Anime Review: Un-Go Episode 9

December 7, 2012


I was going to start reading some more books, but distractions, such as playing my new expansion pack for The Sims 3, got in the way. However, it does not really affect my ability to cover my season passes. Today, I will be reviewing Un-Go episode 9.

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


There is a lot of information about Kaisho getting out, but nobody knows why. However, that is not what draws the most attention. Kaisho is scheduled to appear on television even though there are rumors circulating about him on the net, but during the show Kaisho leaves the set and an explosion occurs. The weirdest part is that Kaisho fell victim to the explosion too, but Rie saw him at home. Now, it is up to Yuki to reveal the truth about what was going on.


I am not too sure about this one. The series is definitely better without Inga (I was misspelling this name in earlier reviews) and Kaisho popping out. With Kaisho taken out, there is no question of how Kaisho got involved with the case, which is definitely a problem in the show. Inga acts too fast to really be able to analyze much, so having him not around is a plus. Unfortunately, they both make appearances this episode. On the bright side, they do not muck things up like they normally do, which lets the viewer be able to determine Yuki's abilities. Since this is an ongoing case, I cannot really determine how obvious the culprit is. After all, if the obvious were not the answer, then things would not look very good. The case sure does seem a bit interesting though. It is not possible for a person to be in two different places. This kind of makes things interesting, but still nowhere near the excitement of the best cases of Detective Conan (Case Closed). One nice thing though is that Kaisho is finally not really on the side of the law. I think this is where he really belongs instead of popping up for no reason with new information related to the case at hand. Of course, the fact that he is finally doing this is because he has obtained the ability to create illusions. At the same time, there is nothing to say whether Kaisho is innocent or not. The fact that Inga and Kaisho do not ruin things, even though they appear, makes things so much better.


Although the case is interesting, there are certainly problems with the episode. Normally, when Inga and Kaisho do not do the usual stuff, the cases are easier to follow. However, I could not really follow much. The fact that Kaisho is said to have used two different modes of transportation to get to the station would normally suggest a lie. However, the fact that Kaisho was at home as well made Yuki think of Bettenou's power. I would certainly think that much, since we saw some of Bettenou's power in the previous two episodes, which was obvious. On the other hand, how does Yuki even know the full extent of Bettenou's power, since Yuki's voice is heard talking about Bettenou at the beginning? This show has certainly not done a good job of setting things up and this is the worst that we have a series of Bettenou cases and Yuki suddenly knows about the entity. Sherlock knew about Moriarty in The Final Problem, but at least that was the first case featuring him, and supposedly the last where he made a physical appearance in the present timeline. Even Jimmy Kudo from Detective Conan (Case Closed) did not know much, if anything, about KID when he first encountered the phantom thief in both the anime and manga. Although both Sherlock and Jimmy had cases their followers never saw or read, both at least properly introduced major people they were after or running from in the first cases they appeared. With instances like those, where do the people behind this show get the idea that they can get away with this? If anything, this is my guess as to why there is a prequel special, which RightStuf's listing claims comes with the DVD release. Bones handled both FMA and FMAB, as well as Gosick, which I consider better than this show, though some will not agree, and I certainly did like those three, but this seems to be their worst release yet. If this is what they are going to dish out, Bones has certainly dropped a rung lower than how badly DBZ is viewed these days. Fortunately, I have only three more videos, at the most, to wait on before this whole mess is finally over. Because the case seemed a bit hard to follow and the fact that Yuki seems to know a lot already about Bettenou, even though the viewer only gets to see one case with Bettenou before this, certainly does not make this look very good.

Considering the fact that Yuki reveals what he should not even know, as far as the viewer knows, I can say that this is a waste of time, especially since KID and Moriarty from Detective Conan (Case Closed) and Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories respectively had better introductions than Bettenou. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction skip this because not enough information to figuring this case out, beyond the fact that Kaisho is planning something, is given, especially considering this is only the second Bettenou case broadcasted, and third one chronologically.

What are your thoughts on Un-Go episode 9? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add feel free to comment.

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