Serial Experiments Lain - The Nightmare of Fabrication


Yoshitoshi ABe


18 pages

Available in English?
Yes (see below for details)

Other Info:

The Nightmare of Fabrication is a beautifully drawn full-colour manga from character designer Yoshitoshi ABe.  The short story is 18 pages long and can be found in both his Lain: An Omnipresence in Wired and Lain Illustrations #ab Rebuild An Omnipresence in Wired artbooks.  It is a bonus side story to the anime series that has not been released separately to our knowledge.


The manga is only available within the pages of the Lain: An Omnipresence in Wired and yoshitoshi ABe lain illustrations #ab rebuild an omnipresence in wired artbooks.  The former book is a heavy hardback tome that will usually set you back a

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whopping 50 or so on import.  The book is superb and, for the most part, dual language.  But the manga is sadly completely in Japanese in this book.  The second artbook is a reissue of the first Omnipresence in Wired book with additional artwork and some new layouts, and it also includes the manga.  The price is comparable to the first book on Japanese import and the manga is still in Japanese.

However, the second book also received a US release which saw the manga finally translated officially into English.  The US edition of the yoshitoshi ABe lain illustrations #ab rebuild an omnipresence in wired artbook is far cheaper to import than the Japanese version, setting you back around 30 for the limited hardback edition or 20 for the paperback version from import websites like Amazon.  Many specialist retailers such as United Publications and Forbidden Planet will also stock it.