Un-Go Complete Collection
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Un-Go: Complete Collection
The broadcast series Un-Go (2011) is based on the Meiji-Era Detective Stories of the noted postwar novelist and intellectual Ango Sakaguchi. Yuuki Shinjurou has the dubious moniker of "The Defeated Detective." Although he coolly unravels the most complex cases involving murder and corruption in the highest echelons of a future Japan, his solutions are rejected in favor of the facile answers provided by "super detective" Rinroku Kaishou, the chairman of the sinister JJ Systems corporation. Inga, whom Yuuki describes as his boss, usually appears as an androgynous adolescent, but at key moments, he transforms into a buxom woman who can force any person to answer one question. Despite this weird setup, the early episodes of Un-Go may strike viewers as an adult version of the popular mystery series Case Closed. Both involve detectives who fail to get credit for their brilliant solutions to baffling crimes. But the conclusions of pint-sized Conan Edogawa always carry the day, even if they're delivered by the harebrained Detective Moore: "One Truth Prevails!" Officials reject Yuuki's solutions in favor of Kaishou's, which protect rich and prominent criminals. The narrative goes off the rails in episode six, degenerating into a bizarre fantasy involving creatures with hallucinogenic powers, elaborate cases of disguised identity, terrorist plots, religious cults, and a soi-disant novelist who writes his stories "on reality." Un-Go reunites director Seiji Mizushima, screenwriter Shou Aikawa, and much of the rest of the crew from Fullmetal Alchemist, but lightning doesn't strike twice. None of the characters in Un-Go can match the Elric brothers' charm, and the story simply falls apart. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, nudity, sexual situations, risqué humor, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Murder at the Ball, 2. Pitiless Song, 3. Masked Mansion, 4. House, Unmasked, 5. The State of Illusion, 6. The Code Too Simple, 7. Daydream, 8. King of Paradise, 9. Kaishou Rinroku's Crime, 10. Kaishou Rinroku's Funeral, 11. I'm Just Searching)
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The place where this show really shines is the story. One of the things that really glue to me is how connected this show is. little that is introduced is without purpose. Miss a couple episodes and you'll likely end up confused. Not only that, elements introduced ultimately become an important part of the conclusion. There's generally a sense that the series is going somewhere, and it doesn't disappoint. One of the things that appealed to me was it's cyberpunk tendencies. While a few of the show's core elements are supernatural, there's also a lot of really cool sci-fi concepts involved, and it all works together.
I highly recommend checking this one out
This series is based on the work of Ango Sakaguchi, stories that took place in post WWII era. I don't know why the setting was changed to a futuristic one, but it turned out quite well. At first I wasn't really sure if I liked the series - the first few episodes are stand lone stories with strong elements of the darkness in a human heart. But around episode 4 or 5, things start to get interesting. A sort of overall plot starts to form and you begin to wonder about the line between illusion and reality, truth and lies. The ending was fairly satisfying, though most of the big questions about Inga are left unanswered. There is a 45 minute movie released that tells the story of Shinjuro and Inga's first meeting. Sentai licensed it along with the series, but I don't know when it will be released.
All in all, I rather liked the series and I recommend giving it a shot.
The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima ("Fullmetal Alchemist", "Mobile Suite Gundam 00 Special Edition", "Slayers Next"), screenplay by Shou Aikawa ("Gad Guard", "Genocyber", "Shikabane Hime, "Sorcerer Hunters"), character design by pako and Yun Kouga ("Gestalt", "Genji", "Mobile Suit Gundam 00″, art design by Takeshi Waki ("CANAAN","Geobreeders 2″, "Glass Fleet") and music by NARASAKI ("Deadman Wodnerland", "Aikatsu!", "Aquarian Age the Movie").
And now both the movie prequel and the eleven episode TV series will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.
"Un-Go" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio). Un-Go is a TV series that features a colorful, vibrant palette and well-detailed art backgrounds thanks to BONES and crew. If anything, the series has its own style and presentation, as one can expect from a TV series, you are going to always get that hint of softness, but in terms of character design, there is a good amount of shading with the characters, from hair to clothes and good use of pinks, purples, reds and oranges throughout the series.
While the TV series looks very good, as one would expect from a film, "Un-Go - Episode 0: Chapter of Inga" looks fantastic in HD!
"Un-Go" is presented in English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. Although I would have preferred to have a more immersive 5.1 lossless soundtrack, "Un-Go" and its two soundtracks are crystal clear coming through the front channel and while the English has a more of a dynamic range than its Japanese counterpart, both are very close together in terms of its overall mix.
"Un-Go: Complete Collection" comes with the following special features:
Episode 0: Chapter of Inga - The animated film is a prequel that gives answers to how Yuki met Inga and how he became stuck with her and more.
Inga Nikki Shorts - (3:43) The omake shorts for "Un-Go".
Chapter o the Inga Alternate Opening - (:31)
Un-Go Up All Night Event - (28:09) A Q&A with the Japanese cast and crew of "Un-Go".
Japanese Promotion Video "Retake" - (3:21) A Japanese promotional video
A Conversation with Ango Sakaguchi - (22:13) Discussion and Q&A regarding the work of the late Ango Sakaguchi.
Japanese Spots - (14:34) Japanese TV spots for "Un-Go".
Clean Opening & Closing Animation
In Japan, there are quite a few animated series that feature a great detective. But with the series "Un-Go", not only do you get a detective series but you have a detective's sidekick who eats the souls of those who cause harm to people.
A series that takes place in a future Tokyo that survived a major disaster, all is not well in the world as the "Defeated Detective" known as Yuuki Shinjurou and his mysterious sidekick Inga take on cases that even the police are having a hard time figuring out.
While the series features a different case that Yuuki and Inga work on, you feel that you are left in the dark on why Yuuki is with this mysterious girl who can change to a woman (who happens to eat people's souls). And that is where I was surprised and quite happy that the prequel film "Episode 0: Chapter of Inga" was included with this Blu-ray release. The film answers many questions of who Yuuki Shinjurou and what Inga is and why these two are together all the time. In fact, I recommend watching the prequel before watching the TV series, so you won't be as confused.
As for the Blu-ray release, "Un-Go" is an anime series that looks absolutely beautiful on Blu-ray. Colors are vibrant, the artwork is well-detailed and Studio Bones did a magnificent job with the series overall! While the lossless tracks, both in Japanese and English are well done, because the amount of action presented, it would have been nice to have a 5.1 lossless soundtrack. But for the most part, dialogue is crystal clear as with the special effects which are front channel-driven.
Overall, Ango Sakaguchi's "Un-Go" takes a different, unique approach to the typical investigative anime series and includes a sci-fi edge with a twist. "Un-Go: Complete Collection" is an entertaining anime detective series that looks incredible on Blu-ray!
While being devastatively short to fully explain its complicated background and world setting, (a 50 minutes movie adaptation was bit a follow up for this, though) the plot and charaters were all top-notch, still satisfying to watch.
Musics, including OP and ED songs were also appealing.
Fuji TV and NOITAMINA really should have made UN-GO a two season show, instead of Guilty Crown, which was kind of messed up.