This anime series is as dark as any gritty Hollywood drama as it follows two young men terrorizing Japan.
Hope, cynicism, international politics, militarizing Japan, post-World War II, and post-9/11: the anime series Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror), directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, could not be made at a different time and have the same impact it does.
The story begins with two boys shocking Japan with a terrorist bombing six months after they stole a plutonium bomb from a nuclear facility. Calling themselves Sphinx, the two boys say Tokyo will be enveloped in darkness and sparks. The 11-episode series follows the two terrorists and challenges the audience to empathize with them... which isn't always easy.
If this sounds like an interesting conceit, you can watch Terror in Resonance online. Though the show hasn't been broadcast in the U.S., it is available to watch on FUNimation and Hulu with English subtitles.
Otherwise, read on for our full review of the show's first season -- though, be warned, spoilers follow.