Terror in Resonance: Episode 5 – “Hide & Seek”

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 becomes an accomplice to their crime in order to save her life.

Episode Five opens with Lisa waking up at Nine and Twelve’s place, and she overhears a conversation they’re having about her. Nine is once again saying that Lisa shouldn’t be there, and chides Twelve for getting too involved. They’re interrupted by a bunch of phones ringing. Apparently, Lisa got a little too curious and started touching things. Lisa, if you can hear that people you know are dangerous are talking about you and one of them doesn’t want you around, you really shouldn’t be touching their stuff because you don’t know what might happen. It turns out that one of the phones is a detonator switch for a bomb that’s inside a nearby fire extinguisher, and she was just lucky that she didn’t accidentally cause the bomb to go off.

Later, Lisa decides to take it on herself to try to cook food for them to try to prove that she’s useful. Unfortunately, Lisa can’t cook and the food tastes awful. Twelve tries to find a silver lining to the bad food, but I don’t think Nine entirely buys it.

Most of the episode, however, focuses on the new riddle Sphinx releases in a video after they plant the fire extinguisher bomb. Surprisingly, this riddle doesn’t focus on the Oedipus story! It has two parts: the first part deals with the police department’s document numbers, while the other part ties in to the Apocalypse of Baruch, which are two pseudepigraphical Jewish texts. I have to say that it was nice to see Sphinx moving away from the Oedpius inspired riddles and using something else instead. I’d never heard of the Apocalypse of Baruch before watching this episode, so it forced me to do some research to find out what it was. Sphinx also says they have until 8 p.m. to solve the riddle; if they don’t, the bomb will go off.

As usual, Shibazaki is able to put all the pieces in place and figures out where the bomb must be hidden. However, when the bomb is found, orders come from higher up not to remove it because the special assault team will take care of it. This bothers Shibazaki, but there’s nothing he can do about it.

Nine becomes concerned when it’s getting close to the deadline and there’s nothing in the media about the bomb being removed. When Twelve tries to deactivate the bomb with the cell phone in order to avoid becoming mass murderers, he sees he’s not getting a signal for the phone; in fact, none of their phones can get a signal. The audience also sees that cell phone signals are out throughout the city. Nine realizes that all the carriers are experiencing simultaneous electromagnetic interference and that it can only be happening because someone is causing it to.

It becomes a race against time as Nine and Twelve try to get on the train and get the bomb…

It really hit me when Twelve made a mention of them becoming mass murderers if the bomb goes off, because I realized that prior to this point, it’d been mentioned that Nine and Twelve had pulled off their bombs in a way to minimize injuries and to not have any fatalities. Their objective isn’t simply random acts of terror, as Shibazaki figures out as he realizes who’s in charge or owns the areas the various bombs had been planted in; they all have a connection to the same non-profit known as the Rising Peace Academy. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that this academy is probably the institution that Nine and Twelve lived in. If I’m right, then it’s a little disappointing that it was that easy to figure out.

We also get to meet a new character in this episode. Her name is Five, and she has a connection to Nine and Twelve from their days in the institution. She’s got computer skills like Nine, and she could end up being a rather dangerous adversary for them, since she knows the two of them.

It looks like the story’s been kicked up a notch, and the game of “cat and mouse” is becoming more intense. There’s a new adversary for Nine and Twelve, it appears that Shibazaki will have to take on the police department again like he did in the past, and Lisa… well, I’m not sure what direction Lisa’s story will go in yet. Of the characters, she still seems to be the least developed and doesn’t appear to have much of a purpose yet. I keep hoping this series will justify Lisa’s being around sooner rather than later.

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