Eighth episode of a series surrounding serious stories, mysteries, and moe, Un-Go, is a complicated one as it encircles an outcome anticipated – yet in a manner more so puzzling than even the original problem itself.
The agreeably great detective Shinjurou was lost within a world we assumed was a dream – and not shockingly at all, it indeed was. The “prisoner” who “calls himself a novelist” somehow manipulated not only Shinjurou, but other prisoners and guards as well into living an alternate reality within this fantasy realm. From the other side of the world, the actuality in which everyone still has their sanity – Inga and Kazamori have been grueling over attempts to rescue our main character as he’s been absent from their life at this point for several days.
Having went inside a prison to speak with a convict within, he hasn’t returned – rather, he’s become imprisoned himself. And for what crime is the Great Detective guilty of? Murder. Everything occurring throughout the obscure illusory dimension is but a different viewpoint of events truly taking place in the true world. Someone did in fact die, yet it was not “the director” – it was a guard who the entire time appeared to Shinjurou’s deceived eyes as a director.
As Shinjurou’s been away for a fairly lengthy time considering he only went in for a visit, Kaishou Rie, the girl who seems to have a interest of the romantic type in regards to our great detective, becomes involved in the matter of his captivity as a maid alongside her female investigator friend – acting in conjunction with Shinjurou’s crew of gender-bending shota and artificial life form with advanced intelligence.
Rie enters the prison in search of Shinjurou – however not before receiving specially made handcuffs from Kazamori.
It’s Kazamori who truly liberates Shinjurou from the scenic nightmare – recovering information about his whereabouts and situation, attempting to engage in a conversation as he’s engulfed in atmospheric fables, and ultimately does she serve to be as his savior, awakening him through her modified handcuffs which sent some electricity of affection his way. Kaishou Rie did meet up with Shinjurou, yet she was simply sucked into the fictional play herself – just short of totally failing since she did however end up getting Kazamori’s handcuffs to our detective.
With one mystery being solved inside by the no longer hypnotized Shinjurou, another is being realized outside by Inga and a particularly sharp witted side-character of an investigator.
Confusingly simple – that’s the ideal two words to define this episode. It’s all straightforward as explained by characters within the series itself – yet what remains when that is cleared up is how can any of this be possible to begin with, as well as, why would anyone go through the trouble. This leads us to the next episode preview – showing us an angered Shinjurou, upset for whatever reason, kicking over furniture. As well as offering short glimpses of a levitating loli character with arcane attributes whom will likely have a major role starting up soon.
On another note, Kazamori and Inga’s actions seem to be so sincere when regarding Shinjurou. Kazamori’s appears to be one more out of honest adoration, possibly gratitude for him having saved her earlier, yet maybe even one of a misunderstood pseudo-human romance. As for Inga, she’s more worrying to see. Inga does offer the impression of being appreciative of Shinjurou – however once “souls” and “truths” become part of the relationship, it makes it all come off as a negative one.
Questions and curiosity, perhaps that might be the meaning of “Un-Go”.