Un-Go Episode 0: Boku no Shinjurou
During the TV run of Un-Go, there was a theatrical release of a companion movie Un-Go Episode 0: Inga-ron, a prequel about the happenings before Shinjurou became the Defeated Detective and met Inga. Now that the shiny DVD release over there has given us a chance to see whether this explains a lot or a little. The former is the answer.
We begin with the car wreck that we all remember as the one where Shinjurou was left to rot in, but before that, we learn of his humble beginnings before that as he was a wonderful swimmer until he lost his ambition due to a wide fanbase.
His lack of ambition turns him to movies as watching a film had inspired him to go touring around the country to play movies for the youngin’s. Of course, now you know why films are so familiar to Shinjurou after those episodes where he was trapped in that film illusion. Through this, he reunites with his old swimming buddy Sarada who has joined the Singing in the Battlefield group that tours around warzones to entertain children.
This experience also introduces Shinjurou toYuuko, a girl who I’m very sure will end up living throughout the rest of the seri-
The flashforward brings light on that weird dude with the head wrappings that you always saw in the ED as he is Oono, the leader of a religious group that has mysterious deaths within the sect caused by Bettenou (the main villain of the last few episodes), and Izumi has tasked Shinjurou to look into it.
In the past, Shinjurou is hanging out with Yuuko who he is talking to about her intentions. However, they both have the same common goal in just going about and entertaining the youth who were dragged into the conflict. As they are the OTP of the series, Shinjurou lets her keep a film strip that Yuuko wanted to have.
The next day, they take a van trip but terrorists with RPGs decide to attack them, causing them to crash into a cave. They’re all ok up until the van explodes resulting in Sarada disappearing, the other guys being pushed back, and Shinjurou getting the tonsillectomy of a lifetime.
In present time, Shinjurou confronts Oono to try and find out who he really is as there’s no way that he could’ve survived the cave. However, there’s something about Oono that doesn’t seem right after he removes his bandages.
Afterwards, Izumi is looking into a viral video that appears to look like the sky but when some people look at it, it’s a snuff film of the 4 Singing in the Battlefield members getting tortured and executed by terrorists. While the government banned it, but because many others still can only see the sky out of the video, it was unearthed by none other than Rinroku.
Later in the day, Shinjurou finds that Sarada is waiting for him and wants to confront him about the happenings going on later alongside Inga.
Back to the past, Shinjurou seems to recover from the spike to the throat, but in return is possessed by Inga who wants to steal everyone’s souls and kill them, starting with the long haired dude here who tries to smack Shinjurou with his acoustic guitar only to be trapped into his grip. Before his soul is gone though, the dude exclaims his repressed feelings that no one wants or cares to hear his songs.
Just before the big details are brought, present Shinjurou gets info from Inga about how humans have screams that they keep stored inside them that act as their souls. These are consumed by Inga, often killing the victim unless certain ramifications are met.
Sadly, this doesn’t reach Shinjurou soon enough as he eats the souls of almost all of his friends in the cave except for Yuuko who stabbed herself before he could find out her regrets through eating her soul.
In present day, Miyu Irino is about to arrest Shinjurou for being suspected of humorously chucking a molotov cocktail at Oono, but these are obviously just illusions created by Bettenou so Shinjurou decides to go for an escape plan in order to meet up with Sarada.
When they do meet up, Sarada is joined up with Bettenou who makes a hallucination consisting of an air raid hitting the city as they hash out a conversation at a food stall. Sarada admits that he is the one who found Bettenou while he escaped from the wreckage in the cave and since then has used her to create the illusion of the religious organization.
When Shinjurou asks why he used Bettenou’s powers to profit off of the suffering of others in a self-made religion over using it for good, Sarada claims that people are selfish and would all ask for something if he gave them all happiness. He ends the conversation by just ditching Shinjurou mid-question
However, he’s still there and he turns Bettenou into a giant monster that wants to nom on Shinjurou’s arm. This allows for another flashback when we find out the Yuuko absorbed Inga from Shinjurou’s body and as Yuuko’s self dies from stabbing herself with the end of a broken guitar, Inga inhabits her body. Through this, Shinjurou makes a pact with Inga that she can be by his side to feed on souls but in return she can’t kill anyone and she most certainly can’t go walking around in Yuuko’s form (though if you look at Inga’s boobiemonster form, she has the same hair and build as Yuuko).
Cut back to present day when Shinjurou is struggling on the floor with Bettenou, he demands Inga to tell him how to extract a person’s soul without dying. This is with a question that reveals the truth (pretty much Inga’s purpose in the series) as he demands her to change from child form to boobiemonster form to ask him who he sees when he sees Inga. His answer is Yuuko.
After answering the question and losing a part of his soul, he sees through Sarada’s illusion which causes his entire trick with Bettenou to fall apart. This is especially true when Miyu Irino shoots Sarada dead when he demands him to shoot the culprit. As Sarada dies, he muses that he only wanted to find god, but Shinjurou borrows a line out of MLP by saying that love is what he was searching for this whole time.
Afterwards, Izumi gives Shinjurou his name because his old name is still attached to the death of Oono and Rinroku had to expunge his name so that he could save Shinjurou from paying the price for illusions by just having him change his name with a new identification.
The movie ends as Shinjurou looks at his new identification while him and Inga decide to shack up in the ruined city.
Overall, I gotta say it’s nice to see all the characters again, and it does make me want to watch the series again to see if I can pick up on things I missed the first time around. I do like how many on Shinjurou’s past (aside from how he got involved with Izumi) when it came to coming into contact with Inga as well as the origin of Bettenou. The flashbacks were pretty shaky at times coming at random moments that don’t quite reflect with the present-day scene before it until the last flashback with Inga, but nonetheless it was interesting to see how many of the aspects of the show are explained clearly in the movie such as how Inga’s soul stealing functions or the extent that Bettenou’s illusions to go. If you saw the series or are looking to start Un-Go, I’d highly recommend watching this movie.