Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Review
Terror in Resonance Episode 1 Review
The show I’ve been very keenly looking forward to is finally here. Along with Aldnoah.Zero, this is the other show I am hoping that will do well since they’re both originals. Adaptations are nice and all, but sometimes, originals can spice up the seasons quite nicely. It looks like Zankyou no Terror will do just that.
Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Impressions
Let’s first talk about the two main characters, Twelve and Nine, or Toji Hisami¬†and Kokonoe Arata. One of the most apparent ideas presented in this first episode is the contrast between the two characters. Lisa describes Hisami’s smile like¬†“a smile like the sun on a hot summer day,” while she¬†describes Arata’s look to be “with eyes like ice.” Not only do these descriptions symbolize their personality, they also symbolize the two different ways of dealing with their past. From what we know so far, they probably escaped from an institution that probably experimented on them or something along those lines. While the two of them managed to escape, they couldn’t save anyone else. We can guess that the two knew the other children from the institution well, and the event still haunts Arata¬†to this day. For Hisami, he deals with his past by always putting on a smiling face. For Arata, he distances himself from the situation and stoically deals with it. You can see a few instances of this in this episode when Arata¬†tells Hisami¬†not to stand out and not to meddle with other people’s affairs while Hisami¬†just nonchalantly jumps right into them. While the contrast is clear, there is also one similarity that I think exists between the two. Whether it’s Hisami’s smile or Arata’s icy eyes, they seem like facades created by the two to deal with their past. When people go through horrific ordeals, they have to emotionally stabilize themselves somehow, and this is how these two do just that. But the question is, even if we consider them to be facades, if Arata¬†and Hisami¬†have put them up¬†for so long, is it even a facade anymore? Don’t they become the facade? What would¬†they be like if they didn’t go through what they went through in the institution?
Then, we have Mishima Lisa. After being bullied with no support from anyone, she can only be pushed along by other people’s wills. That is, until Hisami¬†and Arata¬†enter her life. At the end of the episode, she takes a leap of faith. A jump she couldn’t do before is a jump she can do now with the help of the two. Unlike when the bullies pushed her along, she makes the jump on her own accord. While the other two gave her the opportunity, and it is only through this opportunity that she can take this leap, it’s ultimately her who decides to take this opportunity. We know that her life will drastically change from now, but she’s not going to be the only one who’ll change now that she’s become an accomplice. Lisa is the wild card in this anime. We have no idea how she’s going to react to what they’re doing, but it’s reasonable to assume that she will probably be the catalyst for change within Hisami and Arata. You have to also wonder how she’s¬†going to view their acts of terrorism. Like us, she’ll probably question the reason behind their actions which will make her a gateway through which we learn about their motivations, and other themes that this anime will tackle. How will Lisa change the two? How will the two change Lisa? What will their acts lead the world to believe? For what reasons do they do such things? Will their acts change the world? Soon, all the answers will appear in front of us.
Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Impressions
I’m honestly very content that the first episode of both Aldnoah.Zero and Zankyou no Terror ended up living up to my expectations. Both first episodes got off to explosive starts each building up the characters, story, background, and so on gradually.¬†Everything from the pacing, the build up to¬†the building’s destruction, the animation direction, the visuals, and the flow of the episode are all very well done. I’m still a bit worried about¬†how the darker parts of the anime will be executed since it’s difficult to make them seem meaningful rather than excessive in one way or another. It’ll be interesting to see how Lisa will affect the show since her addition could either be a good thing or a bad thing as she adds that element of unexpectedness to the show. Arata¬†and Hisami’s plans have so far been absolutely perfectly executed. With her now joining them, it may give that little bit of uncertainty that makes the show that much more thrilling. Though, having her screw them over due to her incompetence or having her spouting her own moral philosophies could very well ruin things as well. It’s a difficult balance to maintain, and her involvement will be one of the major aspects that could make or break the show. There’s also the problem of addressing the reasoning behind the acts of terrorism, whether the characters will face worthy adversity,¬†how the world will respond to their actions, whether thematic messages are relevant and meaningful (this is especially important since it’s about terrorism), and so on. This introductory episode is great, but the real challenge will come a bit later when this anime truly dives into the aforementioned ideas. Hopefully, it can keep it up.