2011 / 45m - Japan
Fantasy, Mystery - Animation
UN-GO: Inga-ron poster


April 24, 2023


A prequel to an anime series by Bones. Not my favorite studio, and based on this short film it's not a series I'd wish to watch. As a stand-alone film, it's still pretty decent, although it's clear it's far from the most original premise. A smart detective taking on cases with supernatural elements feels like familiar territory, and UN-GO makes litter effort to counter that impression.

A wannabe private investigator travels the land, looking for jobs. When he runs into an old classmate, he learns about a very peculiar case where a band member split off from his band to become an ominous cult leader. Members of his cult often die during a monthly ritual, but even undercover agents can't get to the bottom of the story.

The art style isn't very attractive and the animation isn't all that special either. The plot is pretty basic, the intrigue is mostly lacking and it's easy enough to see how the series will develop. It's all just very generic, which is okay for a 45-minute prequel, but it would certainly start to grate if it would've lasted any longer. A pretty typical Bones project in other words.