UN-GO – 06 Review
Episode 06 – The Code Too Simple
There is finally some sort of direction with this series as it hints at a bigger plot. I wonder what this would mean for how the rest of the series will play out.
Also in this episode, Kaishou is finally the main focus of a case instead of being hidden in the shadows.
Damn, I couldn’t stop my hiccups through the episode and that had made it so painful and tiring to watch the show. Also, it really didn’t really help that I am so tired and mentally drained from work.
Every time I watch the beginning of the OP of this series, I always wonder if some other background music is playing simultaneously. Am I the only one who feels that the start of the OP gives off the feeling of two songs having been mashed together to become one? I am not sure if it was intentional but it is quite fitting for a series that is constantly filled with shades of grey and colliding beliefs.
Convenience is a Pain
Once again, I couldn’t help but feel that this show has way too many “convenient” characters. While last week was Inga being the “be all and end all” character for the solution to problems, this week, the RAI (Kazamori) takes front stage.
She has one hell of a convenient body, it is definitely what one would expect out of a genius inventor. But despite that fact, 2 convenient characters in a series makes it feel like somewhat of a cop out. Even though the cases are not the main focus of this series, one would think that the writers wouldn’t simply come up with some random ways for Shinjurou to get the answers to his questions. The scene with Kazamori using her hand as a scanner was pretty amusing to watch and I really wonder what other secret abilities are hidden in her body. Then we have her “mini-body” which is actually able to analyze things through a lick. I thought that the “mini-body” was a normal item and not some upgrade piece of invention. =_=” Sometimes I really wonder about some of the things in this series.
Then we have the mystery of this episode. Whilst I did enjoy this episode a lot more than the previous one, the way the situation had played out was pretty complex. However, with that being said, the message of the episode was was rather intriguing. I think that the best thing about this series is all the little “moral notes” and “things to think about” that is thrown at the audience through the cases. This episode takes the not-so-unique question of “if there is only one truth” and did a rather good job in making the case play to that concept.
Although, I have to admit that I did get confused following the revelations behind who-did-what as things kept taking different twists and turns as the case unraveled. Perhaps it is due to the fatigue that I am finding the case complex, but it had definitely made the episode interesting to watch. I know that I for one didn’t guess the outcome of the show and was simply going along for the ride. Hell, the case was never really even stated until 3/4 through the episode and this format had made the episode even more interesting because we have to guess what both the case and the answer to the case was. =P Talk about driving around blindly. Speaking of blind, I did like the way the wife had decided to blind herself and remove all signs of her ill-deeds through changing all her behaviour (bedside habits) and everything around her (children pictures). It is things like this that keeps me entertained.
I would like to think that the whole use of the sunrise is like light shining in on darkness -> truth being revealed. But who knows if it means anything more than just pretty visuals. =P
New or Old?
Old: This is the first time Shinjurou is meets Kaishou face to face. Or so I assume. Kaishou did introduce himself upon seeing Shinjurou so I am going to say that it is indeed the first time.
I liked how Kaishou is now brought under the light and out from the shadows. The way that the series had played his character out to be somewhat of a “bad guy” until the last moment really left me questioning if there is in fact another side to his actions targeted at the greater good. I was deadset that he was some dodgy bad guy at the start of the episode. But this episode had me thinking that he might be a dodgy “kinda-okay” guy. =P He did help the kids, and the way Shinjurou had come to the conclusion that Kaishou was merely covering his ass had made me wonder if we were simply mislead all along due to not having been shown the whole situation thus being unable to judge what right is from wrong.
As for Kaishou’s question of whether there is only one truth… Well, I believe there is only one truth. Ignorance does not change the truth, just our perception of what we believe to be true. =/ But that is a whole other discussion.
“You were chosen by me”
I wonder if this this line is meant to elude to something deeper related to the past or if it is eluding to the start of something new.
New: To add to that whole situation, the way the episode had ended with the Novelist had really introduced a nice suspense to the plot. This suspense might just be the much needed kick to alleviate the mood the story to make things less flat and more interesting. It seems like the girl and the Novelist might be the antagonist characters of this series. After all, the look of shock on Shinjurou’s face does lead us to believe that he knows who the two of them are thus resulting in his fear of them.
I had mentioned before about how the show is ambiguous with it’s statements, and often leaves us with more questions than answers. I found it interesting how Shinjurou had simply chosen not to respond to the question of whether he sleeps with Kazamori. I am wondering if the lack of an answer was done on purpose to allow the audience to draw their own conclusions or simply by accident. Then we also have the way the scene with Rie and the deciphering of the notes had ended. Shinjurou had asked Rie if she had the courage to decipher the notes and learn the truth behind the case. Without giving the audience an answer as to whether Rie was present during the deciphering of the notes, the scene cuts to the notes having been deciphered. These little things really plays into the idea of not being shown the whole story and most of the conclusions we come to are left to our minds.
Then we have the way Inga defends Kazamori’s humanity by declaring “she’s human” when Yajima had asked if Kazamori was a human. Perhaps this was Inga’s way of defending her own humanity and her need to be considered a human is leaking through her facade? After all, both Kazamori and Inga share the common trait of being special and definitely not “normal”. It begs the question of what Inga’s true purpose is and the reason behind her dual personalities.
I had also love the subtle way this show tried to add some romance into the mix. Sure it could be brushed off as being nothing much, but the way Rie clings to Shinjurou and buys him crepes does seem to be a hint of Rie liking Shinjurou. I mean, she was disappointed when Shin had said that he has tasted crepes like that before. The poor girl couldn’t impression Shin.
Episode Rating: 8/10
This was a solid episode and it did raise some nice philosophical questions. Although none of the musings were anything new, the approach was refreshing and I am once again brought back to thinking about the idea of limited knowledge leading us to draw wrong conclusions thus reacting in a “wrong” manner. The pacing was nicely done and although the episode moved away from a traditional structure of a detective case, it is definitely one of the better episodes. Instead of having a clear goal in mind for the detective to work towards, Shinjurou is left wandering around finding answers to a question he was never fully given. Similar to how we are always left pondering about the “deep” musings these characters sprout aloud.
Can you spot the man? =P I thought that this image was suitable with the whole idea of hidden truths. =P (Actually, I just wanted an excuse to show you this cool photograph.)
Ra’s Question of the Day:
What methods do you use to cure your hiccups?
(It doesn’t have to work, I am just curious as to the different things people do to get rid of the hiccups)
I usually just drink many small sips of water if I have the hiccups. If it is someone else who has it… Well, it gives me a reason to scare someone. 😉
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