Anime Reviews

Terror in Resonance – Spectacularly Stylish But Somewhat Shallow

  • Title: Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
  • Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
  • Studios: MAPPA
  • Episodes: 11 – 22min (Completed)
  • Date: 11 July 2014 — 26 September 2014
  • Source: Original

Summary (MAL)

Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.

Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.

My Review

Zankyou no Terror is, well, good. Yes, good. Not perfect, not mediocre, but a nice place in-between. For what it’s worth, Zankyou no Terror presents a thrilling spectacle that explores the nature of terrorism in a flashy and elegant way. But when you try to find more meaning than just your stylish thriller from the anime, it ultimately falls short.

Terrorism as a central plot focus isn’t something too unique or bizarre in anime. There’s a ton of other anime that uses the theme of terrorism to build their plot, such as Guilty Crown, Shimoneta and even Death Note, albeit not in a straightforward manner. But what’s rare is a show that’s able to encapsulate the very essence of terrorism, be it from a warped ideal, tragic backstories, and so on. In Zankyou no Terror, despite the form of terrorism assimilating the real world, the terrorism here is merely a tool for a thrill. The edge in this show seems more fabricated than it is empathetic. The motivation for terrorism just isn’t convincing enough. So despite their majestic display of an epic thriller, there just isn’t too much depth to their intentions. Even the characters fell short in that department, lacking a more solid foundation behind their character, their relationships and their motivations. But I’m nitpicking here, because ultimately Zankyou no Terror is an anime made to thrill in style.

I know it might be hard to believe, but I’m actually not trying to portray this show in a negative light. I only criticise this show because I believed there’s a lot more it could’ve been. Nevertheless, what it was, was an exciting blockbuster series. With an exciting story filled with mind games and a beautiful setting, it is going to be really hard for anyone to dislike this anime. The anime even boasts great music that superbly complements the environment of the show. And not just your casual compliment “great”, because the music in the anime is actually really impressive. The music gives the anime a whole other dimension, creating all sorts of artful vibes. Honestly, the anime deserves much more compliments than what I’ve given, but I’ll stop here. I’ll let you experience the world of Zankyou no Terror on your own.

Should I Watch Terror in Resonance?

Silly question. Of course you should.

this is what modern terrorism looks like

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