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Zankyou no Terror
Status: Not Yet Airing
Aired: Jul 11, 2014 to ?
Producers: Aniplex, FUNimation EntertainmentL, MAPPA
Genres: Psychological, Thriller
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.
While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn't even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form "Sphinx," a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.
Just watched the first episode, this is pretty much what i wanted Space Dandy to be, which may sound stupid considering the different premises of the two but it is just that i expected a lot more of Dandy considering Watanabe was leading the project.
This was an almost perfectly executed first episode, the pace befitting a 1-cour show, top-notch animation( Kaneko is a veteran, so no surprise there), while the directing is stylistically appealing. The premise is interesting and leaves open a lot of opportunities.
The characters are ok for now, i like Nine whose demeanor is appropriate for the undertaking while also covering a softer side i guess, Twelve is more annoying and a bit mentally retarded (but for some reason, that type is really popular in anime).
Lisa´s involvement may become interesting, i just hope she won´t try to become some kind of moral compass for the other two, that would be lame and disappointing.
Definitely looking forward to the next episode and beyond that.
Not fan of the OP and END, but the show itself is pretty neat.
So we have two antiheroes as the protagonists of this story, who just want to see the world burn it seems.
I wonder why they're doing this though.....has it something to do with the dream that one of them keeps having?
Looking forward to the next episode.
It looks as if the OP and ED are trying to reflect the horror, mystery, and terror, but to me they failed and ended up as "strange" only to an unlikeable level. Doesn't matter, I'll just skip them.
Quite an interesting pilot episode. Yeah, it's rare to see main characters aiming to destroy the world instead of saving it. I'm curious if we will see the group expanded, since it will be hard to do it with only 2-3 people. And they also call themselves Nine and Twelve; I thought they had more friends out there with other numbers. XD But after the dream scene, probably the numbers came from there.
Let's see what other terror they are planning to do~
Terrorsits MCs and a bullied girl, I don't understand her problem with her mother... Good start, nothing special but interesting, the art is excellent and I like the tracks so far, the VA are good too, I have the impression many female VAs sound like KanaHana recently, maybe it's just me.
Better start than I expected, people usually hype up pretty mediocre properties associated with one of the staff member so I was cautiously expecting another terrible work, but was wholly surprised to see a pretty excellent story being told. I think one of the weak links in the story could prevent it from truly shining Lisa's personality is a problem especially to be an accomplice since weve had many characters of similar personalities in such a role that it just feels really unoriginal offering nothing new or interesting. And worst yet could become a stumbling block for the characters who one is trying to move on. Baffling decision by twelve to bring her along in order to help nine move on. Why are outgoing characters never in the accomplice role?
Aimer is the best part of the music force at work with yet another delightful song to tickle our ears with. I cant wait for the full single as well as any other songs associated with it.
Twelve gave best moments and put on the best performance.
^ great bishounen material, no doubt.
Looks like a potentially great show but too early to tell. And no, it's not just you
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For those interested, I took another look at what her mother wrote:
"How is class?
How is class?
Soon time for lunch, right?
Are you getting along well with your friends?
Does the lunch taste good?
Why did you leave so early today?
It’s important to eat your breakfast, you know.
Are you at school yet?
Are you at school yet?"
The one later:
Be careful out there.
Did you eat your lunch?
Did it taste good?
Were you headed to the Tokyo Government Office today? (translator is not sure if "Government Office" is the correct term)
When will you be finished there?
When are you coming home?
Will you be able to come home soon?"
So yep, sounds like your overprotective mother, probably because of past events.
OP and ED were very meh... Certainly not the kind of music I like.
Well apart from that... Teens destroying stuff for a reaosn we don't know yet.
Lisa is afraid of hights or something and was bullied... Her mother spamming her 24/7 didn't help either.
Not sure what to think... Could be a second Coppelion or maybe even something good. Certainly not my favourite show so far.
Very interesting first episode. Although it had the cliche mysterious scene in the beginning before go to a school and transfer students, the main characters are intriguing and all his plan to blast that building is appearently meaningless until now, but they seemed having a very bad past and a reason to do this. Also, their actions were not normal for terrorists, save a person who knew everything they did and somewhat add her in their party suddenly... The word that describes this first episode is intriguing, indeed. That's good, I'm anxious to watch the next episode.
I guess her keeping the phone symbolizes that she hasn't completely given up yet, or still feels connected to her mother (who obviously cares for her, just doing it the wrong way) despite the messages being unpleasant for her.
Terror story part and the two "detectives" were good. Characters were pretty meh. I liked none of them. Not that they were trying to be anything likable, but that wasn't the point. I'm hoping they don't try and make it as sound as if a terror act is justifiable by any sort of past events for "Nine" and "Twelve".
Nine/Hisami is the type of character who appears friendly and unassuming but is actually pretty creepy. It seems as if their "terror" plot doesn't involve getting ordinary civilians involved and their target are buildings that are of significant to them- I could be wrong about this assumption, of course. I wonder if Nine and Twelve are working alone or whether they're part of a larger unit.
I guess Lisa will play the part of the audience where we'll learn more about Nine and Twelve, their goals, their origins, etc. through her point of view.
Minor notes: the OP had a cool animation sequence.
While pretty much of the series has a great quality to it, I'm not sure I want to follow a series with two terrorists as the MCs. It's simply disgusting to me. And I surely am not someone that support the american way of revenge after 9/11, but damn that ruthlessness combined with Hisamis fucked up smile. Lisa describes it as warm, I only see creepy. I hope both of them die a slow, slow death at the end of episode eleven.
Yeah the ending credits are bad, but that voice.
Last edited by Schabrak; July 15, 2014 at 01:00 PM.
^ Well, yeah. Honestly, I don't see how Lisa described it a warm smile. Not saying Nine is a psycho or anything judging by a single episode, but that definitely was a far cry from being a truly gentle smile.
Perhaps Lisa is so fed up with what she has going for her in her own life that even that half-crazed smile was able to lit up a candle of hope in her heart. I guess that's how I'd explain the warmness part.