Posted by psgels on 27 March 2010 with categories: Darker than Black - Ryuusei no Gemini

Ah, excellent. The Gaiden OVA is another one of those extra OVAs that aren’t just meant to be side-stories, but a vital part of the series. This episode yet again did a wonderful job of tying the first season to the second. It didn’t just explain what happened to Yin, but also some of the smaller plot-holes of the second season were explained.

The big question is of course: what the heck is that thing that took control of Yin? Izanami seems to be vital to this, and I guess that the entire point of the second season was to explore the possibilities of “Izanagi”. You know, that all just hints at a possible third season. There’s no way for the creators to have considered the end of Ryuusei no Gemini to be the end of this franchise.

I also stumbled upon an interesting article here (translated here), in which the general graphic director of Sora no Oto claimed the following thing: “People won’t be moved nor consented unless someone dies. Why aren’t they impressed by the character’s survival? It’ll be an easy job to create a war anime from now on. You can make a popular anime by letting the characters kill each other!”. To me, that’s not the reason of why I’m such a fan of Darker than Black’s habit to just kill off people. I’m perfectly happy with people surviving, as long as it’s done believably (which is exactly why I have no problems with Hei surviving all this time, because of how this series has shown how careful this guy works). It’s when creators start pulling Deus ex Machina to just keep a character alive that it becomes a big problem. It’s just as bad as them pulling a Deus ex Machina to just kill off a character. In the end it’s the story that should dictate whether characters live or die, not a desire to include more cheap drama.

I also have a small question about that Contractor destroyer thingie, shown after the ED. If that doctor knew how to increase the power of a contractor all along… then why didn’t he use it? And what exactly does it mean to become a more powerful contractor anyway? Will their abilities have less limits or something?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    there is just too many possible answers to that question. perhaps were going to find out the answer to your question soon…

    eagerly waiting for Bones to announce a 3rd season

  2. PL says:

    ” It’s when creators start pulling Deus ex Machina to just keep a character alive that it becomes a big problem. It’s just as bad as them pulling a Deus ex Machina to just kill off a character. In the end it’s the story that should dictate whether characters live or die, not a desire to include more cheap drama. ”
    This is exactly so, what I love about DtB is that my emotions aren’t just jerked around and manipulated for the sole sake of manipulating them, but because whatever happens makes the most sense given the events of the story. If someone takes a bullet in the brain and doesnt have a concrete mask on, they die. If someone is the most bad-ass, special-ops trained, gained-his-skills-slugging-it-out-with-contractors-before-he-was-one-in-south-america, then he is going to live because of those skills. A little realism in this regard goes a long way in science-fiction, fantasy stories. That is a mistake many sf and fantasy writers make, thinking that because the stories main premise isnt realistic, nothing needs to be…

  3. Perrin4869 says:

    Given the premise of Darker than Black, not having characters die would make the whole franchise a stupid joke. And having characters die does make the series more engaging to watch, if done right and sparingly (not like the last episode of Zeta Gundam).

  4. blindability says:

    The writers have proved that Hei isn’t invincible, but he’s just very good at what he does. He doesn’t need to rely on his Contractor abilities to get him through tough situations which is why he’s survived so long.

    The others who are dying are killed out of necessity; those that pose an immediate threat to our protagonists have to be dealt with in a time-sensitive manner. But it’s not like all the bad guys are killed off at once: suspense and anticipation is created through villains who are biding their time.

    As for Contractors getting stronger, I’m not sure what that entails, but the Contractor who can manipulate gravity said something about getting stronger too, didn’t she?

  5. temperus says:

    You’re quite right, the graphics director of Sora no Woto comes across as an ass who doesn’t know how suspension of disbelief works. I wonder what they were expecting? This was a war anime with a decent build-up to a pretty childish ending.. if it upsets them to hear it, maybe they’re the ones with the problem.

  6. PhantomX says:

    I actually hope they change up the “fights” in these OVAs a tad, at least for the next two. That’s two OVAs in a row now where Hei’s gotten beaten just to be saved by Izanami, so I’m hoping they mix it up in the next ones, before it starts feeling like a big cop out (granted that Izanami seems to only exist because of Hei’s influence on Yin).

  7. m says:

    Why would he want to create a more powerful contractor, when his goal is to neutralize them? They’re basically super-powered sociopaths. They had the right idea for dealing with them in the first series, only they were too indifferent to the collateral damage.

    The first rule of villainy should be to never build a weapon that you cannot control. If your idea is to build a better contractor to conquer your enemies, all you’re doing is building a stronger tyrant to step on your neck once it ‘rationally’ concludes that you can no longer oppose it. A little Hannibal Lecter meets Rambo.

    It’s not heeding that threat that makes Yin so dangerous in the end of Gemini.

    Now what it would mean to make a contractor more powerful, I don’t know. Since the ‘power’ of the contractors seems to have more to do with which ability is manifested more than anything else, it doesn’t necessarily make any sense. Although I was wondering if that dialogue was intended to explain the meteor core that Shion had given Suou, or the resurrection of Pai’s star at the end of Gemini.

  8. How many OVA’s are planned?

  9. Bruce says:


    Four are planned.


    I hope they do that too, especially since in season 2 he was able to kill so many contractors without his electric abilities.

  10. Bruce says:


    Four are planned.


    I hope they do that too, especially since in season 2 he was able to kill so many contractors without his electric abilities.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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