In the sequel, Hei and Yin are now on the run after betraying the Syndicate in the previous season. After leaving Japan, Hei encounters Suou Pavlichenko, a 13-year-old Eurasian girl who becomes embroiled in the war and politics of the various factions and Contractors vying for power. Meanwhile, Hell's Gate remains standing in Tokyo, after Hei's efforts to stop the Saturn Ring anti-Gate particle weapon from activating. Although Contractors are safe from the danger of having their existences erased, this does not prevent new and old Contractors from abusing their powers. As Misaki Kirihara and her team in the Public Security Bureau deal with the increasing Contractor cases, she also has to keep the Syndicate at bay, who has major positions in the Japanese police and intelligence bureaus around the world. The storyline setting primarily takes place in both Japan and Russia.
I have a hard time wrapping my head around what the script writers of this show was thinking. They had a pool of almost infinite ideas to work around from the origin and reasoning behind the Hell's Gate manifestation or even exploring the Contractors and Dolls as the bridged gap to human evolution. It seems with so many mysterious themes left in a shroud of ambiguity, the writers could of taken any route they desired and make a decent sequel. But for some reason that's beyond comprehension, instead of trying to provide a solid answer to it's mysteries or even using it to flesh out its world's lore they threw that all away. And for what you might ask? Well lolis, forced comedy, talking squirrels and more idiotic plot twists.
Still wondering why and how the Heaven/Hell Gates appeared? Still wondering why they brought on a fake sky? still wondering why contractors and dolls became a products of this? still trying to decipher this show's bullshit?.. well join the club. The writers seem to have said "fuck it" and opt out to just giving us a cheap sequel and shell to the show's former self. The story, despite being more focused seem very uneventful. All it does is drag us along to a shoe horned in finale that does nothing but leave a dozen more questions unanswered.
it went from passable to inflated pseudo-concepts. The show seem to have given up on having decent coherency among it's made up thematic themes and settled for whatever came to mind. It feels like a rough draft of a script instead of a revised project. Cheap "magically ever after" endings are nothing new to anime and other forms of media but DTB 2 took it to another level of absurd mediocrity.
I don't know how this is possible but with less episodes to worry about and more years to perfect the artsyle seem to work against DTB2. It did nothing to improve on the overall quality of it and given a 2 year gap to make it more polished seem to leave very little difference. It's like the the team made it back in 07 and just let it gather dust until it was time to release it. And when compared to other titles made in the same year it just pales in comparison. Just a mediocre patch-job that doesn't deserve credit.
The great jazz fusion soundtrack seem to have taken a backseat to a more contemporary House-electronic music. It's not a bad soundtrack but when compared to the prequel's it feels out of place. It seem to strip the show of it's familiar charm and alienates it further from it's predecessor. Since tastes is subjective I won't harp on it further and leave you to decide where you stand with it. The new cast voice actors settled in and did their jobs well for the most part.
less contractors, more people and yet there's still no decent characterization. They make a big deal of contractors having no irrational emotions but there's very little differentiating them from people when they all remain 1 note. Also that sense of maturity that the 1st season carried for it's characters seem to be thrown out the window and replaced with bombastically annoying ones. This causes a HUGE tone shift in how the show is presented and perceived. They even changed the classy cat to a fucking flying squirrel? WHY!?
The biggest flaw comes with Suou, our new protagonist. She takes up more screentime than necessary and is only good for two things, being an inconsistent character and loli fanservice. And if that wasn't bad enough she was degraded to becoming a walking plot device halfway through.
Hei isn't even the same badass we use to love. The writers added forced angst into his characteristics and made a character who already lacked emotion to be presented as a inconsistent nut job. Of course he still kills contractors like a badass but his conflicting characteristics with is supposed "emotionless state" make it harder for us as a viewer to really care for him anymore. He simply becomes a puppet of the poorly written script.
the recurring cast includes a tranny bartender with his/her lolicon obsessed son, Misaki the walking plot device and a sleuth of people that are not worth the mention since they remained 1 note and too quirky for their own good. Needless to say the cast here is far inferior to the show's previous standards and quite the joke when placed on a side by side comparison. There was nothing to gain from them outside of a gripe in your stomach.
Disappointment.. I found nothing here but pointless hollow fighs and cheap attempts at fanservice. This is NOT how you do a sequel, doesn't even work as schlock entertainment. Even Pizza Hut said "oh hell no, fuck that" apparently since they too was nowhere to be found.
There are bad sequels then there's DTBs sequel. With a show that literally did everything wrong and STILL didn't answer any questions I can only recommend this to completionists. This was a very underwhelming and sad excuse for a show that had an inkling of good qualities before. read more
Somehow the high expectations I had awaiting the sequel to a fantastic series were not fulfilled. Ryuusei No Gemini isn’t exactly a sequel to Kuro no Keiyakusha, but more like a separate arc in itself. It would be unfair to compare both of them as they vary in their style and storyline. For starters, the series are not bi-episodic; instead revolve around a single storyline involving a Eurasian female protagonist. Hei’s involvement through the series although significant, has not really been up to what it ought to be.
Suou Pavlichenko is a 13 year Eurasian girl whose life suddenly changes on a fateful day when she meets up with Hei. Involved in the mess of politics and war between the contractors, she seeks out on her own quest to find her missing twin, Shion. Alongside her is Hei, a drunk bastard who completely lacks the mannerism and politeness he once had. The personality change might have been necessary in this series as it made things a bit interesting, but it didn’t seem all that good seeing him like that. The storyline, in its individuality served to be interesting though. The protagonist goes through a lot of ordeals throughout her journey. The series also has some graphic and violent killings which made it a little gory at times. The birth and evolution of the contractors was something we had vaguely seen in Kuro no Keiyakusha. The involvement of many groups (CIA, FSB, MI6 and Section 3) could have made for better viewing had they had more air time. They left it a bit incomplete and it felt as if these names were only included to attract attention without proper motive behind it. Also the “Syndicate” that pretty much ruled in Kuro no Keiyakusha was nowhere to be seen, again a disappointment as the whole mysteriousness behind them suddenly disappeared. Altogether though, despite its shortcomings it was somehow good how it ended up being. I guess it may be due to the protagonists’ whole journey from havoc to happiness. As for the name “Gemini of the Meteor”, it wasn’t nearly as important to be kept in the title IMO.
Ryuusei No Gemini had a plethora of characters which made it quite an entertaining prospect to watch. Starting off with Suou, a determined and strong girl entwined between living a life as a human or a contractor. It was touching to see the ordeals she and her school friends went through. Much like a supporting character, July was an example of some nice character development, and his relation with Suou was charming to watch. Hei’s laid-back sake drinking attitude failed to impress me the slightest. And the fact that he was not able to showcase his powers during most of the series made it lamer for me. The agents of Section 3 were pretty good, namely Hizaki and Genma. Hizaki’s remuneration involved kissing someone after the usage of her power added to the humor. Madam Oreille was yet promising character shown but somehow failed to make much of an impact in the Anime. Lot of interesting characters I would say. But somehow they were cramped up in a short series which somehow failed them I believe. They should have been given more time for their characters to be known properly rather than just through some cameo roles.
The original characters were already pretty awesome in how they were made. The new characters were also very nicely put out. From the Russians to the CIA to the Japanese characters, all looked very original. Also the new characters gave the storyline a refreshing experience. The fights were well coordinated and typically good to watch. Hei’s new look was intriguing; Suou’s character was pretty nicely done too. The agents looked good and the whole background of the Anime from Russia to Tokyo was beautiful. The characters are all very nicely drawn and the animation stands out to be pretty good as well.
Sound was another good factor for Ryuusei No Gemini. The OP was a treat to the ears. I particularly liked it. The voices of the characters were also very good. Suou sounded very sweet whenever she used to shout “Tanya”. As there was a mixture of cultures, it’ll be interesting to see how these voices correlate in the dubs that will be out later on. The ED was average I would say. The best thing however would be the background score during the fights. The whole beat-box thing or whatever that was being played surely pepped up the interest to watch. I loved it.
Seeing this series individually without comparing to the previous one and you’ll find that it’s actually good. Although not as epic as Kuro no Keiyakusha, Ryuusei No Gemini offers an entertaining experience with some interesting character portrayals. Combined with good artwork and sound, it is a definite recommendation. Just don’t try and compare it with the first season and you’ll definitely like it. read more
I am "a bit disappointed" in the rest of the reviews here, namely that so many of them reflect that this season was dreadful, yet hedge that to "being a bit disappointed" with it. This season was balls to the walls, shamelessly awful.
The defining feature of the entire series: how they manage to draw every character with dead eyes throughout the series, yet expect us to enjoy ourselves. The defining scene: horrible side character creation 1, dreadlock kids, sobbing and venting to horrible side character creation 2, his crossdressing dad, culminating in being more likely to make you laugh than cry as he sobs and whines into his cake. The defining question: how they expect us to believe Hei can still kick everyone in the world's ass with no powers and reduced to "living the good life" (that one was a minor meme joke, do not worry if you did not get it).
There are already other reviews that detail exactly how the plot is (stupidly) aimless and bereft of basically most of the useful details it should have, so I am not going to rehash that. What I will touch on is how the plot is awful with the characters it uses: it introduces lots of new characters, all poor creations that are impossible to care about; it has a lot of short, impossibly one sided battles; it gives random annoying flashes to some apparently crazy event involving Yin, with absolutely no real explanation as to why they happened; it has random, annoying flashes to these blonde twin girls, who speak in tittery, annoying voices and "say mysterious things" i.e. nonsensoleum; it has cop lady chasing desperately after Li, despite the fact that she has no real insight to anything in this series, never does anything, and just wastes our time; it has former cool cat Mao back as an awful, ridiculously (poorly drawn) cartoony flying squirrel like creature (they called it a mamonga or something, whatever). Get the picture?
This version of Darker Than Black just tries to establish how SAD and AWFUL everything is for everyone, and it definitely does a good job of showing viewers an awful time. Of course, just like people are unwilling to be objective about Code Geass 2 since they loved Code Geass 1, similarly no one will be objective about Darker Than Black 2 since they loved Darker Than Black 1. I cannot wait until the OVAs come out to "connect the seasons" and people act like it redeems all the flaws.read more
I'm not really one for writing long reviews of anime I've watched, but I felt that I had to say something about this one.
Darker than BLACK - Kuro no Keiyakusha had a dark storyline and characters with very distinct traits, especially Hei. Darker than BLACK - Ryuusei no Gemini, the sequel seemed to forget these.
*Mild Spoilers Ahead*
This anime would have been great if it was a stand-alone, but it was unlucky enough to have expectations to live up to its predecessor. The main character, Hei - once a calm, collected, cold-blooded killer now stars as an umkempt drunk who abducts small children and beats them. Mao, the cat who had previously died, is now a flying squirrel and stays as one even though he had many oppertunities to possess a cat. Yin has turned from a near-silent doll into a... wait, nothing at all was explained about that - but she made a lot of contractors commit suicide so that she could... that wasn't explained either. Kuro no Keiyakusha kept the plot a complete mystery until the end, but Ryuusei no Gemini didn't really explain it at all.
So, our old friends from Kuro no Keiyakusha have had their characters changed drastically, but what about the new faces? Maybe they will make up for this? A loli with a rifle; a pervert who can turn into a golem and a lesbian with a lightsaber... personally, I didn't find them very original to say the least.
Enough of bashing the characters though - onto the story. The series was half the length of Kuro no Keiyakusha, and the two episode long arcs were discarded. I was dissapointed by this since too many things weren't explained, even for Darker than BLACK. The last episode really needed to be two, maybe three, episodes and again explain a few more things. It was a cliffhanger disguised as closure.
Overall, a decent anime. If you do plan on watching it, have Kuro no Keiyakusha ready to watch again so that you can get rid of the bad aftertaste - Ryuusei no Gemini doesn't live up to the original and makes you think less of some once great characters.read more
In some anime series, we have come across protagonists who seem to act like the villains. Could they be considered heroes or anti-heroes? What exactly are anti-heroes? Let's check out some of the iconic anime anti-hero main characters!