Posted on 10 November 2011 with categories: Un-Go




Another excellent episode. Perhaps it wasn’t as good as the previous two episodes, but it still rocked, was well put together and very thoughtful. If only because of how it subverted a very common cliche: the big corporate bastard did it.

In this episode, even the main character got clouded by it, and the corporate bastard indeed wasn’t exactly Jesus in purgatory. He used the death of his subordinates for his personal gain and publicity and embezzled a ton of gold illegally. Normally in anime, this would be the bad guy. Instead though: he’s not a murderer. Finally we get a portrayal f these people that isn’t completely evil at its core.

Also, with the lack of time this show spends on characterization, I do have to say that it has found interesting yet subtle ways to still flesh out its main cast. This isn’t only done by making their beliefs and values a core part of each episode, but also with small things, like when Shinjuurou grabbed all the towels in the restroom. It perhaps doesn’t work as well as just showing these characters during moments when nothing plot-related is going on, but this works too.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

13 Responses

  1. RollingCamel says:

    So Igna turned into a monster and tore up a tank without anyone even commenting about her.

  2. kurini says:

    Can someone explain me why Shinjuurou grabbed all the towels?

  3. HShield says:

    It can be assumed that he is living in poverty when he grabs all those towels as the last few episodes also kind of implies this.

  4. kero says:

    I enjoyed this episode, if one ignores that nobody seems to realise or care that Inga is supernatural being.

    I think this episode did the most to flesh out the main character, we saw him getting angry, we saw him losing his head and letting his belief cloud his judgement. I liked how you could see the real shock in his eyes when he found out that the evil dad guy wasn’t the killer.

    I also liked that little blush he had when he saw the AI turn up in the dress. Am I the only one hoping they’ll develop more of a relationship?

    He also seems younger than he first appeared to me. I think I’m warming to his as a main character.

    The only parts I don’t like, but I guess I’ll have to look over, as Un-go does it with every episode, is that we see none of the deductions that lead to the detective pointing the finger at the girl (although I can put that down to him cooling down and thinking about the possibilities) or how he knew the money was is in the tank.

    I do wonder where they are going with this, there doesn’t seem to be an overarching plot, yet.

    We know everyone at the top is corrupt, but what exactly will happen by the end of the series? Or is it a complete mistake to imagine there being a big reveal/turning point/collapse of the state?

  5. Guest says:

    No one was around to see Inga rip the tank open, other than that one guy, and he’s got bigger problems.

    So Inga haunts Shinjuro? What’re the rules of a Japanese haunting?

  6. Kamito says:

    I think shinjuurou grabbed the towels out of pure spite, he was quite pissed after the conversation with shimada, kazamori also asked him about it. Kinda childish, but so is yelling about going to the loo because you don’t want to continue talking to someone you dislike.

  7. FieDit says:

    I cant seem to understand why the girl killed the intruders >_

  8. Oroboros says:

    @FieDit
    Me neither.

  9. kero says:

    hmm thinking about it, I think I assumed that she did it to pin the murder on the evil dude, since that was the guy she was against, but the anime never said that (or did it?) plus she was also looking out for the gold so… I’m not sure now!

    and even if few ppl saw Inga do the hulk feat, aren’t they even surprised when she randomly pops up, and asks a question that no one can refuse. Surely what’s her names dad would be interested.. but everyone’s just okay with it and doesn’t get curious about it?

    WEAK.

  10. Lirael says:

    @Fiedit, Ouroboros & kero: from what I understood she murdered them hoping that, when the corpses were discovered, the ‘evil’guy would panic and accidently go/look at the place he had hidden the gold. As Shinjurou pointed at in the end, he didn’t panic because the gold was right in front of him, in the tank.

  11. Guest says:

    About Inga: basically it seems the people who’re familiar with Inga (like Izumi, the glasses-cop) know what she is, but seem not to want to go into it. Izumi in particular is seemingly very familiar (mata deta, mata ano onna, etc…).

    My speculation is that Izumi/Rinroku etc. know exactly what Inga is and what Inga used to be (some kind of murdering spirit?), and are happy to have Shinjuro keeping it “tamed” (enough to put up with Shinjuro’s antics). The fact that Kazamori knows what Inga is and how Inga and Shinjuro met suggestts the information is out there somewhere.

    For everyone else, once adult Inga shows up it’s usually the kind of situation where you wouldn’t want to talk about it more. EG: the person who gets asked the question isn’t always the bad guy but has always had something to hide, and for the onlookers not asking follow-up questions can you blame them, really? Inga’s terrifying, and they may be afraid that Inga’d ask them a question, too, if they pried to deep.

    About the murder and the motivations: this is a convoluted episode. I think it’s supposed to be this:

    Old guy steals donations. This alienates his yakuza bodyguard, so bodyguard forms splinter group.

    Splinter group approaches son. Son doesn’t approve of how his dad used the bombing event and agrees to cooperate with the splinter group.

    Plan is to recruit two guys from the splinter group and tell them the sculptor’s prepared the statue as a trojan horse. So those guys think they’re going to get snuck in and look around for the gold at night.

    Instead, the plan is that the sculptor kills them, and then the bodies are primed to fall out during the commemoration. The sculptor will be positioned to see where the old guy looks, b/c they think the old guy would look at where the gold is.

    Then, at a later date, the son acting as facility director would let the splinter group’s agents into the compound, at which point they could take the gold bricks.

    The old guy was drugged overnight to avoid any chance of his discovering the intruders overnight. (Note: this seems like an anachronism. It makes sense in a Meiji-era story b/c the facility would be something like the family compound or estate, but in Un-Go the compound is some kind of public facility and it doesn’t make any sense for the old guy to even be there at night…but let’s let that slide).

    So that was the plan. What’re the motives?

    The obvious motive would be to get some of that delicious gold. None of the culprits claim that that’s their actual motivation, though. As I see it, the stated motivations are:

    Splinter group leader is disgusted with the way the old guy is stealing the donations. Not sure if he planned to keep the gold or not.

    Son is disgusted with the way the old guy took advantage of the “heroes”, and to get back at his dad he goes along with the splinter group plan.

    Sculptor’s motives are murkiest. She claims it’s because the 3 heroes weren’t actually heroes. Reading between the lines I’d guess it’s either b/c she and the son are something of an item or because she and one of the heroes were something of an item (they were all students at the time, it wasn’t that long ago, etc.). As an artist maybe she cares more about truth and all that jazz?

  12. ShyBlue says:

    I liked this episode. I think Shinjuuro finally got some much needed depth. I mean, it’s nice to see a detective who doesn’t always reach the correct conclusion all the time. And it’s even better than his own biases got in the way of his logic. That’s a pretty nice deviation from the normal detective who has access to the script.

  13. AidanAK47 says:

    “I enjoyed this episode, if one ignores that nobody seems to realise or care that Inga is supernatural being.”

    That’s not the only thing. You also have to accept that when slicing someone throat a large drop of blood can be propelled several feet into the air and land on a statues face. And that deductions can be made because the artist was watching the generals back from the building to see if he would look in the general direction of the gold in stead of watching him from the front which would have been the more logical choice.

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  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Saying there’s only one way to do good writing is absurd. Each author has their own style of writing, and if anyone has only enjoyed 1 author in their entire life then I pity them.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:43 AM)
    @Ninja ah. I’ve always done the script, story, and directing by myself, which is probably why i think novels are easier XD
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:33 AM)
    That’s just my personal philosophy though. There’s nothing that irritates me more than people who insist that there’s only one way to do good writing. Everyone should develop their own philosophy.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:31 AM)
    @Friend But with a novel it’s all on you and your editor. For me, what makes novel writing so much harder is that you have to put so much more attention into the quality of your descriptive prose. In a screenplay you can just write the description and action in a concise way. In a novel you have to write, polished, top-tier prose for the entire length of the book.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:29 AM)
    @Friend But having said that, I come from the school of screenwriting that says a screenplay is just a starting point for the director, actor, editor, cinematographer, etc. to build a real shooting script off of.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:26 AM)
    @Friend I have actually written novels, screenplays, and stage-plays as well, so I feel like I have a decent understanding of the differences in terms of what goes into them. But from my perspective it’s harder to write a great novel.
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    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:24 AM)
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    @ninja I dont know if you’ve ever written a script, but it’s pretty hard. There’s the story, script, screen composition, acting, music, lighting, and a WHOLE plethora of other factor when writing a film, as compared to a novel.
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    @Realist: I think that may be to do with that I can get more emotionally involved with a movie too and that they are quicker to watch and more consummable too. But your right though while I prefer certain things I will watch/read anything out there from anywhere.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:11 AM)
    @Emma I’m kind of surprised that you prefer one over the other. You strike me as the type of person who appreciates all forms of fiction.

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