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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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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
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Darkpenguin13

If you liked Lain, you'd like Bebop because of the cyberpunk feel. Both series have a slightly surrealistic feel that sends chills down your spine (especially late at night). They are definitely different but I can assure you if you liked Lain you will like Cowboy Bebop!

Denpa Teki na Kanojo

Denpa Teki na Kanojo
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Juu Juuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, he is approached by an odd girl by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Juu's knight. His first reaction is to ignore her, distancing himself as quickly as possible. However, when a serial killer murders one of Juu's classmates and Ame seems to know something about the killings, he is forced into cooperating with her to get to the bottom of the mystery. Can this enigmatic stranger really be trusted?

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An atmospheric recommendation. On the surface Lain deals with aspects of human nature;  Denpa shows some of those in perverted form. They bring mysterious characters and a hard-hitting look at our cities.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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Goodwine

If you liked the most was the psychological theme, you should watch both animes.

Lain contains abstract scenes, sometimes its hard to understand what is going on since this girl suddenly switches personalities at some point of the story.

Lucy (Nyu) also switches personalities but you can tell when it happens, because one is innocent and says "Nyu~" and the other one is aggressive, sadist, and powerful.

Both characters get into psychological problems involving the people around them, while Lain is like "the queen of Wired (internet)", Lucy is more like "human evolution bloody-lusted with vectors".

Their actions depend a lot on the traumas caused by other people in the past.

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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

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Following a disastrous event known as "The Second Impact," humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. Having not completely eradicated mankind previously, creatures known as Angels begin attacking once more in an attempt to create a third, and final, catastrophe which will annihilate mankind once and for all. When conventional weapons fail to stop the Angels, however, the Japanese military organization NERV proposes the use of strange mecha called Evangelions. When the first Evangelion rejects its pilot, though, NERV's commander is forced to draft his estranged son, Shinji, as mankind's savior. Bitter of his father's estrangement and insecure in his abilities, Shinji struggles to overcome his doubts and fears in the face of certain death, but ultimately continues to fall short despite his efforts. As he slowly improves his skills, however, he must come to terms with the greatest question of all: is humanity worth saving after all?

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These titles can each be rather hard to get your head around. If you want to have a series that makes you think in order to understand it completely, these fit well.

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