Posted by psgels on 22 December 2011 with categories: Un-Go

And here we have Un-Go’s ending, which I must say pleased me a lot. There are some parts that never got answered, like what really went on in the previous arc, but this was very worthy as a finale itself.

Probably the weakest part was the motivation of the bad guy, which while plausible, also felt a little weak. I personally believe that he also had a grudge against Kaishou’s practices during the war, and that that together, along with coming in the possession of someone as powerful as Bettenou caused him to do it.

This was a great murder mystery though. What made it especially interesting was that Kaishou, despite being innocent in this case, still isn’t entirely clean. He could easily have pulled off something like what he was framed for, and I think that that was what made the previous episodes so believable. The string of revelations at the studio also was great. The pacing again caused the story to come together very nicely.

What’s also interesting is that this episode didn’t have the biggest budget. It was mostly just very good explanation and exposition, with one really big explanation. Suddenly Inga came up from out of nowhere and started chasing Bettenou with some awesome animation. It probably wasn’t even the case of a big budget here, but rather that Bones got themselves one really good animator, and specifically put him on that particular scene. It works perfect to give a bit of an action-packed climax here in an otherwise dialogue-filled ending.

Overall, this season was unique in the way that my three favorite series all somehow ended up airing on the same day: for me Penguin Drum, Hyouge Mono and Un-Go rank as the top of the past three months, and Aikawa Shou did it again. I really like this guy as a scriptwriter and with this, he also shows that he’s great at noitamina series. There still is a prequel OVA left, to which this episode dropped a lot of hints. Looking forward to it!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. Diasen says:

    Episode felt too short.

  2. Mira says:

    Probably the weakest part was the motivation of the bad guy, which while plausible, also felt a little weak.

    I can see why it would be a weak motivation, but it fit Hayami perfectly. He’s a bit too simple minded, he doesn’t have any grandiose illusions– he just wants Izumi to recognize him.

    This ending was amazing though, I’d love a season two. Although the sales probably aren’t good enough to guarantee that.

  3. Alec says:

    I actually love Hayami’s motivation.

    Sure it’s weak, but it’s unique. It’s not like one of those over-the-top motives you see in anime when a character commits a crime

  4. Whisperer says:

    this felt like the end of a first story-arc, not a finale. Also, I’d deduced most of Kaishou’s plan from the previous episode, but
    1. I was still rooting for Full Circle, as they at least were great providers of lulz.
    2. I still don’t get what Bettenou was exactly. Or what Inga is. Sigh, guess there’s that movie coming up.
    3. Heh, the guy with the arrows pointing at him from the ED, heh heh.

    Overall, anime just felt too short. Watched it in 2 days, first part (standalones + prison eps) felt superior to the Kaishou arc.

  5. Guest says:

    The way it ended I almost wonder if they got some advance notice that, say, preorders were suddenly higher than anticipated? I liked the finale but it seemed like a sudden turn to the “let’s do season 2″ ending (like with Tiger + Bunny)….at least a man can dream, can’t he?

  6. imredjimmy says:

    I liked it but I still want more. The OVA will be a welcome addition to the series! I’m surprised here that they let a main character be the villain, I wasn’t really expecting that. UnGo was a short and sweet series, I probably won’t remember it two years from now but it was quite fun to watch a new episode very friday :)

  7. djrunn3r says:

    Didn’t someone call Hayami out on being the culprit a few episodes back?

  8. Esmeralda31 says:

    A delusion. Worse than Guilty Crown and Persona 4.

  9. Left says:

    I thought Hayami might be the villain from the moment I saw all those arrows pointing at him in the ED. That, and the fact that he was with Kaishou when they were looking for Bettenou in the first place.

    I actually really enjoyed this series. I watched this with Mawaru Penguin, but for some reason, I preferred this one to the latter. With Mawaru, there were too many WTFs and it felt like it was trying way too hard. In contrast, I loved the laidback atmosphere to this anime. Am certainly looking forward to the OVA.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:26 AM)
    And I found the monogatari franchise to be a massive letdown/waste of potential after showing some genuine promise with two of its earlier arcs, only for it to get so caught up in itself quickly and then losing me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:21 AM)
    I do believe that a nonsensical narrative can increase enjoyment and creativity of something and I dislike being spoonfed information but it won’t automatically make me enjoy every show/film/etc that uses that approach.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:08 AM)
    In both attempts that I tried to get through darker than black I felt that it could have been so much more were it not so episodic and that it could have gone into more depth, as it stands the show never really worked for me beyond the ovas, some of the action scenes and Yins background.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 12:03 AM)
    I agree that there are loose threads in Evangelion that were probably never fully developed by the committee, and a lot of symbolism (primarily Christian) that were only there for flare and edginess. But everything I say is backed up by the information available in the material or straight from the infodumps. If you see the Eva proposal to TXN (Tokyo TV) you can see that everything, and so much more actually, was planned from the beginning; albeit some stuff did change when Anno lost his mind.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:58 PM)
    The alpha strike was to infiltrate Central Dogma and take command and eliminate everyone inside. Seele is not really a sentimental type, if you hadn’t notice, so a ouple of hundred casualties before everyone turns to goop is pretty inconsequential.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    @Aidan: Gendo is one of the few at NERV (if not the only one) who knows about the scrolls and the truth behind the Evas, and keep in mind Shinji is primarily piloting 01 just to get his acceptance; so he was certainly needed. Plus in the original series you need an intermediate vessel to connect thru an entry plug (Shinji and Asukas, moms) so not any kid will do. This is before the dummy plug and Toji mind you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:50 PM)
    There is being obtuse and indirect. And then there’s just being plain nonsensical. I don’t want to spell out everything but I hate to see people tie thin threads together and act like it was some great master-plan when it could just as well have been a guy just throwing any random shit together that he could think of. Ikuhara for one got away with that bullshit far too often.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:45 PM)
    @Bam, And why was alpha strike necessary? If the goal is to destroy the evas and such then why not do as I suggested. Remove Gendo. Then it would be a piece of cake. And killing everyone just seems excessive and really unnecessary.
    Pretty sure anyone in Shinji’s class was suitable to be an evangelion pilot. And alright, shinji’s connection to the Eva is a reason to keep him in. But Gendo…not so much. He doesn’t influence it in any real way personally.

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