Un-Go 09 – Beginning of the End

Un-Go’s ninth episode begins on an ominous note with Inga looking over the ruined city. Three things are heard during this short opener: Cicadas, a breeze and a gunshot. These few seconds set a somber mood and it dominates the rest of episode. I thought it’d be worth a mention that cicadas too, are considered symbols of reincarnation.

Introducing Bettenou to the story changes the mystery game in Un-Go. The show presents Benttenou as a deity, and one that Inga fears. She’s an existence that has the power to create truths from lies, and this really messes with how the viewer interprets the events happening onscreen– the mystery behind Kaishou’s crime isn’t really about ‘who did it’ but how we separate what is ‘reality’ and what is a ‘lie’, slightly reminiscent of Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent (which I have yet to finish by the way).

The characterization here was very well done as well. Once again, Shinjurou is rash about his conclusions whenever it involves a party he dislikes.   As Inga watches him throw a fit, he coolly tells him that Shinjurou can’t win in the state he’s in. While Un-Go may not seem to have the best characterization, the cast boasts of consistency regardless of the emotional state they’re in. Also, it’s been a while since Inga’s powers have been used to force someone to tell the truth in order to solve a case.

With only two episodes left, I think it’s safe to say that Un-Go may be one of the best NoitaminA shows to air this year and I’m still bitter about it not getting 22 episodes like Guilty Crown, especially when they’re pushing Black Rock Shooter to February. Who knows when we’ll get another series as interesting as this? Yeah, I’m butthurt about it.

Note: I have Chapter 3 of the Un-Go Ingaron manga running in Monthly Newtype. I just need to scan it. Sadly, my scanner is broken so it’ll take a while.

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  1. I rewatched this episode and even then I couldn’t work out which parts were real and which were Bettenou’s magic! At first I thought maybe Hayami was using Bettenou (and is actually the Big Bad), but I’ve gone off that theory in favour of Kaishou being behind everything. Can’t wait for the next episode!

    I wouldn’t mind this show being only 11 episodes if the ending turns out to be really good and wraps everything up neatly. Also, BRS is being pushed back to February because NoitaminA are airing 3 episodes of Thermae Romae in January. I love the manga so I’m overjoyed to hear it’s being animated.

    • I think it was Marow who pointed out Hayami having several arrows pointed at him in the ED, I wonder if that’s a way of the show telling us something about him. Like you, I’m choosing between Hayami and Kaishou! Urgh, I can’t wait!

      Also, BRS is being pushed back to February because NoitaminA are airing 3 episodes of Thermae Romae in January.

      Oh? I didn’t know! So is it just going to be a 3 episode thing? Like a special or something? I’ve never heard of it before but my googling expedition tells me its quite interesting.

  2. Whelp, by the end of today we should know more, hopefully.

    I have my own guesses at what is going on but nothing I’m that confident about. I get the sense that *if* it’s Hayami (or a faction involving Hayami) then this entire scenario is some complicated ploy to get Inga to ask the Kaishou something. The issue with this line of thinking is that we (think we) know that Shinjurou and Inga would both love to do that anyways, so I’m at a loss as to why it’d require so much planning and subterfuge to arrange that? “So that the question winds up aired on tv” seems too much in the “just as planned” category to really buy.

    • With the 1oth episode aired, it’s hard to tell what the finale has instore for us. So far, none of the motives have been clear and I think Inga is the wildcard because it’s hard to understand the logic he/she stands by. I’m too excited for next week!

  3. this show really keeps amping it up. i’m both excited to see what they do with the finale and incredibly sad that it’s going to be over considering i haven’t had this much food for thought with a series (of any medium) in quite some time. can’t wait to hear your thoughts on episode 10. i’m just very impressed with everything!

    • It’ll be a sad day when Un-Go ends seeing as this is one of the most impressive shows I’ve had the opportunity to cover this year, I wrote my thoughts on episode 10 just now and well– it was pretty amazing too!

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