Posted by psgels on 30 October 2009 with categories: Darker than Black - Ryuusei no Gemini



This wasn’t exactly the type of episode I’d expect from this series, On one hand, it’s still got the serious air, creative action-scenes and the dark nature of Hei. Suou has also gotten a lot better now that she’s a contractor, and Kirihara also is back and seems like she’s going to be a major player in the story. And at the same time this episode introduces a bunch of goofballs, including a bunch of punks, the father of one of these punks, who works as a cross dresser, and Suou gets sick fro having eaten very old noodles.

So yeah, overall I do regard the first season as superior to the second, mostly because of its very short length and I’m fully aware that this second season isn’t going to be able to top the Yin-arc. However, the execution has gotten much tighter at least (from what I remember of it, anyway). Especially the humour is better balanced here: the comedy episodes of the first season were amongst its worst episodes, especially that silly OVA was just pointless, but here it actually fits and contributes to the overall story, rather than being annoying.

In any case, I’m glad to see that Suou has indeed stopped being an annoying teenager now that she’s turned into a contractor. I like this set-up a lot and it works really well with Hei’s development from the first series. Or at least, I think he has developed. It’s hard to tell whether he did or not considering how he’s been acting most of the time, and we’ve never really seen him in a situation like this, in which he had to train and take care of an annoying teenager.

I also wonder: what’s Suou’s penalty? Hei said that he noticed that she used her powers when he was away, so it’s got to be something that alters her looks, but I didn’t quite pick up yet what it was.
Rating: * (Good)

24 Responses

  1. coyo says:

    Isn’t it the origami’s she has to make.

  2. Gunslinger says:

    she has to fold paper cranes as retribution

  3. Kamibito says:

    Is it just me or is suou an incomplete/unstable contractor?
    In this episode she sort of swayed between contractor and normal girl, at least from what I see. Although maybe it’s just the overall atmosphere of this episode. But I did notice her renumeration was half complete, which normal contractors aren’t capable of doing.

    If she is really unstable, I would say a job well done in portraying that. If not, well… let’s just forget all this.

  4. Megaman0 says:

    Also she got sick because she got her period.

  5. Seien says:

    i just miss hei electicuting ppl =(

  6. Autonomous Monster says:

    As Gunslinger said, her remumeration is the cranes. She was doing it at the end of ep 3, when they were on the boat.

    No idea how Hei knew, though. :/

  7. ave says:

    The first series had goofballs too. Remember the other people that lived in Hei’s apartment complex?

  8. Frotee says:

    Or that Detective with his Otaku-apprentice…
    Well, lets just see how this plays out.
    (I don’t like Suou’s powers, by the way…protectile weapons are boring.)

  9. Mikail says:

    You don’t watch the post credit scenes, do you? Suou’s renumeration is to make an origami crane.

  10. Moo? says:

    well that’s an anti-tank rifle she uses, it can be heard a mile away >.>, maybe that’s how he knew? And judging from the contractors from the first and even this season, her personality doesn’t seem to differ, cept the fact she has a deep remorse for whatever she’s about to kill.

  11. Mirtika says:

    She didn’t get sick from the noodles. She got her very first period (hence the cross-dresser guy giving her pads with wings). As others mentioned, her remuneration is making origami cranes (which she did in the bar after pulling out the Big Boomer). I loved July just sitting there facing the other way. He makes me smile.

    As far as how Hei knows…well, he could just be cynical, or a good judge of her reactions, or he senses her use of power (which she seems to have gotten from him/Bai to begin with). There may well be a connection because of that transfer.

    Hei as a handler is interesting–very dark and hard to watch at times. But Mao as a squirrel, I’m loving it.

    The theme of love/feelings has been running through from episode one–brotherly/sisterly love prior to the meteor strike, Shion’s ridicule of love, Nika and Tanya, Hei and…Yin? Norio for Suou. the police guy(name eludes me) for Misaki. Clearly, we’re gonna see more of this theme work out. Love.

    This second series has been great, teens or no teens. Really liking it.

    Mirtika

  12. d says:

    I think it’s origami overall, cause the stuff she makes each time are different. But seriously, are you telling me this whole time you NEVER saw her fold something or wonder why she is folding paper after she uses her powers?

  13. Kessler says:

    I wouldn’t say she was an annoying teenager. I wonder what she will do, when she discovers that Hei’s powers are gone.

  14. Kessler says:

    I didn’t think she was an annoying teenager. She handled things pretty well, given her situation. I wonder what she will do, when she discovers Hei’s powers are gone.

  15. Megaman0 says:

    Also it’s funny that so little people mentioned it but Hei looked like a serious pervert in this episode…

    The way he was watching her belly dance or doing that upside down training excersise. Still funny though :P

    Well she shouldn’t be dressed in a skirt anyways I guess.

  16. Roldan says:

    i’m truly torn between the Yin arc and Huangs arc! which one was the best.. >_

  17. Reltair says:

    Sigh, no epic action scenes this episode.

  18. TR says:

    It wasn’t the noodles, she began to menstruate

  19. askeladd says:

    Are Bones planning to kill off Hei? His character assassination is almost complete now…

  20. Snowolf says:

    They can’t kill off Hei he’s the main character of DTB. Suou is the main character of this season. I’m pretty sure he’ll get back his powers soon and find out what happened to Yin and find Misaki again; we just are going to have to be patient Ans see where this plot goes….

  21. Chris says:

    Did anyone find it funny, that she’s so out of shape, and yet she’s doing 1 handed handstands? Those are pretty tough… where’d she get the shoulder muscles?

  22. MightiMidget says:

    I am finding this season depressing, I loved the first season of DTB, but this one seems more black pit-y…hopefully Hei will get out of this funk he’s in.

  23. cad says:

    @Chris: I’m wondering if it has to do with contractors being more tolerant to stress and pain… or, according to the “she is not really a contractor” theories, perhaps she just has much more willpower now. You’d be surprised what the body can do, given enough willpower (I’m reminded of the story of a mother who lifted a truck to save her 5 yr old son, and lived, albeit with many broken bones and the such).

  24. David says:

    Does anybody know the name/artist of the song that they’ve been using for the heavy action sequences this season? It’s really, really cool and I’ve been looking but I can’t find any information; would probably help if I could read Japanese. It plays during the first episode of s2, when Hei attacks April after she kills the burger guy, and in episode 3 around the 13 minute mark, starting from where Mao and Suou are hiding from the soldiers and playing through the entire sequence. MUCH appreciated if anyone has any idea.

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  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.

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