Serial Experiments Lain

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Iwakura Lain

Gender Female
Age 14 (anime), 11-14 (game)
FamilyIwakura Yasuo, Iwakura Miho, Iwakura Mika (anime); Father, Mother (game and manga)
AffiliationKnights of the Eastern Calculus, Tachibana General Laboratories
NAVIChildren's NAVI, Handheld NAVI, Lain's NAVI
DebutLayer 01
Featured inAnime, game, manga
LocationLain's house, Shibuya
Voice Actor(s)Kaori Shimizu (Japanese), Ruby Marlowe (English)

Iwakura Lain (岩倉 玲音 Iwakura Rein, also rendered as レイン, lain or れいん) is the main protagonist of the series. She is female, 14 in the anime, 11-14 in the game, and of an unknown age in other works. Visually, she is characterized by her short, brown, asymmetrical hair, one lock of which is secured by a hairclip. Masami Eiri, in his desire to conquer reality, uses her as a pawn.


Across all the works in the Serial Experiments Lain series, Lain is portrayed as introverted, shy and quiet. Her preferences are also quite childish, and she possesses a large number of toys and other child-themed objects. She often derives comfort from these objects when she is afraid, akin to a security blanket.

When it comes to interacting with others, she often has trouble making eye contact and having fluent conversation, many exchanges with her fellow classmates involving long pauses in her speech, and often looks visibly uncomfortable when asked questions. She usually does not speak unless spoken to and appears to find both talking to strangers and being the center of attention to be intimidating. Because of this, she has very few friends. However, on the Internet, Lain feels much more comfortable around people and is able to talk to them more easily, although she does not feel close to online acquaintances.

Generally, Lain appears to be indifferent to her surroundings, but she is actually very sensitive and worried about how others perceive her. As a result, Lain appears to be very concerned with her actions and how they affect other people, being terrified of being by herself or being universally rejected by everyone.

Due to her lack of close family or friends, Lain is often very lonely and can become unhealthily attached to anyone she feels treats her nicely, to the point of obsession. As a result, she often worries even more how people who know her perceive her and is quick to doubt herself and her friends; however, when she interacts with them, she feels elated and far more optimistic. If anyone she is close to leaves her life, Lain becomes heartbroken and worries about the others that remain. She is fiercely loyal to those she cares about and tries her best to care for them, although she often worries that she is not doing a good job of doing so. Terrible things happening to people, regardless of whether they are close to her or not, seem to deeply emotionally disturb Lain, often causing her to cry.

If Lain is completely alone, she becomes desperate and afraid of her own inner faults. In order to distract herself, Lain often throws herself into a specialization that interests her, such as programming or psychology and further isolated herself. However, extended periods of solitude cause Lain to begin to lose her mind, and she eventually neglects herself and becomes extremely depressed. It is possible that being left alone too long could result in her suicide.

When Lain is afraid, she will often want comfort from others, despite rarely approaching them directly, not wanting to burden them. If she cannot get comfort from other people, she will hide behind objects she designates as security blankets, like her bear pajamas, NAVI, Bike-chan, or Progenitis. If she is truly terrified or overwhelmed she will have what appears to be a panic attack of some kind, curling into a ball and shaking, apparently completely immobilized.

When it comes to Lain's specialization skills, she is extremely curious and hungry for information, avidly consuming information at astonishing speeds and learning very quickly. It does not take her long to become an expert on a subject, and she shows extreme prowess in both hardware and software, as well as aspects of philosophy, psychology and sociology. She appears to be able to analyze, recall and process data very quickly, working at high speeds and often doing several things at once. Many tasks that are difficult for experts are easy for her. Despite appearing to be highly intelligent, Lain is an extremely poor student, having a difficult time paying attention in class.

Lain seems to consider herself to be abnormal and often blames herself for bad things that happen around her or the troubles of loved ones, becoming easily depressed. She also often feels isolated from society and alone, and seems to want to fit in more than anything, but her shyness and social anxiety often gets in the way. Lain is also very easily embarrassed, which further worsens her low self-esteem and shyness. She often struggles with her identity due to the circumstances around her, a struggle that often confuses and frightens her.

When Lain finally feels that she has discovered her identity, she is at peace and seems to be quietly content with herself, her previous self-doubts becoming minimal.

Other Personalities

Lain's personality becomes another matter entirely when her alter-ego, the so-called 'Lain of the Wired', steps into Lain's flesh body to act directly in the real world. In times of extreme stress, Lain's disembodied self might briefly inhabit her flesh body, suddenly causing a surge of confidence and brashness backed up by superhuman power. This personality appears fearless and ruthless, but not cruel (not to be confused with Evil Lain, the spinoff identity created by the Knights' hacking). She is also much more socially comfortable in this state, although this social comfort level seems to come and go coincident with Lain's visits to Cyberia, where unusual mind-altering technology exists. This 'Lain of the Wired' personality also exists independent of Lain Iwakura the human; they seem to only share experiences part-time.

Yet a third personality also exists, apparently resulting from outside tampering upon both of the others. This third personality, is a cruel, inhuman prankster, and is apparently comfortable committing both mischief and murder. Like Lain of the Wired, it exists primarily in the Wired but is also capable of inhabiting and controlling Lain Iwakura's human body on occasion.

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Anime Biography

At the beginning of the anime, Lain is technologically illiterate and extremely shy. She hardly even checks her email and is visibly uncomfortable when doing so. While operating her old children's NAVI, she puts on a bear hat. This, like her bear suit, provides comfort to her and helps her face situations that she is intimidated by.

Lain's behaviour changes when she gets a proper NAVI. When online, she behaves much more confidently and assertively. Another Lain, commonly referred to by the fandom as 'evil Lain', already exists in the Wired and, according to Lain in Layer 08, acts like the part of Lain that she hates.

Lain appears to be highly intelligent and has a range of skills. The anime shows her learning extremely quickly how a NAVI functions and can even help the boss of the Men in Black repair his extremely old NAVI. Also, the manga shows some of Lain's skills in programming, as she modifies her plush dog, Bike-chan, to be able to bark. In the game, Lain becomes interested in psychology and is able to use that knowledge on Yonera Touko, her therapist, when she becomes unstable.

She is quite distant from her family and rarely speaks at home. At school, she is similarly quiet, although she begins to hang out with Alice, Reika and Juri. Of the three, only Alice seems to have any real emotional connection with her.

Lain is revealed to be the product of the human collective unconscious that took form in the Wired. This means that there is a different image of Lain in each person's mind, represented by the chattering Lain mannequins in Layer 08. Roku full hd the silence of the lambs movie download 1080p 720p. This led to Lain's identity crisis that forms a major plot point in the anime.

Lain considers herself to be a being that exists only in the memories of others, so when she edits herself out during the reset, it is almost a form of suicide - although the Wired itself still retains her data, there are no people who truly remember her.

Iwakura Family
Iwakura Lain • Iwakura Miho • Iwakura Mika • Iwakura Yasuo
Kato Juri • Mizuki Alice • Yamamoto Reika • Yomoda Chisa • Alice's teacher • Lain's teacher
JJ • Masayuki • Myu-Myu • Taro
Masami Eiri • Masatsugu Shoko • Takuyoshi Masuoka • Freeter • Men in Black
Cheshire Cat • Prof. Hodgeson • Nezumi • Masatsugu Shou
Characters of the Serial Experiments Lain game [ × ]
Iwakura Lain • Father • Mother
Tomo • Mayu • Kyoko • Kaori • Misato
Yonera Touko • Professor Takashima
Makino Shin'ichirou • Mr. Rabbit • Shock spammer
Harumi • Kanako • Takeshi • Yoshida
Progenetis • The Other Self • Bike-chan • CLN-1
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This is my attempt to explain the story of the anime serial experiments Lain. After numerous watchings and searching the web for explanations I think I have figured it out. Spoilers ahead!

Setting the background

Masami Eiri, chief engineer at Tachibana laboratories, worked on protocol 7 and added code from his own initiative that introduced the schumann resonance into the protocol. This was so that the wired could be accessed without any device. He wanted the barrier between the real world and the wired to disappear, believing that humans should transcend the physical realm. For Eiri, evolution had little to no effect on us now and it was through our culture that we advanced as a species. The body to him was merely a vessel for our brains and our consciousness a result of electrical signals in them that could be replicated in the wired. The wired in his opinion was an upper layer of the real world.
Tachibana labs discovered his modifications of the protocol and fired him.
Eiri uploaded his consciousness on the wired and then killed himself.
The company Tachibana labs in contrast wanted the real world and the wired to stay separate. They are the ones who created Lain in a human form. This can be deduced from the short news segment where it’s said that tachibana labs have mapped the genome.

The purpose was to reestablish and maintain the barrier between the wired and the real world. Lain was put into a fake family. Lain’s fake father (Yasuo) who works for tachibana labs, even tells her that the wired is not to be confused with the real world (in episode 6).

Unravelling the story

Everything starts with Chisa’s suicide and the strange emails she sends from beyond the grave. Chisa did not have a fun life, no friends, no connection, no reason to stay. She decided to get rid of her body and continue her existence on the wired, just like Eiri. She’s the reason Lain turned on her navi (computer) for the first time. After reading the email sent personally to her, Lain goes on to investigate. Definitely a weird situation.
Lain gets invited by her friends to go to cyberia, a club. They tell her that they saw someone who looked exactly like her the previous night. This Lain that they saw was actually evil Lain.

Different Lains and the knights

There are 3 different Lains : wired Lain, evil Lain and human « normal » Lain. The writers even had to write her name 3 different ways to avoid any confusion.
Evil Lain is the one that smiles and laughs diabolically. Wired Lain is the confident and brave one that exists in the wired. And normal human Lain is the Lain in human form of course.
Evil Lain could manifest in Cyberia because of the music played that alters the perception of reality. Lain demonstrates this by playing track 44 on Taro (in episode 9). Evil Lain was inciting the guy that took accela to kill himself, that’s why he went mad when he saw Lain who he mistook for evil Lain. Evil Lain clearly has an objective and is seen to be part of the Knights, a group of hackers from all around the world. They seem to want the same thing as Eiri, the disappearance of the separation between the real world and the wired. They want a maximum of people to die and live on in the wired. Their actions also point towards this goal.
Phantoma was a game created by them that linked kids wanting to play tag with another fps/dungeon like game, resulting in the death of players on either or both sides. Their hacking of the traffic system resulted in accidents. They found files that explained how the KIDS experiment worked and managed to use it to make evil Lain appear in the sky of the real world. They clearly have an interest in Lain and throughout the show try to control or even kill her. They sent Lain a psyche, a chip made by them used to immerse yourself more in the wired. They are the ones that planted the bomb in her room, this is explained by the Men in Black (MIB). They tried to make her use a chip that modifies memories. Taro admits this to Lain and explains that he works for the knights even though he’s not a member. They also are the ones that broke Mika’s mind. We can see their sign appear when the mind-meddling is going on. Also Taro conveniently makes Mika spill her drink on herself so that she uses the tissue given to her with the « fulfill the prophecy » writing. The rumor about Alice’s relationship with her teacher was also started by evil Lain and the knights.

Serial Experiments Lain Episodes

Men in black and the representative of tachibana labs

The Men In Black invite Lain to come with them and go meet their boss, the Tachibana representative (the rep). This is when it’s explained that Lain’s family is fake. We also see evil Lain scheming with the knights to get the virtual reality goggles guy, who wanted to join them, killed. Lain also changes abruptly to an assertive and dominant personality, one similar to wired Lain. This abrupt change also happens in Cyberia when Lain tells the accela guy that « Everyone is connected ». Is this wired Lain taking control of the body of normal Lain or are Wired Lain and normal Lain really just two parts of the same being ?
We learn that Eiri has the knights for believers, making him a godlike character. This makes Lain go after them, she releases information on them and the MIB and their associates go and kill them. Even with the knights gone, the frontier between the wired and the real world is still crumbling down. The MIB think that they have been tricked by their employer who, they believe, has been in contact with Eiri.


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Karl shortly before his death sees Lain in the eye of his dying colleague. This is obviously evil Lain.
The MIB can’t understand the situation because they haven’t been given all the information. Lain was made with a purpose. In episode 9 Yasuo says « It’s almost over, isn’t it ? Finally.», expecting a planned outcome. The outcome being not only the mending of the frontier but also the destruction of Eiri. Although the tachibana rep didn’t seem to want the wired to interfere with reality, if Lain had to to solve these problems then that was that.
The MIB didn’t know what Lain was and even told her this, but the rep did. He knew something interesting was bound to happen and he was right. When first meeting Lain even though thoroughly opposed to the knights, he didn’t want to interfere with Lain’s actions.
« something interesting is beginning. We should just watch from the sidelines. »

Alice saves Lain from the fake god

Alice deeply cares about Lain and is shown throughout the series to be very kind and loving towards her. When Alice learns that Lain supposedly spread the rumor she goes to confront her. Even though she ultimately believes Lain isn’t responsible, the situation brings Lain to the brink of tears.
Lain learns from Eiri who manifests himself as a sort of geometric changing form in the wired, that she can delete the memories from people and influence reality. We already saw how she had some control on the real world when she made the Men in Black’s glasses explode. She goes on to delete Alice’s involvement in the rumor but leaves Alice’s memories intact. This in turn makes Alice scared and confused.
Eiri explains to Lain that he created her as a program in a human body to break the barrier between the real world and the wired. He tries to get her to kill herself. Lain believes in his words and nearly gets tricked. Eiri only wants to use her and have more power. The one who saves Lain and makes her realize Eiri’s lies is Alice. Wanting to know why Lain changed reality she goes to her room for an explanation. Alice makes Lain feel her heartbeat and emphasizes the importance of a body.

Without a body Lain wouldn’t be able to feel the fast heartbeat of her scared friend. Lain realizes that Eiri is a fake god and rebels against this supposed creator. Full of rage Eiri who can also influence the real world materializes in a human like body but gets killed by Lain. Alice witnessing all this goes crazy. Lain decides to erase her existence and resets the world to avoid Alice ever getting hurt again because of her.


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Serial Experiments Lain Explained

Lain realises that she is the one true god. We see wired and normal Lain talking at the end but there’s no sign of evil Lain.
This indicates that Evil Lain was a product of either the knights or Eiri. With them gone, she simply doesn’t exist anymore. Evil Lain was just a fake Lain.
Wired Lain and normal Lain are the same. The difference is that normal Lain has just been given an ego, in other words a body. A continuous experience of the self. But wired Lain was everywhere scattered on the wired. She existed in the thoughts and memories of people.
Finally Lain makes Wired Lain disappear and manages to exist as only one ego.

Serial Experiments Lain Sub

This ends the explanation, I hope it can help you better understand the story and make you ask the important question : « Who is Lain ?». If you want to read more of my thoughts here they are.