Ep 13 – “Ego”

Lain’s attempts to protect Alice from Eiri result in traumatizing Alice, Lain’s only true friend, in order to fix this, Lain decides to do a “factory reset” on her life, deleting herself from everyone’s memory. Distraught from doing so, Lain is determined to discover her true form and identity and takes radical action. She is confronted by her separate bolder self, who reminds her that the Wired is not an upper layer of the real world. Her bolder self then assures her that she is the true Goddess of the Wired, saying she is an omnipotent and omnipresent virtual being that can go and be anywhere she desires and merely watch the real world from afar. After causing her bolder self to disappear, Lain sees her father, which makes her realize that memories of her still exist. Alice, now older with a spouse, spots Lain standing on an overpass, having some déjà vu about Lain but not recognizing who she is. Alice then says goodbye, saying that she might run into Lain someday.