The Plot So Far:
「CALL & RESPONSE」
「SEARCH & DESTROY」
「HIDE & SEEK」
“But we’re the terrorists. Isn’t it weird that we’re trying to stop a bombing?
「READY OR NOT」
Following along the lines of the past few episodes, Zankyou no Terror continues to revel as a story filled with contradictions. This week we have terrorists going out of their way to prevent a bombing (at a target they wanted to go for no less), authorities actually being involved in said incident rather than trying to protect its citizens from it, the police having to risk their jobs and lives to stop their own higher ups from committing a crime, and there’s no end to the ironic nature of it all. Next thing you know, the moon’ll take the place of the sun or something, and it all comes to a head with perhaps the most important contradiction of them all: Five and her child-like demeanor.
By posing as Sphinx and luring them into the airport to play what amounts to a chess game played on a grand scale, Five confirms herself as someone who’s merely treating all of this as a game, and it’s an interesting contrast to the serious attitude Nine and Twelve are taking toward this same issue. The thing is, what exactly are they playing at?
At this point, it’s clear Five knows exactly what Sphinx is planning in terms of the message they want to send—with the former saying so and the latter confirming that Haneda Airport was indeed one of their targets—but it’s still a mystery as to what exactly that message is. Furthermore, one has to wonder as to the reasons behind the U.S.’ involvement, and the reason why they’re letting Five play games like this when they could easily capture both Nine and Twelve at this point. Is it because they know Sphinx won’t talk? Is it because they’ll only submit if they are totally crushed by Five?
One thing is clear: the chessboard is merely an analogy for a bigger game being played, and I sure hope the payoff ends up being worth it when it’s said and done. Either way, there’s still questions galore, and I suppose it’s only fitting that this episode comes with its share of the unexpected. No, I’m not talking about the fact that only FBI Agent Clarence has a genuine English speaker behind him. Okay, I admit the FBI agents speaking Engrish did catch me off guard—it makes sense that Five speaks Engrish—but in the end, it pales to the fact that Lisa is allowed to involve herself in Sphinx’s activities (in ways other than failed noodle preparations).
In hindsight, Lisa’s involvement was probably inevitable following Five’s entrance, and it’s tactically sound considering the amateur nature of Lisa and the fact that their “movement” ends here with their failure anyway, but I can’t help but feel off about it. There’s a kind of sadness here at how Sphinx’s efforts to leave her out of things have failed, and I can’t help but hope that Shibazaki’s involvement ends up playing some key role in ensuring she doesn’t actually have to do anything here, even if it seems like a shot in the dark. Maybe he’ll just bum rush the FBI van? Or will he actually end up meeting Nine or Twelve and finding out more about the truth of it all? Am I the only one hoping he ends up joining Sphinx? Or is it just my naivety hoping for the impossible? Guess we’ll see.