UN-GO has always been an anime about mysteries, and in this prequel movie we deal with an important one; just how did Shinjuuro and Inga meet, and what were those events we saw in the very first scene of the series?
Despite the fact this is a film, it is more of a double length episode, so don't go expecting a massive improvement in the art or a whole new soundtrack, because you will be disappointed on both counts. However, the art and music for the series was great, and so it still is here, so whilst it isn't movie levels of animation, it's still more than satisfactory, and the music still does it's job as well as ever.
The story does not start with the meeting, but with Shinjuuro's back story. This was well done as it shed some unexpected light on him as a character, and also explained some of his traits, which I appreciated, since it's nice to be able to understand more about a character. Strangely, the film decides to deal with a separate mystery dealing with a religious cult as well as the encounter. Whilst the characters involved all have relevancy to Shinjuuro and the meeting, I thought the mystery was unnecessary, and the time could have been better spent on looking at the events leading up to the fateful encounter, which developed the relationship between Shinjuuro and the members of the travelling group of singers, in particular Yuuko, who is of painful significance.
Despite the fact I said the time could have been better spent, the mystery isn't bad (although if you've watched the series you'll know what's going on from the very start) and it is does give some context to the relationship between Inga and Shinjuuro and the deal they have. Because of our prior knowledge of Bentenmaru there is no mystery for us which is a little disappointing, but the way Shinjuuro solves the mystery is still interesting, and the climax had a lot of tension, so I'm summarizing it was done well.
UN-GO episode:0 Inga-ron is enjoyable and has a lot of intrigue, and is a must watch if you have watched the original series; the mystery was decent and it did a good job of explaining and revealing things regarding the original series. It also gives quite an amusing look at some of the characters of the original series before they knew each other properly, which brought a smile to my face at several points. It could have been better, but it was still a solid movie that should be watched.read more
Like its title suggests, Inga-ron is a prequel to the mystery/supernatural story UN-GO. It explores the origins of Yuuki Shinjuurou and answers any lingering questions that the anime, which is rightfully criticized as occasionally confusing, left behind.
And as someone who thought UN-GO was surprisingly decent, the prequel surprisingly didn't disappoint either.
Yuuki Shinjuurou, who remains nameless for the first thirty minutes of the movie, starts off as an orphan who is picked up by a variety of incredibly nice and caring foster parents, who all tell him that the best payment is to go out and help other people. Taking this payment to heart, Shinjuurou goes on a life seeking journey to help find himself. Ironically enough, by the end of this journey, he summons a monster whose soul purpose seems to be exactly that. There's a mystery that springs up in between, but that's not too important.
On the surface, the plot sounds contrived and cliche when thinking about all the sob stories that are around these days in anime, or any medium for that matter. But what really makes Inga-ron good isn't necessarily the plot, because the plot follows the same formula that the original anime occasionally used: an out of order sequence of events that build up to the main climax of the mystery. What made Inga-ron good was the attention to detail and its ability to make us actually care about the characters.
Whether it be Shinjuurou shaving the morning after a particular character pokes herself trying to touch his face, or the little pictures on a roll of film that Inga looks at near the end of the episode, Inga-ron makes small little jabs of humor and character development that does't make it painfully obvious. It's those small little touches that constitute a good character, and I appreciate the well put in effort.
By extension then, Inga-ron also does a nice job of making us like the characters that get screen time. I say that, because there are quite a few character introduced, and as much as I enjoyed the movie, the amount of characters that I didn't like definitely overwhelmed the amount that I did. In a 45 minute movie, that's kind of expected, and I have to hand it to the show to give the most important characters enough development for us to like them. Inga's identity for example, turned out to be quite a surprise, and the actions of that identity near the ending of the show really earned a lot of my respect. The movie was really able to build on themes that the main story was grasping at, that someone's truth and desires belong to that person alone.
I'd definitely recommend Inga-ron to anyone who liked UN-GO. It's definitely a prequel that gives the characters in the main storyline justice, and gives a new spin on the story too.
After this, I'm tempted to even rewatch UN-GO again...read more
Well, how to describe it...
It was all so...confused...and confusing but it's the same for the whole Un-Go. Right?
I can say it wasn't bad at all.
This time it was story how Yuuki Shinjuurou became Yuuki Shinjuurou.
It was practically story of his past.
If you saw UN-GO and you like it you should definitely watch this movie because you will like it even more than you liked the series...
the only thing which was somehow distant to me is Art...because even though it was the same as in Un-Go something on it was changed.
I think it was because of appeareance of "defeated detective."
The truth is only right way to go that’s why I keep walking and finding liars.
As you may now if you watched the series this is basically prologue to series. And it will make some things clear to you like how Inga was born and why she teamed up with Shinjuurou. Also it tells how Kaishou became interested in spying Inga and Shinjuurou.
Story gets an 8/10
I would say these all were some kind of interesting but not so much to say about these. We have a man who cannot solve a case and freak girl who keeps frightening people with her abilities. Inga’s child form is quite funny actually but I prefer adult form more. Because she looks more beautiful in that form.
The Character's gets a 7/10
At First when I watched series it looked very weird but I guess it was my imagination doing tricks. But it’s really interesting and shapes are done greatly. Environment is basically a many buildings covered in huge center point. Although there is some caves too and they look kind of dark styled.
Art gets an 8/10
I have to say say ED in ending of this movies is really catchy and it really makes characters moving look cool and phaseful.OP theme is also great but not so good like ED but I would still listen both and then decide which one you liked better. I didn’t notice any great theme songs playing in this movie so yeah nothing so memorable there.
Music gets a 7/10
Movie was enjoyable because you can actually learn something really cool related in series. I watched whole movie in one sitting so yeah it was great. But not awesome.
Enjoyment gets a 8/10
UN-GO is series that should have first this Movie then series because you don’t know much about when you start watching series but if you found this movie first and watched it then you were lucky and basically now much about story and maybe you like series too. I would still give this movie chance. Because not every anime series they make movies. And especially Mystery, detective kind of like.