Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
|Alternate title : Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor |
Studio : BONES
Length : 12 Episodes
Year : 2009
Genre : Supernatural
Hei and Yin, after betraying the Syndicate, are now on the run. While outside Japan, Hei encounters Suou Pavlichenko who has become entangled in the war and with the Contractors, including her own Contractor brother, Shion.
In the meantime, Hell's Gate is still in Tokyo, while Misaki Kirahara has resigned her position with Foreign Affairs in order to investigate Hei and the Contractors.
A sequel to the original Darker Than Black series.
Added : 2009-10-09
Synopsis by : AJtheFourth
Last update : 2010-01-10
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Score : 8
Number of reviews : 1
Official #1 : Darker than Black S2 Website (Japanese)
Official #2 : Darker than Black Website (Japanese)
OP1 : Stereopony - Tsukiakari no Michishirube / Guidepost of the Moonlight
ED1 : abingdon boys school - From Dusk Till Dawn
2010-10-10 -- Episode(s) 1-12 by Coalgirls. BT Link
2010-05-25 -- Episode(s) 12 by ANBU. BT Link
2010-05-17 -- Episode(s) 11 by ANBU. BT Link
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Posted by : GaileOxstain
Posted on : 2012-07-27
It's become an unspoken law that sequels tend to be worse than the original work, but the second season of Darker Than Black is one of the few series that seems to top its predecessor. Despite being only half as long as the first season, Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor has more than enough meat on its bones to make the series feel just as long and even more memorable.
The story picks up two years after the events of the first season where the Saturn Ring's collapse or "Tokyo Explosion" as it has come to be called ended up wiping out most of Ikebukuro. Granted the story does not actually start off in Japan, but rather in Russia following the life of a 13 year old girl named Suou, the daughter of a gate technology scientist and who became aware of the existence of Contractors when her twin brother Shion became one after a meteor impacted him during a family camping trip at the time the Tokyo Explosion was happening. Despite the sudden change in her brother and her father drowning himself in his research, Suou's life remained relatively unchanged.
That is until her best friend ends up becoming a Contractor and her entire life begins to fall apart around her. Upon returning to her home she witnesses her home being broken into by the Russian government in pursuit of her father and brother. She manages to escape taking a mysterious pendant left by her brother in the process only to encounter BK-201, the "Black Reaper" himself.
Suou ends up begrudgingly assisting Hei because her brother apparently has some sort of connection to Hei's former partner, doll, and friend Yin who during the two year time skip became the victim of a supernatural Gate phenomenon that split her personality and separated her from Hei. With Hei being her best chance for seeing her brother again, she agrees to follow the heartless killer.
Meanwhile in Japan, inspector Kirihara's own pursuit of Hei leads to the shadowy upper-echelon organization known as Section 3 whose motives remain unclear.
The first season of Darker Than Black told its story through two episode long arcs that typically revolved around jobs Hei's group got under the Syndicate which may or may not have had anything to do with the major plot. Gemini of the Meteor scrapped this format in favor of a more consistent series of events across the season's 12 episodes which I found allowed the story to be told more smoothly and clearly as opposed to the first seasonís choppy arcs. The series itself is split between two major plotlines: the section of the story that focuses on Suou's pursuit of Shion, and the other that focuses on Hei and his pursuit of Yin. At times I found these two aspects of the story somewhat isolated from each other, but the series knows how to bring the two stories and characters together well when it counts. I only wish the series could have been given a less deus ex machina kind of ending that actually leaves the viewer a little more satisfied after how much the series has been built up.
Many of the beloved characters from the first season make their reappearance in the second. In addition to Hei, Kisaragi, and Yin, several other characters who only played a "character of the day" role now serve a more prominent role in the series plot.
In the two years time skip, Hei has gone through a falling of grace of sorts after losing Yin. Gone is the cold and calculating man from two years ago, instead all that remains is an alcoholic, single-minded contractor who has lost his boundaries between logic and his emotions. But interestingly enough, I think it is this falling from grace that makes Hei the most human he has ever been, and his character develops further as he serves as Suou's guardian as events unfold.
But of all the characters I found Suou to be the one who really stole the show. Her character undergoes serious change and development as she goes from her spunky childish personality to a more mature and focused individual as she becomes involved in the Contractor's world of death and heartlessness. And as the plot progresses you not only see Suou's growth as a character, but also chronicles her growth into becoming a young woman.
The series takes place during the winter which only adds to the series underlying cold-hearted feel. Even the place where Hei, Suou, and the rest of the gang stay is just a run-down shack further pushing the fall from grace angle for many of the characters in the series. The character designs are fairly simple yet effective, and while the grayness of winter can get old at times, you can't say the setting isn't trying to set the appropriate mood.
Music/ Openings Endings:
I thought the opening was very catchy and guides you gently into the series and that the ending fit well with the series melancholic feel of loss but lacked the memorable tune.
For a series that is built upon the story of super-powered humans without emotions, Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor doesn't fail to elicit emotions out of the viewer. The story was engaging, made me eager to jump to the next episode, and was an emotional roller-coaster ride that treaded upon the age old theme of growing up and making a future for yourself even if you might not have one at all. The overall plot was hard to understand at times to the point where Iím considering watching the series a second time just to make sure I got everything, but of all the anime series I can put on my re-watch list, Gemini of the Meteor is certainly one for the shelf.
That's why I'm giving Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor 8 glowing red eyes out of 10.
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