"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.
Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.
It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.
If you liked the style of a female main character relating with cyberish technology I would recommend watching Ghost in the Shell. Both series relate to the cyberish style, where it's all about the computer parts or the latest technology. Where both main characters are females that can control whether you live or die... or just got insane.
As cybernetic technology advances, criminal activities are becoming daily common occurrences. For Chief Aramaki and his ELITE squad, Section 9, they are the only ones with the means to put an end to cyber terrorism. Join Togusa, Ishikawa, The Major, Batou, and the rest of the Section 9 team through a intellectual roller coaster ride in the 21st century.
Although the two series vary greatly interms of violence or action, they are also immediately similar in terms of themes or style. Both Lain and Ghost deal with the idea of a consiousness through the internet -- via the Wired in Lain or Net in Ghost -- and both deal with characters struggling to explore that phenomenon and find a place for themselves within it.In both works, the plots are complex and not readily discernable until you're fairly far into the series, and the idea of man vs. technology and fate vs. will are explored.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Like Serial Experiments Lain, Gunslinger Girl explores questions of identity and self-determination in adolescent girls. The differences are marked, though. While Lain is ultimately the mistress of her own fate, the girls of Section 2 are pawns of a government that regards them as expendable tools.
The struggle of the characters in Gunslinger Girl is in attempting to retain their humanity in the face of having to do inhuman things. They are not inuman killing machines, but they're not normal school girls either. Lain's struggle, by comparison, is to understand her true nature, the power she has, and the consequences of using that power.
If you liked watching Lain struggle to define herself, you'll like Gunslinger Girls for the same reason. If you don't like bloody violence or contrasts in tone, you probably won't like Gunslinger Girl.
Curious, kind Hikari loves to explore cyberspace, regardless of the danger it poses. With the guidance and help of Mari and companionship of Romeo, whose consciousness is contained in a mechanical sphere, she travels through space and hides from Atlantis, listening to a recorded message from her long lost father and meeting friends such as Lily along the way.