Singapore, 9 July 2014 – Directed by the legendary Shinichiro Watanabe and renown music composer Yoko Kanno, new anime series Terror in Resonance (残響のテロル Zankyō no Teroru) promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Following the screening event today on 9 July 2014, Terror in Resonance will premiere on ANIPLUS HD on 21 July 2014, every Monday, 11pm. ANIPLUS HD will be simulcasting the series, bringing the anime to South East Asia screens during the same period as Japan, one new episode each week.
ANIPLUS HD is currently available in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.
TERROR IN RESONANCE
Pull The Trigger On This World
Terror in Resonance takes place in an alternate iteration of the present. Tokyo has been hit by a terrorist attack that has decimated the city, spreading paranoia in its wake. The only evidence of the culprits is a mysterious video uploaded to the Internet by terrorist group, Sphinx. Unbeknownst to the authorities, Sphinx are two teenage boys, who go by the names, “Nine” and “Twelve”. They have decided to wake the world up with their heinous plans of death and destruction with their fingers on the trigger.
Shinichiro Watanabe has directed classic anime favourites such as Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope, Samurai Champloo and The Animatrix. Music plays an important role in his works and Terror in Resonance will feature pieces from renown composer, Yoko Kanno. Kanno has provided music for popular anime hits such as Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier, Kids on the Slope and more.
The opening theme song, “Trigger” is by Galileo Galilei’s Yuuki Ozaki. “Dareka, umio”, the ending theme song is by Aimer. Both songs are composed by Kanno.
Kazuto Nakazawa provided character design for Terror in Resonance, his credits includes Samurai Champloo, Ashita no Nadja, Kill Bill Volume 1 and even in Linkin Park’s music video, “Breaking the habit”.
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
Nine is a bright and calm young man who attends the same school as Twelve. His true motive is shrouded in mystery.
Voiced by: Soma Saitou
Twelve has an innocence of a child. He looks to Nine as an older brother and attends the same school as him. He usually works and follows Nine.
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki
Lisa goes to the same school that Nine and Twelve has been transferred into. She is bullied in her class and has problems at home. Since meeting Twelve, her fate takes an unexpected turn.
Interview with Shinichiro Watanabe transcript
(Extracted & translated from Terror in Resonance official site)
Q1: How did the production of ‘Terror in Resonance’ come about?
Shinichiro Watanabe: Recently, there were some external opinions that I was not in the process of any new works from around 2007 until the production of “Kids on the Slope” in 2012. But actually during that period, I intended to produce a new animation and prepared several production plans since I wanted to make a new piece of work. “Terror in Resonance” was planned during that period.
Q2: So during that time, you found a chance to materialise your plan…
Shinichiro Watanabe: Yes. At that time I had a proposal from Fuji Television for the production ‘Kids on the Slope’. So I also brought up the plan of “Terror in Resonance”. Producer Yamamoto Suzuki said, “Let’s not only go through with the production of “Kids on the Slope”, but also consider planning for “Terror in Resonance” as a succeeding original work after that.” Therefore, I finally had a chance to fulfill my dreams.
Q3: Until now, “Terror in Resonance” is known as a blockbuster but there isn’t a specified description of the series. Could you give us any details?
Shinichiro Watanabe: Well…If I should give a description, it’d be best to liken it to foreign dramas. Foreign dramas these days are of a high quality since they have episodes longer than movies. They thoroughly pursuit the entertainment aspect and at the same time, seek in-depth stories and themes. I would like to attract people who are currently interested in foreign dramas.
Q4: A foreign drama?
Shinichiro Watanabe: Well, I will explain my new work as a “24/7 wanted drama” (laugh). A terror occurs in the city of Tokyo and there is a middle-aged detective chasing the terror (laugh). If I explain it like this, it might sound like a kind of joke…but the detective puts in all his efforts in every episode to solve the mysteries given to him by the terrorist group, “SPHINX”. People who like to watch “SHERLOCK” might enjoy watching Terror in Resonance.
Q5: The theme of, “Two boys have started a game, agitating the whole nation”, it is one of the most provocative among your filmographies. What do you think of that?
Shinichiro Watanabe: It is kind of difficult to explain in words. In the case of original works, since the whole producing starts from zero, personal feelings and emotions are reflected. Therefore, it’s not that I make works to provoke the society or express a specific ideal through the work. It’s just the expression of my current emotion and mood.
Q6: If you mention your feelings in your work, would there be any changes between 2007 and now?
Shinichiro Watanabe: It hasn’t changed in its foundation. However, there are changes with regards to how I built up the foundation of this anime. When I first planned this in 2007, I had more focus on the individual characters itself, but now I have widened the viewpoint in order to include the world and environment around the characters.
Q7: How did you arrive to making those changes?
Shinichiro Watanabe: I think it’s not me, myself, but the Japanese society has changed as a whole. The biggest cause is the occurrence of the East Japan Earthquake. At the time, weren’t there many people suddenly talking to their neighbours, whom they have not even exchanged a word before? Even in my case, I also talked to the people working in nearby shops, or a complete stranger whom I would never had an opportunity to talk to if I had not approached him first. Through those conversations, I learned what’s in people’s minds and thoughts. When I was producing the 2007 plan later in 2014, I’d say that aspect of “relationship with people” was added to the work.
Q8: The design of characters was done by Kazuto Nakazawa and the music by Yoko Kanno. Both of them have close relationships with you and have also participated in the making of Terror in Resonance.
Shinichiro Watanabe: Both of them have one thing in common when working with me, which is: I don’t have to give much explanation. If I tell them that, “I want to make it like this”, they understand it instantly and reflect it in their own ways to materialise it. It could be reasonable to say that there aren’t many people who can emotionally understand the niche parts of your thoughts. Of course there are many cases when you have to explain everything from one to ten and can’t get others to understand. Also there is one more thing in common they both have, both of them have strong will to deliver and present their works to as many people as possible. Personally it stimulates me when I am affected by the popularity of two well-known gurus.
Q9: I guess there could also be other reasons for you to work together several times?
Shinichiro Watanabe: Well, that’s true. One thing I’d like to point out is that we have “quick communication”. But there is no one reason that we work together. First is that we feel we want to produce this work and I thought Nakazawa-kun and Kanno-san would be suitable for it. This is not just related to these two people, but I usually ask people to work with me whom I wouldn’t be able to do without. And this time the above two people willingly joined the production of the anime.
Q10: What kind of work will “Terror in Resonance” be? I think there are still so many things to be revealed, so please give us some comments on your end.
Shinichiro Watanabe: Well, I’d like to put it in this way, I think in certain ways this is the work of depicting youth. Youth can be in a way incomplete, immature, and onesided. Therefore, it’s not always a masterpiece. But it has its own attractions. Although it is incomplete and immature, I continue to work thinking that it will be nice to depict the risk, vanity and beauty of youth. Of course there are entertainment factors as well. However, since there is this “youth factor”, I work imagining myself being a teenager again. In a way, therefore, you can upgrade yourself to a new stage. Since a long-term plan has been put into production, I am full of will and eagerness. Please anticipate the series on TV.
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