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[[caption-width-right:283: You probably won't be getting much sleep tonight.]]

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[[caption-width-right:283: You probably won't be getting much sleep tonight.It sees you wired.]]

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** To say nothing of his incredibly creepy face, his DissonantSerenity and the overall vibe he gives off. In the Japanese version, during his first few conversations with Lain, he speaks a feminine way, which actually makes him ''more'' disturbing, especially knowing his deep masculine voice.


* The hum of the electric power transformers becomes ever more creepy as the series progresses.

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* The hum repeated use of the electric establishing shots of a traffic crossing, street lights shot in poor focus, and power transformers lines humming in each episode somehow becomes ever more creepy as scarier with each viewing.
* There's also
the series progresses.short voiceover to start every episode: ''*Static*'' "Present day... heh heh heh... PRESENT TIME... HA HA HA HA HA-" ''*static*''
** '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfjsLmya1PI You're welcome.]]'''''
** And then there's the "Whisper" synthesized voice that's used to say the layer titles at the beginning of each episode...



* There's also the short voiceover to start every episode: ''*Static*'' "Present day... heh heh heh... PRESENT TIME... HA HA HA HA HA-" ''*static*''
** '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfjsLmya1PI You're welcome.]]'''''
** And then there's the "Whisper" synthesized voice that's used to say the layer titles at the beginning of each episode...


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaFayr9zI-8 This video]]... set to the trailer music of ''Film/DarkCity'', even.



** What made it scarier was the fact that it just suddenly appeared at her doorway ''out of freakin nowhere'' before disappearing.
*** Also, some of the conversations Lain overhears on the Wired imply that this... thing has been appearing in the bedrooms of several people. [[ParanoiaFuel Eep.]]
** This strikes me as pretty potent ParanoiaFuel. Think about it. Now that you're reading this, you'll think the alien is always watching you. Behind you. Like, right now. I know I sure am. Maybe you should check...
** Then Lain has its body. [[MindScrew Or it has her head.]] Man, forget sleeping now...

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** What made it scarier was the fact that it just suddenly appeared at her doorway ''out of freakin nowhere'' before disappearing.
*** Also, some of the conversations Lain overhears on the Wired imply that this... thing has been appearing in the bedrooms of several people. [[ParanoiaFuel Eep.]]
** This strikes me as pretty potent ParanoiaFuel. Think about it. Now that you're reading this, you'll think the alien is always watching you. Behind you. Like, right now. I know I sure am. Maybe you should check...
people.
** Then Lain has its body. [[MindScrew Or it has her head.]] Man, forget sleeping now...]]



*** I was actually looking up the opener one night (the above link) and left it open in one of my tabs. I forgot about it, and turned off all of the lights and got in bed. Then the light on my computer flickered, and the static started. Followed by "Present day... heh heh heh... Present Time..." Suffice to say, I did not sleep and have stopped leaving anything related to this anime open on my computer.



* [[{{Sneebs}} I]] just want to put emphasis on episode 5. I sat through the Ring and enjoyed myself immensely, I played Bioshock alone in the dark and had a blast, and I even took a nice hot shower after immediately after watching Psycho. Why, oh why can't I sleep properly now? Because of that damned {{Mind Screw}} when Lain's sister Mika spilled her drink. ''Fulfill the prophecy!'' *shudders*



* How about just the general feeling of every episode? Even the most mundane parts send chills down my spine.
* How about the ideas this series presents? Not since {{Eversion}} have I been so paranoid simply because I could no longer look at reality itself the same way again. The implication that our own internet might have created a new universe is just shy of not being far fetched; you know it's impossible, but it gets too close to being debatable for comfort.
* Ever imagine that you would be 9 or 10 years old, this being one of the very first anime you watched? Yeah.



** There was a time when Creator/TechTV (when it still existed) would play anime at two o' clock in the morning on Sunday. ''Lain'' was one of these. I was interested, because I had seen some advertisements in magazines at the time, and decided to give it a shot. I was eleven. This was a bad idea.



* The first meeting with [[spoiler:evil Lain]]. The grin... will haunt your nightmares.
* [[spoiler: The deaths of all the Knights in episode 10. The worst was that little boy calling out to his mother, ignorant of the fact that she had been dead for some time.]] Impossibly creepy.
** Although, to be fair, they were [[spoiler: a bunch of sadists who had people kill kindergarten-age children for fun, and turned traffic signals off just to cause accidents, among other things.]]
* Lain's parents sitting motionless at a table, staring vacantly ahead. Lain asking if [[spoiler: she's really Lain]]. No response whatsoever. Looks away. Looks back. Both parents now staring directly at her, equally motionless. Oh god oh god oh god.
* I always found the overall situation Lain is in (and stays being in) throughout the series. Especially up until the penultimate episode's brief "breather." Imagine; you're a regular, if kinda shy, person. And you have all this strange things happening and you can't explain any of them, and you can't escape.

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* The first meeting with [[spoiler:evil Lain]]. The grin... will haunt your nightmares.
Lain]].
* [[spoiler: The deaths of all the Knights in episode 10. The worst was that little boy calling out to his mother, ignorant of the fact that she had been dead for some time.]] Impossibly creepy.
** Although, to be fair, they were [[spoiler: a bunch of sadists who had people kill kindergarten-age children for fun, and turned traffic signals off just to cause accidents, among other things.
]]
* Lain's parents sitting motionless at a table, staring vacantly ahead. Lain asking if [[spoiler: she's really Lain]]. No response whatsoever. Looks away. Looks back. Both parents now staring directly at her, equally motionless. Oh god oh god oh god.\n* I always found the overall situation Lain is in (and stays being in) throughout the series. Especially up until the penultimate episode's brief "breather." Imagine; you're a regular, if kinda shy, person. And you have all this strange things happening and you can't explain any of them, and you can't escape.


* I cannot decide what is the most freaky thing between having almost been shot by a guy who killed two people, said it was all your fault, and then killed himself (all right in front of you); coming back home afterwards in the middle of the night to find that absolutely nobody's home and the beds are all made; or how Lain doesn't. React. At all. And just changes into her teddy bear pj's and goes to sleep.

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* I cannot decide what is the most freaky thing between having almost been shot by a guy who killed two people, said it was all your fault, and then killed himself (all right in front of you); coming back home afterwards in the middle of the night to find that absolutely nobody's home and the beds are all made; or how Lain doesn't.Lain. Doesn't. React. At all. And just changes into her teddy bear pj's and goes to sleep.


** What made it scarier was the fact that the damn thing just suddenly appeared at her doorway ''out of freakin nowhere'' before disappearing.

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** What made it scarier was the fact that the damn thing it just suddenly appeared at her doorway ''out of freakin nowhere'' before disappearing.



** Then Lain has its body. [[MindScrew Or it has her head.]] Man, fuck sleeping now...

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** Then Lain has its body. [[MindScrew Or it has her head.]] Man, fuck forget sleeping now...



** Although, to be fair, they were [[spoiler: a bunch of sadistic bastards who had people kill kindergarten-age children for fun, and turned traffic signals off just to cause accidents, among other things.]]

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** Although, to be fair, they were [[spoiler: a bunch of sadistic bastards sadists who had people kill kindergarten-age children for fun, and turned traffic signals off just to cause accidents, among other things.]]



* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see... ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''... through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at... whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.

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* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see... ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''... through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape completely freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at... whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.


* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see... ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''... through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at... whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.

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* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see... ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''... through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at... whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.


* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see...''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''...through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at...whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.

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* In Episode 12, [[spoiler: TheMenInBlack recieve final "payment for services rendered" from "The Office Worker". After a brief exchange about what the activation of Protocol 7 and the total loss of devices forever would entail, "The Office Worker" drives away, at which point the MIB see... ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]''...something]]''... through their head-gear, which causes the dark-haired, pony-tailed, no-nonsense skeptical MIB to ''[[MindRape freak the fuck out]]''. His body twists and lurches as he appears to have a kind of seizure. "Karl", the more serious and and laterally-minded of the pair, wrestles him to the ground to see what's the matter. While his partner is still crying out in terror, he looks into his partner's retina to find an image of Lain, and his partner dies in his arms, foam dribbling out of his mouth. "Karl" turns and [[MindScrew sees what appears to be]] [[MindRape reality collapse around him]]. The last we ever see of them is the look of pure terror on "Karl"'s face. The last we ever hear of them is "Karl" screaming bloody murder at... whatever he saw.]] Possibly the most terrifying moment in the whole series.


* I cannot decide what is the most freaky thing between having almost been shot by a guy who killed two people, said it was all your fault, and then killed himself (all right in front of you) ; coming back home afterwards in the middle of the night to find that absolutely nobody's home and the beds are all made ; or how Lain doesn't. React. At all. And just changes into her teddy bear pj's and goes to sleep.
* The first meeting with [[spoiler:evil Lain]]. The grin...will haunt your nightmares.

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* I cannot decide what is the most freaky thing between having almost been shot by a guy who killed two people, said it was all your fault, and then killed himself (all right in front of you) ; you); coming back home afterwards in the middle of the night to find that absolutely nobody's home and the beds are all made ; made; or how Lain doesn't. React. At all. And just changes into her teddy bear pj's and goes to sleep.
* The first meeting with [[spoiler:evil Lain]]. The grin... will haunt your nightmares.


* The sequence with the static-skinned people...with only one facial or bodily feature for each person - the rest of their bodies are just empty. Going back further, the ''lines'' of headless, kneeling avatars with gibbering mouths, spouting rumours randomly. [[FromBadToWorse And when we go back]] to them later on...[[spoiler: They ''all'' have Lain's head. They're still gibbering, but their mouths don't even look human... and [[NothingIsScarier there's no sound coming from any of them.]]]]

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* The sequence with the static-skinned people... with only one facial or bodily feature for each person - the rest of their bodies are just empty. Going back further, the ''lines'' of headless, kneeling avatars with gibbering mouths, spouting rumours randomly. [[FromBadToWorse And when we go back]] to them later on... [[spoiler: They ''all'' have Lain's head. They're still gibbering, but their mouths don't even look human... and [[NothingIsScarier there's no sound coming from any of them.]]]]


* The sequence with the static-skinned people...with only one facial or bodily feature for each person - the rest of their bodies are just empty. Going back further, the ''lines'' of headless, kneeling avatars with gibbering mouths, spouting rumours randomly. [[FromBadToWorse And when we go back]] to them later on...[[spoiler: They ''all'' have Lain's head. They're still gibbering, but their mouths don't even look human...and [[NothingIsScarier there's no sound coming from any of them.]]]]
* "Beep...beep...beep...understood...beep...beep...beep...now communicating, logging on...beep...beep...beep..."

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* The sequence with the static-skinned people...with only one facial or bodily feature for each person - the rest of their bodies are just empty. Going back further, the ''lines'' of headless, kneeling avatars with gibbering mouths, spouting rumours randomly. [[FromBadToWorse And when we go back]] to them later on...[[spoiler: They ''all'' have Lain's head. They're still gibbering, but their mouths don't even look human... and [[NothingIsScarier there's no sound coming from any of them.]]]]
* "Beep...beep...beep...understood...beep...beep...beep... beep... beep... understood... beep... beep... beep... now communicating, logging on...on... beep... beep... beep...beep...beep..."


* The train scene in Episode 1. After inexplicably teleporting to several places (or [[{{MindScrew}} perhaps not]]) Lain suddenly appears in front of a railroad, where a girl stands in the mist in the path of the oncoming train. The strange, dreamlike feel of the scene is eerie enough...but then we get a look at the girl's face. Her facial expression distorts from a odd combination of SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk to terrified/sad to just [[spoiler: HOLES]] and repeats once more.

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* The train scene in Episode 1. After inexplicably teleporting to several places (or [[{{MindScrew}} perhaps not]]) Lain suddenly appears in front of a railroad, where a girl stands in the mist in the path of the oncoming train. The strange, dreamlike feel of the scene is eerie enough... but then we get a look at the girl's face. Her facial expression distorts from a odd combination of SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk to terrified/sad to just [[spoiler: HOLES]] and repeats once more.


* How about the ideas this series presents? Not since {{Eversion}} have I been so paranoid simply because I could no longer look at reality itself the same way again. The implication that our own internet might have created a new universe is just shy of not being far fetched; You know it's impossible, but it gets too close to being debatable for comfort.

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* How about the ideas this series presents? Not since {{Eversion}} have I been so paranoid simply because I could no longer look at reality itself the same way again. The implication that our own internet might have created a new universe is just shy of not being far fetched; You you know it's impossible, but it gets too close to being debatable for comfort.


* There's also the short voiceover to start every episode: ''*Static*'' "Present day...heh heh heh...PRESENT TIME...HA HA HA HA HA-" ''*static*''

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* There's also the short voiceover to start every episode: ''*Static*'' "Present day... heh heh heh...heh... PRESENT TIME...TIME... HA HA HA HA HA-" ''*static*''



*** I was actually looking up the opener one night (The above link) and left it open in one of my tabs. I forgot about it, and turned off all of the lights and got in bed. Then the light on my computer flickered, and the static started. Followed by "Present day... heh heh heh... Present Time..." Suffice to say, I did not sleep and have stopped leaving anything related to this anime open on my computer.

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*** I was actually looking up the opener one night (The (the above link) and left it open in one of my tabs. I forgot about it, and turned off all of the lights and got in bed. Then the light on my computer flickered, and the static started. Followed by "Present day... heh heh heh... Present Time..." Suffice to say, I did not sleep and have stopped leaving anything related to this anime open on my computer.



* ... not to mention [[spoiler:Masami Eiri turning into a grotesque gooey fleshy monstrosity that uses its giant tongue to try to ''eat'' Lain and Arisu/Alice]] in the final episode.
* not just by what happens in the episodes, but also think of the psychological horrors about the Wired (the equivalent to our Internet)...?

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* ... not Not to mention [[spoiler:Masami Eiri turning into a grotesque gooey fleshy monstrosity that uses its giant tongue to try to ''eat'' Lain and Arisu/Alice]] in the final episode.
* not Not just by what happens in the episodes, but also think of the psychological horrors about the Wired (the equivalent to our Internet)...?



* A rather subtle yet very unnerving detail about [[spoiler:Masami Eiri]] is that in all of his appearances [[spoiler:as "God"]] , his clothes are always in the same position, impossibly suspended in mid-air. ''Always''. Seeing him as perfectly unmoving even when the wind is blowing hard enough to make trees shake is unnerving because it just feels ''wrong''.

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* A rather subtle yet very unnerving detail about [[spoiler:Masami Eiri]] is that in all of his appearances [[spoiler:as "God"]] , "God"]], his clothes are always in the same position, impossibly suspended in mid-air. ''Always''. Seeing him as perfectly unmoving even when the wind is blowing hard enough to make trees shake is unnerving because it just feels ''wrong''.



* Beginning to episode 12

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* Beginning to episode 1212:


*** I was actually looking up the opener one night (The above link) and left it open in one of my tabs. I forgot about it, and turned off all of the lights and got in bed. Then the light on my computer flickered, and the static started. Followed by "Present day...heh heh heh...Present Time..." Suffice to say, I did not sleep and have stopped leaving anything related to this anime open on my computer.

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*** I was actually looking up the opener one night (The above link) and left it open in one of my tabs. I forgot about it, and turned off all of the lights and got in bed. Then the light on my computer flickered, and the static started. Followed by "Present day... heh heh heh...heh... Present Time..." Suffice to say, I did not sleep and have stopped leaving anything related to this anime open on my computer.



* ...not to mention [[spoiler:Masami Eiri turning into a grotesque gooey fleshy monstrosity that uses its giant tongue to try to ''eat'' Lain and Arisu/Alice]] in the final episode.

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* ... not to mention [[spoiler:Masami Eiri turning into a grotesque gooey fleshy monstrosity that uses its giant tongue to try to ''eat'' Lain and Arisu/Alice]] in the final episode.

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