Anime review: UN-GO

Hello guys. As I’m procrastinating these days, I write it quite early, to be honest. I have to do like, two school projects, an essay, redo a school exam, learn for the next midterms and other online stuff I need to finish like this review. Yay. If you follow my twitter, you may see I’ve been drawing more actively these days and it’s fun to do. I don’t know how much I can draw, but I’ll try to draw at least once a month. My hand-drawn stuff with ink, I don’t know when I’ll do that. I still have 3 requests back at home, so who knows when I’m finishing that, as I have no inspiration. That aside, let’s continue on with the actual review instead of talking about this stuff.

This anime, I found it randomly I guess. I can’t even remember when and how I added this on my list. Well, whatever. It’s based on Sakaguchi Ango’s novel “Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonocho”. I don’t know about the novel itself, but I was curious about the anime, because of its description and some comments I saw. It also got a manga series, where the events are slightly different from the anime, it says. It got released around the time of when the anime got aired, so you can just read and watch them separately. It also has a movie, which is the prequel and a web parody. And this is all the information I have about the anime.

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Synopsis

In a dystopian future, detective Shinjuurou Yuuki—known by some as the “Defeated Detective”—solves mysteries throughout Tokyo. Aided by his odd associate Inga, Shinjuurou’s insight and ingenuity in cracking cases, particularly homicides, lead to numerous mysteries solved and culprits caught. However, his partner seems to have some other, more sinister intentions for the people they catch, and the truth of the assistant’s identity and motivation is shrouded in secrecy.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Opinion

This anime was something I was looking for, for quite a long time. A anti-hero protagonist, who doesn’t care about getting judged. He just points out the truth. Really a nice idea. The dystopian world added quite a lot of motives for people and a good back-story. I think this is an interesting concept, because dystopia worlds are often not really built that well these days. Of course, there are exceptions but they’re quite rare. There are quite a lot of good concepts, but the way they’ve worked the concept out is often bad. This one, has been worked out quite well.

The story is good. It moves per 1-2 episodes most of the time. And the last story a bit longer. It’s told in chronological order, but the series contains arcs which finish cleanly with a clear ending. They tell it in a way that there’s a small main plot, but it isn’t as important as the arcs themselves. The plot is good as you can try and figure it out yourself, but not that well as you don’t always get all the clues and the supernatural only gives a bit of extra in the beginning but gets more important later on. It is well-balanced.

UN-GO theme 1The main character is definitely a round character. I felt some characters were a bit flat, when they should be round, but it’s not that bad. I think some should have had a bit more character, but for other characters, it helped to keep up with the mysterious feeling. Still, it would have been better if they weren’t that flat. I think it was better if they got some more personality, but because of it, it’s still making a somewhat more solid story.

There isn’t that much character development. It is from Rie, but like, she was your “I’m just a normal sheltered lady who is naïve” and she went to “the world is not unfair” kind fo thought. It’s interesting how she changed, but still not that well. I mean, character development isn’t the most important thing here anyways. Solving the murder cases and other things are more important. Shinjuurou had like, a little bit of character development, but he already had it and it is probably seen in the movie, but I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t know.

The animation was quite good for an anime from Winter 2011. I liked the style as it was a nice style. It’s a bit of the older styles, but gives it a modern feeling on the other hand. So well done.

And I wanted to talk about the Opening and the Ending of the anime. It was good. I really liked the Opening and Ending. Please search them up

Opening: “How to go” by school food punishment

“Fantasy” by LAMA

So, I will give this anime an 8,5/10. I really liked this. Although I would’ve liked some more information about how it came to a dystopia, it still gives you some info and a lot of cares are related to it, so you learn about it eventually. Maybe more character in the anime was good too but I like the mysteries they gave out, so it’s all right for me. It gives you another side of how reality works.

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And this was it for this week. I recommend you to watch it if you like grey endings. Grey endings mean the ending is not bad nor good.

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