Posted by psgels on 11 December 2009 with categories: Darker than Black - Ryuusei no Gemini



Hell yeah! This series is really coming together quite nicely. It both fits in with the first season and yet has created an entirely new style and mood. With this episode, you can really see that the build-up of the past number of episodes has paid off.

2009 really has been a stellar year for Bones. But yeah, now that we’re near the end of this series, their particular weakness pops up again: their seeming inability to create an actually good ending. I’m really not sure what it is with their series and adaptations, but during the previous summer, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was the first series I’ve seen from them with an actually good ending. All of the others that I watched so far were either rushed, forced, or just completely ruined their series. And that considering that the rest of their series are often so well produced.

Still, if there’s any series that could break this trend, it’s this one. With so much build-up, it will be a disaster if the ending goes wrong, but you can see that the creators have planned out this series really well. they should have a great ending planned here, if this episode was any indication. The depth it gave to Suou’s character was really remarkable.

This episode also sheds a totally new light on Shion: it’s obvious now that the Doctor who was with him also was just a copy that he created: the real one really was killed by Hei. How he said that Suou needed to learn what pain was was very hypocritical: he himself has no concept of this, since he thinks that he can just clone anything that he loses.

And zomg: Mao’s backstory! it’s strange to see this guy inside a regular human body, but we finally get a good look at how he lost his original body. The question that remains now: why did the Syndicate betray Mao? Was it just because he happened to be on a place that they needed to bomb, (say, an unfortunate sacrifice), or was he specifically targeted?

Also, Hei has frustrations: it’s one thing to torture his victims for information, but to leave such a mutilated body behind… what the heck was he doing to her? O.o
Rating: ** (Excellent)

32 Responses

  1. montel says:

    well after watching the episode it is obvious to me that Hei did not kill the woman. the was no reason to besides he is not the type to kill like that.

  2. Acylia says:

    I agree with “montel”. There was no reason for Hei to kill her like that, so I think it was someone else.

  3. FortMan says:

    If you rewatch the interrogation scene again, you’ll here the door click right at the end of the interrogation, which lead me to believe that Hei walked out the building immediately after the interrogation. It does look like someone is trying to frame him.

  4. ivanvx says:

    I’m positive it was Ornielle who killed Youko not exactly to frame Hei but yeah is a side effect and Hazuki bite it right away.

  5. Tan-Tan says:

    Erm, I thought Shion was the one behind it :P he mentioned about making a quick copy about that, or did I hear wrong?

  6. PL says:

    He had copied a blue whale in the aquarium, but made it miniature so it could fit in the aquarium, and said he’d made a “smaller copy” … I think that is what your thinking of Tan-Tan

  7. Az says:

    strangely disagree with you. Bones is one of my top studios when it comes to endings. Few others manage endings as thematically and emotionally relevant as them….

  8. anonymous says:

    Actually, when you think about that dead Doctor had no memories, then he must have been copy, and now living is original.

  9. kidunderabridge says:

    I agree with the last comment, the doctor who was killed would have to of been a fake cause it seems like the doctor alive has memories. As for the developments of this ep. so looking forward to the end. and I too think Hei was framed for the death of youko

  10. psgels psgels says:

    The fact that the alive doctor has memories doesn’t really say anything: we’ve seen that Shion can just create those as well. The reason why I believe that it was indeed the real doctor who was killed is that the alive father seemed a bit too much like Shion’s subordinate, rather than an actual father.

  11. Sacchi says:

    The doctor that was killed was the copy. It was said that this copy of the doctor killed had only one day/week can’t remember of memories. Period. Also, I found it incredibly obvious that Hei didn’t kill that woman. That shouldn’t be considered a surprise…I’m just glad that we had some look at Mao’s past, it was definitely fun.

  12. jho says:

    That’s an interesting point psgels. But I feel like the father has had some traumatic experiences (we can see from the mom’s flashback) so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not acting like a father even if he is the original.

    And I agree with all the others that Hei was definitely framed.

  13. windy says:

    Why has Hei changed so much , I don’t recall him being so violent and emotionless in the first season! Even if he didn’t mutilate the body of the girl he took hostage , he nearly killed Kirihara ( he would if Suou didn’t stop him!), what the hell is he doing? I don’t know him anymore! But well, magnificent episode indeed! And the fact that ” Suou” died years ago only makes the plot more intresting and twisted!

  14. HK-47 says:

    I don’t think Hei killed Youko, either. But still, WTF was he doing to her during that interrogation?

  15. Cheese-kun says:

    @windy
    Because Misaki is working for Section 3, the organization that took away his powers, attempted to kill him on multiple occasions and is in current possession of Yin. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with Hei. Now He sees Misaki trying to take Suou and she also pulls a gun on him.

  16. coyo says:

    Poor Misaki all that build up to meeting hei and she get beat down by him. She really needs to let go he ain’t Li no more probably never was it was all for show.

  17. @ 16 – Yes! I felt sorry for Misaki too! :-(

  18. Autonomous Monster says:

    Windy: Remember when Hei went rogue in the first season and ran off with Havoc/Carmine? Personally I think using amobarbital is a step up from physical torture, but hey, whatever.

    Bit of a plothole, though. They’re really secretive about who knows where Yin is and Hei just stumbles on one of the handful? I don’t buy it.

    Worse though was the whole ankles thing. Risible.

  19. chaos says:

    I was surprise nothing was mention about izanagi, the ghostly figure who appeared in the end of the episode. Apparently, he look just like Shion, kinda like how izanami look exactly like Yin.

    For all those who don’t know the story of izanagi and izanami, they were thought to be the original gods who created the world (Japan) back in fairy tales. Kinda like how God created earth and man in the bible.

    Memory of the Future refer to the old hag, who is different from Amber. What is the connection here? And not much was mention about the Madam and the twin blonde girls.

    maybe izanami isn’t yin…

    With 2 more episode, you can be sure more main characters will be killed. I just hope that don’t rush and screw up a good series. Code Geass was terribly rush near the end, but it still got a standing ovation for the ending…hopefully DTB2 will end the same way or better.

  20. Andetted says:

    @chaos: that Casshern-y alien at the end had Yin’s eye color. That couldn’t be Shion.

  21. kidunderabridge says:

    @ 18 – I dont think the whole ankle thing is a plothole. Dude has an ankle fetish. Naturally he would notice ankles… and remember the really “hot” ones :P

  22. windy says:

    Well, I know he had his reasons and all, but well, he did recognize her though, I think it was a bit too much, and I just can’t wipe out the feeling that no matter how many people die , even if people that were once closed to him once, he wouldn’t care!

  23. psgels psgels says:

    Windy, I think it’s a matter of priorities: at this point, Hei wants to more than anything get Yin back. To him, this is more important than maintaining his relationship with Misaki.

  24. dl says:

    best reason EVER to not kill Kirihara:

    She gave me steamed buns! XD

  25. fumanchu says:

    There are several layers to the Inazami and Inazagi theme, which warrants a closer look. Shion (Inazagi) represents “creation” (his skill as a contractor to bring back new life), “heaven” (as in heaven’s gate), and the “male” mythical god of Japanese folklore, who brings about the “new world”. Yin (or someone else?) is the dual opposite, representing “destruction” (as in the death of contractors), “hell” (as in the Tokyo’s gate), and the “female” goddess.

    So the climax will be this encounter, when all hell (pun intended) will break loose, and we shall look forward to what will happen with each of these characters. I would not be surprised if Hei (as the main protagonist) will once again, as in the first season, require to choose the future of humanity, contractors, Yin/Suou, and, ultimately, his own.

  26. fumanchu says:

    There are several layers to the Inazami and Inazagi theme, which warrants a closer look. Shion (Inazagi) represents “creation” (his skill as a contractor to bring back new life), “heaven” (as in heaven’s gate), and the “male” mythical god of Japanese folklore, who brings about the “new world”. Yin (or someone else?) is the dual opposite, representing “destruction” (as in the death of contractors), “hell” (as in the Tokyo’s gate), and the “female” goddess.

    So the climax will be this encounter, when all hell (pun intended) will break loose, and we shall look forward to what will happen with each of these characters. I would not be surprised if Hei (as the main protagonist) will once again, as in the first season, require to choose the future of humanity, contractors, Yin/Suou, and, ultimately, his own.

  27. tk007 says:

    As for Hei trying to kill Misaki. I think Misaki would be dead if Hei really has the intention to kill her. He obviously did not went all out on her.

  28. Lastraide says:

    Does anyone know what the commercial at the end was for?

  29. Andetted says:

    it’s Durarara! or something like that, from Baccano! author.

  30. ntd says:

    Agreed with tk007, I don’t think Hei was trying to kill Misaki there, he just wanted to knock her unconcious…(look at the way he held his knife!)

  31. gfddsxcvb says:

    @Lastraide: it’s Durarara!! from the author of Baccano! adapted by the same studio and staff as Baccano!

  32. balsaboy says:

    Was that weird being at the end with glowing hair July? Seemed likely since he was able to make other observation ghosts obey him.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:04 AM)
    @Badesh: which one? Cuz I played thru both the Dreamcast and the PS2 version. The Dreamcast one was a stand-alone story, but it was both a good one written by Miura, and it was set between Vol22 and Vol23, so it didn’t interfere with the manga’s story. The PS2 one was almost a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of the Holy Demon War section, and it featured the de-facto Berserk theme ‘Sign’ by Hirasawa himself:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpqV7RPnTE
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:50 AM)
    They did the same thing to promote the video game! Srsly?
    Besides, i really enjoy the new series as a long time fan.. can’t exactly point out why. I like the action and for every shitty shot, we get an awesome one.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:49 AM)
    Also Caska’s back to being brown. So I guess some things are getting fixed as we go on.
    /RantOver
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:40 AM)
    That’s why is disheartening to see that the post-credit scene of ep03 was ignored by so many, specially considering the quality of the animation and the importance it had to the plot and course of the show.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:39 AM)
    Now I’m not going to deny the toxicity of some of the so-called “hardcore” fanbase- the Skullknight community is a testament to that. I’ve seen too many people claim that they’re done with the series, only yo come back every week and nag about the same redundant points over and over again. The show has had much more traditional animation than I’ve originally anticipated.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:27 AM)
    The music is a great example of that. The 97 series created a surreal somber atmosphere, with a lot of that piggybacking on Susumu Hirasawa’s weird soundtrack. Look at the new series intro- that is as tone-deaf as it can get. I much rather preferred a black screen with a red Berserk logo over this shonenesque song. Caska’s rape as an eyecatch? yeah, they are seriously mislead as to the significance of that scene.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:24 AM)
    Now I’m a big Berserk fan, anyone here can attest to that, and I’m glad to have some Berserk, in whatever form we can get. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to overlook the deficiencies. I still stand by my point, which is that the new series doesn’t primarily suffer from the animation, as I think a lot can be achieved in the format as evidence by the last two episodes, but the main point of contention is the overall tone which doesn’t fit Berserk.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:20 AM)
    And Berserk is panned for the CG, not only because of the unconventionality, but also since it isn’t particularly strong CGI neither. Sidonia was well-received, and that uses CG a lot more than Berserk. Since the manga has extraordinary line work, people want to see the same level of detail. The 97 series also works against the New one, since although it had minimal budget, it still had much superior cohesion.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:17 AM)
    But that aside, FoE actually garnered some decent publicity. It’s also not really CGI, but a weird type of rotoscoping, which has been used for a long time. The show was alright. It started strong, had a lot of slack in the middle, and ended on a stronger note.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:15 AM)
    @afgm: Flower of Evil, it’s better to call it that since aside from me personally preferring English names when speaking English, the title itself is a reference to Charles Baudelaire poem, and we don’t say the French name Les Fleurs du mal, so why use the Japanese?

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