Omnipresence in Wired
An Omnipresence in Wired is the Serial Experiments Lain artbook that was released only in Japan in 1999. A heavily modified version, ab# rebuild, was released in 2006 in both Japan and the United States.
Note that any of the following information regarding the 2006 version is obtained from the hardcover English edition by Digital Manga Publishing. If you have the softcover edition, or the Japanese edition from Wani Magazine, please feel free to edit this page with information on them.
- 1 Contents
- 2 Differences between the two editions
Under construction lol
an omnipresence in wired (1999)
|001||Title page||The title of the book with a bunch of identical pictures of lain, except with different photoshop effects added to them.|
|002||Contents||The book's contents page. Most of the data in this table is taken from this page. Except the descriptions.|
|003||Introduction||A few paragraphs by ABe, with a translation, talking about his concept of Lain's existence and how it was manifested in his creative process.|
|004||the original layers||See Layers (illustrations) for more info.|
|046||VHS/LD jackets (lif.)|
|052||sound track cover (CD)|
|058||posters & others|
|078||special issue "the nightmare of fabrication" (DC1029)||Untranslated in this edition. See Manga for more information.|
|118||about the layers (AB with CJK)||Untranslated. Abe and Konaka having a conversation about the Layers illustrations. The title of each Layer illustration is listed with the magazine issue it was originally published in.|
|122||about all of the illustrations||Untranslated. An index of comments by Abe about every illustration in the book and information on where each of them was originally published.|
|127||history of AB||Untranslated. A paragraph of general information about Abe, then a "general chronology" of events in his life starting in 1993 when he entered college, then a "fragile goods chronology" listing every computer he'd owned since 1990 (I think?)|
|The book has a total of 128 pages.|
yoshitoshi ABe lain illustrations: ab# rebuild an omnipresence in wired (2006)
Note: The pages are not numbered, so this might not be very useful. This book doesn't even have a contents page.
|001||Title page||A picture of Lain on a semitransparent piece of paper.|
|005||01 touch of illustration||Various illustrations paired with their rough sketches, pre-effects images from a few of the layers with their coloring altered|
|040||02 comic||the nightmare of fabrication (DC1029) (translated of course)|
|063||03package illustration : DVD+LD+CD|
|076||04 others : game+poster+etc|
|091||05 layer||The aforementioned layer illustrations.|
|122||06 pencil drawing + step by step||Corresponds with monochrome sketch in original book.|
|141||07 personal||Color photos by Abe, and a "short history" of Abe beginning in 1993|
|149||Liner notes||corresponds with "about all the illustrations" in the original book. Has the page number of the illustrations being described, but if you count the pages you'll always end up a few pages off.|
|This book has a total of 153 pages.|
Differences between the two editions
What Rebuild has that the original does not have
- Two new illustrations and their rough sketches
- Lain under an overpass
- Cover illustration
- Pre-effects images of some of the Layers
- Step-by-step for the Layer 02: Girls illustration
What the original has that Rebuild does not have
- Chibi Chibi Lain
- Looker illustrations
- Gekikare! A Sales Promo Ad By Dame-Dame Lain (comic originally from a doujinshi called Tareme Paradise 5)
- Many of the rough, conceptual sketches in the monochrome sketch section
Other miscellaneous differences
Layer text: In Rebuild, the text of the Layer illustrations were re-translated and of course the English was re-typeset, sometimes in completely different positions. A typesetting error was introduced in Layer 11. In some of the illustrations the Japanese text was also re-typeset, and in some cases completely removed. The Rebuild translation is perhaps better than the original's in general, but the typesetting looks better in the original as it's styled to blend with the image. In Layer 09, the patch of code floating to the right of lain was replaced with different code. Excepting the Layer images, there is no Japanese text to be found anywhere in the English version of Rebuild.
Pencil Sketches: As stated above, there are many rough sketches in the original Omnipresence that don't appear in Rebuild. However, those sketches that do appear in Rebuild are generally much larger, showing more detail.
Each has images the other doesn't have. They're both nice and you should get them both.