The rest of you can keep Gosick, Dantalian and Kamisama no Memochou. UN-GO was the best mystery anime this year.
While everyone (including myself) was talking about what a disappointment Guilty Crown was, and how the noitaminA television block was selling out and would never be the same again, this show was accomplishing something different and truly engaging. Most people stopped watching after the first two episodes, saying that it was either a) too obvious with its mysteries, b) too confusing with its mysteries, or c) Inga was
As the series progresses the mysteries become increasingly multilayered, giving the viewer enough information to go on to draw their own conclusions while dropping subtle hints about the actual solution. The answer to the final whodunnit is even hidden in the ED of the show, right in front of our faces the entire time. And of course, there's the supernatural element; rather than becoming the deus ex machina that detractors feared, Inga became the most compelling character in the show. UN-GO wouldn't have succeeded so well as a morality play if it hadn't had such well-executed characters. The main character, Shinjuurou, may be on a quest for truth, but that doesn't mean that his judgement can't be clouded by his own misguided assumptions about people. His "rival," Kaishou, has enough power to alter how the world sees the "truth" as he wants, but is that really so wrong when the alternative is unbalancing an otherwise peaceful social order? The only other show that brought up this many interesting questions about society was Penguindrum. The only thing going against this show is its time constraint; despite all the interesting possibilities it brings up, there's only eleven episodes. While the ending does wrap up most of the major events that were going on in the show, it doesn't answer everything. Hopefully the extra episode that only ran in theaters will take care of the lingering plot threads. I highly recommend this series to anyone who was disappointed with the mystery offerings this year as well as to anyone looking for an anime that's a bit different and isn't afraid to ponder the thoughts about society that it brings up.
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