>> The Wired vs. The Matrix
would not be too outrageous to compare the "real world"
and Wired in Lain to The Matrix. They both
feature two realities in which the boundary between them
is blurring. In both worlds, it is hard to decipher what
is and is not real. In episode "Layer 05: Distortion"
of Lain, Lains mother tells Lain that the "real
world" is made up of nothing but holograms of our true,
Wired-selves. It is explained that the Wired was created
to be a new world. However, Lain feels that the Wired and
the "real world" are one and the same, and that
there are no differences. This is a stark contrast to the
ideas represented in The Matrix. The "real world"
in The Matrix is the fake world. It is a computer
program designed to prevent people from realizing the hellish,
AI-controlled world in which they live. In The Matrix,
the two worlds are completely different, while in Lain,
some believe that the two are becoming one. However, the
similarity between the Matrix and Lains "real
world" is that people in both situations are trying
to realize the differences in both worlds, and some are
attempting to break free from those worlds, or bring them
together. They also present the idea of our bodies being
represented digitally in a world where we can imagine ourselves
in any way we desire. What is unique about Lain is
that it came out a year before The Matrix, so it
is impossible to say that one was influenced by the other.
It would appear that the creators of Lain had the
idea that the effects of intertwining the cyber world and
the real world were soon to be realized, even before the
creation of The Matrix.