Serial Experiments Lain: If you like thought-provoking series, or you just want to try something new, it doesn’t really get better than this.

In A Nutshell

Lain Iwakura is an awkward and introverted fourteen-year-old that prefers to spend her days in her room in solitude. All of that changes after she is one of the many girls from her school to receive a disturbing email from he classmate Chisa Yomoda, who had recently committed suicide. Despite being a technophobe, Lain opens the email, which leads her straight into the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks similar to what we know as the Internet. Lain’s life is then turned upside down as she begins to encounter cryptic mysteries one after another. 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.

Meet the Characters

Lain Iwakura - Serial Experiments Lain - The Daily Fandom

Lain Iwakura

Lain is the main character and focus of the series. She is introduced as a shy, quiet, introverted girl. Even though she has three friends from school, she’s still pretty quiet around them and prefers to stay home rather than going out at night. Despite spending a lot of time in her room, she barely uses her computer and she’s not very tech-savvy either. This begins to change as the story progresses.


Lain is the main character of the series and everything that happens in the story revolves around her and her identity. There are some side-characters like her family and school friends (especially Arisu).

A Brief History of Serial Experiments Lain: the When, Where and How

Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, produced by Yasuyuki Ueda and with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on Tokyo TV from July to September 1998.

The series was conceived to connect across forms of media, and there is actually a videogame of it, although little about it is known. Serial Experiments Lain has become a cult classic not only for anime fans, but for Japanase TV in general, as it was intended to be “a sort of cultural war against American culture and the American sense of values Japan adopted after World War II”.

Why It’s Awesome

serial experiments lain

Let it be said, Serial Experiments Lain is not a series for everyone. If you usually watch anime for pure entertainment, you probably won’t get much of it from this show. However, if you like thought-provoking series, or you just want to try something new, then this is one of the best options the anime industry has to offer.

Serial Experiments Lain is a hard series to understand. In fact, it’s probably the anime series that has arisen the most online discussion, and even almost 20 years after its release, it’s still being discussed. The series was a very ambitious project that was influenced by themes such as reality, identity and communication and it does so through computer technology, religion and pseudophilosophy.

Its otherworldly art style and animation help create that feeling of uneasiness, while the unique electronic soundtrack by Reiichi Nakaido fits perfect with the cyberpunk themes.

Overall Score

Category Score
Show Quality 9/10
Characters 8/10
Fandom 9/10
Animation & OST_ 8/10
Drama/Comedy 8/10
Total 42/50



About Author

24-year-old TV journalist. I especialize in fangirling over TV shows and anime. Currently fighting for fan studies to be recognized as a valid academic field.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of