Lain is the protagonist of our story. She's 13 years old, and
there are actually two versions of her: Lain of the real world
and Lain of the Wired. The Lain we know is the shy, anti-
social girl who has feelings and concerns towards others, though
she doesn't normally show it. Lain of the Wired is the
complete opposite of real Lain, and she has power almost over
everything, as well as having a big attitude problem. Real
Lain also tends to wear a bear outfit occasionally, due to her
insecurities of the world. Real Lain also has three friends.
They are: Alice (Arisu) Mizuki, Reika Yamamoto, and Juri Kato.
Oddly enough, Lain is basically surrounded by three people, each
with their own personalities. Look under their character
profiles to see the difference.
Spoiler (highlight to read): In the later episodes, Eiri Masami tells Lain that she is software. How can Lain be software? In conclusion to the series, Lain is actually the God of the Wired after all. Also, before all of that happens, you can't help but wonder why Lain is able to be in both worlds at once. Perhaps it is because Lain is the missing piece to the puzzle --- the bridge that crosses from one world to the other. This could be the reason as why the Real world and Wired world began to blur in the series.
Mika is Lain's "older sister." She attends the same school as
Lain and her friends, but Mika could care less about what
happens to any of them. Mika is basically living in a world of
her own. As long as she's not the one involved in something,
she wouldn't care about anything else.
Spoiler (highlight to read): Mika eventually switches personalities later on with Lain. Instead of Lain sitting at home all day, it's Mika in front of the TV while Lain is staying out late (keep reading to see how this change took place). Mika loses herself. She becomes a person who can't handle reality, and this happens when the Knights pursue her. Everywhere she goes, she finds a message that says "Fulfill the prophecy." So in the end, there are two Mikas: one who has lost her soul and sits at home staring into space blankly, and the other who is trapped on another side --- the real Mika.
Lain's classmate and best friend. When Lain usually gets teased
by everyone else, Alice is there to defend her. Out of Lain's
three friends, Alice is the only one who cares about Lain the
most. Alice's personality is somewhat strong, yet very loving.
Her only goal in life is to be happy, or so that's what the
show seems to imply. Alice represents a normal person (or
rather, teen) who just wants to live happy and to see her
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Long-haired snobbish girl. One of Lain's friends who
continuously bothers her about everything. Her attitude
towards Lain shows that she is pretty much a complaining-type
person who really can't settle for anything. Reika tends to be
agressive... persistent until the bitter end. Reika questions,
and often times accuses Lain of something. Even if Lain didn't
do a thing, Reika will continuously interrogate her, until
someone steps in and stops her (usually it'd be Alice).
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Girl with this pig-tailed hairstyle. She's the one that usually
speaks very little when her other three friends (Lain, Alice,
and Reika) are chatting, though she'll say a few words or so
every now and then. Juri is very emotional. A slight
action/event/sight could very well aggitate her. She is most
definitely not as shy as Lain (proven by her actions of
following Reika around, as well as crowding around Alice's desk
everyday), but Juri has many weaknesses. When Juri gets
emotional, she will break down in tears and start freaking out.
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Classmate of Lain's who commits suicide in the first ep. and
sends out that haunting e-mail to all the Junior High students
of Lain's school. She is the first character who gets the
story started on its main route. Her death is also the cause of
Lain getting highly interested in the Wired, due to the e-mail
sent by this presumably dead student.
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Former member of the Tachibana Laboratories, Eiri devised
Protocol 7, which allowed humans to connect to the Wired
without the use of "devices." When this was exploited, Eiri was
fired. He had also committed suicide, and was found dead a
week later. Eiri went on to become the "God" of the Wired. In
truth, Eiri is just a false God who had people believe he was
God, therefore, he became God, but isn't the real one. Eiri
appears in the later episodes, making unsuccessful attempts at
trying to get Lain to believe in him. Though Lain is partially
convinced at first, she can see right through him. What is the
purpose of Eiri's actions? If he's already a "God," then what
is the importance of Lain to him?
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