Kids become terrorists to make friends.
A solid show. A good combination of ideas to keep your brain working and action to keep your enthusiasm going.
But it very rarely made me go “Wow! This is awesome!” I can think of one scene which did that (the one on the ferris wheel). It was more of a “Hmmm! This is pretty good!” If I compare it to similar shows involving terrorism, it feels like something is lacking. It doesn’t have a tenth of the thoughtfulness or tension of Monster. Eden of the East had an underlying goofiness which made it much more entertaining. And a show like PSYCHO PASS doesn’t pull its punches with the social criticism aspect.
Compared to PSYCHO PASS, Zankyou no Terror’s political criticism is weak. It never feels like it’s going all out. Half the show consists of the terrorists trying to save lives, for crying out loud… When I saw the promo art of epxloding buildings, I was all excited. Sadly that ended up being irrelevant and the terrorists were Japanese teenagers who couldn’t make friends. Still a cool show, don’t get me wrong, just it could have been much more.
Also, surprisingly, this had some of the best romance in the past year.
- Storytelling – C – Good scene changes and dialogue, but doesn’t excel at any one aspect.
- Voice – B – The animation is distinctive.
- Characters – A – The show’s strongest point.
- Attention Grab – C – A few episodes had me on the edge of my seat, but there were a few where my interest began to wane as well.
- Production – A – I quite like the animation.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Monster, Eden of the East, PSYCHO PASS