Anime: Un-go

Merry Christmas! Hope that you’ve had a wonderful time with family and friends on this special holiday!

I’ve been spending the last few days just catching up on some of the newer animes like Un-go and also reading the last book of the Wicked series! So yes, expect a review on that soon!

Anyway, about Un-go. Pretty run of the mill detective story, except for the assistant – Inga who gives the anime a supernatural twist. Most of the episodes are standalone, but one can see a general overarching plot forming about halfway, which gives a pretty exciting finish for the anime. I think I watch WAY too many detective shows, beginning to be able to spot plot twists and suspects a mile away (confession: I watch nearly all of the current american crime shows.) That being said, I like the premise of Un-go, they’ve taken the work of Ango Sakaguchi and given it new life. I’ve never read the original work, but it was written in the Meiji era and the anime we have is  futuristic. The anime shows that Japan has gone through a recent war (in the future) and it is post-war Japan that we are dealing with once again. The main character Yuuki Shinjuurou is a brilliant detective who never fails to get to the truth of the matter, however this truth is covered up by Rinroku Kaishou who is very influential in post-war Japan and who is also a detective and controls all media and information in Japan.

Although the anime starts off with single episodes stories, the general theme seems to be the fight between Yuuki and Rinroku. Add to this a fairly interesting cast of supporting characters and you get a well thought out and well executed anime. I can’t say much more without giving the whole plot away, but believe me when I say that this isn’t like Gosick or Kamisama no Memochou. There is more to this anime that meets the eye. Taken at face value, this anime is a good detective show. Taken at the deeper level, this anime questions what the truth is and at what cost are we willing to reveal it. Not bad for an anime with only 11 episodes.

Of course there is the question of who is Inga and how did he/she and Yuuki meet. That question is never answered in the anime, but they did have a movie for it. I haven’t watched said movie yet, but it doesn’t seem to affect the main series too much.

I enjoyed this series so much I’m hoping for a second season. Yuuki is an interesting character and it’s fun watching him solve mysteries. My only wish is that the mysteries would be slightly more complex.

All in all, a good watch. It’s not jaw-droppingly amazing, but given the quality of recent detective shows, I think this is one of the better ones that have appeared recently.


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