Terror in Resonance: Episode 6 – “Ready or Not”

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 Six sees the usual briefing of law enforcement, with their briefing being about the subway bombing that took place in Episode Five. But something different happens at the end of the briefing: an announcement is made that the American government offered to help with the investigation, and they are now receiving assistance from the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. It’s also stressed that their requests take top priority.

Five, the woman who had been with Nine and Twelve at the institution, is involved with this group. She’s a researcher who’s been dispatched from an organization called NEST. As we see, she makes it clear that she thinks the Japanese police’s handling of this case is a major joke. As the episode goes on, it also becomes very clear that Five is only involved so she can target Nine and Twelve and doesn’t really care about anything else in regards to the case. Five seems to be a bit off-balance, and I can see why Nine and Twelve consider her to be a threat.

Speaking of Nine and Twelve, they’re caught off-guard when Sphinx sends out a new message, because they weren’t the ones who sent it. I’d figured out before Nine said anything that Five must have been behind this new message in order to trap the real Sphinx. After figuring out where Five hid the bomb, they risk getting caught if they go to get the bomb or they risk being branded as mass murderers if the bomb goes off and kills people.

And with this storyline, Lisa finally becomes important to the story! Lisa’s been trying to find a way to fit in with Nine and Twelve, and Twelve comes up with the idea of using Lisa as a face that Five isn’t familiar with. After initially being resistant to the idea, Nine comes up with a plan that includes Lisa. Hopefully Lisa won’t end up getting in over her head by becoming more involved in what Nine and Twelve are doing.

In addition to all of this, Shibazaki suspects that the message from Sphinx really isn’t from them. As he figures this out, he and his men are told to stay put for this case, because the superintendent general will have the bomb removal team take care of removing the bomb. Of course, this doesn’t go over well with Shibazaki, and he tries to sneak out to look into this case on his own. Surprisingly, some of his men decide they want to buck orders as well and go with him. As I see Shibazaki continually trying to act as a “lone wolf,” I’m really afraid something bad is going to happen to him before the end of the series because he’ll cross someone that he shouldn’t.

Right at the end of the episode, Five has set up a game for Nine and Twelve to play at the location where the bomb’s at, and she seems to be modeling what she’s doing on a chess game. The episode ends with the two of them starting into this game, which is a departure for this series. Prior to Episode Six, the riddle, the solving of the riddle and the aftermath of solving the riddle have all taken place over the course of one episode. This is the first story for Terror in Resonance that will span at least two episodes. I’m thinking that this was done to show that the ante has been upped and that the situation has gotten to the point where it’s spiraled out of Nine and Twelve’s control.

At this point in the series, I’m wondering if I should truly be rooting for anybody. Nine and Twelve are the main characters, but can I truly root for them with what they’ve done up to this point? Five may be affiliated with the authorities, but she’s only out for her own interests, so I can’t root for her, either. Lisa hasn’t done much up to this point, so I can’t really root for her. Perhaps I should be rooting for Shibazaki since he seems to be the closest person to a “good guy” in this series.

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