Serial Experiments Lain: the Disruption of Reality

The Existence of Reality

At first glance, Serial Experiments Lain resonates with ideas like the disruption of reality and existence. It is one thing in common that the series explores both ideas thoroughly. The series is that there is little difference between how human existence and the Wired (a more immersive internet version of the anime) do not seem right. The closer humans are to a perfect simulation of reality; it might also be true that theories have presupposed reality is a simulation. However, from a spiritual and metaphysical point of view, reality combines perception, experience, and sensation.

So, what humans perceive as “reality” and its existence constitutes a certain kind of experience. If its experience defies hallucinations or simulations, it is neither reality nor existence itself. The message does not just stick in the minds of Lain and others, as the whole atmosphere of the series seeks to push the barrier between existence (even hyperreality) and the internet through the use of visuals and sound, dementia alike, like a dream. Usually, its sentiments say how reality comes from signals in the brain. It is causing the truth to emerge, but Lain, as the protagonist, makes the whole show the main theme.


Serial Experiments Lain series is a philosophical, psychological, and science fiction production about the disruption of reality. Apart from being profoundly relevant even to today’s society, there are topics and themes in the anime, showing its psychological and philosophical depth. However, the show predicts a lot about society in the future. It predicted the internet culture that people know today. The world wide web was published in the United States in 1991. America began to use the internet more widely in 1995.

On the other hand, the internet is still a big undeveloped mystery for a specific part of the world and young people. Apart from being undeveloped, no one knows what people are doing on the internet. In essence, it is still a strange concept to think about how modern life and culture depend on the internet. After all, the show shows a young generation obsessed with the Wired, which they can access on both computers and devices. Many of these children play increasingly real-life online games, roleplay with other people, and explore conspiracies.

A Little Insight about Lain Iwakura

Lain Iwakura’s father once warned his daughter about the social dangers of the internet. Known as the Wired, it becomes a medium of communication and information transfer when everyone enters it. There is no such thing as confusion with the real world. Lain is a young girl and does not know how to use a computer yet. However, she knows better than to put her faith in the gap between the older, real, and online generations. When she was 14, she went online a lot, becoming a web parable but scarier than its story. The anime first premiered in Japan in July 1998. Twenty years later, she has become a faithful representation of the online, sad, and faithful life of the 2010s.

The view of the fake avatars fighting each other. Mythology is self-serving to the point that it reads disappointments and disasters which cannot be avoided. Lain’s father installed a sophisticated computer in her bedroom at the request of his daughter. He is proud of her daughter’s growing interest in technology. Like society, she strives to connect.

On the other hand, there is an oddity that Lain’s father does not seem to have much of a relationship. His conversation with his wife was very cool, and his enthusiasm for his daughter was born out of an interest in his father’s profession. He is like a representation whose unreal where he is looking at a black screen with strobe light all the time.

The Internet

Serial Experiments Lain places a black glass screen in the far corner of Lain’s room as a portal between the disruption of reality and the Wired. She attempts to find the identity of her classmate named Chisa, a young girl who committed suicide in Layer 01 (referred to the episode’s name), only to email her the day after she jumped off their school roof. Inevitably, Lain’s quest for Chisa leads her to the Wired. Please note, Chisa claims to have backed away from reality. In Layer 03, Lain assembles her desktop without her father’s supervision. As the series progressed, she developed her technical prowess exponentially.

Lain’s hardware evolved to turn her bedroom into an electric but dim layer. In Layer 07, she begins to explore the dark side of the internet, preceding the following phrase and attaching her proto. She’s eyes also shined but lit up constantly with the spirit of the forum. Lain builds a second alter ego in the online world and even develops a fan base. However, her interactions in Wired mostly leave her disappointed and angry. In essence, she is always fighting, hacking, and disobeying others. In reality, she makes her friends and walks through the suburbs in a paranoid but defensive android. Slowly, she realized how Wired was a disaster no one knew about.

The Wired

The Wired is death and delusion of humans themself to Lain. In Wired, she is a completely different person. She is a much darker person who is easily moved to seek revenge. Quickly, she saw how her digital presence was a bold yet cruel deviation from her real self. Another alter ego has developed terrifying mythology about a girl named Lain Iwakura. The real Lain watches in shock; the digital Lain confronts a delusional young man who fires a nightclub. The digital Lain notifies the gunman if everyone is connected. She assumed it was a threat, and the gunman was so horrified by Wired’s ubiquitous presence that he pointed a gun at his mouth and killed himself. The digital Lain is a bully. The original Lain is a genuine struggle to understand her personality, even her friends.

The original Lain greets the digital Lain with a gasp as the original Lain is very introverted. Lain’s struggle throughout the actual series to reconcile herself with the digital Lain pushes the former toward a full and defining resemblance to the latter. The original Lain eventually unites with the digital Lain. The two dump her friends, disobey her parents, and seek revenge. In essence, she turned into a permanent obsession. The Wired supports her alter ego while destroying her character and identity. When she cannot log off, she cannot tell her friends or herself why. The show depicts a theme about destructive and addictive, about social media as a popular mode of online life. Lain and Masami both cultivate self-interest and illusory control as a devastating loss of self-control.


Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that studies the principles of necessity and possibility, causality, space and time, and identity and change. In addition to encompassing questions about the relationship and nature of consciousness between mind and matter, a first-century CE editor probably coined the term to compile a small selection of Aristotle’s works into the treatise known as metaphysics. In simple terms, metaphysics studies questions about what it is for something to exist and its kind of existence.

It seeks to answer what is and is in abstract and general terms. The topics include existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility, considered one of the four main branches of philosophy and ethics, logic, and epistemology. The Wired is like a metaphysics, a universal theoretical perspective that affects the soul. Simply put, the workings of the Wired are fully integrated into the limited human mind that acts like a human and is absolute.

In Layer 05, the Wired projects humans as they enter it as “holograms” of stored information. Given that all of humanity is connected to the Wired, it logically means that all that humans experience and observe from all reality is the Wired. The projection can also imagine how other ground realities equate to non-existence, for the mind is in the Wired but has no suggestion for physical touch outside the Wired. The Wired’s fundamental connection with all phenomena extends beyond human protection. However, in truth, it extends to the mind of every human observer himself. Not only as an external projection of information, but each mental level in the Wired forms a subconscious being and acts as an autonomous construction of information. It forms the basis of how the Wired and the internet can erase, create, and manipulate the human mind in any way, including how Lain Iwakura digitalizes herself.

Willing Suspension of Disbelief

In philosophy, an idea’s convincing and precise execution is a permissive performance, especially in fundamental and abstract categories such as metaphysics. The logic behind certain conclusions can shrink into a multitude of unjustified loopholes. It tends toward unimportant pseudo-intelligence or degenerates into gibberish. Poor critical thinking is the most common example of anything resembling abstract philosophy in modern media. Apart from being exaggerated, it is based on “what ifs.” Existential and abstract philosophies create the most immersive experiences if people do them and convey them correctly. The Experiments Lain series draws on a great virtue. Regardless of the extreme level, everything is based on what the audience can reasonably conclude or imply from the premise of the show’s plot.

Not once was there a large gap in substance that gave rise to dementia as such. The show provides a satisfying sense of logic to the degree that completely dispels doubt. It is solid logic and the premise of scientifically shaping logic and being realistic. The sci-fi section behind Serial Experiments Lain asks audiences if it deviates from such a disruption of reality. The philosophical themes of fiction are not necessarily fictional. Indeed, there is a need for consistency in a solid logical progression and realism that leads to and is present in the periphery, which audiences find difficult to comprehend. It is the essence of ghostly and traumatic effects into an emotional reality.

The Final Confrontation

In the last episode, Lain meets Masami and is the point of the final confrontation. Arisu acts as an audience. After what must have led to the realization of the world around her, Arisu descends into a state of annoying lamentation. Despite Lain’s attempts to pacify, she slips into catatonia under the weight of the inevitable truth. In absolute desperation to fix the only thing she cares about, Lain then hopes things go back to the way they were before the Wired was around. Therefore, the falsehood of content is resolved. The whole world that Lain cares about, particularly all the thoughts associated with it, is just a collection of information that exists only in her words.

No object, ontological substance, or conception leads to a meaningful life. Any configuration of the Wired produces the same result. Lain’s thoughts cracked as the finality of existence began to reveal the truth. The series concludes with no sense. When Lain meets Deus, she finally realizes the truth of her omnipresence. Ontology based on memory and current awareness of the environment around the human observer can be forged by Lain. It is shown by her meeting her old friend, Arisu, who is now an adult and married and is completely unaware of her events with Lain in her teens. Confused, Arisu declares that she will meet again even though she knows she feels familiar with her face.

The Sound of Internet

In the final conflict, Lain and Masami export their conflict to the internet widely. There, the two of them stay and wrestle for the sole domination of the godly. Simply put, it is understandable that the web does not require conventional physical grunts to enforce threats against humans. The web is perfectly equipped to destroy a person in its way and its structure. Despite many disasters, Lain never breaks. Instead, she digs deeper into the Wired, convinced through the same delusions and deductions that humanity lives and dies with her unique participation in Wired.

Lain will triumph over Masami’s motive of destroying the difference between Wired and material. Serial Experiments Lain and its disruption of reality ends ambiguously and integrates horribly when Masami is in Lain’s room. Arisu barged into her room with Lain’s friends to drag her from the crowded cave. Lain shows neither the hardware nor the wiring in the last moment, but an alarming whisper of electricity echoes in every corner of civilized life. Wherever everyone goes, everyone is connected.


About the author

Salman Al Farisi is the owner of Calxylian and is an elitist who has enjoyed and studied various mediums. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2020 from the Haluoleo University, Indonesia, where he studied English Literature, Film Criticism, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, and Literary Criticism. He lives in Kendari in his mom's basement, now unemployed and ghostwriter, life with his cats, and is looking for the future.

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