Terror in Resonance: Episode 2 – “Call & Response”

Terror in Resonance focuses on two teenagers who are also terrorists known as Sphinx: Arata Kokonoe (who is also known by the name Nine) and Toji Hisami (who is also known by the name Twelve). We first see them stealing plutonium from a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in Aomori, Japan. The story then skips ahead in time six months, and the two of them attack a Tokyo government office. Lisa Mishima, a girl in Twelve’s class, ends up being at the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up having to become an accomplice to their crime in order to save her life.

Early on in Episode Two, there’s a lengthy scene that takes place during a briefing at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building Bombing Response Headquarters. Various departments give their reports, which includes that fact that there were no casualties and only 27 minor injuries, the fact that the IP address that posted the online video can’t be tracked due to how they uploaded it, and hypotheses of how they managed to melt the “super pillars” holding the structure up in order to make the building collapse.

We then see Nine disguised as a curry delivery driver, and that he goes into the Roppongi Police Station and claims to have a delivery. He’s allowed to enter without being checked, and no police officers that he passes stop him. Nine gets to where he wants to go in the building, sets up a bomb, and then leaves.

Sphinx releases a new video, which includes a riddle for the police to figure out where the next bomb is: “What first walks on two legs, then on four legs, and finally on three legs. If you solve the riddle, then the next bomb is yours!” After doing some thinking and research, the police come to the conclusion it’s a reference to one version of the story of Oedipus, and they use the numbers as an address. They find a location that they think is where the bomb is, and the police send a lot of their resources to that location.

Meanwhile, Lisa is looking at a manga telling of the Oedipus story in a bookstore, and Twelve comes up to her. She hides the book so he can’t see what it is. During a conversation, Twelve tells Lisa that she’s an accomplice, but that she’s not one of them; also, if she makes one false move, he’ll kill her.

Shibazaki figures out that the riddle is referring to another version of the Oedipus story, and just finishes telling Dirtector Kurahashi on the phone when an explosion takes place at the Roppongi Police Station…

Admittedly, the early part of the episode was a little on the dry and boring side with the lengthy scene at the briefing. It’s important because some explanation is provided in that scene, but it took a while. However, once the episode makes it past this scene, the pacing is a lot better.

I really enjoyed seeing how the main story of the episode was able to incorporate the story of Oedipus into it. Not only was the riddle borrowed from there, but there’s a bit of explanation of the story provided to help explain the riddle. Who says that anime can’t educate viewers?

I feel really bad for Lisa. We learn in this episode that her mother is very clingy because Lisa’s father ran out on her; she also has a fear that Lisa will run off, too. On the one hand, I’m relieved to see that Nine and Twelve don’t consider Lisa to be part of their group, but on the other, she has to watch what she says and does now that Twelve has threatened to kill her if she makes a false move. Talk about walking on eggshells!

And at the end of the episode, it was also made clear that Director Kurahashi wants Shibazaki to return to the force instead of continuing to work in the archives. We don’t see Shibazaki’s answer to this, but I suspect he’ll agree to do it. My guess is that Shibazaki will be the main character who will be trying to figure out what Sphinx is up to and try to keep these attacks from happening.

Even with the boring scene early on in Episode Two, I still found myself enjoying this episode overall. I’m curious to see Episode Three in order to find out what Sphinx will try next, whether Shibazaki rejoins the police force, and what will happen to Lisa.

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