What is it?
The 1998 Japanese psychological mystery cyberpunk anime TV show Serial Experiments Lain.
What is it about?
This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime TV show:
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]
Back in maybe 2003 or 2004 my former male classmate SS told me about and somewhat explained to me how to use mIRC, he also recommended a science fiction cyberpunk psychological mystery anime (animated) television show called Serial Experiments Lain and several other anime, and Serial Experiments Lain was one of the first of the anime that he recommended that I ended up watching.
The opening credits and the song during it called Duvet by the British band Bôa immediately caught my attention and it sets the mood for each episode, so I would always watch the beginning credits before each episode, and now years later watching and listening to the opening credits brings me back to the early 2000s when I watched this anime and several others:
This anime (animated) TV show was ahead of its time and it is one of the most unique, psychological, weird, confusing, mysterious, et cetera anime or TV shows that I have seen until this day; it is one of those shows that really plays with your mind.
This show had a unique feel and mood to it, the background sounds and music and silence et cetera, the visuals, and more all added to that unique atmosphere.
I only saw this show once all those years ago and it confused me, so I can not remember that much, but I remember it involving: life and death, reality, existence, meaning / purpose / identity, technology like computers and the internet, philosophy, and more.
I remember the computer system of the main character Lain Iwakura getting upgraded throughout the show with more monitors and other parts to extreme levels, and I remember this show having me constantly trying to figure out what was going on and what was going to happen and what did it all mean.
I remember Lain being a very quiet and soft-spoken character and shy character with growing computer smarts, and I was not use to seeing a main character like this which was a good thing; and I probably thought that she was more relatable.
I need to watch this show again to see if it makes more sense to me now and to see how I feel about it now, and I would recommend that people watch it at least once to see something very unusual and psychological.