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Related Websites


  • arisuchan anonymous lain-themed cyberpunk imageboard with a dedicated /lain/ board, it has since been archived.
  • Collection of every background image from mebious, going back over a year.
  • Thought Experiments Lain (article) is owned by Lawrence Eng aka Lawmune. It includes, among other things, a review, fanart contest and glossary. It is perhaps best known for the list of Apple references in Lain.
  • lainzine: a lain-themed online magazine about hacking, art, culture, and related topics.
  • Omnipresence is full of information about SEL and includes episode transcripts, screencaps, a fanlisting and a very outdated list of links. It is impossible to navigate. Content is here.
  • (article) comes from a URL that appears briefly on a pressure gauge. Sometimes called "Mebi" or "Mebby". Allows anonymous text or image posting. The most recent 10 lines of text are displayed. It has been inactive since November 11, 2020.
  • wired.entry.neocities Fansite under constant occasional development.
  • wirechan Anonymous lain-themed imageboard centered around technology, with its own mebious instance.
  • Spiritual successor to systemspace. Themed around Lain, has an anonymous imageboard and discord server.


  • Serial Experiments Lain, a site by Chiaki J. Konaka, has interviews, information about books, and links related to Lain, as well as a font that was used in the anime.
  • Deep Researches Lain has a glossary of terms from the anime and a quiz game.
  • Grifon's Garden has pictures and descriptions of at least 6 homemade Lain figurines.
  • LAINてんぷら is a website used to start Lain threads on the 2channel BBS. Has links to many Lain threads on 2ch and many other obscure and edifying Lain-related links. てんぷら (tempura) is slang for template.
  • Protocol of lain's world has lots of great and rare info, but mostly in Japanese, because the English portion of the site is unfinished. (Click lain's face to access the content.)


  • Old Home, an image board that is primarily for discussions related to ABe.
  • lain game contains files from the Serial Experiments Lain PSX game, extracted using jPSXdec. It also includes a playable web-version of the game, created by many of the members


  • wired-7 Spanish speaking, lain themed imageboard

Past Related Websites


Scholarly articles and books

  • "Topologies of Identity in Serial Experiments Lain" by Craig Jackson, published in Mechademia, Volume 7, 2012, pp. 191-201 [1]
  • "The Signal of Noise" (manga) by Adèle-Elise Prévost and MUSEbasement, published in Mechademia, Volume 3, 2008, pp. 173-188 [2]
  • "When the Machines Stop: Fantasy, Reality, and Terminal Identity in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Serial Experiments Lain" by Susan J. Napier, published in Science Fiction Studies vol.29, No. 3, Japanese Science Fiction (Nov. 2002) pp. 418-435 [3]
  • "The Problem of Existence in Japanese Animation" by Susan J. Napier, published in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 149, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp.72-79 [4]
  • "Screening Anime" by Steven T. Brown, an essay published in the 2006 book Cinema Anime, a collection of essays by various authors, edited by Brown. [5]
  • Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture by Steven T. Brown. This time the whole book is by Brown. [6]





  • Stopped, a short story that concisely captures the essence of Serial Experiments Lain.

"Lain's watch stopped..."

  • The Gods Themselves, an odd crossover between SEL and Puella Magi Madoka Magica in which Lain and Madokami are indistinguishable and Alice discusses God with Homura.

""Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.*" Lain. Madoka. Homura. Arisu. I am uncertain what genre to classify this under." (*Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.)



  • Earth Brain Waves, A concept album. The theme imaged the world of the network by the Schumann resonance in serial experiments lain.
  • SUBHUMAN, serial experiments lain image album