UN-GO 11 — Feasting on Gods

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Information Control

It was a great ending, as expected. UN-GO really knows how to do a mystery right. It tells you just enough so that you can figure out some things on your own, but not so much that you’ll to solve the entire thing.

In this final arc, for example, I was able to guess that the Diet girl was in on things and that it wasn’t Kaishou who appeared after the gunshots. But other things escaped me completely, especially how each person was involved with the crime. It’s not like they pulled anything out of thin air though: thinking back, the explanations all made perfect sense.

A good mystery should give enough clues so that the viewer can deduce parts of the solution, and tell enough so that the final solution makes sense. But it shouldn’t give away so much that all the mysteries become obvious *cough* Gosick *cough*. UN-GO excels at information control.

UN-GO has this great flair when it reveals its mysteries too. The removal of Kaishou’s costume, especially, was beautifully executed. I knew that the person who walked in wasn’t Kaishou, but I had no idea that Kaishou was actually the cameraman!

More Time

The finale could have probably used another episode though. Hell, I’d like to see another season for this show (ok, fine, what I really want is for Diet girl to get her own spinoff political drama). But a few things felt kind of off.

First, Kaishou’s whole spiel about thermal energy and eliminating borders just came out of nowhere. That topic could have used a some more buildup.

The fight with Inga was kind of random as well. Not to imply that it wasn’t enjoyable to watch. Just… Bettenou and Inga’s relationship wasn’t done justice by the brief explanation given. Something about kamikazes and not being a true god… but I can’t say I really understood what that was all about.

Finally, having Shinjuurou chat with Rie was a weird and inconclusive way to end the show. They even drifted away from the conversation when it was just getting started! Hopefully the creators are setting themselves up for a sequel. I doubt it though.

All in all, though, a great end for a great show.

Do I have a favorite character? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

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9 thoughts on “UN-GO 11 — Feasting on Gods

  1. I think the whole deal with UN-GO’s end was that it was referencing Episode 0, which was only released in Japanese theaters. Probably Shinjuro didn’t feel comfortable telling anyone else what happened to him, so explaining everything to Rie was probably a big step forwards, and maybe even an indication that he’s begun to move on.

    Yeah, I thought the fight between Inga and Bettenou was a little out-of-place too. It was nicely animated, though!

    1. Oh, that’s good to know! That would make a lot more sense if there actually were things I didn’t know. Can’t wait to see that episode!

      And yeah, that fight was beautiful.

    1. That’s true, I actually didn’t think the first episode was all that special. It really did improve.

      (and yeah, Kazamori is awesome. I want more Diet girl though!)

  2. I loved the very last scene which showed my favourite characters as cute as ever and in new and fresh outfits.

    I didn’t notice before that Rie – http://bit.ly/uNoKto – actually has this extreme hair-length which only looks good on anime characters. In any case, I like the combination of her long green skirt with the mauve tights – http://bit.ly/s1kXV8 – her outfit is understated yet elegant and matches her gentle personality.

    Kazamori, on the other hand, looks as cute as Nakano Azusa – http://bit.ly/uNHps7 – ! She now wears a dress – http://bit.ly/t8NaV5 – in summer colours and a yellow flower. Not only does this match her eye colour but it might also suggest that she has overcome her somewhat dark past, maybe by becoming friends w/ Shinjourou and Inga.

    1. I didn’t notice it, but you’re right, their new clothes are adorable! Their clothes have been throughout the series, actually— I especially loved Rie’s riding outfit, and the costume she wore in prison when she switched places with Izumi and became the detective.

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