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Anime: Zankyou No Terror
Pull the trigger on this world.

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.

These two children are publicly known as Arata Kokonoe and Tōji Hisami, two ordinary roommates and new transfer students to their high school. On the day they carry out their plot, Shrinking Violet Lisa Mishima comes across it. When faced with either death or joining them, she chooses to become an accomplice in their efforts.

From Studio MAPPA, Zankyou No Terror (officially titled Terror in Resonance) is a Summer 2014 Anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music composed by Yoko Kanno. The anime is licensed by Funimation in the U.S. and by Madman Entertainment in Australia. Viewers in the U.S. can watch the series legally on Funimation's site while Australian viewers can watch the series on Anime Lab.

This work contains examples of:

  • All According to Plan: Said by Nine during Sphinx's first plot.
  • Anti-Villain: Nine and Twelve seems to be this as part of their agenda.
  • Batman Gambit: Sphinx's bomb plots rely on predicting how people and public services will act after various diversions or threats, usually with the result being that no one is killed.
  • Bland-Name Product: Applied inconsistently. The ever-ubiquitous "Wcdonald's" is present, as well as other knock-offs like "Goodgle" and "Wikipedio", and several unnamed smartphone apps are clearly meant to resemble real-world apps like LINE and Puzzle And Dragons. Some real names, like Tor, Amazon and YouTube, also appear, however.
  • Blatant Lies: "I don't have a cell phone or anything." (Phone rings)
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Nine and Twelve as their MO.
    Twelve: "I'm Number Two, and I love explosions!"
  • Calling Card: "VON" for Sphinx.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: The thermite bomb Kururis trigger the fire alarms, the water from which trigger an even stronger explosion.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Nine plants a bomb in a police station under the guise of a food delivery.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The cover poster is two towers spewing smoke and flames, just in case you were wondering what the show's about.
  • Eureka Moment: Shibazaki solves Sphinx's riddle in episode 3 thanks to his coworker's video game. Happens again in episode 4.
  • Flashback: Nine has one of his past. Also doubles as a Dream Sequence.
  • Gratuitous English: Episode 6 has a part where Five and her team are watching Twelve and Nine at the airport. Five is speaking in English, but her pronunciation is extremely stilted and unnatural, despite the fact that she's supposed to be American. Her cohort Clarence, on the other hand, has an actor who is fluent in English as well as Japanese, making it very jarring.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Zigzagged. Social engineering is an important component as it is in the real world, but the computer side of the hacking is still depicted inaccurately, just more subdued and less "cracker" than generally shown in fiction.
  • Idiot Ball: Held by Nine and Twelve in episode 5. They send a riddle to the police with the primary purpose of making Shibazaki see the connection between everything. Why they still choose to plant a real bomb (whose backup defusal plan fails to boot) instead of a fake one despite the fact that they mentioned they don't want to become mass murderers is anyone's guess.
    • Probably because they didn't want the police to think they didn't want to blow up anyone, which an examination of the disarmed bomb would have revealed.
  • Leitmotif: "Walt" plays during many of Lisa's scenes
  • Meaningful Echo: Episode 1: "Fly high, Lisa!"
    • Episode 4: "Know thyself."
    • Episode 5: "Are you ready?"
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Sphinx's plots are structured so that, despite their destructiveness, nobody is killed. Subverted in that 12 has zero qualms about blowing Lisa to bits if she decides not to join Sphinx.
  • Relocating the Explosion: The Kururi-bomb Twelve gives Lisa is meant to kill her if she doesn't join Sphinx; Nine has her use it to blow a hole in a wall to facilitate her escape.
  • Riddle Me This: The way Sphinx hints at where they place their bombs.
  • Sadistic Choice: You can die where you are, or become an accomplice
  • Scenery Porn: One episode and the animation is already getting overwhelming praise.
  • Scenery Gorn: Scenes of destruction get just as much attention as scenes of beauty.
  • Shout-Out: Episode 4 features a purple-haired send-up of Hatsune Miku.
  • Shown Their Work:
  • Stealth Pun: The Episode Five is introduced in is, of course, episode 5.
  • Teens Are Monsters: There's Arata and Tōji being terrorists, and Lisa's merciless bullies.
  • The New Tens: The show's set in 2014. Particularly in the month of July.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Nine, Twelve, and Lisa.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Episode 7 is 20 minutes of this.
  • You Are Number Six: The names of our resident bomb-throwers are Nine, Twelve and Five.
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