Anime Review: Un-Go Episode 5

November 12, 2012


Now that the books I ordered have all been covered, I can finally get to the latest episodes in my season passes. Today, I will be reviewing Un-Go episode 5.

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


People have gathered to remember those that have lost their lives, or so they thought. Others have come looking for gold. However, before the situation can be dealt with, when blood is seen at somebody's feet, Yuki goes to check out where it came from and find blood at the base of the statue, which reveals two corpse that have apparently been stabbed. Now, Yuki must find the true culprit.


I am not too sure about this one. The case was setup pretty well and not too much was obvious. I truly did feel like trying to find the party responsible. This is something that detective, mystery, and crime fiction actually want from their series. I even like how Rie chastised Yuki for giving up early on the case. We are like that ourselves sometimes. We give up on things because they are too difficult. On the other hand, a lesson without pain is meaningless. Those difficulties that happen when things do not go our way teaches us what we need to know. For Yuki here, he learned that making assumptions were bad, though I am not too sure how well he learned it. I have said it multiple times on this blog and I will say it again. Assumptions will blind people to the truth more than gathering all the information. However, I cannot really think of much else that I enjoyed. With only two or three things going for it, I cannot really see much improvement.


Although there was some good, there were certainly issues or annoyances. Having read Detective Conan (Case Closed) recently, I found this one a bit dull. Like always, much of our information comes from Kaisho, who has been sitting in front of a computer for most of the show. Fans of detective, mystery, and crime want to find clues and information during the investigation, but we only get our information from Kaisho. This really makes me think that Yuki is not that great of a detective. At least, Holmes and Poirot are able to find things out on their own. While it would easier to have somebody else to find data for another person, I would at least expect a detective to dig around on their own. Because of this, the case just does not seem that easy to follow, compared to the Sherlock stories by Conan Doyle and the works of Agatha Christie. In fact, one cannot really come with his or her conclusions because not enough is seen to know exactly what is and is not so obvious. If I cannot tell exactly what is obvious, how can I even determine whether the case is worth one's time or not? Another factor against this show was the fact that I thought this was a murder case that just happened. Now, I am no medical or forensics expert, since my degree is in computers, but the blood just seemed too fresh. I did try to give this the benefit of the doubt though, and tried to look up how long it took for blood to dry, but there was either no reliable source or answers were in inconclusive. Inga getting the truth from people is not so helpful either. After all, I have rarely, if ever, seen any times that the questions Inga asks come up because of the actual investigation. However, this has mainly to do with the fact that Kaisho seems to be put in to just give information, which I already said takes away from what is expected of detective, mystery, and crime fiction. The fact that Kaisho gives information that should really be picked up in the investigation and that Yuki does not seem like a great detective, as well as the fact that fans of mystery, detective, and crime fiction cannot draw their own conclusions based on the investigation, I definitely do not see improvements.

Despite the good, which I had a difficult time thinking of, the bad overshadows the good and makes me thinks was a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime to skip this because things that should be here are non-existent and the case is not easy to follow. As for everyone else, Detective Conan (Case Closed) would serve as a better introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime genres than this.

What are your thoughts on Un-Go episode 5? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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