Anime 339 Serial Experiments Lain

Alternative Titles

Japanese: シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン
English: Serial Experiments Lain


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 1998 to Sep 28, 1998
Premiered: Summer 1998
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:15 (JST)
Producers: Genco, Pioneer LDC
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Triangle Staff
Source: Original
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 292960292,960 users)
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Ranked: #4912
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Popularity: #246
Members: 751,290
Favorites: 27,281

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Lain Iwakura, an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda—the very same Chisa who recently committed suicide. Lain has neither the desire nor the experience to handle even basic technology; yet, when the technophobe opens the email, it leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the internet. Lain's life is turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. Strange men called the Men in Black begin to appear wherever she goes, asking her questions and somehow knowing more about her than even she herself knows. With the boundaries between reality and cyberspace rapidly blurring, Lain is plunged into more surreal and bizarre events where identity, consciousness, and perception are concepts that take on new meanings.

Written by Chiaki J. Konaka, whose other works include Texhnolyze, Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological avant-garde mystery series that follows Lain as she makes crucial choices that will affect both the real world and the Wired. In closing one world and opening another, only Lain will realize the significance of their presence.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Serial Experiments Lain won the Excellence Prize in the 1998 Japan Media Arts Festival. It has been subject to commentary in the literary and academic worlds such as the Asian Horror Encyclopedia and The Problem of Existence in Japanese Animation by the American Philosophical Society.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Iwakura, Mika

Kawasumi, Ayako


Nakata, Jouji


Takimoto, Keito


Chikada, Wasei

Sui-Xi, Lin

Yamazaki, Takumi


Cook, Justin
Ueda, Yasuyuki
Producer, Original Creator, Planning

Opening Theme

"Duvet" by BOA

Ending Theme

"Tooi Sakebi (遠い叫び)" by Reichi Nakaido


Nov 23, 2023
Minor spoilers

Anything I say about this anime won't do it justice. The puzzle of a plot is something you have to piece together, but the ride it takes you on is almost better. Serial Experiements Lain is at least a decade before its time offering commentary on what the internet can be used for or could become.

I genuinely have no idea what was going on. I have my own interpretation but only watching it once but I'm sure it will change with every viewing or as I talk to others. Despite not knowing what happened this is actually one of the best parts. It provides ...
Nov 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I'm going to be real and say this anime is not exactly what I thought it was.
Seeing how many edits and album cover with Lain out there, including its 2000s catchy English opening, it left me really overhyped, thinking it'll be the same next-level abstract fuckery as Evangelion and Madoka Magica. The message is certainly there, in fact, it provoked a lot of philosophical discussion of gadgets and technologies' effects on modern-day. It has its own unique concept, and the message should be clear, yet its own way of storytelling is.. certainly confusing. The messages and the moral issues addressed in the anime are a ...
Nov 14, 2023
The anime series 'Serial Experiments Lain' is an interesting take on the age-old idea of not knowing what is reality and what isn't. Although the series raises some intelligent, philosophical questions, it may not be considered a masterpiece on its own. The first nine episodes, which primarily focus on Neo running through the matrix, can be drawn out and may leave the viewers wanting more. However, the animation is visually appealing, and the series does explain the last few episodes, revealing the truths about Lain, the computer reality, and the real world.

While the series does not have fantastic characters and an interesting storyline like ...

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