Terror in Resonance – Anime Review
Synopsis: In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Terror in Resonance offers plenty of thrills, suspense and intrigue. This is bolstered by a number of fun, brain teasing puzzles riddled throughout, allowing viewers to try and figure things out alongside the police as they attempt to halt the rampage of Nine and Twelve, our main characters and active terrorists. Speaking of Nine and Twelve, they’re just a part of a mostly wonderful main cast. Nine and Twelve themselves are both dark characters, yet lovable with a deeper backstory and lively persona that keeps the two likable. Shibazaki, the lead, experienced detective, is another stand out character and is enjoyable to follow as he tries to keep up with Nine and Twelve’s schemes. That said, the show’s lead female character leave much to be desired. I’m namely talking about Lisa, a girl who becomes ‘friends’ with Nine and Twelve. The big trouble is that she offers nothing outside of acting like the series bumbling fool who is an overall detriment to Nine and Twelve’s operation, offering no positives for her presence. It’s her inclusion that takes Terror in Resonance from standing out as an excellent show and drops it down to pretty good.
Linny: Lisa is definitely the weakest link on the show and one that turns Terror in Resonance from a strong psychological thriller to one lacking suspense and charm whenever she’s the center of attention. Lisa’s personality of a troubled and bullied teenager is executed in a manner that makes her come off more annoying than emotionally engaging. It doesn’t help that it soon becomes clear that Lisa is a part of the story solely for the show to have a way to weaken and bring down Nine and Twelve’s plans.
Tom: Lisa offers nothing to the series, besides acting as the sole way in which Nine and Twelve’s plans come tumbling down. It’s something any viewer will see coming from a mile away, or more specifically right from Episode 1’s final moments. Because of this, later episodes become a tad hard to sit through as Lisa is incorporated so heavily in the story, with entire chunks of each episode’s run time devoted to her and her effect on the lives of Nine and Twelve. Otherwise the reveals for Nine and Twelve’s backstory work quite well, and the pay off surrounding that is equally satisfying as it is a solid wrap for the series. But even so Lisa brings even that conclusion down. It’s not just because she’s annoying and useless as a character, but because from the moment she’s introduced, she’s more an obvious plot device than a true character in her own right. She serves no other significant point than to give Nine and Twelve an Achilles heel like weakness and it’s infuriating when you know so blatantly that it’s coming.
Linny: The worst part about disliking Lisa’s character is that as Tom mentioned, the show spends a LOT of time on her, which is truly frustrating as Shibazaki and Nine are so much more engaging and intriguing. Those two feel like the true stars of the show but they never receive the treatment or screen time they deserve. Had they received the amount of screen time that was squandered on Lisa, this show could have been an instant classic, or at the very least, a much more memorable show.
Tom: Ultimately, despite Lisa, Terror in Resonance is a fun watch. It’s perhaps similar to Death Note and other anti-hero tales of people trying to affect the world while staying outside of the Law’s influence. Unfortunately, it doesn’t hold up nearly as well as some of its siblings, thanks almost entirely to the misguided use of Lisa. Despite the damage she does to the series, I’d still recommended Terror in Resonance. It’s a fun series even if it’s highly flawed.
Linny: One could still back Terror in Resonance as a decent watch for someone craving a dark and cerebral show but with a warning that it is most definitely a flawed show. Of course, there’s always a chance that Lisa may not be as annoying a character for you as taste is subjective and thus exponentially raises the chances of your enjoyment. And while it ends on a predictable note, I would still call it a satisfying and apt ending for the series. It even restores some of the show’s charm and makes up a bit for the points it lost thanks to Lisa. So if you’re seeking a show with anti-heroes, Terror in Resonance does about enough to be labelled as one of the more fun picks in its genre.