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Serial Experiments: Lain Vol 1 - Navi (1998)  link to Serial Experiments: Lain Vol 1 - Navi  on IMDb

Number: 20

cover Serial Experiments: Lain Vol 1 - Navi

IMDB Rating: star star star star star star star star star star

Country: Japan, 100 minutes

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese

Genre(s): Thriller, Sci-Fi, Animation, Mystery

Director: Ryutaro Nakamura

Cast: Bridget Hoffman

Medium: Original DVD

Plot Outline:
A week after Chisa committed suicide, her classmates begin to receive emails from her. Hearing rumors fly at school, a quiet withdrawn girl named Lain goes home that day, turns on her dusty Navi computer for the first time and has a conversation with the dead girl. Chisa's message reads that she killed herself because she didn't need her body anymore, and she now exists in The Wired. When Lain asks why someone would do something like that she gets a response: "Because God is here".

Episode 01 "Weird"
People are getting emails from a girl who killed herself last week (Chisa Yomoda), which claim that she only gave up her body, but is actually still alive inside the Wired, and that God is also there. After getting one of these emails, the introverted Lain becomes interested in computers and asks her father for a new NAVI.

Episode 02 "Girls"
Alice, Juri, and Reika talk to Lain saying they saw her during their first visit to the hardcore techno club 'Cyberia', but with a far more vigorous and forceful personality. After some persuasion, Lain decides to join Alice and her friends who are at Cyberia again to disprove that it was her. However, Lain becomes involved with a shooting in the club by a man under the influence of the micro-machine drug Accela.

Episode 03 "Psyche"
Lain's life is thrown into further disarray as she begins to recognize that she is being spied upon by a car containing Men in Black (MiB) agents near her house. At school, Lain is anonymously sent a mysterious computer chip, about which she initially asks her father, and then the similarly aged Taro at Cyberia. Taro then recalls seeing Lain in the Wired once, noting her Wired personality being the complete opposite of her restrained real world persona, bringing about the possibility that there could be two separate Lains.

Episode 04 "Religion"
Rumors are flying around Lain's school and in the Wired with regards to numerous senior students of various high schools committing suicide, with each of the deceased being addicted to the online action game, PHANTOMa. Interested, Lain investigates only to discover the deaths were most likely caused by the elite secretive hacker group known as the Knights of the Eastern Calculus (or the Knights for short).

Comments: Pioneer;UPC013023022591;Vol 1 - Navi (Layers 1-4);;

Loaned: No

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