Posted by psgels on 4 November 2011 with categories: Un-Go



Holy crap. So yeah, last week Un-Go already delivered my favorite episode of all of the new series of the Autumn Season. This week, it surpassed itself. Now this is storytelling!

This episode… it just turned everything about the previous episode upside-down. This episode was brilliantly written and delivered some amazing twists, in the same quick fire delivery of the previous number of episodes. This is also what I love about Science Fiction: there are so many different angles at which you can look at the evolution of technology. This show here is yet another completely new look at it.

On top of combining its plot with its philosophy, this episode also had those nice details, like the talking fridge that reminds you of eating more healthy foods as a poke towards those modern useless programs that exist today.

I also disagree that Un-Go’s pacing is too fast, like what happened to C. The differences between the two are subtle, but if this keeps up, Un-Go is going to end up much better. The thing with C was that it tried to flesh out its characters and develop them, while at the same time telling an epic story about money. Un-Go however is entirely focused on its storytelling and presenting its ideas and theories. It’s in essence a collection of stories, told by its characters and every single line and scene has its purpose. The result is a show with a flat cast, but an amazing sense of pacing, storytelling, twists and setting.

Oh, and on a final note: the music was on fire in this episode. More of this, please!
Rating: *** (Awesome)

15 Responses

  1. DJrunn3r says:

    I still find myself having trouble with the pacing but I can see where you’re coming from. Pacing issues aside Un-go has proven its worth when it comes to proposing very interesting and creative plots.

    And the music! God, that was good.

  2. DJrunn3r says:

    I still find myself having trouble with the pacing but I can see where you’re coming from. Pacing issues aside Un-go has proven its worth when it comes to proposing very interesting and creative plots.

    And the music! God, that was good.

  3. Scruffy says:

    Wow .. that was a seriously disturbing episode. I love how this show is slowly reviling the world of UN-GO to us in a seemingly natural way rather than ‘ohhh .. now lets have a flashback’ that Penguin Drum can be guilty off.

  4. VyseLegend says:

    Good episode. I do find the show to be rather…condensed though. Like flashing names on screen and some frenetic cuts. Still an interesting show without fluff or fan service. I like how every episode manages to criticize the government for being inept and responsible for the state the country is in.

  5. Fabrice says:

    Good episode though I found the conclusion to be a bit confusing. I noticed that this show uses a lot of convoluted logic reasoning and sometimes I find it hard to follow. Especially the part where Shinjirou reasons that humans love “what’s right” to explain that Kazamori isn’t just a robot, or at least I think that’s what he was trying to explain. Overall it was a nice way to wrap up, and never forget that moe robot is always WIN.

  6. CPAnime says:

    Did anyone else think that Shinjuurou might be a sexual deviant himself after watching the scene in the car?

  7. Gabriel says:

    Pretty good episode. I really liked that the robot joined lhe party!

  8. qwerty1 says:

    Robo-loli!

    That is all.

  9. tutturu says:

    While the characters don’t really get their spotlight, I say this show has given us justice by making them mysterious of sorts instead of just walking stereotypes.

    And yes, I believe Shinjuurou was enjoying the thank you gift. ;)

  10. Fauntleroy says:

    Un-Go’s pacing *is* indeed too fast. There are a variety of scenes where the viewer ends up being confused because a cut was too sudden, or something fairly important wasn’t explained. Eventually you can generally put it together, but it’s a puzzle direction, not the viewer, is supposed to be solving. This also has the side effect of almost completely removing any suspense from the “mystery” here, as we rush from one bit to another with no room for expectation.

  11. AidanAK47 says:

    “This is also what I love about Science Fiction: there are so many different angles at which you can look at the evolution of technology. This show here is yet another completely new look at it.”

    Oh yes, new. Pity it was already done in Ghost in the shell, animatrix, and pretty much any cyberpunk flim/tv show including robots in history.

    Again I find it weird that people feel this show is confusing. I have no trouble following it at all. However I am pissed that they broke a few Knox commandments in the process.

  12. psgels psgels says:

    Aidan: I’m indeed not talking about “the future will have AI in it”. When you look at it from that level, there indeed is very little room for originality.

    I meant more of how this show places its concepts in its context. In this case it looks into how the creators of these technologies might feel about changing the world, or how in a post apocalyptic setting, people still rely on technologies. That kind of stuff.

  13. AidanAK47 says:

    Psgels, that in case it pretty much widens to sci-fi in general. Believe me, it has been done before.
    In fact everything has been done before. Essentially mankind has been repeating the same story scenarios for centuries. The key is who can make it less noticeable and do it better.

  14. kero says:

    I enjoyed episode 3 and this one took it up a notch. I didn’t see twist until halfway through the episode, and that scene in the car.. was so, unexpected.

    Everything got a bit more disturbing. I actually hope it’ll go down this root, I like it when things are twisted, and this episode caught more of my attention than the three previous ones. To be honest, even after ep 02 I was doubting whether it was really worth following, but I’m now looking forward to the next episode.

    We are slowly finding out a bit more about the characters, teeny tiny bits more, I do want to find out more about the detective, I can’t tell if Un-go will allow for an episode that breaks away from the set up and reveal more about the MC and his motivations. I hope it does!

  15. Jared says:

    Fabrice: Shinjirou wasn’t saying that Kazamori isn’t a robot, he was saying that it’s wrong to do somethings to robots. In essence: abuse is wrong, even if it’s done to a machine; if it’s sentient or semi-sentient, treat it according to THAT, not according to whether it’s human.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:16 AM)
    Some of the effects were simply amazing and the pseudo theoretical physics was well-implemented into the film. The long running time was necessary but it could’ve definitely been better edited to cut out some of the fluff or the extra-long scenes. All-in-all a great endeavor. It really borrows liberally from the 2001: A Space Odyssey handbook, but given that Nolan admits his admiration of that film I’ll let it slide.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:10 AM)
    Also the controversy over the sound mixing is not all unfounded. You just can’t have the music swell up to the point of not hearing the fucking dialogue.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:08 AM)
    I can’t imagine any actor other than McConaughey playing the role of Cooper and giving him as much depth as he did. He was well casted for the role, but he still has to tone down some of that McConaughey shit before he becomes a parody of himself. We all know he is prone to doing the same exact role for a while so it’ll be sad if he type-casts himself as Rustin Cohle in every single goddamn film from now on.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:02 AM)
    Ok I saw Interstellar on the IMAX screen with the d-box and it was quite a treat. I stand by my statement that it’s really just a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have some heart. The ‘love transcends all’ nuance was a bit ham-fisted tho. And seriously you gonna name the character that symbolises the folly of man as Mann? C’mon Nolan.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 11:57 PM)
    @Aidan: hit-and-run marketing strategy apparently.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 11:19 PM)
    @AidanAK47 His link isn’t even direct to the indiegogo page. I would be offended but I’m mostly just feel sorry for how much effort this guy has clearly put into his project and how misguided it seems. I’m impressed by the effort, but the writing looks beyond terrible. I hope things turn out ok for the creator.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 10:05 PM)
    Don’t you just love it when some stranger just comes in, tells you to advertise for them and leaves before you even have a chance to reply whether or not you would do it?
    …Really motivates you to help…
  • petra
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 02:54 PM)
    Hi there! Because you are in to try something new ;), Could it be possible to post our Indiegogo campaign (live now!) link on your blog? We give a new dimension to anime and we thought would be interesting to your fans :) Thx in advance!!https://www.indiegogo.com/explore?utf8=✓&filter_title=devil%27s+legacy
  • Raggers
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 11:26 AM)
    Anyone still watching Grisaia? I’ve watched up to episode 5 and am finding it a very weird experience to watch, but not in a good way.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Nov 20. 2014 08:33 AM)
    And it looks like I’ll be dropping Horimiya. I’m simply not interested in the sudden romance that appeared from no where with Toru and Yuki. It seriously came out of no where when we were led to believe she liked Miyamura’s alter appearance. In addition, the characters turned out to be really bland.

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