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Darker than Black Season 2 Review
Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
DARKER THAN BLACK ー流星の双子ー Dākā Zan Burakku -Ryūsei no Jemini-)

Synopsis

The sequel tells of Suō Pavlichenko, a Eurasian girl whose life is changed by a frightful incident regarding a meteor shower, and her subsequent encounter with the assassin Hei, who is still on the run from the Syndicate two years after the events in the previous season.

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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

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Overview

Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor began airing in October 2009 and ended in December 2009.

Alternative title

– Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
– DARKER THAN BLACK 流星の双子(ジェミニ)
– Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini
– Темнее Черного: Близнецы и Падающая Звезда
– Darker than BLACK -유성의 제미니-
– Darker than Black 2
– Tamsiau už Juodą: Meteoro Dvyniai
– Zifiri Karanlık 2
– Близнюки метеора
– По-тъмно от черното: Близнаците на Метеора
– Темнее черного: Близнецы и падающая звезда
– Темніше чорного: Близнюки метеора
– 黑之契约者-流星的双子-

TL;DR Review

Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (DARKER THAN BLACK ー流星の双子ー Dākā Zan Burakku -Ryūsei no Jemini-) took place after the Darker than Dark OVA series 2 and is two years after the first season.

The animation is decent and would be considered good, but nowhere as good as the first season or the OVA in quality. Zoom out scenes lack any detail and in one scene, the face was just a blob of skin colored paint.

The opening theme is “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” (ツキアカリのミチシルベ; “Guidepost of the Moonlight”) by Stereopony and the ending theme is “From Dusk Till Dawn” by Abingdon boys school. The standout song is the opening theme.

The characters design also isn’t as good as the first season. Mao went from a cat to now a flying squirrel with little explanation than a single line of reference. Bringing him back remove the great impact of his sacrifice from the first season. This feel like he was brought back to be a cute mascot. Also in the previous season, we learned that Mao had to connect to the Syndicate server to offset some computation due to him being stuck in a cat brain. Here, it was completely glossed over and apparently being in a squirrel brain doesn’t affect him in any way.

Most of the characters also seem one dimensional. The previous season the characters play off of each other well and were entertaining. The contractors have more of a personality then. This season, we see way fewer contractors and most act no different than robots with power.

One of the main character, Suou, power is manifesting a giant anti-tank gun. This seemed out of sort as we have never seen any other contractor with a summon ability. Also, every time she summons her gun, it goes into a magical school girl transformation scene, including her being naked because? This feels really forced and I suspect was influenced by all the little girl with a big gun trend that was happening during this era.

The story is decent, but we’ve lost all the intrigues and spy theme from the first season. We still see the CIA, MI6 and the various groups, but the mind game that was played hardly exist in this season. This season also feels goofier and more comical too, as if they shift the demographic from men to boys. The plots, characters, and animation just all feel simpler than before.

While the first season ended with a somewhat satisfying ending, this season felt rushed at the end that left me confused. I would only recommend this season to the fan of the series. I think we would be better off without the second season. Darker than Black contains graphic violence, some nudity, and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Howling” by Abingdon Boys School (eps 1-14)
  2. “Kakusei Heroism (The Hero Without a “Name”)” by An Cafe (eps 15-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” (ツキアカリのミチシルベ, lit. “Guidepost of the Moonlight”) by Stereopony

Closing Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Tsukiakari” (ツキアカリ, lit. “Moonlight”) by Rie fu (eps 1-14)
  2. “Dreams” by High and Mighty Color (eps 15-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “From Dusk Till Dawn” by Abingdon Boys School

OVA 2 (Darker than Black: Origins)

  1. “Darker than Black” by Yasushi Ishii
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Featured Video

Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Hei
"It's ok if people just meet for a moment. Simply passing by each other… You might pass by each other again somewhere. Isn't that fine too?"
Yin
"The light of our hearts is even darker than black, the dim glimmer of Hell itself."
Hei
"If you pretend to feel a certain way, the feeling can become genuine all by accident.”
Hei
"Contractors are not human. They're killing machines, dressed in human skin. In order to keep their risks to a minimum, they make sure to kill all witnesses. They're liars and betrayers."
Hei
"Sometimes, the things we can't change end up changing us."
Hei
"The truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for..."
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