Movies and TV shows like Serial Experiments Lain

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Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
 8.1
 11K
Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
Original name: シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 316 min.
TV show
Story: Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, bleak, serious, surreal, contemplative, stylized, seinen, twist ending
Plot: suicide, computers and web, computer, cyberpunk, teenage life, ghost, parallel world, hacker, youth, supernatural, heroes, alternate reality, fictional reality, classmate, classmates, double life, cyberspace, society, urban, imaginary, lifestyle, shyness, young heroes, artificial intelligence, virtual world ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Serial Experiments Lain

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, stylized and bleak films and TV series with plots about imaginary, danger, rivalry, supernatural, heroes, escapades and violence mostly in Animation, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Serial Experiments Lain: Mushi-Shi (2005), Ergo Proxy (2006), Darker Than Black (2007), .hack//SIGN (2002), Parasite Dolls (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 12K
Mushi-Shi (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: nature, legends and myths, mysterious character, supernatural, adventure, ghost, imaginary, danger, supernatural ability, escapades, mystery, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 12K
Ergo Proxy (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan on 25 February 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō Murase, with screenplay by Dai Satō et al.. Ergo Proxy ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, psychological, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, society, future dystopia, murder, androids and robots, investigation, utopia, adventure, apocalypse, mysterious character, a.i., memory loss ...
Time: future
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Darker Than Black (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones.
Style: rough, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: supernatural ability, secret agents, future dystopia, supernatural, dark past, paranormal phenomena, escapades, rivalry, fate of humanity, top secret, transformation, fighting crime ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 1K
.hack//SIGN (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: .hack follows several young players as they navigate the vast, mysterious MMORPG known as “The World” – a place, it turns out, that is sometimes impossible to leave.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: cyberspace, cyberpunk, adventure, a.i., ghost, supernatural, time travel, future dystopia, technology gone awry, chaos, androids and robots, man versus machine ...
Time: 2010s, year 2010
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.2
 490
Parasite Dolls (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
TV show
Story: Beauty is only skin deep, but when you can’t see beneath the skin, how can you know what you’re really dealing with? In a world where perfect androids called Boomers have infiltrated every aspect of society, it’s the job of Branch to maintain ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: androids and robots, parallel world, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, chaos, imaginary, supernatural, society, computers and web, apocalypse, technology gone awry, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Paranoia Agent (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The infamous Shounen Bat (Lil' Slugger) is terrorizing the residents of Musashino City. Flying around on his rollerblades and beating people down with a golden baseball bat, the assailant seems impossible to catch—much less understand. His ...
Style: mind bending, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: stalking, investigation, who done it, murder, mysterious character, partners against crime, serial killer, danger, police detective, monster, deadly, mind game ...
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 2K
Texhnolyze (2003)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Texhnolyze is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, from a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda, with original character design by Yoshitoshi ABe. The events take place in the vibrant yet dilapidated ...
Style: tech noir, rough, captivating, dark, contemplative ...
Plot: distopia, mysterious character, danger, loner, psychic, gang war, power struggle, cyberspace, human nature, crimes, life is a bitch, crime ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs hackers, sharpshooters, detectives and cyborgs all in an ...
Style: futuristic, serious, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, androids and robots, cyberspace, man versus machine, a.i., mind game, investigation, robot, neo noir, hacker, artificial intelligence, cyborgs ...
Time: 21st century, future, near future, 2030s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: Heavenly Host Elementary School is a legendary elementary school for ghost stories due to its mysterious past. It was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students and now another school called Kisaragi ...
Style: scary, serious, dark, disturbing, sadistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, danger, youth, imaginary, young heroes, survival, dark past, prank, murder, curse, student ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios, based on the Boogiepop light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, particularly that of Boogiepop and Others and Boogiepop At Dawn. The series is directed by ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, serial killer, mysterious character, nobody believes, evil force, murder, danger, deadly, high school, doctors and patients, crimes, ghost ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.2
 15K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, graphic violence, police investigation, future dystopia, master criminal, human nature, mastermind, partners against crime, chase, society, crimes, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 75
éX-Driver (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: éX-Driver is a manga series by Kōsuke Fujishima, which was adapted into an anime series, produced by Bandai Visual and Actas. The anime series spanned 6 episodes, as well as a feature movie, entitled éX-Driver: The Movie. The complete anime ...
Style: humorous, serious, exciting, futuristic
Audience: teens
Plot: car chase, young heroes, teenage life, technology gone awry, escapades, youth, save the day, chases and races, heroes, space and aliens, chase, a.i. ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, hacker, androids and robots, policewoman, cyborgs, technology gone awry, mind game, chase, cyberspace, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 1K
Blood-C (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Blood-C focuses on Saya Kisaragi, an outwardly normal girl who serves as the shrine maiden to a country town; in reality, she is a skilled swordswoman charged by her father to defeat Elder Bairns, monsters who feed on human blood. As her battles ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, violence, imaginary, family relations, rivalry, deadly creature, deadly, parents and children, village, sword, blood ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor (1989)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Sho and his friend Tetsurou stumble upon an odd alien artifact while walking through the woods. Then, the alien artifact breaks free of its metallic bonds and enters Sho's body, turning him into the Guyver. With this new power, Sho must do ...
Style: serious, exciting, futuristic, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: young heroes, superhuman powers, battles, one man army, androids and robots, good versus evil, supernatural, bio weapon, imaginary, chaos, failed attempt, graphic violence ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 10K
Another (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mysterious character, classmate, death, classmates, school, curses spells and rituals, curse, danger, teenage life, school life, accidental death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Psychic Detective Yakumo (2010)
Genre: Animation, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In order to help a friend possessed by a spirit, Ozawa Haruka knocks on the door of her university's movie research association. There she meets Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. ...
Style: serious, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, investigation, mysterious place, mysterious character, danger, crimes, deadly, college life, student life, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
King of Thorn (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the seinen science fiction manga series by Iwahara Yuuji, serialised in Monthly Comic Beam.A mysterious virus, nicknamed Medusa, is spreading around Japan, turning its victims into stone. Given the impossibility of finding an immediate ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, scary ...
Plot: twins, supernatural, chaos, imaginary, danger, alien encounter, escapades, heroes, survival, infected, adventure, mind control ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a Japanese anime series produced by Anime International Company and funded by ADV Films. A retelling of the 1987 original video animation Bubblegum Crisis, the series premiered on TV Tokyo on October 8, 1998 where it ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, stylized, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: adventure, society, computers and web, down on your luck, technology gone awry, future dystopia, corporate crimes, vigilantism, chaos, battles, catastrophe, man versus machine ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Blood-C The Last Dark (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tokyo, Winter. Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the Internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves Surat. ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, serious
Plot: supernatural, imaginary, vengeance, good versus evil, cyberspace, uncover truth, heroes, fighting the system, rebellion, deadly, hacker, super weapon ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 3K
Shiki (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, offbeat, captivating ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, dark fantasy, mass murder, imaginary, danger, deadly, murder, mysterious death, violence, insanity, death ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, supernatural ability, battles, prince, imaginary, military, vengeance, young heroes, siblings relations, rebelliousness, mind control, civil rights ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 2K
Black Bullet (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Virus Gastrea menyebar seperti api, membuat setiap wadah yang terinfeksi bermutasi dengan cepat, mendapatkan kekuatan baru dan kemampuan dengan setiap tahap perkembangan, bahkan saat mereka terus menyerang, membunuh dan menginfeksi beberapa host ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, bleak
Plot: heroes, imaginary, danger, curses spells and rituals, deadly creature, chases and races, deadly, supernatural, plague, rivalry, monster, post apocalypse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Toward the Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In the future, mankind's seemingly utopian society is strictly controlled by the government, and anything that threatens to disrupt the status quo is ruthlessly suppressed. When 14 year-old Jomy begins to question the way society is run he ...
Style: futuristic, psychological, bleak, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, escapades, obsessive quest, imaginary, supernatural ability, space travel, chaos, adulthood, mind control, life is a bitch, youth, man versus machine ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 2K
Hell Girl (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the ...
Style: serious, exciting, scary, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, justice, supernatural, danger, teenage boy, torment, grudge, heaven and hell, murder, fear, anguish, teenage girl ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Lunar Legend Tsukihime (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Shiki Tohno is a boy who, after an accident as a child, is able to see strange lines coming from objects and people. He has to wear special glasses to stop seeing them. If he cuts some of these lines, he destroys people connected to them. One day he ...
Style: gothic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, reincarnation, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, danger, deadly, mystery, haunted by the past, imaginary, rivalry, heroes ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin's lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, ...
Style: seinen, exciting, ecchi, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, private detective, immortality, investigation, mystery, danger, crimes, haunted by the past, track down, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 2010s, future, 1990s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.0
 29K
Elfen Lied (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak, futuristic ...
Plot: split personality, supernatural, gore, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, mutant, supernatural ability, sadism, social misfits, memory loss, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 2K
RahXephon (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: In a world where time passes at a crawl and the blood of your neighbor runs blue, 17 year old high school student Ayato Kamina goes about his daily life within Tokyo Jupiter oblivious to the world around him, having been educated with the fact that ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, mecha, psychological
Plot: save the world, survival, heroic mission, teenage life, a.i., society, life is a bitch, danger, youth, escapades, future dystopia, chaos ...
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government ...
Style: stylized, bleak, futuristic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, heroic mission, political intrigue, rebelliousness, political unrest, chaos and mayhem, urban, chaos, take over, partners, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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