In the wake of Chisa Yomoda’s recent death, Lain Iwakura, an uncomfortable and introverted fourteen-year-old, is one of the many girls from her school to receive an unsettling email from her classmate. The technophobe Lain opens the email and finds herself in the Wired, a virtual world of communication networks comparable to the internet. She has neither the willingness nor experience to deal with even the most basic technology. As a series of puzzling events unfolds, Lain’s world is flipped upside down. Suddenly, wherever she goes, a group of mysterious men known as the Men in Black come, interrogating her and seemingly knowing more about her than she does. As the lines between reality and cyberspace become increasingly blurred, Lain is thrust into increasingly odd situations in which notions like as identity, consciousness, and perception take on new meanings.
Chiaki J. Konaka, author of Texhnolyze and Serial Experiments, wrote this novel. An avant-garde mystery series about a young woman’s decision-making in the real world and the Wired is called Lain. Only Lain will appreciate the significance of their presence in the midst of the transition from one planet to the next.
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion
In 2015, the world is on the verge of collapse. Nerv, a United Nations-affiliated special agency, and their Evangelions, massive machines capable of battling the Angels that predict Earth’s demise, hold the final glimmer of hope for humanity. Ikari Gendou is looking for Evangelion pilots who can sync up with the machines so that they can fulfill their full potential. Head of Tactical Operations Misato Katsuragi is assisting with this effort, as is Chief Scientist Ritsuko Akagi.
Ikari’s life is forever transformed when, at 14, he meets his father for the first time in years and is taken away to the depths of Nerv, where he must assume command of Unit-01, with the fate of humanity on his shoulders.
Neon Genesis Evangelion, a manga and anime series by Hideaki Anno, tells the story of a young child who grows up to be a hero. However, as this psychological thriller progresses, long-buried truths come to surface…
9. Mousou Dairinin
Residents of Musashino City are being terrorized by the fearsome Shounen Bat. There is no way to catch or understand the attacker, who flies around on rollerblades and swings a golden baseball bat at victims. Tsukiko Sagi, a well-known but shy character designer, is suspected of being the mastermind behind the attacks on him. Tsukiko, who is only believed by her pink anthropomorphic stuffed animal, Maromi, is one of many victims of Shounen Bat.
Detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin their investigation into the identity of the attacker while Shounen Bat continues his unrelenting assault on the town. However, when more and more individuals are bitten by the infamous golden bat, the population begins to hear about the attacker. Adults and children alike are gripped by a sense of dread as scary whispers spread.
What will happen to the two investigators if they can’t solve the mystery of Shounen Bat?
Cult-favorite To see man’s downhill spiral in a future overrun by violence, greed, and depravity, Yoshitoshi ABe entices us. After Ichise loses both of his limbs, he is forced to wear experimental artificial prosthetics against his will. Angry by the impending doom of humanity, Ichise vows to stop it at any cost. But will his acts have the desired effect?
7. Perfect Blue
Mima Kirigoe, a member of the pop idol group “CHAM!”, is the heroine of Perfect Blue. Once she’s taken stock of the situation, she resolves to give up her idol status and focus on building a reputation for herself as an actress. Me-Mania, one of her most ardent supporters, is dissatisfied with her new direction.
Mima takes a fascinating part, ignoring her manager Rumi Hidaka’s worries about it, now that she has reincarnated as an actor. During filming, odd things begin to happen to the cast and crew members. Mima’s mental health deteriorates with time, making it increasingly difficult for her to tell the difference between imagination and reality.
What will happen to Mima if she can’t escape the clutches of her stalker and have a breakout performance?
6. Haibane Renmei
Before she emerges from her cocoon, Rakka only remembers the sensation of falling. She enters this new planet as one of the Haibane, a group of young people with small gray wings and colorful halos, and is immediately welcomed into this new community. There are no wings or haloes in the tranquil village of Grie where they live together in the Old Home.
The most crucial law in the realm of Haibane Renmei is that no part of Haibane can approach or even get close to the gigantic walls that surround the town. Only those known as Toga have free reign to come and go.
Rakka and the other Haibane are kept in the dark about most of what goes on in her personal life. When the Day of Flight arrives, Rakka will face her own inner demons as she tries to figure out her role in this world and the fate of the Haibane. However, this is not a simple task: if you fail, you will be labeled as a sinner.
5. Boogiepop wa Warawanai: Boogiepop Phantom
It’s been five years since the city was rocked by a series of brutal murders, and now the suspicions are resurfacing. Boogiepop… It’s a given that you’ll be smitten with Boogiepop the moment you meet her on a rainy night. All of the rumors about her are laughed at by those who have heard them; no one believes she could exist in this day and age. Even Nevertheless, odd events are taking place, and the darkness appears to be taking on many different shapes. There’s something out there somewhere. Your safety is my primary concern.
4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
A cat-like magical familiar, Kyuubey, and a new transfer student, Homura Akemi disrupt the lives of middle school girls Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki.
Rather than grant one of their wishes, Kyuubey proposes that in exchange for their cooperation, he will grant one of their wishes and grant them the power to realize their aspirations. They are urged not to take the offer by Homura, a magical girl herself, who warns that nothing is as it seems.
Mahou Shoujo MadokaMagica is a tale of hope, heartbreak, and friendship that explores what it’s like to be a magical girl and the price one must pay to see a dream come true.
3. Dennou Coil
Yuuko Okonogi and her family migrate to Daikoku City, the technological center of the growing half-virtual world, eleven years after the advent of internet-connected, augmented reality eyewear and visors. With the help of sophisticated metatags and virtual technologies, Yuuko joins the “investigation agency” her grandma has set up for her. A computer virus originates from an unreachable corrupted region that Yuuko Amasawa, a skilled hacker in the virtual world, constantly attempts to “unlock.”
2. Ergo Proxy
Experimentation continues despite the Earth’s atmosphere having been destroyed for thousands of years. Re-l Mayer, a young female inspector from the Civilian Intelligence Office, realizes that the domed metropolis of Romdo is far from flawless. She receives an odd message in this zone of coexistence between humans and robots: something is awakening!
1. Ghost in the Shell
The advancements in cybernetics will allow humans to replace nearly all of their bodily functions and organs with robotics by the year 2029. The weak are made strong and the dying are given a second chance at life thanks to these prosthetics.. Corruption and terrorist crimes must be investigated by the eclectic team of AI, cyborgs, and humans in Niihama City’s Public Security Section 9. A childhood accident left Major Motoko Kusanagi with full-body prostheses. Batou, her deputy, and Ishikawa, her information specialist, have been tasked with tracking down a hacker only known as “The Puppetmaster.” It turns out, as Motoko and her crew learn, that nothing is ever as it seems. Action scenes are punctuated by slower artistic moments and philosophical considerations concerning the soul’s identity in a technologically sophisticated world. Ghost in a Shell is a sci-fi thriller.