Posted by psgels on 15 December 2011 with categories: Un-Go

Now that we’re nearing the climax, the dialogue in this series moves even faster than ever. But really: I don’t mind. In fact, I actually encourage this series to continue with this style, and where you really have to put in effort to follow everything. This is a great way to involve your audience, and it’s been a long while since I watched a series that did it so well. The best way to illustrate this effect is to mention Boogiepop Phantom: if you thought that this series moves fast, you haven’t seen anything yet: that series is a complete puzzle to figure out. Your mileage may of course vary very much, but I really enjoyed having to puzzle to get everything out of the story.

Bettenou’s powers proved to be a terrific end boss here. What the hell here is real? In this episode the creators also suddenly came with small details like this handkerchief that had been tampered with. On top of that, the creators keep throwing us for a loop with multiple attacks on Kaishou. It’s indeed a very plausible theory for him to fake his own death, but who was this shady figure who stood behind Bettenou in that one shot? And why would Bettenou ask Inga to expose some of Kaishou’s deep secrets if she was working together with Kaishou? And what about that taxi driver who happened to be familiar with that female investigator?

With one episode left, I’m pretty confident to say that Noitamina did it again: Un-Go so far stood head and shoulders above all other Autumn Season Series, and the other shows are going to have to try really hard next year if they want to be able to top it. I mean, if the ending actually delivers like I hope to, then this pretty much is the example of how to do a fast paced Noitamina right. Instead of just rushing through its storyline, it actually made optimal use of its time. Compared to No.6 or C, which ended up skipping details, this show actually managed to focus on them.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

8 Responses

  1. Binayo says:

    I loved this episode! A lot of things happened in just 20 minutes. Just when you think you have figured it out, another plot twist!

  2. Diasen says:

    “Compared to No.6 or C, which ended up skipping details, this show actually managed to focus on them”

    By focussing less on characters. When compared to No.6 and C, characters of Ungo don’t have that much charm. Though I guess Ungo’s way works better since the other two had to rush the plot.

    • ShyBlue says:

      I personally think that Un-go’s crucial characters have enough charm to carry the story while still standing out as a characters instead of a mere plot devices.

      Like, the characters are fleshed out through the morals they exhibit in each case as well as their little quirks. The only time there was a huge character change was with the statue of the three men case, since Yuuki realized his flaw and fixed it.

      I liked both No. 6 and C despite their rushed endings. And I agree that I feel a bit closer to the characters from those two series. But I think Un-go understood that its goal wasn’t characters; it’s plot. Which is something the other two couldn’t decide on. So I appreciate Un-go for giving enough character development while understanding it’s main purpose.

    • Puran says:

      I also think, UN-GO managed to get a right balance. It is moving VERY fast (maybe faster than it should?) but it works. The characters get development and characterization from how they react to what is happening with the plot and that kind of makes up for the lack of slice-of-life-ish scenes that develop the characters.

      Also, I don’t think C is a good counter example, because I found the characters lacking there as well.

      No.6 did a great job with its characters though, but they screwed up the plot, so it made me not care in the end.

  3. imredjimmy says:

    Everything is going so fast!! It’s still super enjoyable though. I wonder which Kaishou is real, is he really dead (I don’t think so)? Will we actually learn about the meeting between Shinjuro and Inga (or will there be some kind of OVA explaining this…or maybe we will just never know) and what are Bennetou’s intentions :o!

    • djrunn3r says:

      There’s actually going to be a 45 minute special supposedly revealing the “biggest mystery [of the story] in theater,” that is Shinjuro and Inga’s first encounter.

  4. sato says:

    If the one controlling Bettenou doesn’t turn out to be a random new character, and instead is someone we are aware of – I think it will be either the female Diet member (Mine), or the male cop assistant (Hayami). Unless of course, a-la-Deathnote, it’s actually Shinjurou!

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    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 06:17 AM)
    What anime are you guys watching so far this season?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 06:04 AM)
    Southlake Tales was way too ambitious in my opinion. If you notice the three movie chapters start from IV, since Kelly released a three chapter comic book series that takes place before the movie and covers the first three parts of the story. This might be cool, but confused the hell out of some people. Just like Donnie Carlo this movie gets better with a second viewing. I’m just surprised this hasn’t reached the cult classic status which I think I think it deserves
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:59 AM)
    I can never get enough of the weird tales genre, its a great platform for creativity and for a long time, like neo-noir I have found it inspiring.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:58 AM)
    I got a kick out of the first two, hell! maybe even the third, Scary Movie film, but the rest of those are just lewd. Artistically lewd.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:57 AM)
    @Bam: Thats about roughly what I thought, that viewers brought personal politics into it and ruined it for themselves.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:56 AM)
    I always check the staff and synopsis and if I find those interesting then I’ll give it a whirl. Now Kelly’s only other movie The Box is much more confusing in my opinion, as it is based off of an 80s Twilight Zone episode about a mystery box that kills someone randomly somewhere else. Also worth a watch but not as good as Southlake Tales in my opinion.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:56 AM)
    @Bam: I did think it ended slightly abruptly however.
    Ugh, stuff like epic movie…there was a time in my younger days where I’d mostly watch silly comedies as a teenager =<
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    @Bam: I know that I got much much more out of Donnie Darko when I was a teenager.
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    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    How can this be the worst movie when we have Disaster Movie, Epic Movie etc.? I think it was unfairly treated by many who where offended by its left politics and lampooning of Republicans, and some by its religious imagery. It all makes sense once you consider that in the story the earth IS slowing down and throwing off people’s mental equilibrium. That Rock line near the end: “the fourth dimension will collapse upon itself, you stupid bitch!” will forever be remembered.
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    (Saturday, Apr 25. 2015 05:52 AM)
    @Bam: I suppose this goes to show that just because films have low ratings I shouldn’t ignore them based on that.

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