Grumble Grumble Grumble
For the Cyberpunk anime genre, I thought that 'Key the Metal Idol' had a much better story plot and character development then 'Serial Experiment Lain'. It's worth the effort to look up the DVDs, as the character development really gets you cheering for Key. Plus the last episode is a knock down drag out fight of good against evil, with characters being kicked off right and left. Junko Iwao (also known as the voice of Tomoyo Daidouji of Cardcaptor Sakura) is the original voice actress for Key, and she really belts out the closing theme song of the last episode.
Plus a BIG SPOILER...
As it turns out, everything that your initially led to belive TURNS OUT TO BE WRONG! (and they tell you exactly what is happening in the next to the last episode...)