Posted by psgels on 17 November 2011 with categories: Un-Go



This show is clever. Every single episode contains a single story, but the first episodes of all the multi-episode arcs all contain these slight hints that things aren’t over with. This episode was the same: it already was a great standalone story, and yet there still are a few things that don’t add up.

Of course there was the obvious end of the episode, in which what feels like the main antagonist made his formal introduction, but also: why was the critic of this episode in jail? Why did Kaishou not reveal that he had this guy’s children taken away from their mother? Why did this guy refuse to ask Kaishou about what was up with the books? There is still a whole storyline here that has yet been explored, even though the end of this episode made it seem like the end of the story was reached.

In any case, this episode once again was just wonderfully written. Once again, this show just comes with twist after twist after twist, and things that seem completely random at first make complete sense once everything is revealed. Beyond that, in order to make up for the way in which this series doesn’t have time to carefully flesh out its characters, it does make the cast fun. This episode inserted these small jokes at the points where they didn’t get in the way of the real storytelling, and especially the android has helped here. This leads to quite an interesting chemistry between the characters.

Heck, I’ll be surprised if this show doesn’t end up as the best Bones show of the year.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

10 Responses

  1. farank bell says:

    there is obviously something else going on, as yajima was put in jail by kaishou himself, or at least his organization. But he didnt reveal that the kids had been taken away becuase it would reveal that kaishou had an affair with his freinds wife…basically kaishou would have let yajima think his kids were dead forever to cover up the affair.

    . . . .Kaishou probably had to release them or shinjirou would have found out a lot more than he is supposed to at this point in the series.

  2. CJay says:

    I love how different this episode was from the others! there was no Inga transformation and Shinjurou didnt even solve everything himself but the mystery was still fascinating like always.

    But I dont know if they will actually continue this storyline. It forsure wont be next week judging by the preview, but maybe another episode will give us those answers. Unless they just want us to not know exactly what was going on.

  3. Mira says:

    I enjoyed how this episode paced itself. It has a completely different mood from the rest before it and the script was just fabulous. Great work from Bones.

  4. Guest says:

    This was just so good. So many little things hinted at and left open to interpretation, all without feeling cheap or a cop-out.

    Such an ominous ending, too: so the point of being a criminal is to get away with the crime, and the point of a detective is to reveal who did what. Up until now Shinjuro has, after all, only been reacting to events post-facto; will he be able to stop the novelist proactively?

  5. Raggers says:

    Better – this ep hinted that the shijuro+inga relationship is not the only one.

    I wouldn’t say this is a anime on character development – more character ‘revealing’. We slowly learn about the characters, as opposed to them developing as the story progresses.

    I’m loving it.

  6. kero says:

    Ahhhh, I should have been expecting the twist after the twist!

    Excellent! I loved that the idea of a mastermind manipulating events by being able to predict how the characters would react!

    Kaishou seems to know something by the way he made shijuro face the possible consequences of his quest for the truth. However there is no reason why he didn’t reveal it to the husband earlier? As he was happy to reveal it later, and really would have had to at some point? I hope that this gets explained.

    Did Kaishou have an affair with the man’s wife? is that made explicit?

  7. Guest says:

    kero: there’s more to the story for sure, if I remember everything right.

    Rinroku’s car went to the house many times over the past year. The husband said the kids disappeared about a year ago. The maid says she went to that house to deliver toys to the kids several times over the past year.

    I don’t think there’s a reasonable way to square all 3 of those statements; something has to give.

  8. kero says:

    @guest

    I kept thinking something was up with the Maid

    Maybe Maid x Kaishou

    Maybe on of the twists will reveal that Kaishou has a sekrit harem:

    Maid
    Cop (?) Lady
    Friend’s Wife

    the AI doll…

    I’m joking but, I do think it’s plausible. Power and sex and all that..

  9. jzar says:

    Well the messages were the kids writing to each other since the mom was going insane and they wanted to hide from her where they were playing.

    Was their an affair?, I thought it was clear that there was no affair, He was there to watch over his friends kids while he was in jail.

    What didn’t make sense to me was why he was not told the kids were safe, no word for a whole year? That makes no sense to me. Something must be up with that.

    Just my take on it. I could be wrong.

  10. imredjimmy says:

    This has to be my favourite UnGo episode since the first one! The pacing was just right and I’m liking the characters more and more with each episode. The android is cute and useful without being annoying. Even the female (can we say lead?), Kaishou’s daughter is not an idiot and I like how they make her question her father’s motives and ways. I found the scene were the prisoner was going to strangle his wife very powerful. I fear that next episode might be a let down since it the preview make it look like just another random case…I can’T wait to see what they do with it!

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:29 PM)
    Misanthropy in anime is old, cliched and boring. But that wasn’t the case when Eva did it. Plus it features characters like Misato and Kaji that are very hopeful for the future, going as far as planning to filter the ocean and regrow vegetation for society. There is definitely a bigger focus on misery, but as explained that was a mirror to Anno’s deteriorating mental health, which in itself added an angle of intrigue to the show.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:22 PM)
    Now does it look old? Does it seem overdone and unoriginal? Absolutely. But that’s no th fault of the series for not accounting for viewers who are watching it 20 years later, after getting exposed first to all the stuff that have heavily borrowed from it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:19 PM)
    It also perfectly explained what the instrumentality looked like for people that were in the process of assimilation, so it was a fitting end; albeit admittedly a weird one. Episodes 25 and 26 just chose to show the stream of consciousness of how the process was perceived by someone inside the sea of LCL. It made sense if you cared to pay attention along the way, so to call it completely nonsensical is unfair and entirely reliant on personal misinterpretation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:14 PM)
    Also End of Evangelion is a masterstroke of the animated medium. That’s not just my opinion as a fan, but an opinion that’s been echoed in the circle of critics, many of whom don’t even care about anime. Even the classical conservative critics on IMDB gave it an average of 8.3, that is far from shabby.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:05 PM)
    Discounting the influence of a show is an arbitrary parameter that you’ve just come up with to undermine the series- nobody agrees with such restriction. And again, the genre deconstruction, the great cinematography, the slick character design, the music, the unconventional plot and creative ending, are all points that stand on their own regardless of how influential Eva was or wasn’t.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:58 PM)
    And no, Archer hated Shirou’s childish ideology, and he heartheadedly stuck to it, knowing we’ll what suffering he has gone people (including the future version of himself) thru. A World where nobody cries is an absurd goal, that is as illogical as it is unattainable.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:56 PM)
    @Aidan: nothing exists in a vacuum. The year the show got released is an extremely important factor, and a horrible show would never leave such a mark on the industry.
    Plus I spoke plenty about the reconstructive elements of Eva, that has nothing to do with its influence. Everything from SAO to Fate has copied exact scene compositions from Eva; just Google it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:47 PM)
    Two last things. Shirou in that timeline has very little chance of becoming Archer.
    And the end of the TV series wasn’t Annos fuck you to the audience. End of Evangelion was Annos Fuck you to the audience. Thing is instead of getting pissed off, they cheered.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:42 PM)
    Either way Mario said he might do a review of the First Eva tv series. I am curious to see if he will be quite so enthralled with it seeing as it’s his first time watching it and he hasn’t been deluded with years of it’s “influence”

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