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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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