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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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:29 PM)
    Misanthropy in anime is old, cliched and boring. But that wasn’t the case when Eva did it. Plus it features characters like Misato and Kaji that are very hopeful for the future, going as far as planning to filter the ocean and regrow vegetation for society. There is definitely a bigger focus on misery, but as explained that was a mirror to Anno’s deteriorating mental health, which in itself added an angle of intrigue to the show.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:22 PM)
    Now does it look old? Does it seem overdone and unoriginal? Absolutely. But that’s no th fault of the series for not accounting for viewers who are watching it 20 years later, after getting exposed first to all the stuff that have heavily borrowed from it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:19 PM)
    It also perfectly explained what the instrumentality looked like for people that were in the process of assimilation, so it was a fitting end; albeit admittedly a weird one. Episodes 25 and 26 just chose to show the stream of consciousness of how the process was perceived by someone inside the sea of LCL. It made sense if you cared to pay attention along the way, so to call it completely nonsensical is unfair and entirely reliant on personal misinterpretation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:14 PM)
    Also End of Evangelion is a masterstroke of the animated medium. That’s not just my opinion as a fan, but an opinion that’s been echoed in the circle of critics, many of whom don’t even care about anime. Even the classical conservative critics on IMDB gave it an average of 8.3, that is far from shabby.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:05 PM)
    Discounting the influence of a show is an arbitrary parameter that you’ve just come up with to undermine the series- nobody agrees with such restriction. And again, the genre deconstruction, the great cinematography, the slick character design, the music, the unconventional plot and creative ending, are all points that stand on their own regardless of how influential Eva was or wasn’t.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:58 PM)
    And no, Archer hated Shirou’s childish ideology, and he heartheadedly stuck to it, knowing we’ll what suffering he has gone people (including the future version of himself) thru. A World where nobody cries is an absurd goal, that is as illogical as it is unattainable.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:56 PM)
    @Aidan: nothing exists in a vacuum. The year the show got released is an extremely important factor, and a horrible show would never leave such a mark on the industry.
    Plus I spoke plenty about the reconstructive elements of Eva, that has nothing to do with its influence. Everything from SAO to Fate has copied exact scene compositions from Eva; just Google it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:47 PM)
    Two last things. Shirou in that timeline has very little chance of becoming Archer.
    And the end of the TV series wasn’t Annos fuck you to the audience. End of Evangelion was Annos Fuck you to the audience. Thing is instead of getting pissed off, they cheered.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:42 PM)
    Either way Mario said he might do a review of the First Eva tv series. I am curious to see if he will be quite so enthralled with it seeing as it’s his first time watching it and he hasn’t been deluded with years of it’s “influence”

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