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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  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:25 PM)
    @Kaiser: EoE is one my favorite anime of all time. Once you ditch the superfluous religious imagery the rest makes sense. Human Instrumentaly succeeds, everyone turns to LCL then the conduit fails as some reject it and regain form. Deep in the fiction end of SciFi, but makes in-universe sense.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:17 PM)
    I don’t want a happy ending, what I want is something I can wrap my head around at least.
    I’d doubt it’d be as disturbing as end of evangelion though.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:16 PM)
    Now does it have problems? of course. I mentioned the most prominent ones and their causes in my first comment. Does its issues outweigh the entertainment value? depends on your personality. Keep in mind that there is no such a thing as a universally flawless creation. Every anime/manga/film/book has a community of haters; some sincere and some are just attention-seeking contrarians.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:10 PM)
    It wouldn’t have been that hard for the 3rd movie to tie a nice bow on the events of the 2nd film and acted as everything was fine, that would’ve certainly pleased the masses, but that also would’ve made it a monument to artistic compromise. If you want feel-good material you’re barking up the wrong tree. Like Ramsey says in Game of Thrones “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:06 PM)
    I reserve judgment on the entirety of the Rebuild movies until I see the final one. That’s the one that will either elevate it or completely run it into the ground. there are few who seem to understand what they were going for in 3.0 since yeah it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as 2.0 with it’s action-packed finale and Shinji finally doing something and saving Rei, but Eva is not about satisfaction but failure and loss.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:01 PM)
    I’m actually really looking forward to the 4th film.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:59 PM)
    I’ll admit it now as a mature adult, I was ragging against Eva too much for getting into an argument with a friend years ago when I was a teenager about it and he understood better than I did and I felt thick and that he picked up on it more easily than I did. He’ll be laughing/gloating when I tell him I gave the franchise another chance through the movies, this is still a joke among my friends about me and the show.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:54 PM)
    I’m recalling my brother’s vie on Eva the series vs the reboot:
    That he feels “The films are entertaining but un-neccesary because you don’t fix a piece of work that isn’t broken”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:53 PM)
    Now the characters are emotionally a bit blank because that’s what Anno wanted. To show the mental isolation of the protagonist they needed to keep him separated and tormented. Liking/hating this is a matter of taste. Now we also have Kaji, Fuyutsuki and others to move the plot and Mari for lightening up the mood, the latter which I also didn’t enjoy, but it didn’t really ruin anything.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:47 PM)
    Now was Eva bad or good is matter of opinion that is completely separate from it’s ‘relevance’. I believe it was fantastic for it’s time and slim budget. The parts that were actually animated were done real well. The style was so influential the biggest company in the game right now (including Ufotable) copy and allude to it.

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