"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.
Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.
In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?
Despite the fact that GITS2 packs more action, their almost philosophic nature concerning the topic of human interaction with technology in the near future is almost uncanny.
Both anime are rather cerebral affairs, constantly opening up for questions about information, the use of new technology (mostly cyborgs in Innocence and information technology in Lain), epistemology and ultimately reality. In short, cyberpunk with a strong philosophical bent.
Furthermore, there are stark and evocative visuals to be had in both, though Innocence is obviously the better of the two. Lain is a bit bleaker while Innocence is more varied.
In the end though, the differences matter little, so if you liked either one, don't be afraid to pick up the other one.
Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.
I'm surprised that Key doesn't get mentioned more with regards to Lain. Both are uncharacteristically dark series about characters who are forced to decide what's real and what isn't, and to eventually confront a secret about their own existences as well. They both also have fantastic stories that will leave you trying to pick apart exactly what you just saw. Key is a bit darker, but makes up for it by being more accessible.
Both make you wonder who exactly is the main character, or what? The personalities of Lain and Key are similar, and they both have an air of mystery and are very techological anime. Another similarity is that is both, they have an upbeat friend that they end up dragging into their mess and causing them emotional and psychological distubances and eventually much worse than that.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Kino and Lain are 'food for the brain' types of anime, forcing you to think about what you're watching but both avoid the trap of becoming obscure.
A deceptively calm atmosphere is what unites these two series. Lain's eerie stillness is interspersed with psychedelic and confusing trips to another world, while Kino's idyllic landscapes and fairy tale charm are mixed with horrifying tales of man's missteps. Both contemplate the world philosophically and offer no clear solutions to the difficult problems under study, but these ponderings are very different in nature and focus. Kino is also significantly more optimistic than Lain.
The main characters of the shows resemble one another in their calmness and silent strength. The character design of both protagonists is remarkably good and they are both very likable in their own ways.
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.
Did the questions asked in either Noein or Lain catch your attention? Especially the ones about reality and one's existence which are based on scientific theories? While watching both of these, I was rubbing my head, thinking and thinking some more. They are really great science-based anime.
Both Noein and Lain are hard anime to keep up with. If you're not careful you might suffer some brain damage trying to put the puzzle together. Both deal with pretty advanced and realistic topics of our world. Noein couples a good story with quantum physics, while Lain couples a darker atmosphere with more psychological aspects.
Noein and Lain are definately the 'thinkers' kind of anime. They both manage to really challange the viewer by subtley asking questions about life, the theory behind it and how we perceive it. If you enjoyed the scientific theory and the baffling effect that one had on you, you will surely be as confused and dazzled by the other!