Anime: Despera

Despera is an upcoming anime (and companion manga) by the creators of Serial Experiments Lain, and may possibly be a Spiritual Successor or even a prequel.

The story set during the Taisho era will center around a 12-year-old girl named Ain with a familiar hairstyle. She lives in the cellar of the Ryōunkaku, Japan's first skyscraper and builds devices far ahead of the current time period. These include computers with cathode ray tube display monitors and type writer keyboards

Her inventions are funded through a myserious man called Takeshita, who claims he can see the future in Ain's computer screen's. Other people taking an interest in Ain and her inventions are a military officer called Enoshi, sent to investigate some unexplained electrical currents, and an aristocrat named Kimiyasu Fuenokōji. Living with the latter is Barbara Andrei, a Russian aristocratic refugee from Harbin.

Expect excellent character designs and Mind Screw. Currently in Development Hell due to the health problems and later passing away of the director on June 29, 2013 (the news of his death was announced on July 25, 2013). As of 2015, A Be announced that they will proceed with a new director.

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