Zankyou no Terror Episode 5 Notes – Pulling the Rug

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

Last episode made it pretty clear, the riddles don’t matter as much in and of themselves, it’s the same situation as House M.D. – the riddles are there to create tension. Shibazaki is a mirror image of Nine and Twelve, he wants to be like them, but he already is – both sides only gain validity via the other.

Nine and Twelve used Shibazaki in their riddle, they’re reaching across, they’re connecting. And likewise, Lisa is making contact as well.

Screenshot album.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Homecoming:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance anime episode 5 notes - Five arrives

1) Here’s something I didn’t think about last week, Lisa asked Twelve if they’re going to destroy the whole world, right? I didn’t think about which answer she’d rather hear, this ostracized girl with no connections.

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 4 Notes – Playing a Game Requires Others

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

So, where are we going? We’re heading towards a conflict. Nine wanted a rival, and he got one. They even gave him a face. It’s been made personal. Lisa left home, her ties are all being severed – “But for you who have been abandoned, love does not exist,” was it? But it doesn’t matter if you’re truly abandoned, or only consider yourself so. Perhaps it’s even sufficient if you’re the one who abandoned others.

Three sides. Order and chaos, and Lisa in the middle. Now it remains to be seen how this thriller will keep playing out.

Screenshot album. A few too many, also because I tried for subtitle-less for some shots, and they’re hard-subbed.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Call-outs:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance anime episode 4 notes - Mishima Lisa's loneliness

1) Every episode begins with Lisa. Last episode did not end with her, unlike the first and second episodes, but we still begin things with her. It’s her journey, leaving society, cutting her ties, that frames this. Continue reading

Zankyou no Terror Episode 3 Notes – Game, Set, Go!

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

Last episode had a very distinct purpose. It was there to show us that Nine and Twelve are taken seriously, and to introduce to us what every Thriller Mastermind needs – a mirror, someone on the other side who can understand them, provide an adequate challenge, and will provide said challenge. That’d be Shibazaki.

Now the only loose ends is what will the show do with dear Lisa. Well, let’s find out.

Screenshot album.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Callbacks and Call-outs:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance anime episode 3 - Nine hopes

1) Like last episode, this one as well opened with Nine or Twelve talking to Lisa. Same as each of the previous episodes ended. Both times the message is, “You can’t go back, you have nowhere else to go. It’s just you, alone.” – I think they’re priming her, or at least making her even more similar to themselves, even as their similarity is what drew them to her to begin with. No connections, except to one another, though right now they’re making her feel her separation from them as well.

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Zankyou no Terror Episode 1 Notes – Into The Darkness of Flames

(Note: Episodic notes are still mostly to be found on the Episodics Notes’ page, but up to a couple every week will have their write-up appear on the main page, when I think they warrant it. For those who don’t know, I take the notes as I watch the episode, and merely re-order them afterwards.)

This is the show people voted they most want to see full notes for. It’s also the one I’m the most interested in this season. Short (and hopefully “tight”), thriller, political. I’m not sure whether it’ll be smart, “thriller-smart”, or just good fun, but I actually have high hopes :)

Screenshot album – 57 images, not all will be embedded into the post.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Still Kids:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror of Resonance Anime Episode 1 notes - Nine and Twelve having fun

1) Poke’Ball, is that you?!

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Damages (TV show). Not so Cliched.

This is about the TV show Damages. The one that has Glenn Close in it.

Anyway, this will be mostly about the first season, because the second season is currently airing here and we’re only at the third episode, I think.

Ok, when I originally saw the show, I thought to myself, “Good show, but cliched.” I think that overall, it’s both true and misses the point.
It’s basically a thriller movie, or a really well written thriller book. It has flashback, or future-flash glimpses. Where you get to see several moments of what happens, and then the main story is “6 months ago”. Each episode you get to see another several moments of the “now” while the “past” keeps progressing, until at some point they meet.

Politics, subterfuge, lies, relations. It’s a really tight show, with really great acting by most players involved. Shout-outs to Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, and really, most of all, to Zeljko Ivanek in his role of Ray Fiske. BTW, we were watching this while watching daily Becker reruns, and it was quite a shock to realize Ted Danson is so old, and over-tanned :D

So. Here is why to say Damages is cliched misses the point: It is cliched if you look at it as a suspense novel, or even a suspense book. But see, when you switch your medium, and you make something work? That takes skill, that makes it no longer cliched, in that medium.
Each episode of Damages is like a really good part of a movie, and the series as a whole is just really good. And you know, it reminds me of a discussion I’ve had with my mother regarding season 1 of Prisonbreak before, I’ll need to get back to it.

This gets a 9 out of 10 for superb acting and plot-construction. Watch it, y’all.

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