Un-Go isn’t the sort of show that hits you over the head with it’s themes. Yes, there are themes and ideas more obvious than the others but Un-Go never tries to overplay them. It takes things in moderation, and this isn’t something I find often in the recent anime I’ve watched. Yes, there is a lot going on and the pacing was all over the place when it started but once you follow the show every week, it’s easy to get used to how Un-Go flows as a story.
The themes in Un-Go all interconnect in one way or another, and the reoccurring characters in this arc prove that. The Prison Arc in particular, points out how war is being turned into a ‘toy’, and that’s with each character having their personal agendas and using Kaishou’s post-war contributions against him. They way things have played out, it appears it’s Kaishou who possesses a clear vision of what is in front of him. Chances are that this series is going to go ahead and crush that trust under its heels but watching Kaishou’s reactions during the trial have me convinced that he’s just as baffled as everyone else.
Speaking of the trial, it was possibly the most intense moment of the whole episode. The commotion and clamor following Izumi’s big reveal is a large contrast to how the case was being treated before the existence of a document altering software was revealed. You could see most of the people involved weren’t necessarily taking it as seriously as they ought have been. That is, until Kaishou’s suspicious actions are revealed.
There’s also a jab at how people naturally jump at the wildest conclusions whenever something terrible happens. Kaishou speaks of how people often feel that the truth is being hidden from them, and then there are those who believe that they are the only ones who have arrived at the truth. His philosophy is simple: “There are an innumerable number of truths.” Kaishou sees things differently and while his words do strike me as being hypocritical– what exactly do we know about Kaishou? He too, must have his own reasons as to while he decides to cover up the ‘truth’.
I love the script in Un-Go. It’s dialogue heavy but it never, never gets boring. This episode in particular mostly had characters exchanging words. The voice acting here shines through, and it’s the sort of acting unusual of anime. I found Izumi’s breakdown during Kaishou’s funeral to be an excellent example of how voice acting can speak volumes about a certain character.
Another aspect to this episode that I really liked was Shinjurou doing his information gathering. The scene with the Novelist in particular was weird with Kazamori cutting his mouth open like nothing. It’s just weird and nonsensical but somehow the characters all decide to overlook it.
The novelist elaborates on Bettenou’s rules and restrictions, giving Shinjurou more data to go by. Listen…Guys, I love it when a series goes on about rules and restrictions and how these characters are required to comply to aforementioned rules and restrictions. Things like these are vital to stories in that it adds realism and highlights the importance of cause and effect. I recall mentioning this on my post on the fourth episode and I’ll repeat it again, Un-Go is a show that isn’t too immersed in it’s own absurdity or its supernatural elements. Bettenou and Inga have their own weaknesses and their own goals too, but in one way or another– it’s not completely impossible for either Kaishou or Shinjurou to comprehend and analyze their actions regardless if they’re spirits or deities.
Dude, I just want to eat souls.
The biggest, and perhaps one of the most important mysteries here is how it’s hard to find out what Inga’s motives are throughout the first two episodes of this arc. Bettenou is being controlled by someone, Shinjurou just wants to seek the truth while Kaishou obviously wanted (? – It’s not like we’re 100% sure he’s dead) to prove his innocence…what’s in it for Inga? Is it really that difficult to east human souls without killing them? I was under the impression that she was fine with her current arrangement with Shinjurou too.
The other mystery would be who exactly is controlling Bettenou? We’ve seen a mysterious silhouette from time to time and it resembles Hayami’s stature a lot. If the scene in the trial is any indication, Hayami has feelings for Izumi and the Diet member (the girl with glasses) is very aware of this. There’s also the involvement of Mizuno to be considered. There’s a chance that there are multiple people involved in framing Kaishou but we’ll never know until the next episode.
Fantastic background art for this series. I’m surprised to see CG cars and doors but this show’s visuals are enough to make up for that.