- Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain Anime
Lane Iwakura, a high school student, lives in suburban Japan with her middle-class family, consisting of her expressionless older sister Miki, her emotionally distant mother, and her computer-crazed father; Lane herself is somewhat awkward, withdrawn, and socially isolated from most of her high school peers. The status quo of her life is turned upside down by a series of strange incidents that start to happen after she learns that the girls at her school received an email from a dead student, Chisa Yomoda, and she pulls her old computer in to check the same message. Lane finds Chisa, who informs her via email that she is not dead, but simply “given up her physical self” and is alive deep within the virtual realm of Wired itself, where she claims she found “God” there.
From that moment on, Lane becomes involved in a series of mysterious and surreal events in which she delves deeper into the mystery of the web in a narrative that explores the themes of consciousness, perception, and the nature of reality. “The Wired” is a virtual realm that contains and maintains the very sum of all human communications and networks created by telegraph, television, and telephone services and extended by the Internet, cyberspace, and subsequent networks. The series suggests that Wired may be connected to a system that provides unconscious communication between humans and machines without a physical interface. The storyline presents such a system with Schumann resonances, a property of the Earth’s magnetic field that theoretically allows for unhindered communication over long distances.
If such a connection were created, the network would become the equivalent of Reality as the general consensus of all perceptions and knowledge. The increasingly thin invisible line between the real and the virtual/digital is slowly beginning to crumble. Masami Airi is introduced as Project Director of Protocol Seven for Tachibana General Laboratories, a major computer company. He secretly turned on a code of his own creation to gain absolute control of Wired via the wireless system described above. He then “uploaded” his consciousness into Wired and “died” a few days later, leaving only his physical self behind. These details are revealed around the middle of the series, but that’s where the story begins.
Masami later explains that Lane is an artifact with which the wall between the virtual and physical worlds is to fall, and that he needs her to enter Wired and “relinquish the flesh” as he did, in order to achieve his plan. In the series, he tries to convince her through interventions, using promises of unconditional love, romantic seduction, and charm, and even when all else fails, threats and power. Meanwhile, the anime follows a complex game of hide-and-seek between the “Knights of the Eastern Calculus”, hackers that Masami refers to as “believers who let him be God in Wired”, and Tachibana General Laboratories who are trying to regain control of the Seventh Protocol. In the end, the viewer sees how Lane, after much thought, realizes that she has absolute control over everyone’s mind and over reality itself.
Her dialogue with different versions of herself shows how alienated she feels from the material world and how afraid she is to live in Wired, where she has the opportunities and responsibilities of an omnipotent goddess. In the last scenes, she erases everything related to her from everyone else’s memories of her and everything else that happened after the premiere. She is last seen unchanged when she meets again her oldest and closest friend, Alice, who is now married. Lane promises herself that she and Alice will definitely meet again anytime, as Lane can literally go and be anywhere between both worlds.
Serial Experiments Lain Characters
- Main Characters
- Iwakura, Lain
- Supporting Characters
- Mizuki, Arisu
- Eiri, Masami
- Iwakura, Yasuo
- Yomoda, Chisa
- Iwakura, Mika
- Sui-Xi, Lin
Serial Experiments Lain Anime Episodes
Serial Experiments Lain Episode
|Weird” Ryūtarō Nakamura
|Girls” Ryūtarō Nakamura