Serial Experiments: Lain is a 1998 experimental anime created by Yoshitoshi ABe. The series has 13 episodes, each more mind-bending than the previous. It explores various themes such as psychology, reality, and technology.
Who is Lain?
Lain Iwakura is a 14 year old technologically inept girl living in the suburbs of Japan. She lives with her sister, mother, and father. To describe lain simply, she is introverted, quiet, and awkward. She's introduced to the internet (The Wired) when she recieves an e-mail from her dead classmate, Chisa Yomoda. From there on, Lain is dragged into a world of dissassociation and mystery.
Layer: 01 - Weird
"I... don't need to stay in a place like this." A young girl peacefully jumps to her death from the top of a building, smiling on her way down. Blood pools around her lifeless body as city lights dance around her. "If you stay in a place like this... you might not be able to connect."
Classmates congregate to talk about an email sent around the school from the girl who committed suicide a week earlier. Everyone knows, everyone except Lain.