Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 (FIRST IMPRESSIONS) – Psychological thriller

Zankyou no Terror
It begins.

Terrorizing Tokyo.
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.

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Impressions

Toji Hisami

Let’s go.

It’s time.

JUST GIVE ME A SECOND AND DO SOME PAINTING.

I can’t wait to see what they do with this.

It’s okay, he can’t aim anyways.

TOO CLOSE.

Terror in Resonance twelve and nine

REKTNOOBSGOMLL2PGGF@GGOTSWE’REOUTTAHEREEATSOMESNOWJAJAJA.

I SEE WHAT THEY DID THAR.

Oh don’t worry. She will.

Alright, so you can just take off your clothes and let us all confirm whether this fact is actually true or not-

Mishima Lisa

N-N-No?…
O-Okay…

BITCHES GET ON MY LEVEL.

as his pantsu flew in the air before me and I knew I was looking at a trap.

Kokonoe Arata ice eyes

He’s probably just thinking about your pantsu.

THANKS MAL.
NICE JOB WITH THE NAMES.

They can’t detect the voice and do some fancy shit to catch them?

Bitches pls my phone is reserved for my pantsu princess.
Except for the girl on the left.
She can have my other number and we can inspect your pantsu for security purposeskthx.

So he’s the type to spam.

WHY HELLO THERE MIKE ROSS.

Yeah, keep your pantsu clean.
He’s gotta sniff it tonigh-

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Fucking toilet ate it all.

STAY DEAD, MIRAI.

Zankyou no Terror anime

MFW WAKING UP FROM KnK NIGHTMARE.

Plsno.
Don’t save the Mirai.

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?!

Ok.

WISH GRANTED.

Toji Hisami twelve

DAT SNEAKY LOOK.

jajajajajajajajaja

Kokonoe Arata terrorist

Bitches can’t get my number.

WHY YOU NO SAY “KEIKAKU?!”
THERE CAN BE NO DOORI WITHOUT KEIKAKU.

:333333333333333333333
No, those are not butt cheeks.
Or maybe those cute toys are more lewd than I thought :3

It begins.

NONONONONONONO.
NOMIRAI.
NOMIRAI.
DON’T MAKE ME RELIVE THAT NIGHTMARE.

BECOME A TERRORIST.

Mmm those lips-
NICE
ANIMATIONS.
RIGHT.

Toji Hisami biking

YFW YOU’LL NEVER NONCHALANTLY DO ALL THAT SHIT I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO BEGIN TO DESCRIBE.



Committing suicide 101.

Toji Hisami terrorist

SUICIDE CONTROL.

Mishima Lisa jumps

CAUSE I FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL

9/11.

That’s what I rate the show.

Zankyou anime 9/11

Good stuff.

SO COOL
IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

Mishima Lisa accomplice

YFW YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE WITH TWO BADASSES THAT WILL PROBABLY USE YOUR PANTSU AS A MEAT SHIELD.

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.

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  • Some1

    I love how the music and the animation blended well to create the mood for the story. I love how they left they used little dialouge but still managed to explain everything without overloading your brain. But wow. That suprised me.

  • sonicsenryaku

    Im really glad you caught the connection between her jump from the crumbling building and how it related to her on the diving board at the beginning of the ep (and here i thought i was reading to much into it..then again this is watanabe-san so everything is done meticulously). As premieres goes, this ended up being my favorite. i love psychological thrillers (Serial experiments lain is my number 1 anime afterall) and i feel like i am the right kind of audience for this series. I wrote this about three weeks before the summer season started and its kind of scary how eerily close the plot seems to be following my prediction:

    “All the ingredients are there to tell a coherent, heart-pulsing story that im assuming is going to be a sort of social commentary of the state of tokyo and Japan in general. My guess on how things go down is you’ve got these three main characters, two of which have a hand in the terror that has struck tokyo and the girl caught between supporting them or stopping them. Her reasons for supporting them may stem from her stressful house life as well as the serious amount of bullying that she has suffered throughout her childhood to make her want to see society “get what it deserves”. But as she watches what the two boys (and whatever organization they are a part of assuming they are not alone in this) bring despair to others, she realizes that their terrorist acts are the exact same thing she loathes (perhaps drawing parallels to bullying) and attempts to coerce them to stop, putting her relationship with them on thin ice. I think the combination of police investigation, social commentary, and gripping human drama (hopefully, watanabe is good at that after all), if all done well, could make this series one to remember….and temporarily restore noitamina’s honor”.

    Let’s see if that ends up being the case? do you think you might blog this, Aldnoah, and Akame ga kill regularly? I can see those being the three series you’d want to stick with as you’d have plenty to say about two of them :)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Interesting guess. It may be something close to that.

      If there are things that I want to talk about, then I’ll blog almost any show. I’ll review Akame ga Kill during critical parts, and I know what those parts are since I read the manga. As for Aldnoah.Zero and Zankyou no Terror, it depends on the material. There should be a decent amount of reviews for all of them by the end of the season though as they are shows that one can talk at decent length about.

  • Yatogami

    Unrelated question. When you said KnK in one of your pictures were you referring to Kyoukai no Kanata or Kara no Kyoukai?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Kyoukai no Kanata.

      • TurriPi

        I thought it was implied we would never speak of that name again.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Uhh…

          Well…

          Kyoukai no a shit?

          :D?

          • TurriPi

            :D

  • EvilNemesis

    Very good first episode all around. Good soundtrack, good animation, good introduction the terrorists without delving too much.

    I guess EP 2 will feature more of this ex-detective ( probably demoted because he doesn’t follow rules, even though he’s probably pretty good of a detective ).

    I suppose he may or may not be part of the anti-terrorist task force that is going to pop up after this episode.

    Just like you, I think the girl’s unforeseen involvement with them will cause their psych to shift a little and may cause problems in their “perfect” plan they have cooked up.

    Are we going to witness a Death Note V2.0 in which the “intelligent” protagonist will finish up dead / caught with their objective ultimately unfinished?

    Will good triumph over evil? I suppose it will since this is Japan, society is always more important than the individual.

  • niknasr

    Hm, it was a satisfying episode to say the least, I didn’t read the synopsis nor do I read anything that related to this anime, except the genre, it stay true to its genre and doing a good job while at it, animation and direction also flow smoothly based on the 1st episode.. all in all it is a solid “good” rating from me.. Btw, Have you watched Hanayamata? That series have potential.. I hope it just didn’t drag out like Isshuukan Friends..

  • KHfanboy

    Hey, have you been keeping tabs on Captain Earth? I know it started getting pretty lame around episode 6 but the last 5-6 episodes have really picked up the pace. Its like I’m watching Majestic Prince all over again.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Nope. I dropped it quite some time back. I doubt I’ll pick it up again unless the reviews turn out to be fairly positive overall by the end.

  • gustave154

    this and aldnoah zero might end up being the best animes of this season.
    i am sooo aboard the hype train.

  • Espurr

    Mike Ross from Suits?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep.

  • Bipasha

    Heh. Always a fan of the captioned screenshots. Expecting a Light Yagami-esque character, tho I only just begun the anime. Good rev, and it’s one heck of a blog you’ve got here.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you!

      Just a warning though. The rest of the season isn’t as good as this episode. Just my opinion, but I think it really falls flat in a lot of places and goes downhill from this episode onwards. I guess I’m trying to say that you shouldn’t hope for too much from this anime.

      • Abdul Khader

        your comments are Tatsuya LIKE lol
        i looked at you with the recommendation by Sin

        i really loved every post youve made xD

        every photo comments you’ve made i loved it

        keep up the good work brother :3