Serial Experiments Lain

TV Show • 1998 • Animation  

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Lain is an avant-garde anime influenced by philosophical subjects such as reality, identity, and communication. The series focuses on Lain Iwakura, an adolescent girl living in suburban Japan, and her introduction to the Wired, a global communications network similar to the Internet.
This tv show contains 34 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is there decapitation?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there BDSM?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Are there bedbugs?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Is there screaming?
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Abandonment
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Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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OneirosDream
Sort of? Lain is followed/ watched/observed by men in black wearing wires and sunglasses.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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poppiswap
The entire show is about Lain doubting her own reality and her existence, and how several different groups and characters are trying to shape her perception of reality, sometimes in extremely invasive ways.
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Is a child abused?
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16
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4
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neoballs
Lain is neglected and gaslit by her parents
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Addiction
3
Lexichae
In episode 2, a character uses a fake drug
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Is there addiction?
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9
Does someone abuse alcohol?
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13
Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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15
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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teapotcutie
A real life experiment is mentioned that involved abuse towards dolphins, but is not depicted or implied in the show.
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Is there a dead animal?
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15
Is an animal sad?
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3
Are rabbits harmed?
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3
Does a cat die?
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16
Does a pet die?
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5
Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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14
Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Kayv
S1
No intended pedophilia, though a side characters statement towards the main character could be (mis)interpreted as such.
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Is someone held under water?
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4
Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Is someone restrained?
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pomegranate_seeds
Unsure if it counts, but an implied-to-be masturbating character finds out that they're being watched while doing so and becomes extremely distraught. The perpetrator doesn't touch them whatsoever, but does taunt and ridicule them verbally.
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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pomegranate_seeds
Lain attempts to strangle a version of herself, but said version of Lain doesn't struggle to breathe or seem to be in pain.
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Anonymous
The opening scene (and sort of the setup for the show) is a classmate of the main character's suicide - she jumps from a building to her death.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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7
Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Stressedtoimpress
The show opens with the suicide of a middle school student
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moschidae
Generally speaking- no. But there are some scenes with Lain that felt inappropriate enough to comment on it. The white dress she's frequently depicted in, for example, is very very short for a 13 year old.
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Death
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Stressedtoimpress
Lain could be considered to have sacrificed herself at the end. She lives, but she sacrifices all of her relationships and her life as she knows it
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Does a major character die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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MayaPelaez
someone dies from suicide
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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7
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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5
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teapotcutie
A background character dies without her son realizing.
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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3
Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is someone possessed?
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1
Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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12
Is trypophobic content shown?
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3
Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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9
Does someone vomit?
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15
Is someone eaten?
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3
Is there on-screen pooping?
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3
Does someone spit?
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14
Is there audio gore?
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8
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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5
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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10
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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3
Are there transphobic slurs?
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3
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3
Is there bisexual cheating?
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3
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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15
Is there a hospital scene?
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13
Does someone have cancer?
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14
Mental Health
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5
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OneirosDream
No, Lain rewrites/reprograms the world to forget about her and everything that happened, so Alice (Arisu) doesn't get PTSD from her trauma.
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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0
Yes
6
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9
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Lexichae
Not necessarily, but there’s a few scenes of dissociation. (Not self harm, but worth mentioning)
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Is autism misrepresented?
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3
Is a mentally ill person violent?
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1
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7
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poppiswap
Some people interpret Lain as having some form of DID/OSDD, though it’s not confirmed either way by the narrative.
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8
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0
Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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3
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0
Yes
13
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0
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teapotcutie
Not sure if it fully counts but the show is filled with power line white noise that can be annoying or ominous.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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3
Is there body dysphoria?
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2
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2
Yes
19
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teapotcutie
Lain is shown to have out of body experiences where smoke comes out of her hands and not feeling real in her body.
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teapotcutie
Lain says a similar phrase in the episode Rumors.
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Kermit
S1
 E13
3 minutes into episode 13, Mizuki has what seems to be a panic attack
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0
2
Sapstre
Some scenes are designed to make the viewer feel as if they are in an oppressive space
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14
Yes
2
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Stressedtoimpress
Technically no, but a lot of people interpret Lain as autistic, and relate the way the other students treat her to a kind of bullying due to autistic behavior
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marleej
the first episode starts with a girl jumping off a building, then later in the episode lain sees a girl walk over and voluntarily stand on railroad tracks while a train speeds towards her (don’t see anything actually happen but it’s implied that the train would’ve hit her). also, at the club in the second episode, a guy shoots himself and dies
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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1
Does a baby cry?
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10
Is there shakey cam?
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2
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8
Is there obscene language/gestures?
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3
Are there flashing lights or images?
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0
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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3
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1
Yes
10
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0
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Kermit
S1
 E13
at the start of episode 13 Lain is presumably talking directly to the viewer, this happens again towards the end of the episode.
smaller fourth wall breaks are littered throughout.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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8
Is there childbirth?
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15
Are there abortions?
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14
Are there babies or unborn children?
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7
Does someone miscarry?
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14
Does a pregnant person die?
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0
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14
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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13
Does the black guy die first?
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17
Are there homophobic slurs?
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14
Yes
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14
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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11
Is there hate speech?
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15
Is a minority is misrepresented?
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5
Does an LGBT person die?
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15
Yes
1
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15
Are there n-words?
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15
Is there aphobia?
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3
Race
Is there blackface?
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3
Relationships
Yes
3
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4
1
poppiswap
An underage girl is shown to have a crush on her teacher, and a rumour is spread around her school that they were involved in some way; however it’s not clear if anything actually happened and it could easily be argued that it was just false gossip that simply evolved from the girl’s crush being outed.
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Sex
Yes
23
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1
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pomegranate_seeds
Implied masturbation, but there's no nudity shown and no sexual audio - it is only depicted to portray a breach of privacy.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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1
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5
Yes
7
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3
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BloodTuna
at the end credits, we can see a picture of lain naked.
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Is there bestiality?
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4
Does someone lose their virginity?
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3
Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Sexism
Yes
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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3
Does someone have a chronic illness?
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4
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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1
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3
Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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3
Are there fat suits?
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3
Is existentialism debated?
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1
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Yes
23
No
0
2
Lexichae
The ending is confusingly sad
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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5
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0
Does a plane crash?
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Yes
6
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9
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mjane
the automated driving systems in cars glitch out early in episode five and it’s mentioned that there were accidents and a fatality, but the most you see is a car speeding towards a bunch of people
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Yes
19
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0
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Lexichae
Although rare, there is a few scenes. The 1st episode has a suicide and the 2nd has a shooting.
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Does someone drown?
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Yes
25
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0
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Lexichae
The second episode has a shooting
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