Posted on 1 December 2011 with categories: Un-Go



Yet another amazing episode. Last week gave us one heck of a mystery, and this week did a terrific job of playing with it. From the start it was clear that this was some sort of illusion, but the how and why were what made it interesting. I love how the start of this episode showed what happened to the rest of the cast during the previous episode (especially Izumi was hilarious).

After that they found a very neat way to bring back Shinjuurou back to his senses and have him solve the murder. Or have him use Kaishou’s deduction in this case. What makes this interesting is that the novelist probably would have gotten away with things if it wasn’t for the people around Shinjuurou helping him, in particular Kaishou and Kazamori. The murder mystery was also very neatly wrapped up, and it indeed made great use of the previous episode’s build up in which the three actresses had no idea what to make of the script.

What’s also interesting is that Shinjuurou doesn’t care about retribution. So far in these past eight episodes, there has been no showing of victims getting punished or arrested: that all happens off screen. This may seem rushed, but remember why Shinjuurou is solving mysteries in the first place: it’s not because he wants to fight crime. Instead, he’s doing all this because he happened to be unfortunate enough to meet Inga, and he happened to be very good at solving mysteries. In order to keep Inga from running rampant, he continuously has to solve mysteries. What goes beyond that simply doesn’t involve him anymore.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

13 Responses

  1. CJay says:

    YES! this was a great episode indeed. Just to let you know there is quite a long scene after the credits. I know you have a habit of forgetting about those and this one in particular was a great plot twist for the show. Can’t wait till next week!

  2. CJay says:

    YES! this was a great episode indeed. Just to let you know there is quite a long scene after the credits. I know you have a habit of forgetting about those and this one in particular was a great plot twist for the show. Can’t wait till next week!

  3. Jenanime says:

    And the illusion becomes revealed with the use of electricity zapping Inga handcuffs! XD

  4. jzar says:

    so who was creating the illusion? I like the show but I don’t really understand where it is going ..

  5. Guest says:

    Open questions: how do you work this Bettennou thing? It seems like the novelist *had* her under his control but once Inga got to him Bettennou became a free agent? Maybe the power slowly drains the current owner’s soul, so once Inga ate it Bettennou’s free to move on.

    The super-firewall Kazamori ran into: what is it? I kinda suspect it’s something from JJ systems. I have to wonder if Kaishou’s fridge is supposed to be a clue that he has his own Kazamori-alike…it’d make sense for Kaishou and Shinjurou to be opposites, each with their own Kami and their own AI assistant. Inga => Bettennou, Kazamori => ???.

    What happens when Inga eats a soul? I don’t think we’ve seen the aftermath of that, ever. Unless the preview is a troll the novelist’s mouth is sealed shut, horror-movie style…consequence of Inga’s powers, or unrelated incident?

    Either way a lot to look forward to. One last Q: why can’t Inga fly? Or maybe: why doesn’t Inga fly?

  6. ljf says:

    I love the ED for this show!

  7. Puran says:

    I also liked how in the previous episode, there were a couple of scenes where Shinjurou was leaning back against… eh… nothing! I thought it was lazy animation, but it was really nice to see that he was leaning against the fence we couldn’t see :)

  8. Puran says:

    I also liked how in the previous episode, there were a couple of scenes where Shinjurou was leaning back against… eh… nothing! I thought it was lazy animation, but it was really nice to see that he was leaning against the fence we couldn’t see :)

  9. pgal says:

    Regarding the fence, how did Shinjurou hand the female prisoners the books with their identities?…They were across a fence!

  10. DeviousDevil says:

    Didn’t the books turn out to just be patches of grass?

  11. pgal says:

    The books the girls gave to him in the last episode were patches of grass. But the books, that he gave to the girls is this episode, were real books – only in reality they had a blue cover, whereas in the novelist perspective they were red.

  12. Puran says:

    pgal: You are right. He could have rolled them up (like the one he has in his back pocket (why does he have another one btw?)) and that way it would have gone through. (although in the previous scene, which is real it seems he is offering them normally, and unfolded).

    The camera angle conveniently doesn’t show us much though. But yeah, unless there is another revelation in the next episode, this is a minor animation mistake.

  13. pgal says:

    You are right, that is a possibility, and the books are thin enough to fold. I now want to watch the previous episode, just to focus on where the fence is supposed to be.

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  • 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.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:24 AM)
    @Emma I agree that movies tend to be more emotionally-involving, but I think that’s just because there are a lot more of them and so it’s easier to find good ones that are well-written enough to really make you feel emotionally-involved. That’s always been my interpretation.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:20 AM)
    @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.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @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.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:08 AM)
    @Realist: Also alot of anime/manga are going to be series rather than a single volume or a movie. There is more to cover when writing about a series and find to write about, takes a bit longer too.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:07 AM)
    @Realist: Ah, that would be because I have more practice writing about films than anime/manga and am more familiar with writing that type of review. Ontop of preferring American/European films to anime/manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:02 AM)
    @Emma Why do you think films are easier to write about it? Just because people have less constrained expectations of what films are supposed to be and don’t expect you to treat the material a certain way? I feel like some people are (unjustly) put off when you try to write about anime/manga as if it was any other form of literary fiction.
  • Mikey
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:01 AM)
    Mahouka 3: Well, “that” scene wasn’t subtle at all.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:00 AM)
    I mean @Emma lol

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