Anime Review: Un-Go Episode 8

November 30, 2012


In a way, this is kind of dumb that the month of November to end today. On the other hand, I am not the one making the calendar systems in use today. Anyway, This month is closing out with an episode of one of my season passes and it is not the one that I would have liked it to happen on. Today, I will be reviewing Un-Go episode 8.

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


Yuki has gone missing and Igna and Kazemori are bombarded with a lot of people. However, Kazemori has yet to find Yuki. After some time, Yuki is tracked down to a prison where he was made a inmate. In order to bring him back, Rie and Koyama go see the Novelist. Unfortunately for them, they too are entangled in a world made of the Novelist's making, slapping handcuffs on Yuki for the murder of the movie director.


I am not so sure about this one. The last episode, which started this case, was very well done. It was nice seeing that the Rie and Koyama were actually from the real world, as opposed to just automatically being there. I also liked how we finally found out what the bar code was on Yuki's neck. Prison do have to have some way of keeping track of inmates, but this is the first time in my memory that prisoners had bar codes. It may be because I do not have actual experience with the corrections system, which is a good thing, in a way. I was also surprised about the actual murder case was. In the last episode, since we were not really aware of where Yuki was, it seemed like the director really was murdered. Here, however, now that we know where exactly Yuki is, it is revealed that the deceased was a guard. It was also nice find out why Yuki was shocked while in handcuffs. It really seemed like police brutality a bit. At the same time, I do not think I would be so merciful as to not shock a criminal, even if they are in handcuffs. I guess I just need to remember that not one of us is perfect, huh? I was also glad that Igna did not ruin things and actually revealed useful information without forcing people to do it so abruptly. That is how an assistant should act, not be some being that makes things hard to follow and just gives out information without actual investigative work, which is what it seems like every time Kaisho pops up with new information. The best thing though was that this case was definitely not too obvious, especially since Yuki's neck is the only one we see in the whole case. If we did get to see that back of every inmate's neck, the case would have definitely been a bit too obvious, except for the motive. Outside of that I cannot really think of anything else good, mainly considering there was a bit of noise pollution while I was watching this. The fact that a few things are explain and that the case was not really that obvious throughout certainly makes things a bit better.


Although the episode was good, there were certainly some issues. For me though, it is mainly annoyances. As nice as it was to find out how got Yuki got a message from Kaemori and why Yuki got shocked, I cannot really see it as being necessary. I mean there was already a case going on that had not been resolved last episode. It was especially unnecessary because those with good memories would have remembered that Yuki made contact with Kazemori. Then again, I know it can be hard to remember things, if one is following so many series. Also, why did Igna go after the Novelist? Yes, the Novelist was responsible for the illusion, but no new data was revealed from Igna's questioning, which meant that he was telling the truth, but Bettenou is the one who did the dirty work and he did not even say that much. Talk about a useless moment for Igna's powers. It is definitely better than having hard to follow cases because of Igna acting so quickly. Although there were things that were quite annoying, they do not do a whole lot of damage to the episode.

Considering that Igna and Kaisho do not ruin things, like they normally do, I will say that this was decent. I will hesitantly recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction because things have gone a bit like how things should, but I would still recommend avoiding the series overall because the majority of episodes have been terrible.

What are your thoughts on Un-Go episode 8? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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