- Follow the Leader: Subverted to a point. Serial Experiments Lain is often mistaken to have been made to chase the coat tails of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but the show's writer didn't even see Evangelion until the fourth episode of Lain. However, you can feel the essence later in the series, especially from Eva's last two episodes.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original box set was out of print for many years, due to the American branch of Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment ceasing operations, but a new combined DVD/Blu-ray box set was released in late 2012 by Funimation.
- Name's the Same: This series is about Lain Iwakura, not Lain Claes, protagonist of vulgar RPG Maker title Lain's Horrible Adventure, though this series is the subject of a gag in that one. The Juri Kato in this series is also different from the one in Digimon Tamers, though they share the same creator and the same English voice actress.
- The Wiki Rule:
- Word of God: Mika actually tried to delve into the wired like Lain, and got "stuck". After that her mind is literally gone and her brainless body is left for the rest of the series.
Trivia / Serial Experiments Lain