Movies and TV shows like Serial Experiments Lain

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Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
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Serial Experiments Lain (1998)
Original name: シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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Story: Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".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 psychological films and TV series with plots about imaginary, danger, rivalry, chaos, violence, heroes and escapades mostly in Animation, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Serial Experiments Lain: Mushi-Shi (2005), Ergo Proxy (2006), Darker Than Black (2007), Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013), Paranoia Agent (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, good versus evil, danger, imaginary, supernatural ability, japanese mythology, escapades ...
Place: japan
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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, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, futuristic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, society, androids and robots, murder, future dystopia, investigation, utopia, mysterious character, adventure, apocalypse, danger, mystery ...
Time: future
Place: europe
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80%
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, danger, rivalry, fighting crime, investigation, escapades, transformation ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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100%
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: dark, scary, disturbing, serious, sadistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, danger, young heroes, youth, imaginary, survival, prank, curse, student, dark past, murder ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: stalking, investigation, murder, who done it, police investigation, partners against crime, police detective, monster, serial killer, danger, deadly, mind game ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
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.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: suspenseful, stylized, serious, psychological
Plot: cyberspace, cyberpunk, adventure, a.i., supernatural, ghost, time travel, future dystopia, technology gone awry, chaos, man versus machine, getting home ...
Time: 2010s, year 2010
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42%
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Paprika (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns, philosophical ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, hallucination, mental illness, deception, fairy, dreams, scientist, research, psychiatrist, human nature ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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67%
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 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, captivating, rough, dark, neo noir ...
Plot: distopia, mysterious character, loner, psychic, power struggle, gang war, danger, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, cyberspace ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, suspenseful, bleak, stylized, serious ...
Plot: androids and robots, chaos, chaos and mayhem, parallel world, future dystopia, supernatural, imaginary, society, a.i., life is a bitch, rivalry, ghost ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: psychological, serious, mecha, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suffering, depression, self doubt, alien encounter, young heroes, future dystopia, loneliness, chaos, loss, psychological trauma, cloning, insanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2015, 2000s, 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: philosophical, futuristic, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyborgs, hacker, technology gone awry, policewoman, androids and robots, distopia, mind game, chase, cyberspace ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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33%
 7.6
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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, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mysterious character, classmate, death, classmates, curses spells and rituals, school, curse, school life, teenage life, accidental death, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
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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, youth, escapades, save the day, chases and races, chase, androids and robots, a.i., heroes ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: serious, futuristic, suspenseful, rough, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, androids and robots, cyborgs, cyberspace, hacker, man versus machine, a.i., mind game, investigation, robot, fighting crime, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, future, near future, 2030s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, deadly, danger, high school, urban legend, alter ego, memories ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
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30%
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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, future dystopia, graphic violence, master criminal, human nature, police investigation, partners against crime, mastermind, crimes, chase, society, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, imaginary, obsessive quest, supernatural ability, escapades, space travel, chaos, mind control, adulthood, man versus machine, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyborgs, cyberpunk, androids and robots, investigation, androids, crimes, computers and web, imaginary, mind game, good versus evil, fighting crime, uncover truth ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, tokyo
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29%
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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, teenage life, heroic mission, survival, life is a bitch, danger, youth, rivalry, society, man versus machine, a.i., future dystopia ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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28%
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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, suspenseful, serious, offbeat, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, vampire, dark fantasy, imaginary, murder, danger, insanity, deadly, violence, desperation, mass murder, panic ...
Place: japan, asia
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28%
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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, captivating, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, imaginary, violence, village, deadly creature, good versus evil, sword, danger, school life, friendship, japanese schoolgirl, family relations ...
Place: japan, asia
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27%
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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: exciting, scary, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, justice, supernatural, teenage boy, torment, grudge, heaven and hell, murder, danger, good versus evil, anguish, fear ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The story revolves around a first-year high school student, Teiichi Niiya who had just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy. When he gets lost in one of the school's old building, he meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, love and romance, school, supernatural, uncover truth, haunted house, left to die, buried truth, love triangle, crimes, investigation, academy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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27%
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Broken Saints (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 720 min.
TV show
Story: In the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers – a cynical American programmer, an aging Japanese priest, a troubled Arabic mercenary and a mysterious Fijian girl – receive a series of chilling apocalyptic visions. Desperate to understand ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, saga ...
Plot: mystery, destiny, conspiracy, future dystopia, chaos, creator, religions or cults, danger, escapades, apocalypse, curses spells and rituals, society ...
Place: japan
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27%
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, battles, imaginary, siblings relations, rebelliousness, young heroes, youth, mind control, prince, supernatural ability, civil rights, military ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
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26%
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: suspenseful, bleak, stylized, futuristic, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, chases and races, androids and robots, imaginary, rivalry, life is a bitch, danger, heroes, a.i., escapades, man versus machine, adventure ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
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Oldman Z (1991)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old man is being treated specially by the Department of Health under the so-called Project Z, a special nursing bed with a 6th generation computer on board. When the pain and loneliness of the old man reaches his ex-private nurse, she decides to ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: satire, heroes, escapades, benign alien, space wars, experiment gone awry, technology gone awry, alien encounter, golden years, life is a bitch, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, chaos, take over, weapon system, political unrest, urban, political intrigue, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, partners, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
 30K
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, life is a bitch, gore, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, supernatural ability, sadism, social misfits, memory loss, experiment gone awry, mutant ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
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Ghost Hunt (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Ghost Hunt, originally titled Akuryō Series, is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It follows the adventures of the Shibuya Psychic Research Center as they investigate mysterious occurrences all over Japan with a team of other ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, mind bending, offbeat ...
Plot: ghost, afterlife, supernatural, paranormal activity, danger, clergy, supernatural ability, mystery, teenage life, monk, curse, spirit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%