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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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Serial Experiments Lain: LPR-309 Other   TBD

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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
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If you enjoyed Lain then Narutaru is probably right up your alley. Both of these series' are very cerebral and force the viewer to think about what they are watching. They both tend to conjure up emotions that are rarely tapped as we join the heroine's (or anti-heroine's?) on an introverted journey through the tormented soul. However be warned before embarking on this tour with Shiina (of Narutaru) it is very controversial, and at times very, very, disturbing. I have often had people come back to me and complain about the fact that I did not make it clear that this is a disturbing show... consider yourself warned ^^
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Narutaru and Lain have a similar dark and gloomy atmosphere. Not only is the mood dampened, but you'll also run into some plot twists you won't see coming. Narutaru is more disturbing though while Lain has a tad more of a story (if you can understand it, that is :p).

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From the depths of the human imagination comes Twilight Q, a Twilight Zone-style set of two tales based upon the paranormal and supernatural. In one story, Mayumi and Kiwako find a camera that supposedly came from the future, with very interesting film and already-taken pictures inside. Secondly, a tale by Mamoro Oshii which chronicles a strange occurance of planes turning into carp in mid-air, much to the dismay of private investigators and the media alike.

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Ersatz realities, elliptical narratives, and innoucuous beings with a surprising place in the universe - both are pretty good examples of the mind-bending variety of anime.

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Both SEL and the second episode of Twilight Q are really trippy anime. They both create a pleasantly confusing atmoshere and contain a character that may or may not be a god (or godess).

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At a typical elementary school in Japan, yearly chores are being distributed. Yuri and 3 other students are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the alien hats for the year. Alien hats?! Yuri's sentiments, exactly. Despite her misgivings, she and her classmates must round up stray aliens that have escaped from a crashed spaceship -- with the help of the alien hats, of course.

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Both Lain and Alien Nine are scary, quirky, and off-beat.  Both series are also brief but well-executed story-telling gets the point across.  (Alien Nine doesn't have a definitive ending.)  Both stories center around a timid girl put in bizarre situations, and nobody else seems to notice.

Also, if you really appreciate clever soundtracks then you should watch both of these series.  They're total opposites but they're very effective.  Lain sounds like electric buzzing, city sounds, and techno; Alien Nine sounds like a magical girl show with happy J-Pop despite the horror on-screen.

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Ran

Both anime feature a computer freak as main character. Battle Programmer Shirase is much more funny and repetitively ecchi, whereas Lain is dark and serious; but if you thought one was cool, you're going to like the other.

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Serial Experiments Lain and Captain Herlock: Outside Legend are Lovecraftian horror in the guise of science fiction.

Lain is recognizably cyberpunk but, as written by Chiaki Konaka, it bears a stylistic and thematic resemblance to the works of the gentleman from Providence. The TV series explores the possibility that reality lies elsewhere and present day and time are an illusion, an idea introduced by Lovecraft in 1926's The Silver Key. Outside Legend is a tale of ancient, forgotten gods worthy of the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft's maxim on the nature of fear ("The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.") is at the heart of Harlock's odyssey. The space opera explores the risks of knowing what should not be known and the maddening results of attaining such knowledge.

If you enjoyed the psychological horror of one series, you'll surely enjoy the other.