“No matter what a single detective shouts,
it will be no more than a small voice amidst a storm.
That voice will disappear before it reaches anyone.”
“Even if that is the case, I will continue to shout. I will never forgive you.”
And honestly, one could argue that’s the story in a nutshell. Zankyou no Terror is a story about never forgetting the past, revealing the truth, about never giving up in an attempt to attain it, believing that others will come to believe your version of the story, and using that revelation to pave the way to the future. It’s about ensuring that things come to light before the sands of time erase everything, and everyone has their own motives for ensuring that the dice of history rolls their way. We have the United States trying to determine whether or not Japan altered their constitution in such a way that allowed them to secretly produce an atomic bomb, the Japanese trying to sort themselves out by covering not only the presence of that bomb but of further atrocities committed in the past, and both Shibazaki + Sphinx trying to make sure that the lid gets blown off the entire thing.
Amidst the storm and the singular voices however, it’s perhaps most important to note that the events in this week’s episode aren’t so much to be viewed in terms of their significance within the series’ story itself, but in regards to the real-life commentary—which includes but isn’t limited to:
Needless to say, one could spend all day discussing the potential ramifications and symbolism here, and it’s important to at least note that it exists here. Watanabe’s clearly packing Zankyou with more than just terror, and one does begin to wonder at what point does his message cease to become just that—that is, how much of the message is related to the story versus how much of it is his own view on it all?
Going back to the actual events this week though, I have to say that it manages to maintain quite a bit of the intensity and raw emotion from the previous week. Considering episode nine (clearly, this isn’t a coincidence) was my favorite episode of the series so far, that’s definitely a good thing, and I’ll say I was on the edge of my seat as I watched most of the events develop—especially when Shibazaki finally meets Mamiya face to face. Sadly, the return and inclusion of Five doesn’t do any favors toward what was otherwise a spectacular episode, and I honestly don’t know what to say about what she does with her “confession” and “dramatic send-off”. I can see where it could’ve been a great watch given the proper development and presentation of her in prior episodes, but I sure didn’t feel any of the impact the moment was meant to give.
And so move on we shall. The atomic bomb is now on the move above the skies of Japan, and the question as always remains what happens from here. Nine’s “good-bye Japan” could be interpreted as either a threat or a farewell from his end, and I think it’s clear that there’s no real intent to cause casualties on his part. I’m anticipating that his whole announcement and launch of the atomic bomb is just meant to show that such a device exists, but at the same time I can’t help but wonder. This has all the hallmarks of a high altitude nuclear explosion for the purpose of sending out an EMP that’ll fry everything electronic around the nation, and it’d be a perfect fit in with his intent. It won’t kill anyone directly, it’ll prove an atomic bomb exists, it’d blow the lid on the program, and it’d also demonstrate the clear issues inherent with building such a device in the first place. Guess we’ll see. It’s just too bad things couldn’t have been made so that the series ends on episode twelve. ONWARD TO THE FINALE.