Well that was certainly a ride. As I said before, I was vaguely interested in UN-GO if only because I like detective and crime stories. But as I continued watching, I slowly realized that UN-GO was something more than just Case Closed with a few supernatural elements. I wasn’t quite sure what that ‘something’ was, until I finished this last episode… Be warned, ye who hit the jump, I will be discussing spoilers for the entire series in this post. Let’s begin.
UN-GO’s final episode was bizarre to say the least. At one moment, Kaishou Rinroku – Chairman of JJ Systems and the ‘public hero’ of the series – is dead. Suicide (or perhaps murder) from a car bomb. The next, it turns out that he was disguised as a nameless TV studio worker. Also, Inga goes insane and devours Bettenou. Like I said, it’s certainly a ride.
I had to watch the final few episodes a few times over to ‘get’ what Shinjurou was saying during the reveal. It seems like a lot to wrap your head around, but you eventually get it, even if it doesn’t sink in immediately. Even Inga’s sadistic-yet-euphoric grin when eating Bettenou stops being the stuff of nightmares. Actually that’s a complete and total lie, that face will haunt me forever.
As far as the technical stuff like art quality and soundtrack and all that goes, everything looked pretty crisp and well-done in terms of the art. It was a unique style that fit the mood of the series, perfectly capturing post-war Japan in a near future. The soundtrack, as I said in my first impressions, is easily my favorite part of UN-GO. Unfortunately, I can’t find Shinjurou’s theme (the western/techno-sounding bit when a case is being solved), nor do I know the name of it, but that song completely steals the show.
Finally, I’d like to touch upon the very end of the series. After the crimes are solved and Bettenou is eaten, Shinjurou and Kaishou have a short talk. In my opinion, that scene is the best in the series. It seems a bit heavy-handed, but… It spoke to me. All we can really do is try to better ourselves bit by bit. That moment really left a warm feeling with it. I’d really like to see an OVA or a movie or something to keep the series going, but I doubt it will happen. Aside from the relationship with Shinjurou and Inga (and the woman whose body Inga now owns), everything is pretty much neatly tied up.
Anyway, many thanks for your patience, reading, comments, all that good stuff. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.