"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.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...
Both Witch Hunter Robin and Serial Experiments Lain have female protagonists who are heart-breakingly disconnected from the people around them.
Both shows explore their growth, both coming to terms and understanding their powers.
Also, both shows rely on atmosphere, and teasing the audience with unexplicable happenings, making both shows the more satisfying to rewatch.
Aizawa Ayumu is spending the summer visiting his father in the quiet, rural town of Tana; but before long, he begins to notice that things aren't quite right. Flowers are blooming out of season and stories of ghosts and kappa abound, but for Ayumu, the strangest thing of all is the appearance of mysterious creatures who take the form of floating balls of light. Adding to this mystery is Wakkun - a boy who seems to be connected to the lights and claims to know Ayumu from the past. Now, Ayumu begins to search for the truth about the lights and Wakkun, as a summer like no other begins...
This is a tough one to recommend since Zettai Shonen is basically two series back to back, but the second half reminded me oddly of Lain. The atmosphere of strange occurrences and the recurrent theme of crippling loneliness seemed to touch on whatever made me love Lain in the first place.