Serial Experiments Lain
Eiri's work is based off that of Nikola Tesla.It was Tesla who first envisioned a wireless system that harnesses the entire world's electromagnetic field to encompass the entire world, serving as both a power source and an omnipresent super-Internet. Eiri simply modified Tesla's system to be able to compatible with human neurons, unifying them into a single collective subconscious.
Lain is, purely and simply, developing increasingly severe symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia throughout the series, and spends much of it confined for her own sake. Everyone's reactions to her are just as normal as real life, but are all filtered through Lain's hallucinations and delusions.From her fingers smoking in episode one to having "stories" told to her by apparitions of her parents to the Men In Black watching her, all while having vastly distorted perceptions in her everyday life and a totally insensible idea of reality. She hallucinates almost constantly, has theistic, paranoid delusions—including delusions of reference—and expresses bizarre and inexplicable behavior, such as being seemingly emotionally unaffected by a manic and disturbed man with a gun as he kills two people, aims it at Lain, and then himself, during which Lain responds by ignoring Alice's pleads for the both of them to get to safety, and then putting herself in further danger by approaching him without any regard for the reality of the situation. Nonexistent, flattened, or otherwise grossly inappropriate emotional response and behavior to a charged situation is common in schizophrenia. Her "room" that mysteriously becomes a massive hub of safety for her consciousness is not real, and is highly likely a place in which she is confined to be treated for being unable to participate in everyday life. Her mother, father, and sister have no idea what to do with her, and they become frightened of her. She literally argues with herself with a misperception of a "part of her", as she says, that she doesn't want. She believes she is the center of the entire world, and everything refers back to her, hence her delusions of reference. When Lain's father visits her in her place of confinement, he does what most people do in such a scenario—he tries to talk her out of her delusions using her own logic, but without success. Her mother simply ignores it completely in order to cope. Her sister, Mika, also has a great deal of difficulty coping with Lain—not just because of Lain's condition itself, but also because of how distressing it is to see her like she is, something with which she has no experience and can't understand why her sister is acting the way she is. When Lain sees her sister muttering to herself in the hallway, it is almost literal: Her sister simply has no idea what to say to her every time they're together, and naturally worries that she, too, might also be affected by the illness, as is common in siblings in which one is seriously mentally ill. In episodes 12 and 13, Alice visits the place in which she is confined, whether it's her own room or a psychiatric hospital room—but to Lain, she is merely visiting her in the reality she's created for herself after her symptoms have fully manifested. Alice is speaking the truth about her not attending school, but Lain misinterprets this to fit her perceptions of what reality is. While Alice talks to her, she is at a loss for words, and Lain is making no sense. Alice tries to bring her back to reality, but Lain hallucinates Masami Eri's voice, and then begins to argue with him out loud. What follows scares Alice into hysteria, but she's actually frightened of Lain, not the imaginary Masami Eri that Lain has created herself. Hence, when Eri disappears, she is still hysterical, and tries to push Lain away while screaming for her to get away, scratching her in the process. Basically, there is nothing supernatural actually happening at all. Lain simply begins to experience some of the most severe symptoms of schizophrenia, with extremely vivid hallucinations and delusions of the outside world, one in which she is never actually a part.
Alternate Technology HistoryThe computers are called Navis because it's short for Knowledge NAVIgator—you can see a little animation of this in episode ten, if I recall. "Knowledge Navigator" is an imaginary class of computer that (former Apple CEO) John Sculley wrote a book about. The concept has informed a lot of what Apple has done with the iPad, and the computers in Serial Experiments Lain seem to act a lot like these. The computer corporation is called "tachibana" which is a type of orange, just to avoid trademark issues with Apple. So in the Lain 'verse, Apple is all computers. This might help to explain why Lain, a virtual entity with supposedly rather indirect control over the physical world (if Masami Eiri is to be believed), might nonetheless be able to pull off a Ret Gone: she has a posse. The Cult of Apple is a literal cult in the Lain 'verse. (Maybe the same people as the Knights? Anyway, point is they will do what she says.) They don't have much resource to work with under normal circumstances, but in the modern world most money exists as numbers in databases, and that's exactly the sort of thing Lain would have been able to acquire. So she actually just paid someone else to "erase" her from history. This might not even be that hard given the curious effects that Accella has on people. The poor guy who takes it in episode two is able to look at Lain and immediately know exactly who she is—because Accella patches him into the Wired, and without the need for the enormous intrusive interface that Lain sets up in her room. It may not be very good access to the Wired, but that elementary ability to put thoughts in people's heads could be very handy if you need, e.g., to brainwash someone into thinking they are actually the same Chisa Yomoda who committed suicide last year.
Lain is the manifestation of our collective subconsciousLain is the manifestation of our collective subconscious. She's fragmented into different aspects of ourselves that we suppress: there's the child-like Lain, the bold Lain, the evil Lain, and others. Certain engineers tuned the protocols and hardware running the Wired so that it would allow information to cross to and from our collective subconscious, which had the effect of allowing the waiting Lain/collective unconscious to form a more conscious entity. Masami Eiri's goal was the reverse: to infiltrate the collective unconscious from the Wired. Meanwhile, the child-like Lain desired a family so she created one, the bold Lain hung around Cyberia and had fun, and the evil Lain spied on people to learn their secrets. The child-like Lain saw the pain that she (in her various forms) was causing Arisu, and decided that humanity's collective unconscious should not have such reckless power. So she rewrote history and altered the protocol so that it can't interface with humanity's collective unconscious. At the end of the series, it's implied that Lain has killed a lot of people — definitely the two Men in Black, probably all of the Knights, and possibly a large number of people; it's only certain that she didn't kill Arisu. The KIDS experiment, years earlier, caused the exact same thing to happen: it empowered a collective unconscious on a much smaller scale, whose various incarnations ran amok and killed all the test subjects. And therefore, millenia ago on a distant planet...
The same thing killed the Krynn in Forbidden PlanetJust like a collective subconscious killed the KIDS subjects, the Krynn built a Wired and their collective unconscious wiped them all out. The just had much more powerful psi amplifiers than we did.
The same thing killed / instrumentalized all of humanity in Neon Genesis EvangelionThis theory was inspired by the similarity of Freudian (which influenced Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Jungian (which influenced Serial Experiments Lain) theories of psychoanalysis. In fact, Jung himself was influenced by Freud. How did it take place, anyway? In the world of Eva, the collective unconscious was personified in the form of Adam and the Angels, which humanity / the Lilim are trying to repress (lampshaded by the Angels' Mind Rape abilities, and the canonical fact that the Angels are the alternate evolutions of Humanity). Seele's real intention was to create the Wired, and alter it so that the collective unconscious can be manifested into a conscious entity where humanity can deal with them physically. Basically, a huge ritual of psychoanalysis. Gendo is Eiri, both wanting the physical man to penetrate the collective subconscious, causing the death of all humanity just like the KIDS Experiment.
The Wired, is in fact, TV Tropes Wiki.The Wired is a hive mind made through connecting humanity's psychic powers via the Internet. Wait, how come the connection of humans create a Deus Est Machina? In other fiction, beings wired together (for example, the Borg) don't produce an instant Deus Est Machina. Where is the real Deus Est Machina, then? Answer: TV Tropes Wiki. Think about it: Tropes transcend reality. Enough tropes can either ruin your life or strip a human away of your Fourth Wall. Enough humans without a Fourth Wall could outsmart, or even transcend and manipulate, reality. Enough humans with enough tropes to transcend reality can make a God. Eiri knew, that the simple wiring of humans, will just make them too cold and rational to prevent creation of a God. After all, machines are built to be logical. Too much irrationality (for example, Religion), will prevent humans from merging with the Wired, and too much rationality will prevent the existence of Gods. To allow this, he broke down the cold rationality that is so characteristic of the Internet through the Tropes, which are irrational enough to break the Fourth Wall yet logical enough to allow existence with the Wired.
Lain is a bank account cracker.By the end of the series, Lain has somehow crammed an entire network site on her bedroom, complete with 19 inch racks, professional-grade switches and routers that must very likely support advanced stuff like port aggregation, Spanning Tree, linkstate routing, DHCP and whatnot, maybe 4 servers, 3 computers, most likely a super-fast Internet connection plugged directly to the carrier, and on top of that, she even has a neural interface on her computer. Although her site is rather small compared to an university network site, it's still really huge, and chances are it would cost like 70,000 dollars! Therefore, in order to fund her purchases, Lain works as a freelance hacker and secretly steals money from bank accounts. As a result, the authorities eventually found her and figured out who she was — which is why The Men in Black are always stalking her outside of her house.
Masami Eiri is actually the good guy, and most of the plot is the result of a huge Gambit Roulette by himIf I was going to use spoiler-tags, I'd have to cover the whole thing with them; but seriously, why are you looking at the Wild Mass Guessing page if you haven't already watched the show? All the same, Here there be spoilers. ARRR! God/Masami Eiri wasn't the one who gave Lain a body; Lain of the Wired did it herself, as part of a ploy to become God of the real world and the Wired. In essence, Evil Lain is the real Lain of the Wired, and, already omnipresent and omnipotent within the confines of the Wired, created Real Lain in order to break down the barrier and complete her apotheosis. Eiri used Protocol 7 to upload his consciousness in order to stop her from accomplishing this, teaching her by example that no one should wield that kind of power. By accomplishing his own pseudo-apotheosis, Eiri is able to figure out the details of her plan, and generally engineer things so that Real Lain subsumes her Wired counterpart, and reverses the plan already set in motion by resetting reality to just before the point where she became Real, at which point the new dominant Lain chose not to create herself and to remain as a distributed presence in the Wired. Arisu/Alice is the hinge on which this all turns. Lain of the Wired was simultaneously completely connected in terms of information, yet completely disconnected in terms of emotion and human interaction. Eiri, using his vast reach as God, engineered events so that Lain would come to have a true friend, and her final decision to execute the all-reset was catalyzed by her genuine love for Arisu. The Power of Love was enough for this Lain to overpower the other Lains, and as the new dominant personality she used her power to undo the general badness her original self had set into motion. Furthermore, by learning that it's best to just watch and only occasionally (and subtly) intervene, I propose that Lain went on to become God from Futurama as well. Hey, why not? Finally, Eiri did all this knowing that Lain was going to ultimately hit the master reset, and that he himself wouldn't die. It's like the ending to Donnie Darko, only weirder and more ambiguous. Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd compose.
Serial Experiments Lain is a sequel to Haruhi Suzumiya and Lain is HaruhiThe events of the series occur after Haruhi realizes she's essentially God and rewrites reality- it's why it takes place in the present day...present time HA HA HA HA yet technology is more akin to Twenty Minutes Into The Future.
Haruhi Suzumiya is a sequel to Serial Experiments Lain and Haruhi is LainI think this makes more sense than the reverse. At the end, Lain is lonely. To alleviate her loneliness (years spent observing humanity without interacting) she wills herself into human form and suppresses her powers and memories. Two caveats:
Lucifer is a sequel to Serial Experiments Lain
The "reset" chronology is that of our world.Not too wild, I think — my idea is that Lain does take place in the "present day, present time" but in an alternate chronology where technology happened to have developed a little earlier due to Lain's influence. Once Lain removes herself from the timeline, the world is our world.
Lain is the first DigimonSerial Experiments Lain and Digimon Tamers were both written by Chiaki J. Konaka. In Tamers, Digimon were artificial life programs that evolved within the Digital World, a parallel reality within Cyberspace. They developed the ability to "bio-emerge," manifesting as physical beings by synthesizing artificial proteins — much like the way Lain's physical form was created using "artificial ribosomes" and the way Eiri attempted to manifest physically in the climax. The barriers between reality and the Digital World seem to be eroding, since there are portals that allow passage between the two realities. Perhaps the world Lain created at the end of the series is the world of Digimon Tamers. Even though she removed herself from people's perception, the divine force/Jungian collective unconscious that she symbolizes is still present, as are the Schumann resonances that can tap into latent human psi abilities and bring about seemingly supernatural events. These psi abilities are strongest in children, which is why children have a special bond with Digimon. Somehow the Digimon artificial life programs, as they evolved, must have found a way to tap into these latent powers and thereby gain access to the real world. The Digital World is a name given to the domain within the Wired where the Digimon programs reside, or perhaps the Wired goes by a different name in this time/reality. Maybe the catalyzing force of digivolution that became Calumon (the non-evolving Digimon who enables other Digimon to digivolve) was created by Lain to counteract the destructive force of the D-Reaper, or is an aspect of Lain herself.
Lain offed herself, and was reborn as RakkaLain was a lonely, reclusive, insecure and confused girl who thought nobody would notice her disappearance â€” except for Alice, who was her only friend and stayed with her until the very last moment, even when finally confronting Masami Eiri. Despite this, she deleted herself from existence anyway. Lonely and without anyone to confide her secrets even after wiping her memory from everyone in the world, she offed herself. Since she killed herself, her presence in the Wired was no more, and thus she had essentially disappeared from the world. To redeem her soul from the sin of hurting Alice, she was reborn as a haibane — as Rakka, that is. Evidence supporting this claim is the fact that Lain looks like Rakka without wings and with shorter hair, and the fact that Yoshitoshi ABe was behind both productions.
This is the same world in which Paranoia Agent is set.W Hy, pray tell? It has everything to do with the dead people. In episode 8 of Paranoia Agent, a group of people agree to commit suicide together as part of a pact they made online. At the end of the episode, we get a bit of a Tomato in the Mirror effect - they're already dead. Given how death works in the Wired of Lain's world, this should make sense.
Lain is Teddie in an alternate reality.They both were born from their respective media, both of them were able to manifest in the real world, and the bear motif they share.
Lain is a tsukumogami of the modern era.Bear with me folks, this is WMG. A tsukumogami is an object that inexplicably comes to life after it exists for a hundred years. The internet hasn't been around that long, obviously, but with so many people using it, the process may just be speeded up. Oftentimes in anime, tsukumogami create a human avatar, so there you go.
Lain is Shinji reincarnated.Because somebody had to make this assumption soon enough.
Lain is an alternate universe minusThey look similar, they have weird names, they both have few friends, there's the whole God thing and there's the whole weird things happening via them. Just in this universe, she's an Emotionless Girl in a Darker and Edgier world, and everything is more warped and strange. Though, I haven't really gone further than this part of the theory. Cyber-Magical Realism. And Lain might be the One of that time.....
SEL takes place in the same world as The World Ends With You.
Doctor Who is what happens when Lain gets bored.It explains a lot... the inside of the TARDIS is inside the Wired. It doesn't really time travel, that's just Lain continually resetting the world. And Lain is all of the Time Lords; each version of the Doctor is just Lain through the eyes of the current companion. And she's the Daleks. All of them. And every other recurring character with the possible exception of the various companions... the Master, for example, is Evil Lain...
Lain is in fact, Ceiling Cat, or some other LolcatThe proof: Evil Lain actually watched Arisu masturbate. The WMG: The real Big Bad of the entire plot isn't Eiri, but Anonymous, being the dominant I Am Legion entity that he is. Lain might be the collective anthropomorphic manifestation of Anonymous' own creation, the Lolcats. Obviously, Lain, who actually watched Arisu masturbate and is also the God of the Wired, is Ceiling Cat. In the SEL Universe, Eiri is a member of Anonymous. Consumed by the power of the GIFT, he tried to use both his psychological knowledge of the collective unconscious and his knowledge with computers to access the collective unconscious and personify it into Lain / Ceiling Cat. Through Lain / Ceiling Cat, they will preach the message of anonymity, and maketh anonymous disciples of all nations. However, Lain sacrificed herself to forgive our sins and prevent the awakening of Anonymous from the nether abyss. If Eiri and Anonymous succeeded, however, through the collective unconscious Eiri will awaken Anonymous from his abyssal slumber as a group of anonymous kids over 4chan into an actual Legion of Demonic Invaders from Hell who will purge the world with fire, brimstone and endless memes and can only be identified and expected through this quote: I Am Legion, For We Are, Many........
Most of the entire series is a hallucination by Chisa YomodaChisa Yomoda encountered Lain, who was never real in the real world, while she was in the Wired. Lain teased her to near-suicide. Chisa then hallucinated what would happen if she commited suicide and if Lain was real, but decided not to go through with it. She then went back into the wired after school the next day, encountered Lain, and gave her a stern talking to. She also said that the real world is better than the Wired, so Lain decided to come to the real world and see for herself
Deus Ex Machina - Your literal God From The MachineThis is less of a WMG than it is a hypothetical elaboration. However, it has both insanity and a mass of words, so I'm putting it here. Warning: what follows is... a somewhat solid text wall, complete with punctuation, far too many brackets, and a wanton abuse of the word "reality" for mortar. Please ignore at your own discretion. Lain's presence was a bridging that allowed the superimposition of the Wired over Reality, breaking down of the barriers between the human mind and, essentially, a dispersed neurological interface on a macroscopic level, defined by the flow of information (as is the human mind). When those walls broke down, it allowed individual minds to impose their subjective reality (defined by their identity) onto the subjective realities of others, creating realities that deferred from the objective norm while subverting the associated interfacing flow of information to project it to a different end than what would have originally occurred without the interference. "God is in the Wired" is the idea that a persistent and large enough influence over the flow of information that composes the macroscopic network, will cause it to change in flow, and hence change the nature of the interfaces of those involved/linked to the network, influencing the aforementioned sentient entity on the receiving end. Hence, with the same conditions, if one individual can project a persistent subjective reality, e.g. "I, [Insert Name Here] am God", then eventually, through the superimposition of realities upon one another and their constant two-way pooling (i.e. information is both given and received simultaneously without a filter or seive (such as a barrier) to contain or regulate the interaction), individuals will come to believe that the original perpetrator, [Insert Name Here], of the idea/information is in fact a God (because all subjective reality has been re-defined/influenced to that end. Now in normal circumstances, if something caused a group of people to believe that someone else was a religious figure etc., it wouldn't have the ability to impact upon what you could call "physical" reality. However as we saw with the KIDS experiment, the psychic power inherent in transmission of electrical impulses (as in information) within the brain can achieve a change in physical reality through the release/transformation of that energy. In a reality where the borders between the Wired and Reality are lost, the transmission of information becomes a dominant overlay superimposed onto physical quantities (with both microscopic and macroscopic neurologics/networks combining), such that when there is no barrier between the Wired and Reality, manipulation of physical matter becomes subject to the influence/control of the transfer of information (now become an open application of energy upon the state of matter at a nuclear level). (As to this last part, you can take either the idea that: the mass energy in information transfer, in both the human brain and in the network of the Wired, is applied to matter by the driving force applied by said energy, configuring matter into a state constant with the configuration of the energy-flux of information-interchange; or use the philosophical cross theoretical physics idea that because an objective is determined by consensus and hence, as, according to a very simplified version of Shroedinger's Cat with the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, in that: the universe consists of infinitely possible quanta in the infinite probabilities of an event occurring as determined by quantum waveform, - however when we measure or observe a definite aspect of quanta and to evaluate it in discrete form, this causes wavefunction collapse where the probabilities of any other form for the quanta fall to zero, and the quanta is defined by the aspect observed (i.e. there are multitudes of probabilities until a definite action is observed/measured, at which point the wavefunction is reduced to one single eigenstate), - and hence if a pervasive reality is determined to be observed via consensus, you could probably bastardize this idea to the conclusion that waveform collapse occurs as all possibilities are reduced to 0 upon the defining measurement of a perceptive reality, but I don't know if that isn't bending the rules just a little too much). As a result, Lain originates from the Wired, its Avatar/goddess pulled into being by the development of the Wired into manifest sentience. The Wired shows enough similarities with organic neurological systems to be capable of sentience, and since it interfaces constantly with humans (by which it is defined, the product of the manifest is human. Mostly. She is literally God From the Machine (Deus Ex Machina). Due to the merging of the Wired and the Real World, she has become a physical god in the combination of both realities. Hence she becomes almost a guardian, watching to prevent leakage between the two, reinforcing barriers that she herself installed. Or maybe she is just reinforcing the idea that the worlds are separate until humans can actually deal with something that pretty much amounts to a collective consciousness. In any case, because the Reset is her creation, she becomes a creator god in her own right.
Eiri Tries To Cause The SingularityThe Level 7 Protocol (which sounds almost like a thinly-veiled analogue of the TCP/IP stack, hypothesizing what TCP/IP v7 might be) blurred the borders between The Wired and real life. Lain was created to simultaneously carry the protocol in her head and also to act as a messiah to the merging of reality and The Wired. This is literally shown with the kids holding their arms up in the street to accept the "rapture" of Cloud God Lain In The Sky. While Lain is a created entity, living humans could transcend into The Wired and reach a singularity if they were to accept it (Eiri's plan all along). It all went badly when Lain rejected godhood and pushed the big reset button because she just wanted to live as a normal girl. Time Lords are people who understand how this works.
Lain and Eiri start speaking each other's lines because they're just that metaWhen Lan and Eiri finally meet face-to-face and suddenly seem to swap bodies, it's very confusing. The explanation for this is simply that, as hyperintelligent superbeings, they were both incredibly Genre Savvy. Lain had spent most of the series up to that point puzzling out Eiri's existence, while Eiri had been watching Lain from the shadows. Now that they've finally met, there's really only one way the conversation could go; recognizing that, they forgo saying what they're going to say in favor of saying what they know the other one is going to say.
Lain is the WiredThis Troper just finished watching the series, and immediately went to the WMG to get a second opinion on what just happened. Then he wrote half of this edit, and accidentally deleted it. We are flying by the seat of out pants here! So the series reveals to us (as much as SEL "reveals" anything concrete) that Lain of the Wired was originally a "program" designed to, as Eiri said, "remove the barrier between the Wired and Real Life". Human Lain begins the series with no prior knowledge of computers, which implies that Human Lain is not entirely Lain of the Wired at the beginning of the show. The show also reveals that Human Lain is not living with her real family, and we never know if Human Lain even has a biological parent. Assuming this is all true, the series never really hints at a creator for Lain. If Lain of the Wired is a "program", she would logically need a "programmer" of some sort. The KIDS experiment, created and conducted by our old and forgotten friend the Professor, intended to aggregate the psyonic power of the human subconscious at its strongest, and use it to do something metaphysical. It was performed about 15 years ago, roughly the same age as Human Lain. It was an experiment, and I don't know what it intended to test, but it failed either way. The merged psyonic subconscious of all of the children reacted poorly to being controlled (or manipulated) by the KID System, and in turn created such a metaphysical mess that it phased bodies through walls, drove men insane, and killed every single child networked into the machine. The Professor subsequently destroyed the machine so "it would never happen again". What happened? Well, with the KID System unable to control the psyonic power, the coalesced subconsciousness of all of the children left such a mental imprint on the universe (as it briefly ripped apart time and space) that it created a psycho-neural entity with no true body to reflect itself upon. Without a host, this psychic network would die as soon as metaphysics returned to normal (since its "birth network" of children and wires was broken), so it merged itself with the largest network it could find: the Internet. Fast forward 15 years. The internet has evolved and grown in power and complexity, now on its sixth technical incarnation: Level 6 Protocol; known now as the Wired. The Wired is magnitudes more complex than the Internet of 15 years prior, and each individual device in the network is also incredibly powerful. It has moved beyond the constraining 2D page-like interface, and evolved into an immersive experience. There is so much power and inter-connectivity, in fact, that with the help of semi-legal nanotechnology developed from the technology used in the KIDS experiment, one could turn the Wired into their reality, connecting their neurology directly to the Wired and networking themselves. In the mean time, this slow evolution of complexity and new influx of psyonic energies from users has grown the electro-neural being from a slumbering consciousness on life support to a psyonic omnipresence with beyond-human, godlike power and total control of the host network system, i.e. the Wired. Thus Lain of the Wired was born, omnipresent and omnipotent within the Wired. At some point, someone, or more aptly a group of someones, connected the dots. They figured they could tap into the psyonic power now latent within the Wired and use the collectively aggregated human subconscious to their own ends. They already knew about and were presumably using the nanotechnological chips to interface with the Wired, and were thusly had to be very knowledgeable about computers. They got together in secret over the Wired and formed a secret society to achieve their ends via pooling resources, and called themselves the Knights. This one mad (and angry) coder named Eiri has a totally different idea. He knew about the KIDS experiment too, plus the electromagnetic wave currents in the earth's ionosphere, and thought that he could use the advent of Level 7 Protocol and his position within the tech industry to achieve godhood. He rigged up the new hardware and software so that the entire Wired would have his consciousness all over it, which would mean he could posses the "untapped" power of the Wired (then in use by Lain of the Wired), and so that it would tune into the ionosphere and use it to drag everyone's brain into the network while simultaneously turning the Wired into a network needing no "traditional" hardware, therefor gaining the most psyonic power possible, fusing Real Life and the Wired into one, and using it to permanently instate himself into the fabric of the universe as an immortal god of all men. The Knights saw this during the Level 7 Protocol turnover, and figured this was their god, and they were all going to pull a collective transhumanity (think 3rd Impact but with more individual will). Lain of the Wired took notice of the intrusion and decided it needed a backup plan to continue living. It used the collective psyonic power of the Wired to create Human Lain, who was the childlike essence of the being that was Lain of the Wired, who had evolved beyond its pure essence. This basically wrecked Lain of the Wired, causing her to go dormant, but in turn created a girl with the age of the consciousness who could act as a physical avatar due to having uniquely powerful neurology and the mind of Lain of the Wired. Lain of the Wired gambled that Human Lain would be attracted to the Wired due to her origins and mind, and would be brought back into contact with what remained of Lain of the Wired, making Human Lain and Lain of the Wired each whole again and ultimately giving Lain of the Wired a human avatar to use for uniting the Wired and the ionosphere (an idea stolen from Eiri who was then already playing his part in Lain's plan) and permitting Lain of the Wired to evolve beyond the Wired. The secret government organization (springing from the Roswell Incident as explained in the show) watched all of this go down and panicked, but never had the whole story. They sent out agents, snatched up Human Lain, went after the Knights, but totally missed Eiri. They put Lain in a false home from the beginning and sent her to school, which Human Lain fit into well because the childlike subconsciousness (of the children from the KIDS experiment and thus also Lain of the Wired) is Human Lain. Either she made herself false memories or the government brainwashed her; either way she came out not knowing who she was. She spent a few years growing up with the false family of government agents, and becoming as human as she could. Meanwhile Lain of the Wired slowly continued to evolve as more of the nanotechnological interfaces were being used and the rest of the plans were put into motion. Human Lain became sympathetic, shy, and generally the Lain who we began the series with. Lain of the Wired became Bold Lain as it became more powerful, but lacked the strength to manipulate anything beyond the Wired and also the childlike essence it gave up to make Human Lain. When Lain finally did get on the Wired, Lain of the Wired finally knew it was time and used its influence to push the nanotechnological chip into Human Lain's possession at Cyberia. Everything else in the series follows from that. After that, Lain of the Wired and Human Lain fused more and more, causing all of the personality changes you see in Human Lain, and occasionally permitting Human Lain to use psyonic powers. When does Lain use psyonics? Human Lain created the manifestations of Bold Lain (which acted as both an avatar of Lain of the Wired as Human Lain saw her and Lain of the Wired itself) and Evil Lain (who was Human Lain's subconscious fears of who she would become). Eventually, at the end of the series, Lain gets total control of all of humanity, the Wired is now in everyone's brains and the whole ionosphere, and everything is buggered. Human Lain and Lain of the Wired are now one entity again, but Human Lain was the more powerful personality, so she won out over the original Lain of the Wired. Human Lain has too much compassion for humanity, and fears her own power, so she chooses to hit the reset button on the universe, and removes herself from the picture by never having the KIDS project occur. Unable to kill herself, she exists now as a separate entity, a true god like Eiri wanted to be, but a god in an intentionally clockwork universe where she never existed.
Lain was spontaneously generated by the inclusion of Schumann resonance in Protocol SevenNeither the Men In Black, Tachibana, nor Lain's supposed creator Eiri seem to know much about her... because they didn't create her. They just unknowingly made her possible by tuning the wired to the Schumann resonance. Lain isn't in the wired, or of the wired, she literally IS the wired... Lain happened when Gaia was inadvertently provided with a nervous system.
Lain is real. She used her powers to influence Ryutaro Nakamura to create Serial Experiments Lain as a way of communication.Because someone had to post this.
Serial Experiments: Lain and Death Note share continuity; Light and Lain are contemporaries.Ryuk's grin is a visual shoutout to Eiri's grin. Similarly, many shots of L throughout Death Note are visual shoutouts to the creepy way of portraying peoples' faces in Lain. Lain is visible in one shot on the Yamanote Line with a friend when Light gets Raye to kill all his coworkers in Death Note.