YMMV: Zankyou No Terror

  • Awesome Music: Zankyou No Terror opens up with the haunting "Trigger" by Yuuki Ozaki (from Galileo Galilei).
    • "Alois" being played (The second half at least) when Sphinx seizes the nuclear bomb in Aomori.
    • "is (feat. POP ETC)", the song from the motorcycle scene near the end of Episode 4, is a notable one.
    • Then there's "von (feat. Arnór Dan)" from Episode 9's Ferris Wheel scene.
    • The song used at the end of the final episode, "Bless (feat. Arnór Dan)" is another memorable song from the soundtrack, especially when heard in context.
  • Awesome Animation: The animation is very fluid and detailed. Notable in the aforementioned motorcycle scene.
    • The show does a lot of camera tricks not normally seen in animation in general, like blurring for field of depth. This gives it a much more live-action look.
  • Broken Base: On the anime as a whole really. It has received as much praise for it's animation and music quality as it has criticism for bad writing and characters.
  • Deus ex Machina: Pretty much every deduction by Shibazaki hinges on this in some form. Example: see the entry under Eureka Moment. For another example, he gave the answer to the Oedipus riddle through a phone conversation with no explanation of how he knew the riddle.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Shinichiro Watanabe was quite aware that a show about terrorist attacks in a contemporary metropolitan environment would resonate with American audiences. The first two episodes of the show were given an exclusive premiere at Anime Expo 2014 (complete with a special video message from Watanabe himself), a full week before it even started airing on Japanese TV.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: It's debatable if it is intentional or just plain coincidence, but Episode 9 airs on 9/11/2014.
    • Most likely unintentional, since said episode airs on 9/12/2014 in Japan.
  • Rewatch Bonus: It seems at first that the terror targets don't make sense since Sphinx had wanted to take out the conspirators behind the Athena Plan such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building or the Roppongi Police Station. Later on, Shibazaki reads up on the profiles of the Governor of Tokyo and the chief of the station. That same scene also mentions that those two were also involved with the Rising Peace Academy's activities.
  • The Scrappy:
    • A sizable contingent sees Five as a detriment to the plot, and associate her introduction with a fairly realistic terrorism drama featuring morally ambiguous protagonists and antagonists suddenly turning into a Death Note-style battle of wits against a cartoonishly villainous rival archetype.
    • For some people, Lisa Mishima counts for being completely useless.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending. Twelve is shot and killed and Nine quickly dies after.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Five's fixation on beauty, with her wearing jewelry, nice clothes, and a noticeable amount of makeup. As explained here, many feminist scholars have argued for years that the constant association of these character traits with villains leads to many of the negative stereotypes we have of women and men who work hard to maintain their looks.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: A group of fans just find Lisa Mishima unlikeable, in part because of her personality, and in part because she has not really added anything to the main plot.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The entire story can be read as a subtle Take That to the recent changes (as of 2014) the Japanese political system is experiencing under the Liberal Democratic Party, such as the willingness to change Article 9 to redefine what the Self-Defense Forces can or cannot do, while it tackles the question on whether the JSDF should have nuclear weapons to defend itself from attacks perpetrated by rogue states or state-sponsored terrorists who launch attacks against Japanese interests. The way the FBI operates in Japan is also a criticism of Japan's willingness to cooperate with the West (and specifically, of how Japanese foreign policy is overly dependent on America), never mind that the task force is led by a psychopathic agent with a questionable past. Some of the comments made by Shibazaki regarding Sphinx's possible status as Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters is a reference in the 1960s-1980s when leftist groups conducted violent attacks against law enforcement and corporations and at the time, were seen as heroic figures for standing up to their abusive ways.
    • That said, Shinichiro Watanabe's special video message at Anime Expo 2014 told us this anime was a story he had been wanting to do for a long time, several years in fact, so while some of the above is definitely intended, some of it may have been simple coincidence.