Zankyou no Terror – Anime Series Review

Zankyou No Terror Featured Image Zankyou no Terror, otherwise known as Terror in Resonance, is an anime with a much different focus than that of other shows. This is a show which is based around the theme of terrorism but it’s not only the fact that this theme is seemingly different than that of others that makes it stand out, but it’s the execution that really makes the show seem like a piece of art. The visuals, the sounds, the characters, there just seems to be a lot of attention to detail. The show itself spans 11 episodes and aired towards the later stages of the summer of 2014. Shinichirō Watanabe, who has in the past done much loved shows such as Cowboy Bebop, worked together with Yoko Kano and Studio Mappa, to produce something that can only really be called a piece of art.


Zankyou no Terror’s story revolves around two mysterious teens, who don’t actually have real names but are instead referred to as Nine and Twelve. During the opening of the show, these two are shown to break into a high-security (clearly not) nuclear facility where they steal plutonium. Then, half a year later, these same people call themselves “Sphinx” and carry out a series of terrorist activities around Tokyo, which mainly involves blowing stuff up. One girl, Mishima, is caught up in their antics and as one thing leads to another, she eventually “joins” Sphinx, although quite willingly so. From here on the story is focused upon the cat and mouse chase between the police force and Sphinx, although the story is not without its own twists.

The characters in this show all seem to have some sort of substantial backstory and Zankyou no Terror seems to have got the balancing more or less right, from the number of characters to the amount of depth each has. Nine and Twelve are interesting in the fact that they are both quite intelligent and quick thinkers, often seeing through problems in a matter of seconds. However these teens also have their distinct differences. Nine is seemingly the more serious of the two, he wears spectacles and has that typical cold look in his eyes you’d expect from characters of his type. He seems like the more technical and smarter of the pair as well and prefers to sit by his desk and control things from the background. Twelve is more flamboyant and prefers to get out and about on his motorbike, often getting his hands dirty doing all the nitty-gritty work. He is certainly the more cheerful of the two and seems to be most at ease when tossing around grenades or smoke bombs. Mishima on the other hand, is a slightly frustrating character, although the bullying she has had to deal with and her parents’ divorce make her actions understandable. She is very timid and shy, however the way her life has unfolded and the situations she has had to face, mean that in the end she decides to join Sphinx, mostly due to her search of another life-albeit perhaps not her best life choice. The fact she is a little bit indecisive and can’t quite seem to place herself as either one of good or bad, can get a little bit annoying at times, but once again, is understandable. Initially she wasn’t a character I was particularly fond off, despite feeling sorry for her. Although by the end, I had come to terms with her mannerisms and found she had grown as a character, which was pleasant.

Now, the plot of this how is what is gripping. The fact is that Nine and Twelve, who some may find likeable, are still terrorists and are causing damage to society, of course someone needs to stop them. However their antics never actually ever kill anyone and hence their aims are not always clear. This mystery over what their actual aim was, kept me interested. I didn’t particularly dislike the two of them and as the show went on, they actually grew on me. Now don’t get me wrong, their actions aren’t the sort that can really be justified but as you slowly realise where the show is headed, your perceptions start to change. Their past is a key to the way they behave, they both are often shown to have visions and nightmares from the past. Upon analysis, if their aim isn’t actually to kill anyone, then what is it? This question will keep you gripped until the end, which has a series of twists and turns which you have to go through to get there.

The whole show was extremely beautiful and visually pleasing. There were some scenes that you would have thought came out of a high-budget animation movie. The colours and the way they were blended in the realistic reconstruction of Tokyo meant you could look around during scenes and pick up various little details here and there. The explosions, the people, the constructions, most things down to the finer details, everything just looked stunning and I would say hats off to the producer for making the show look this good. The music was also perfectly moulded in with the show, the electronic sounds, the low grumblings, the sound effects, they all helped to set the mood for each scene and complemented the way the story was being told. Even the OPs and EDs were quite good in my opinion, albeit a little unsettling due to the fact they tried to bring out the main theme in the show- of mystery and fear.

Overall, the show was a pleasing tale to witness. The bad guys weren’t immediately marked out as wholly bad and sometimes you found yourself pondering over questions about what is really good and bad? Can they really justify their actions? (That applied to most characters, not just Nine and Twelve). While the story is not perfect, it’s quite hard to be entirely on point with such a genre anyway, by the end of it you will feel like you have witnessed something quite different- and that’s in a good way. In the end, it’s not just the plot or the characters, but the visuals too, which add to the experience and you will feel as if this wasn’t just a brief 11-episodes, but a piece of art with minor imperfections here and there. It certainly promises to be a good, thought-provoking watch.

Story: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Music: 9/10
Animation: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8.5/10

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