Alex: Ouch. Be it one thing after another, I ended up accidently dropping coverage of UN-GO…and now that the final episode rolls around, i’ve got no less than 4 episodes to watch to catch up. Thankfully they’re all part of the climax, but still >>
If i’m honest, I stopped watching because Umineko was released lately. And now that I am watching it, I can’t help but compare the two. And it doesn’t come up favorably for UN-GO. Not to say that it’s a bad mystery, because in terms of mystery anime, it sets a dizzying high for anime to aspire to, with complex cases and well…everything is complex, yet not rushed and not overly complex.
However, some of it doesn’t work well.The detective’s “watson” is what i’m talking about here. Inga is a fascinating character with a very interesting power…the ability to make people answer just one question of hers honestly without hiding anything. What kind of person creates a fascinating chracter yet doesn’t develop them or do anything with them, just leave them in the background without taking the effort to develop them or anything.I’m well aware that there’s a movie called Inga-ron coming out, but that’s no excuse for not developing her at all. Yet her power breaks the first rule of classic detectives…that supernatural methods must not be used as a detective method. They thankfully don’t abuse this god-moded power, but still…
So, what does this mean to the viewer? This means that UN-GO isn’t your classic mystery. And as such, that doesn’t mean it abides by the rules of a classic mystery. The cases doesn’t have to be solveable and the cases don’t have to make logical sense until the detective reasons it out. That does take away part of the fun of trying to solve the cases before our “Defeated Detective” solves them. Ultimatly, this means that UN-GO is just fun and not a proper mystery. However, that doesn’t change the fact that UN-GO tries it’s best to make it solveable and accessable to the average viewer.
UN-GO also makes it fun and enjoyable. It’s built on a complex scenario, with a complex set of cases and some complex characters, but that doesn’t stop anything from becoming fun. No, infact it makes it works in a rather surprising way. Because it’s complex and can be hard to understand, the way that it’s layed out and presented to everyone makes it easy to understand whilst being hard to understand. You get the impression that in the short 11 episodes, you’ve jumped into a perfectly complex scenario and that UN-GO has gone on for longer than it really has. It’s engaging, it’s fascinating and it’s charming in it’s own way.
But it’s not a proper mystery. So don’t go in expecting a proper mystery; go in expecting something enjoyable and complex. You won’t be disappointed.
Alex’s Score: 8.5 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)
Dusk’s Score: 8.5 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)