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Un-Go Gets A Little Scary

Oct 20, 2011 @ 16:25 CDT

An anime simultaneously shota and bishoujo, Un-Go returns with mysteries surrounding prosthetic pop idols – revealing the city to be essentially in a state of corrupt law and twisted values short of martial law.

Before going into the action, Un-Go’s two main characters of Shinjuro and Inga are messing around outside a building, awaiting the latest release of a virtual idol’s song. Some glasses allow the two to perceive a fictional pixel based female as if she were physically present. Shinjuro mentions he was hired to stand in the lengthy line of fanatics awaiting the digital diva’s new track, yet that story ends as soon as it began as government agents raid the place – prohibiting the sale of the song, and confiscate all relevant products from the shop.

It’s obvious at this point the society seen in Un-Go is not average – as we learned last episode, much of the city still consists of debris and devastation as result of a war. On top of that, this episode blatantly teaches us of the turmoil first hand – the government is extending an unfair amount of control of aspects of citizen life. That however is not the focus of this episode, yet one should keep it in mind for the overall tale of Un-Go.

Continuing along with the plot at hand, a wealthy women has been murdered and the story specific to her death is quite puzzling – a women arriving at a locations mentions to have forgotten her luggage, she offers the cab driver some cash in exchange to retrieve it from her at a mansion. The cab driver complies, yet his iniquitous side prevails, prompting him to open the case unauthorized before delivery – after coming to realize the contents however, he certainly regrets his actions as inside there is nothing more than a dead body.

Expired diabolical bastard Rinroku was quick to devise a fable and pose it as truth for the public to ingest – thankfully however, in the meantime a real detective, the seasoned Shinjuro was contracted to solve the crime by the victim’s daughter, Osada An. Arriving at her humble adobe, he hears her serene singing and makes note of her majestic voice.

Shinjuro’s investigation carries on to expose some connections of the murder – the victim was manager of an idol group “Yanagahime 3+1″. The group in question sprouted around the time of war in order to invigorate hope and esprit de corps. Supposedly, it was originally a four shoujo unit of singers yet one of them died during a terrorist attack, complete with video of the incident. Shinjuro, with the aide of Inga’s unavoidable question, reveal there to have only been three members of the sensational group.

The fourth is but a fabricated fraud – a doctored video devised to deceive the masses, and the voice of this unreal idol is none other than the victim’s daughter, the only who hired Shinjuro to begin with. It was she who murdered her mother out of anger, and partially revenge – her mother exploited her voice as a child, utilizing it for the fictional fourth member of Yanagahime. Although ignorant to the matter of the situation at the time as she was merely a child, growing up An came to understand the magnitude of what her mother’s done.

An’s anguish however lied in that her mother prohibited her from becoming a singer, An’s single dream in life, as it would expose the truth behind the crew of lies. In simple terms, An’s singing career was sabotaged before it even had a chance to begin – enticing a rage which led her to stab her mother, and thus, leaves us with the current situation.

She committed the crime, in hopes her dream can finally come to fruition – yet the disgusting dogs of government make it impossible, and even cover the fact she’s responsible for the atrocious act. Life can merely continue on sorrowfully for her – yet Shinjuro did do her a final favor. Although illegal, he had her song distributed across the net – a battle of networking packets and data transfer censorship commences, yet successfully, the song makes it live across the net.

A magnificent end for what is proving itself to be a monumental anime. Public faces and powerful forces behind the shadows of society attempt to propel the city under their self-saving guidance, yet a single man accompanied by a gender-bending bishoujo shota takes on the lies head on in search of something which not even he knows himself.


  • Shrubbery says:

    As with several of this season’s anime, I want to like Un-Go. However, the mysteries so far are too easily solved, the horror elements are not scary, and the characters involved are rather shallow. There’s no angst, no passion, nothing that makes me want to tune in again until the very end of the series (maybe except for the explanation about Shinjuro’s and Inga’s strange relationship). An episode of Case Closed is better than this.

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