By this week, I’ve gone through the first episode of most anime. The one really impressed me was Guilty Crown, but strangely the one I’m curious about the most is UN-GO. I think it offers an interesting look at detective series. The first case was rather simple, almost too easy. But that’s okay. I have faith that there are more exciting cases coming up later from this show.
The first case was about Kaoru Kanou, a public figure. He held a ballroom event in which Yuuki Shinjurou, also known as The Defeated Detective and Kaishou Rie, the daughter of Shinjurou’s rival, were invited. There were speculations about his possible arrest at the hands of authorities during the event because he was accused of corruption. Instead of getting arrested however, he was stabbed from behind when he was set to give a speech. Nothing too dramatic happened. The whole case was executed in a very linear manner so it was easy to guess who is the murderer. The only thing left to uncover is the motive, which I think is both ridiculous and sad at the same time.
Since it only debuted this week, I have reasons to believe that it’s just a warming up episode. It’s the usual routine – showcasing the main characters and the roles they’ll be playing in future episodes. I particularly like how the characters’ names were displayed alongside with their designations. I think it’s a clever way to introduce a character. That way, we don’t have to wonder who is who. Speaking of characters, Yuuki Shinjurou despite been given such a lousy nickname, he’s actually the smart detective. His rival, Kaishou Rinroku, who is glorified by others doesn’t seems to be too impressive. Based on what I understand from the conversation Rie has with Shinjuro – he usually makes the wrong deductions. However, I adore his set of gadgets.
The one thing that sparked my interest the most is Inga, the strange boy/girl who follows Shinjurou around. He/she appears to be normal (assuming she’s Inga) at the beginning of the episode, and then suddenly he/she turned into a little boy who can transform into an adult woman, who doesn’t even share the same appearance as the woman earlier. Huh. What’s more, he/she has the abilities to force you to answer his/her one question. Amazing. What I like to know more is what exactly happened at the start of the episode, who exactly is Inga and what’s up with his/her strange abilities.
Besides the case and characters, I’d like to draw attention to the style, OP and ED of UN-GO. I quite like the style it has – the detailed backdrops, unusual character designs, rich colors and whatnot. The only complain I have is most of the characters look similar. As for the OP and ED, I like the animation style, the retro vibe it has.
Although the first episode isn’t as exciting as I hope it would be, I feel that UN-GO is experimenting with something different. Now I don’t know what exactly is it but I’d like to see this delivered as intended. So stay tuned.