30 Day Anime Challenge (2020 Edition) || Day #23
One of the more visually stunning and narratively profound anime that I’ve watched in the recent years is Terror in Resonance.
This series doesn’t get as much credit as it probably deserves. The story is absolutely wonderful, and I haven’t really seen many other anime that compare. However, I’m using this series in a discussion about animation, so I’ll put my praise of the story aside for now.
Visually, however, Terror in Resonance is stunning. It hits both the “beautiful” and “unique” animation for this question. There are many beautiful sequences of animation within this anime–the water-play scene, the motorcycle ride, the tears–and all of them are just so striking.
At the same time, the series makes some incredibly unique choices when it comes to its animation style. The animation is both very realistic and somehow still very disconnected from reality. The realism makes a major impact considering the type of narrative and serves in making the most terrifying and horrifying moments even more poignant because of how real they seem. At the same time, the moments that are very disconnected from reality are served by animation that is stretched and warped in a way that serves that narrative dissonance well.
Terror in Resonance might not be the most beautiful anime I’ve seen, but it’s animation sticks out and serves answering this question well.