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Summary:

In a dark tunnel, Misaki meets with a man named Richard Lau who has information about a Contractor. Richard wants her to guarantee his safety, but Misaki is only willing to do that depending on what he says. When she realizes that he knows about VI-952, she grants him the protection, though she still wants the information first. Richard is about to tell her the name of the Contractor, but she interrupts him to point out that there’s blood on his back. In a panic, Richard tries to take off his jacket, but the blood stain is on the back of his shirt too. Someone nearby snaps their fingers, and Richard’s back suddenly explodes, killing him. The police soon arrive, and Misaki’s fellow detectives think that it was a type of matter transfer ability that killed Richard, and they know that he was Wang Shao Tang’s right-hand man. Misaki’s father, superintendent supervisor Kirihara Naoyasu, then arrives to survey the scene and speak to his daughter about how this is the ninth death. It seems that all the victims have been members of the Hong Kong mafia and Naoyasu suspects internal struggles within that organization. Father and daughter have both figured out that these murders have all been carried out by one Contractor whose Messier Code is VI-952.

Naoyasu then notes that working hours are over and suggests that they go out for dinner, despite Misaki’s protests that the case isn’t closed yet. Because he orders her to go, she agrees, but stipulates that she gets to choose the place. She ends up taking him to a hotel’s Chinese restaurant that is owned by Wang Shao Tang, the boss of the Qinglongtan, though she claims to simply want to eat there. When Misaki questions her father about what he wanted to talk about, Naoyasu explains that Misaki is being promoted to senior superintendent, and he envisions his daughter some day becoming the first female superintendent supervisor. Recalling that Misaki joined the police in order to help the weak, Naoyasu suggests that she can save a lot of people from a higher position. Fortunately, there’s still some time until the announcement, so he asks her to prepare herself for it. After dinner and after seeing her father off, Misaki runs into her old friend Alice in front of the hotel. Alice thinks that Misaki is here for her birthday party and is disappointed when she realizes that Misaki didn’t know about it. She then introduces her bodyguard Wei and invites Misaki inside, promising to show her a place that the police aren’t allowed in.

After stepping out of an elevator on one of the top floors, Misaki notices all the cameras, but there are none inside the penthouse that Alice and her father live in. When they’re alone, Alice teases Misaki about liking greasy food and getting fat, though Misaki feels that it’ll be okay because she moves around a lot. The two break the ice by laughing about this, and Alice eventually forces Misaki to put on a qipao as punishment for forgetting about her birthday. She also takes off Misaki’s glasses and wants her go downstairs to the party like this. Looking in the mirror as she holds Misaki, Alice comments on how strange it is for the daughter of Wang Shao Tang to be together with a police detective. Many years ago, when they were in high school, Misaki had one day taken away Alice’s pack of cigarettes. Misaki wanted Alice to quit smoking, and when Alice said that it had nothing to do with her, Misaki insisted that it did because they’re classmates. In trying to get back her cigarettes, Alice played the “do you know who I am” card, but Misaki declared that Alice’s father had nothing to do with this and asserted that smoking would make her weak. Alice didn’t care about that and feels that the type of person she is has nothing to do with Misaki. However, Misaki continues to insist that it does, mainly because Alice sits beside her in class and smells horrible from the cigarettes. This had caught Alice off guard, and as she’s leaving school, she is embarrassed to see Misaki waving goodbye to her. Still, after she gets into her car, she fondly remarks that Misaki is odd.

At the party, Alice introduces Misaki to her father who comments on how much the qipao suits Misaki. Although Wang Shao Tang acts very pleasant towards Misaki, he privately questions why Alice brought Misaki here. After Alice declares that Misaki is an important friend, her father then acts displeased with how the Japanese Misaki is wearing a qipao whereas Alice is wearing a western dress. As Wang Shao Tang leaves the room, Misaki struggles to survey what’s going on around her because she lacks her glasses. To her surprise, she finds her subordinate Saitou working undercover here as a waiter, and he gets her embarrassed by commenting on her provocative dress. Since he’s on the job, Saitou explains that although this may look like a birthday party on the outside, it’s actually an urgent meeting of the mafia leaders. Their conversation is soon interrupted by an incredibly loud stomach growling – Hei’s. It seems that he’s also working as a waiter, though this noise causes him to get sent to wash dishes instead. Saitou laughs at this, but their supervisor catches him and accuses him of flirting with Misaki, so Saitou gets sent to wash dishes too. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to everyone, all the security cameras are now inactive, and the building’s security room is littered with the dead bodies of guards.

As they wash dishes together, Saitou learns that Hei accidentally approached the elevator upstairs to the top floor that only the owner and his daughter are allowed on. Hei notes that Saitou seems to know the details of the place and their conversation then turns to Misaki. When Hei says that she’s pretty, Saitou explains that her looks are deceiving and that she’s actually quite scary. Back at the party, the leaders get called in to the meeting with Wei. Alice doesn’t let Misaki approach the meeting room, though she does offer information to compensate: VI-952′s true identity. She leads Misaki upstairs to the top floor where there is a large greenhouse, inside of which is a room of stone flowers. As Alice reveals that they’re not artificial and are from the Gate, she shows Misaki some bees that are flying around the flowers. These bees produce a special substance, and Alice proceeds to stab herself with one. She claims that it causes her pain and sadness to disappear, and she tries to force Misaki to use it too, but Misaki manages to dodge out of the way in time. However, this movement causes her to fall, and she finds herself on the ground next to the dead body of Wang Shao Tang.

Downstairs, Wei starts laughing in the meeting with the other leaders. After declaring that Wang Shao Tang won’t be coming and that their organization will be entering a new age, Wei pulls out a knife and slits his own wrist. The blood spurts all over the nearest man, and Wei proceeds to explode the spots where the blood landed. Back on the top floor, Alice reveals that Wei is VI-952. She then points a gun at Misaki and says goodbye, but at that moment, the lights suddenly all go out, and Misaki uses the opportunity to hide herself. To her surprise, she finds Hei hiding in the same spot.

Preview

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Although this episode still doesn’t appear to advance the overall plot much, it does manage to still be quite interesting. Misaki is a character who I think deserves more development, and it doesn’t hurt that she got taken out of her normal clothes for something a bit more attractive. It was nice seeing her past (it sounded like another Mai Yamane song during that scene), but the episode didn’t really get exciting until the final few minutes when all the action started. The scene where Alice lunges at Misaki with the bee even startled me quite a bit with its suddenness. I guess Alice graduated from one drug – cigarettes – to another (whatever the bees are giving her).
Wei’s ability to explode whatever his blood lands on has me a bit confused because he and his eyes don’t glow like all other Contractors do when they use their power. He just snaps his fingers and people get chunks taken out of them in a gory manner. I’m not sure if that’s an oversight or if I’m forgetting something or if Wei is special, but maybe we’ll find out next week in the conclusion to this two-parter.

May 31, 2007 at 6:34 pm
26 comments »
  • May 31, 2007 at 6:47 pmflou

    http://randomc.net/image/Darker%20than%20BLACK/Darker%20than%20BLACK%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

    Yeah, that scene made me jump out my chair o_O. I totally wasn’t expecting that…

  • May 31, 2007 at 6:57 pmGenestarwind

    Hei, wasn’t that woman with purple hair is from Aika R-16: Virgin Mission?? @_@

  • May 31, 2007 at 6:59 pmDeadlyrain

    Lol, Omni likes girls with their hair long & down.
    First Juliet, now Misaki…

  • May 31, 2007 at 8:04 pmMighty Mouse

    That just means Omni has good taste in women :D

  • May 31, 2007 at 8:11 pmArisu

    Hm, I spot Pizza Hut. (o_ô)

  • May 31, 2007 at 9:22 pmmewmew

    @omni~

    xD im guessing girls with their hair down look better (in animated form)? i remember omni saying it for nina and arika too. ^^

    ditto on the action scene near the end being quite interesting.

  • May 31, 2007 at 9:53 pmGintama

    i just notice that those school uniforms look very much like the ones in school rumble

  • May 31, 2007 at 10:39 pmSpectrum

    Great, now I’ve got the terrifying mental image of Misaki going to school for Harima et al.

    (Also, very moe episode for her.)

  • May 31, 2007 at 10:44 pmSpectrum

    *with Harima (fail)

  • May 31, 2007 at 10:58 pmw

    That ‘scary’ screenshot looked very funny to me at a glance, LOL. What with the blurring and all. This was totally a Misaki fanservice ep though!

  • June 1, 2007 at 3:19 amOmni

    Yea, the hair thing coincidentally became a theme this week because of the two shows. In general though, I do prefer long hair over short :P

  • June 1, 2007 at 9:12 amVanessa

    It look´s very cool!! Hei looks soo inocent when he is in his Lee´s mode. And Misaki is great, they would be a good love couple..

  • June 1, 2007 at 10:03 amVenire

    “Although this episode still doesn’t appear to advance the overall plot much”…
    You make it sound like this “overall plot” matters. Knight Rider doesn’t have an overall plot, and look how awesome that is.

  • June 1, 2007 at 2:57 pmmutio

    Do we get a second Elfen Lied here or what..
    This show is getting more and more violent.

  • June 1, 2007 at 11:54 pmDickhead

    Hey, do you think Hei’s remuneration could be something like “acting with emotions”?

  • June 2, 2007 at 1:15 amOmni

    Venire: I’m the type of person who prefers serial-style shows, and this two-episode mini-arc style takes a little getting used to. That’s not to say that a non-serial can’t be as good as a serial (Cowboy Bebop is a good example), but it’s too early to say how this’ll turn out.

  • June 2, 2007 at 7:15 amxvpower

    @mutio

    Try Claymore if ya want some good decapitating violence.

    @Dickhead

    I personally think Hei is capable of suppressing his contract whatever it may be, doubt that it’s eating/cooking since Havok mentioned that he always had the apetite.

  • June 2, 2007 at 8:36 amMachi

    Hey just a weird thing but the guy doesn’t seem to have shown an obeisance… Or did he? have yet to watch?

  • June 2, 2007 at 1:10 pmRawr

    http://randomc.net/image/Darker%20than%20BLACK/Darker%20than%20BLACK%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2020.jpg

    The first thought that came to mind when I saw this was “Haruhi Expression.” xD.

  • June 3, 2007 at 10:16 amTokki

    I noticed something each epi’s come in pairs like an arc but it’s only 2 epi’s. Why? I’m starting to find it annoying cause so far you don’t even re meet the characters like back in epi 1. Then again almost all of the time they die. So that maybe the reason why.

  • June 3, 2007 at 5:10 pmcclragnarok

    >>> It look´s very cool!! Hei looks soo inocent when he is in his Lee´s mode. And Misaki is great, they would be a good love couple..

    Well, Hei did say that she’s pretty, and he most likely saved her at the end of the episode.

  • June 4, 2007 at 6:26 pmVanessa

    It would be pretty awesome to see a kiss between them…

  • June 6, 2007 at 10:33 pmGisele

    Taking away her gun and putting her in a revealing outfit really did little for her character development. It was almost like a complete turn around. Her stiff, formal posture and expression become more open, which is strange in light of her discomfort in the new environment and apparel. I don’t know. I guess I just like her when she’s on the job…?
    Either way, I’m looking forward to her interaction with Hei in the next episode. Their relationship really interests me, seeing as how they’re almost in this cat-and-mouse game…(Think Death Note, but much less intense and involved of course.)

  • June 8, 2007 at 1:00 amclaudius

    Is it just me or are there major yuri overtones in the Alice/Misaki scenes?

  • June 10, 2007 at 1:53 amroar

    where can you watch the latest episodes at? I’ve tried stage6 but no luck :(.. and i’m really tempted to watch this and some other series

  • June 19, 2007 at 11:25 pmyaw dapaah

    can anyone say night head genesis?