet573 8/10 Feb 26, 2014
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Lain ihate00 9/10 Sep 19, 2013
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KeeperofDemons
The only thing similar between these two series is that Big O has the same "the world around is not what it seems" mystery theme. Everything else is different than in Serial Experiments Lain: it has stylish jazz music, hero-type characters (think Batman - the animation) or funny situations. Take care, there is no dementia feel in Big O.

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Both animes share a kind of dark and depressing atmosphere and they both take their time to tell the story. So if like any of these animes I strongly recommend you to least have a go at the other.

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Both shows feature a main character with the power to alter reality, and the effects this has on the world and the people around them.

Serial Experiments Lain is very philosophical while The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a more lighthearted show.

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I found Toki wo and Lain to be related because in both, the main characters try to use their powers to alter reality.

Both anime also center on the change and growth of the main characters.

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