In the weekend that just past, I had the opportunity to go to Anime Expo, over in LA – and I had quite the marvelous time. I’ll talk more about some of the things I got to see while I was there in later articles, but in this article, I want to talk about a show that I got a chance to watch while I was over there: Terror in Resonance.
In case you guys don’t know about the show, it’s the new show that was done by the same team that did Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo; directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and character designs by Kazuto Nakazawa, with music done by Yoko Kanno. And yet, this is so very different from either of those two shows.
Here’s the second trailer — which gives a good idea of what the show is about, in case you haven’t seen it yet:
Having been able to see not just the first episode, but the first two episodes at Anime Expo (thanks to our friends at Funimation), I have to admit that it’s an anime that’s quite brilliant. Putting the main two male leads in the role of terrorists – something that is so stigmatized – is something that would be hard to pull off, especially to keep the audience enthralled and invested in the characters. And perhaps, without the introduction of Lisa to the group, it would be a lot harder. Due to the fact that we have Lisa as our introduction character, it makes it a lot easier to get involved in.
One of the most amazing parts is how laden with symbolism it is. Each of the episode titles refers to some element or symbol in the episode that’s highly important, and touches upon said symbol many times throughout that episode, in deeper ways than just physical. The first episode, for example, is entitled “Falling” – and chronicles the fall that Lisa experiences as she joins the terrorists.
Speaking of the characters, they’re one of the most fascinating pieces of the show. Lisa appears to be a loner, cast out of society by bullies at her school, and in the midst of a broken home. So when she’s given the choice to die or become an accomplice – the most relationship she’s received, and has been offered, in a long time – of course, she chooses the latter. Meanwhile, the two male leads, named just Nine and Twelve, are mysterious in their own way. One of them being a quiet genius, while the other being an outgoing psychopath. They appear to have a lot of questions surrounding them, which I have my own theories about, but I’ll let you guys make your own.
Kanno does a really amazing job with the music, to the point where I’m lamenting the fact that I don’t have the soundtrack as I write up this review now. One of the most interesting things was a director’s note they showed us before the episodes; in which Watanabe mentioned that this was a show that he’d wanted to do for a long time. Which does nothing but make me more excited about the rest of this show.
It’s going to be a great adventure, one I’ve been waiting for since it was announced. I hope you are too!