Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
January 27, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Terror in Resonance” is a riveting anime series that is unique and unpredictable from beginning to end. If you are looking for a shorter anime series with wonderful animation and a captivating storyline, “Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” is recommended!
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TITLE: Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series
ANIME RELEASE DATE: 2014
DURATION: Episodes 1-11 (275 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16×9), Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Script by Hiroshi Seko, Jun Kumagai, Kenta Ihara, Shoten Yano
Music by Yoko Kanno
Original Concept by Shinichiro Watanabe
Character Design by Kazuto Nakazawa
Art Director: Hidetoshi Kaneko
Mecha Design by Shinobu Tsuneki
Anime Production: MAPPA
Featuring the following voice talent:
Atsumi Tanezaki/Jad Saxton as Lisa Mishima
Kaito Ishikawa/Christopher Bevins as Arata ‘Nine’ Kokonoe
Sōma Saitō/Aaron Dismuke as Toji ‘Twelve’ Hisami
Megumi Han/Jamie Marchi as Five
Shunsuke Sakuya/Robert McCollum as Shibazaki
Legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe and famed composer Yoko Kanno are back with the suspense-filled intellectual thriller, Terror in Resonance!
Tokyo has just 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 teens who shouldn’t even exist masterfully carry out their heinous plan. A determined detective is hot on the culprit’s heels, but to catch them he must navigate a tangled web of riddles and false leads. Can he stop them before they carry out their plan to wake the world from its slumber – and pull the trigger on this world?
From “Cowboy Bebop” and “Macross Plus” director Shinichiro Watanabe comes “Terror in Resonance” (Zankyou no Teroru).
Featuring an all-star creative cast which includes music by Yoko Kanno ( “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, “Macross 7”, “Aquarion”, “Cowboy Bebop”), character designs by Kazuto Nakazawa (“Ashita no Nadja”, “Hells”, “The Heroic Legend of Arslan”, “House of Five Leaves”) and art direction by Hidetoshi Kaneko (“Battle Angel”, “Devil Hunter Yohko”, “Black Lagoon”, “Record of Lodoss War”) with anime production courtesy of MAPPA (“Kids on the Slope”, “Garo: The Animation”, “Ushio and Tora”).
The 11-episode anime series aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block from July through September 2014 and will be released by FUNimation on Blu-ray and DVD in January 2016.
The series begins with a terrorist attack in Tokyo and video of the two responsible causing fear throughout Japan.
The terrorist group Sphinx consists of the stoic Nine and the childish Twelve want nothing more than to wake people up from their slumber and pull the trigger. What the two didn’t expect is having a high school girl named Lisa Mishima becoming part of their group.
Meanwhile, Kenjiro Shibazaki of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is doing all he can to prevent more of the Sphinx terrorists attacks in Tokyo, with help from an American FBI government agent known as Five, who may have a connection to Nine and Twelve.
“Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The animation is vibrant and quite detailed, especially the art backgrounds. While the character designs featuring a style different from what you see in other anime series, the detailed art backgrounds lend to the wonderful look and feel to the anime series. I didn’t notice any banding issues or artifacts during my viewing of the series.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese DolbyTrueHD 2.0. As one can expect, the anime series’ lossless soundtrack is much better in English due to the 5.1 soundtrack. But the Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 soundtrack sounds very good considering it’s just a stereo soundtrack. Both series are well acted and I have to give credit to Jad Saxton who does her best performance to date as the emotional Lisa Mishima.
Subtitles are in English.
“Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” features the following special features:
- Episode 1 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with English dub voice talents: Christopher Bevins, Aaron Dismuke and Jad Saxton.
- Textless OP & ED
“Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the TV series.
With a lot of media turning its attention to the acts of extremists and terrorism, the anime series “Terror in Resonance” focuses on various storylines and perspectives.
The main characters are Five and Twelve, young terrorists known as “Sphinx” who have been blowing up buildings in Tokyo and causing fear and panic in Japan. Having run into a teenage girl named Lisa (who has been bullied in high school and also having to deal with her unruly mother, because she finds out the identities of the two terrorists, she has a choice to join them or die. Of course, Lisa chooses the former and becomes part of “Sphinx”.
Meanwhile, on the police end, we are introduced to Kenjiro Shibazaki of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Deparment and used to be one of the top members of the investigations division. But now, demoted to the records division.
When the terrorist attacks begin, Shibazaki’s associate asks him to return to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, as they need his skills to catch the two terrorists and prevent them from creating more attacks in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, another group, the American FBI sends in their operative Five to go to Japan as part of her duties with NEST and help out the terrorist attack investigations. But it appears that Five has her own reasons of wanting to catch Five and Twelve. Why is she causing problem for both of them?
For a short anime series, “Terror in Resonance” is an intriguing storyline, especially when we start to hear about the “Athena Project” and also learn more about why Five and Twelve are determined on doing what they do.
Animation is wonderful and the art backgrounds are highly detailed and are gorgeous to look at. The Blu-ray release features vibrant illustrations. Like other FUNimation animation on Blu-ray releases, because the English dub receives a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, there is much better use of the surround channels. While the Japanese soundtrack, like most Japanese anime TV series are in stereo. As for special features, “Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” comes with an episode commentary, U.S. trailer and trailers.
Overall, “Terror in Resonance” is a riveting anime series that is unique and unpredictable from beginning to end. If you are looking for a shorter anime series with wonderful animation and a captivating storyline, “Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series” is recommended!
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