Terror in Resonance
Zankyō no Terror
Terror in Tokyo
Terror of Resonance
Mystery; Drama; Thriller; Psychological; Tragedy; Political
The fire alarm goes off and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is evacuated; Twelve – a member of terrorist organisation Sphinx – places bombs inside. As he leaves, he runs into Lisa, a bully victim whose father’s recent departure left her mother in hysterics. Twelve knows that he mustn’t get too attached to anyone, but he convinces fellow Sphinx member Nine to offer her two options: she can die in the explosion or she can become an accomplice, herself. Sphinx knows the only way the world will listen to what they have to say will be to perform these acts of terrorism, but they also know that killing people will only weaken their point. With the inadvertent help of ex-detective Shibazaki, they might just be able to pull it off. That is until Five, an old acquaintance, gets involved…
This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.
Please also note that the ‘colourful’ language I am referring to here is based on FUNimation’s English Dub. The Japanese Dub may (and probably does) differ.
One Use of Strong Language
Use of the word ‘Bullshit’ in one episode.
All other language used in the series is mild (e.g. ‘crap’, ‘ass’, etc.)
Moderate (Bloody) Violence
I’ve bracketed ‘bloody’ because I’ve attributed the moderate violence to the explosions and gunfights, as opposed to the blood loss. However, there is still some bloody violence, since guns still hurt people (shocking, I know!).
After one character leaps from a building, the blood leftover from their leap is seen on the ground. This is the most blood seen throughout the series.
Lots of explosions and some gunfights cause wounds and some blood loss.
Moderate Sex References
A common reference in the series is to the story of Oedipus. As such, there are some references to incest, etc. when discussing this tale.
A few paintings and sculptures depict nipple detail, however, the characters of the show itself never show any. The nipples are seemingly depicted to remain loyal to the original art piece, since the animation avoids showing any, otherwise. One scene even shows a female character in the bath with an angle that could easily afford some detail, yet the show still doesn’t animate any!
This is extremely mild as it depicts some flashbacks of the institution, the way they were treated and running away from scientists, etc. The horror is mostly conveyed through tense music, unstable camera shots and filters, rather than any gore or monsters. As a result, the effect is fairly mild. Perhaps ‘mildly frightening’ might be more appropriate?
One person is shown committing suicide by jumping from a building. There is some discussion surrounding the suicide, as well.
Reasons to Watch
This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this series’ fans give for enjoying it!
High production values (i.e. highly impressive artwork and animation) and excellent critical reception.
Composer Yoko Kanno’s frequently phenomenal scores have given her a reputation as a legendary composer in anime – this score is no different.
Shinichiro Watanabe is a popular director and creator, who has worked on many classic anime series (e.g. Cowboy Bebop and Kids on the Slope). He has also been praised heavily for his work on this series.
As one English Dub Voice Actor stated during an episode commentary for the series, it’s a great anime for people who don’t like anime. If you don’t generally like anime or know someone whose opinion you’re uncertain of, this may be a good choice. Of course, it’s still completely open to those who do like anime, too!
Barrier of Entry
A series on terrorists who get away with it through (mostly) realistic and (mostly) accurate schemes may frighten some viewers. Plus, the terrorists are protagonists meant to be sympathised with and have a point to prove, which may be disconcerting.
A thoughtful thriller about society might be off-putting for viewers who are used to thrillers that are less demanding of their viewer.
Trigger by Yūki Ozaki (Ep. 1-11)
Dare ka, Umi o. by Aimer (Ep. 1-10)
Special features are available on both Blu-Ray and DVD releases, including (most notably) two episode commentaries with the English Dub cast members and an ‘In Depth Conversation with the Cast’ (also the English Dub cast members).
In an interview with Shinichiro Watanabe, the director revealed that they spoke with architects and other experts to make the series more technically accurate (e.g. where the bombs would be placed for an effective destruction of certain buildings, and how to avoid leaving digital footprints). However, he then stated that they weren’t allowed to share information that would tell people how to be terrorists and get away with it. As such, many of the methods are flawed, missing important steps or avoided altogether to comply with this.
Animation Production: MAPPA
Director & Original Creator: Shinichiro Watanabe
ADR Director: Christopher Bevins
Script: Shōten Yano (Ep. 1-3), Hiroshi Seko (Ep. 4, 6, 9, 11), Jun Kumagai (Ep. 5, 7) & Kenta Ihara (Ep 8, 10)
ADR Script: Jamie Marchi
Music: Yoko Kanno
Animation Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Kazuto Nakazawa
Art Director: Hidetoshi Kaneko
Lead Voice Actors
Sōma Saitō as Twelve
Kaito Ishikawa as Nine
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Shunsuke Sakuya as Shibazaki
Atsumi Tanezaki as Lisa Mishima
Megumi Han as Five
Lead Voice Actors (FUNimation)
Aaron Dismuke as Twelve
Christopher Bevins as Nine
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Robert McCollum as Shibazaki
Jad Saxton as Lisa Mishima
Jamie Marchi as Five