Posted by psgels 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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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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