"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.
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...
Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain, besides sharing the same director, are similar in their heavy psychological elements and downtempo tone. Both are slow shows that have a very oppressive atmosphere and have plots that make you think, as well as a lot of experimental visual and sound design.
Lain and Ghost Hound are made by the same people and it shows. They have very little action and focus primarily on the psychological states of the main characters.
While I personally enjoyed Ghost Hound a great deal more than Serial Experiment Lain, I cannot deny their similarities. They both encompass quite scientific and philosophical ideas. While Serial Experiment Lain focuses more on what it means to be one's self and technology, Ghost Hound revolves around psychology and more internal conflicts.
I like Chiaki Konaka as screenplay writer and Ryutaro Nakamura as director,who are key figures in 'Serial Experiments Lain' anime and heard they were doing Ghost Hound. Since Serial Experiments Lain is one of my all time favorites, I thought I would give Ghost Hound a watch.In Ghost Hound, there seems to be a build up of suspense starting from several directions. I, for one, am going to keep my eye on this series.
Both series are slow-paced, psychological, complex, dark, surreal, weird, and mysterious.Both deal with the supernatural, the human mind, things such as technology (in Lain) and science/medicine (in GH), and various personality disorders and issues.Also, in both anime, there’s the concept of alternate reality, extra-corporeal experiences, and what's real and what's not: even if not anyone can see it, there’s another world apart from the one we live in (in Lain, the real world & the Wired, in GH, the Apparent World & the Unseen World).In both Lain & GH there’s some kind of game (used respectively by Lain & Masayuki) which allows to enter another world.More similarities: in both series the protagonists are kids who have family problems; Miyako & Lain are both extremely quiet, cute, and basically emotionless; in both anime there are several scenes where the characters seem to stare directly at you with their big, deep eyes; both anime, despite their lack of blood and gore, have disturbing imagery and can be very creepy at times; the type of sounds and music and the way it’s used is almost the same; both anime have amazing OP themes.These anime also have the same director (Ryutaro Nakamura), scriptwriter (Chiaki Konaka), a lovely character design, and have overall the same atmosphere and mood.Both are one hell of a mind trip.
While Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain are different in the sense that the latter is more philosophical while the first is more medical, they are both series about exploring different worlds and the state of mind. A topic in both is also religion, but viewed in both from different angles.
If how a person can evolve in a different world is something that fits your fancy, you would probably like both of these animes.
The way that Ghost Hound introduces each new episode reminds me of Lain and how non-sensical it can be. They're both slow-paced, surreal, and "weird". At many points in Lain I felt like I did not know what was going on which is what it feels like at first in Ghost Hound until you finally start to understand the story and begin to grasp the concepts.
These shows in the mindf*ck genre are similar because of this. They also raise a lot of questions and can be quite confusing. Science plays a large part in their plots, and the artwork is realistic and minimalist.
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
Unusual occurances stretch the boundries between real and unreal. The more events unfold, the more you question. What is the real story?
Both anime have a lead character who is obcessed with the online world and begin to have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality.
Both animes have an anti-social main character with questionable multiple-personality issues. Each anime questions the line between reality and fantasy, oftentimes creating somewhat abstract scenes as it stretches the boundaries of reality. I think if you liked one, you'd definitely like the other.
These shows blur the reality between the real world and a cyber world. You will frequently be asking youself whats going on, but the mystery is something you must wait to the end to have fully explained.
The story is quite deep and involved, and might turn a lot of people off, but if you enjoy one, you should like the other.
Without spoiling the plot of both of these series, I'm limited to saying that they share themes, content and so on. However, if you're into futuristic, psychological thriller-type plots, driven by a main character who is as clueless as the viewer when it comes to where the plot is going to twist next... you may well be on to a winner here.
Both shows feature a confusing story, though chaos head has more ecchi wereas lain has none. Both are good Psychological shows the difference between the two is that chaos;head has more action and lain has a better story, but if you liked one you'll probably like the other one as well.
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
If you like being confused and messed up the first time you see something, watch FLCL and Serial Experiment's Lain.
Look a little deeper with these anime. Aside from rediculousness of them, they become something very deep.
FLCL's main character is, like Lain, a listless young teen for whom life seems to be going nowhere. The big change for him however isn't the internet, it's a maniac space girl with a bass guitar and a yellow Vespa. Yeah, this series is one of few that are actually even crazier than they sound. As with Lain, the visuals are top-notch to boot.
Each of these series focuses on the evolution of the main character while nearly unexplainable things are happening around them. Although FLCL definitely makes less sense, that brings thes series together.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
At first glance Lain and Paprika might not seem very similar, Lain being very slow paced for the most part and Paprika being such a riot of energy. Yet both challenge the meaning of reality and the role of perspective. In Lain and Paprika technology has permitted man to dismantle experience, uncovering a deeply disturbing world that deconstructs certainty in a fluid nexus of ambivalence. Lain's stress falls more on existential questions while Paprika deals more directly with the distorting power of dreams but both break the barrier of physical limitations as they capitalize the potential of anime to create truly bizarre and rewarding experiences
Both Lain and Paprika are about surrealism, and the manipulation of technology for one's needs. Also, both main characters become 'someone else' when in their virtual worlds.
Both of these great animes consider the human psyche and consciousness as well as the impact of technology on people. Both have interesting characters and deep elements to challenge and intrigue.
Both of these titles take two worlds that are considered to be seperate from reality (be it dreams or the internet) and show what happens when they start to meld together. The main characters also have more in common than may meet the eyes.
Both Paprika and Serial Experiments Lain have many similarities. Probably the biggest and most prominent factor is the twisted and confusing plot that both shows have. Both don't appear at first to make sense, yet makes you think and wonder about what was presented and what message was trying to be given. On top of that, they both center around technology and its affect on the human psyche and on humanity itself. The visuals are also similar in the genre or design, because both are very strange and a bit crazy. If you liked one, try the other out and see what you think.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
If you like piecing together some of the hardest stories, only to have the puzzle scattered again with a plot twist, I suggest you also try these. Though, Lain's story is harder to keep track of, while Death Note's story isn't as dark.
Both plots are very complex and you have to be on your toes to keep up. Both Lain and Death Note are very "brain active".
These anime have underlying, as well as prominent, themes of psychological problems and changes, and philosophical points on the human condition. If you liked these major themes in one of these series, you would surely enjoy the other.
Both Serial Experiments Lain and Death Note contains some sort of mind game, so if thats what you are after I recommend them both.