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Nezumi does look like a mouse.jpeg
Gender Male
NAVI Nezumi's NAVI
Featured in Anime
Location Wired, Shibuya
Voice Actor(s)

Nezumi is a man who only appears on Layer 07. He wanders the streets in full web-browsing gear and desperately wants to join the Knights. He is seen dead at the end of the episode.

Nezumi's name ("mouse") is evidently inspired by the dormouse from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Nezumi most likely serves the function of illustrating how the Wired and organisations like the Knights can affect people. He tries to merge the Wired with reality through his equipment, imitating people like Lain who can access the Wired device-less because of the Psyche chip. However, this method not only works very poorly but also causes him to lose touch with reality.

His death can be interpreted in many ways. Perhaps it was an accident brought on by his focus on the Wired while wandering in the real world. Perhaps the Knights assassinated him because he found their communication channels. Perhaps he ended up abandoning the flesh to be able to access the Wired more perfectly.


Nezumi's gear-enhanced vision.
Nezumi uses a wearable computer which he apparently created himself. He uses a head-mounted display, and his point of view is shown a couple of times throughout the episode. In Scenario Experiments Lain, Chiaki Konaka says that Nakamura Ryuutarou gave him the job of creating this POV footage. Konaka walked around Shibuya with a DVCam and processed the film on his Macintosh, adding HSB noise. He made a total of 3 minutes of footage for Layer 07, taking 1 month to complete it. At least one cut involved cels, which Konaka also digitally processed himself, overlaying the cel imagery with the live-action footage on his Macintosh. The first time he showed his work to Nakamura, he was told to redo it, and make it "more abnormal."
Characters of the Serial Experiments Lain anime
Iwakura Family
Iwakura LainIwakura MihoIwakura MikaIwakura Yasuo
Kato JuriMizuki AliceYamamoto ReikaYomoda ChisaAlice's teacherLain's teacher
Masami EiriMasatsugu ShokoTakuyoshi MasuokaFreeterMen in Black
Cheshire CatProf. HodgesonNezumiMasatsugu Shou