Anime Review: Un-Go Episode 11

December 21, 2012


Well, today is supposedly the dreaded day. However, many of us are still here. I hope you all got your Christmas shopping done. As for me, I got that completed some time ago, as I stated in the opening of my review of Bleach: Hell Verse. Anyway, a nice thing that I got today was the final episode of one of my season passes, but I will wait until early part of the week of the 31st to have a series review, to see if I do get the prequel episode with my season pass. Today, I will be reviewing Un-Go episode 11.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.


Even though the funereal for Kaisho has come and gone, people involved in the bombing case receive an invitation in a black envelope to a gathering. Because of the belief that Kaisho is dead, everyone wonders who set up the gathering, which was intended to reveal the mastermind.


I thought that this episode was okay. Now that the case is over, I can actually judge it by more than whether or not it was easy to follow. Things were not very obvious, which was certainly nice and something that fans of detective, mystery, and crime all want. The culprit was especially not obvious. In fact, it showed that Kaisho did not have Bettenou. Many of you, as well as myself, believed that Kaisho was responsible, but I was not really locked in on the fact that Kaisho was the culprit. It sure did make it more interesting for him to be a criminal than on the side of the law. On the other hand, people that got the same kind of degree as me or those that are IT professional, as well as other people know that troubleshooting and/or problem solving is matter of isolating things, which itself depends on no information remaining the same throughout. Speaking of Kaisho, neither he nor Inga ruined anything in this episode, which was certainly nice. As I stated numerous times before, they usually make things hard to follow by either showing up for no reason or going too fast. In fact, they did things at a decent pace. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything good. The fact that things were not very obvious, as well as the fact that Kaisho and Inga have not ruined things for a while, makes things look good.


While the episode was okay, there were definitely some issues. First, the culprit was not so obvious. I know I may sound like a hypocrite here, because I have always said it was a good thing in Detective Conan (Case Closed) and detective, mystery, and crime fiction in general, but I could not even think about anything good to say about it here, which is why I am listing it as a negative. What makes it bad here is that we never really get to know the characters throughout most of the series. We do not really have any moments of feeling anything for the characters. At least in Detective Conan (Case Closed) and a few of Agatha Christie works, we at least get to know people through the investigative work done, such as questioning people. In this case especially there was not a whole lot of investigative work done, at least that we could see on screen. Even Gosick let us get to know the characters a bit, even though investigative work was much less present than somebody going to Victorique and not knowing that they already had all the details, which is why the first case of that anime is so obvious. Yes, Detective Conan (Case Closed) and Poirot and Holmes had their cases where motives were not revealed until the final moments, but they were also much more exciting. After all, who would have suspected that the same number of people that make up a jury in the US also committed the crime because of a similar connection in Murder on the Orient Express? Here, however, the last minute motive did not make me feel anything, not even satisfaction that the case was finally over. Incidentally, not feeling anything does not come from the case resolution alone. Normally, when a series ends, there is something to be enjoyed. For example, Ed gave up alchemy to get Al back at the end of the FMA manga and FMAB anime and learned an important lesson. Ed and Al did not get everything back, mainly because Ed decided to keep some of his automail limbs, but I was satisfied and felt happy not only about the happy ending but that Ed had definitely grown. Here, on the other hand, I just do not get that satisfying ending that Bones delivered in FMAB and felt like things were dragging on. Finding a good ending for something is not really easy, but not ending things at the right time can definitely ruin a story. The final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy certainly felt like it dragged on, but at least they did not have some unexplained relationship between two characters like it seemed with Rie and Yuki in the end of this show. Since when has Rie felt anything for Yuki or vice versa? This is yet another problem caused by not knowing our characters, which seems to point back to my thoughts on my first complaint. The fact that very little investigative work has been, as well as not having known our characters causes an overall unsatisfactory ending to the series and case seems to damage more than just this episode.

Despite the good about this episode and considering that I am already complaining about the series overall in the final episode, I will say that this has been the worst episode ever, even more so than Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 6, and a waste of time. I recommend everyone, no matter what you are a fan of or your interests, to skip this.

What are your thoughts on Un-Go episode 11? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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