So, here’s a new segment where I give my first impressions on new TV shows, anime or even book series that I find. These are usually done when the show first comes out or when I see it. I might also expand this to include video game and movie trailers. Actually, yeah, that”s what I’m going to do. I hope you all enjoy.
Anyway, today’s topic is a new series by the ingenious creator of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe. Following that series, and a spiritual successor – Samurai Champloo – he seemed to disappear from the anime world. A bummer, too, because this guy is a MASTER of creating odd stories that you wouldn’t think would make any sense, yet always do. How he does it is anyone’s guess. This new series is no exception.
It is called “Terror in Resonance.” Right out of the gate, this is an intense series that never lets up. Also in the vein of Watanabe’s work, it is such a weird premise that the fact that he makes it work baffles me. The premise of the series follows two terrorists and their unsuspecting and unsettled accomplice as they work to get revenge against the government and police of Tokyo for reasons that are unknown. It is implied that the two boys were victims of some kind of experimentation, but they never say for certain. This series is asking you (and does a good job getting it done) to find two terrorists sympathetic and hoping that they win. Yeah, it’s nuts.
On the technical side, this series has excellent animation. Since it has a real-world setting and real-world characters, it looks the part. The lighting is absolutely flawless, often working to set a scene all on its own. The destruction animation is flawless, almost film-quality. The character models are also very normal, which is unsurprising, coming from Watanabe. He has a habit of making character look like real people. There is absolutely no fan service in this series, with it never losing its dark edge.
As far as the characters go, the voice-work is excellent! Since it is still being released in Japan, there is no dubbed version yet. If they have Steve Blum do the voice of the disillusioned detective who is hunting the two boys, I’ll be over the moon. For real, that would be awesome. The two boys who the series follows are interesting thus far. They have a dark past that they have only just gone into, and I’m eager to see where it goes. Their chronically depressed accomplice is one I hope we get to see more of, as they imply that her role is growing, but we never really see it. The detectives who are hunting the kids are also interesting.
Thus far, I am very much liking this anime. I think it has a lot of potential and I hope we get to see more. It is like a mix of Death Note, terrorism and some neat quips about social media and the Internet. I even saw that Amazon got name-dropped into the series. That’s neat. So yeah, eager to see what’s next.
8 out of 10