Some annoying plot-holes
– 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
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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