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TERROR IN RESONANCE #1 -- Special Review

It's slow, yet it feels... rushed?

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My first thought was about this show’s animation budget, and how it could ever be sustained over a serial. Seriously, those first five minutes with the vandalism run (or was it a smash and grab?) on the research facility was feature film quality. Between the level of lighting effects and rotoscoping applied, it’s just far more rendering on display than you usually see in a weekly show. I can only imagine how much money was burned with that opener.

As for the plot itself…

The prospect of Watanabe and Kanno reuniting is saliva-inducing, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to like this more than I did. I don’t know… a big part of the appeal of a Watanabe show is that he always has a cool sense of humor. Even when COWBOY BEBOP and SAMURAI CHAMPLOO got into headier territory, there was always style. I guess he must just be getting all his jollies out in SPACE DANDY, because this whole thing was just so dour.

Sure, the notion of showing a hero’s journey from the perspective of the ‘others’ who are calling our protag to adventure is an intriguing one. I liked the conceit of these two pseudo-humans having to coach each other on understanding human concepts like bullying so they can fit in. There’s something poignant, too, about an ordinary, picked on girl suddenly being plucked from her miserable life after a huge catastrophe.

But again, the telling of the story is just muddled. You see characters going from Scene C to Scene D, but the connection between two spots isn’t that clear. It honestly felt like they were hurrying to move things along to that big set piece with the exploding building, so you get this odd paradox of a slowy-paced pilot that still feels rushed. It’s almost like Wattanabe is trying to get outside his wheelhouse and make LAIN and, well, he’s falling short of that.

Watch "Falling" and decide for yourself.

YotaruVegetaon July 29, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

Lain? That didn't come to mind while watching this. I did feel that The heist scene felt disconnected to me from the building act because that stolen plutonium will not come into play until the climax of the series.

Lurkeroon July 29, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.

I think terror in Resonance is a 13 episode show so that could explain the pacing. The first episode seemed muddled but it still piqued my interest because I am curious to see how the protagonists are able to elude authorities while still pulling off these kinds of acts. If the plot gets too ridiculous I'll drop off.

Lowon July 30, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.

This is something that piqued my interest quite a bit. I like all the bombs. The explosions and the happy faces.

Marshal Victoryon July 31, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

Show gets deeper as it goes. Course thats what good plots do. But it does not make the bad guys good or good guys bad. Reasons behind all this develop at a good pace.

Regarding the pilot the 1st part ties in later on in the second episode an 3rd episode even more. Not the best way to do things but it builds nicely as it goes.

Also avoid comment sections about this show on video sites etc. Some troll the forums about 9/11 an their heart felt glee over such actions.

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