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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 PM)
    @Gedata: God they didn’t even research it correctly.
    In regards to clannad theres an example of one which I retrospectively am more critical of and find the drama remarkably silly in parts.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:38 PM)
    @gedata: For my own sanity after a while I began skimming episodes and following flawfinders posts here and there.
    @Vincent: Must rewatch that one and flags of our fathers sometime, need to get round to soldier of orange also.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.

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