Anime Review: Un-Go Episode 3

October 26, 2012


Well, I was planning to review the last of the three books I asked to review, but as I have not finished it yet, mainly due to distractions, I cannot do that. However, I can continue on the shows that I have purchased season passes. Today, I will be reviewing Un-Go episode 3.

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


While a family prays to their deceased family member, one of them wants to go get the head of the family. However, when the head is found, he stops the person from advancing a further, only to find him on fire moments later. Because it is the anniversary of the death of the previous head, many members think it is a curse, but somebody does not agree, and since Kaishou's daughter does not want any more cases covered up, Yuki must now find out the truth behind the recent family head's death.


I am not so sure about this one. This case certainly seemed interesting, in terms of how it was set up. Also, I cannot say that the obvious ruined this one too much. After all, mystery fans do not like things that are too obvious. However, I cannot really think of anything else that was so great about this episode. Since the case was set up pretty well, there is at least some good to be seen.


Although there was some good, there are certainly some issues. Like the previous episode, I just could not feel any excitement in this case. Things still were not that easy to follow, so there is no way to draw enough information to determine the answer to the case. In fact, the obvious was pretty much the only thing that could be picked up on our own. The characters even took awhile to notice the most obvious fact. I had my suspicions that the dead person was not real, but I do not think I caught on to it quickly. After all, just because somebody does not say word, does not mean that they do not exist. The things that made me suspicious were the fact that the victim mainly lived a comfortable life and nobody even saw his face. I have encountered a case where a character does not show their face and did not say a word publicly, but I think that was much more believable that they existed than the masks featured here. Also, this is the second episode in a row where there was a case involving somebody that was thought to have existed. I am not too sure about the rest of you guys, but I think there needs to be a different kinds of case already. At least, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as Gosho Aoyama mix things up. The fact that only the obvious can be found out on one's own and the most obvious was not really suspicious early on, I cannot really say that anything has improved.

Despite the fact that the case was set up pretty well, the fact that things do not seem improved makes me feel like the series really is a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction skip this, because it is not that easy to pick up the necessary details before anyone else in the show. As for everyone else, the fact that the show has not been doing well for three episodes straight really makes me recommend this be skipped.

What are your thoughts on Un-Go episode 3? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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