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Summary:

In the time that’s passed since the bombings, Misaki’s boss Hourai has received a claim of responsibility for them from a group named evening primrose. This claim also demands the public acknowledgment of Contractors’ existence and the respect of their fundamental rights. Remembering seeing Hei with them, Misaki asks if BK-201 has any connection, so Hourai discloses some highly classified information: the mastermind of this terrorist group is a former MI-6 agent who went by the name of February with a Messier Code of UB-001, and she was at the battle of Heaven’s Gate five years ago. At this same moment, an Organization agent is telling Huang about how Amber betrayed them and led to the annihilation of Hei’s team in South America. Back at the police, Hourai continues his own explanation, saying that it was in that place that they observed the first twinkling of a star – hers. A lot of stars began twinkling in response, including that of BK-201, and immediately after, everything in a 1500 kilometer radius around the gate disappeared.

Meanwhile, at Hei’s apartment building, his neighbors are having a drinking party that gets the landlady angry. Hei doesn’t join them and instead heads to work as a waiter at a hostess bar, but on this day, a particular customer doesn’t want to pay up because he supposedly forgot his wallet. When this customer pushes aside the manager, a younger man known as Sakurai Kenji of the Nakazawagumi enters the room to stop him. Kenji tries to warn the unruly customer about not paying, but the man responds by punching him into a table. In turning back around, the man accidentally bumps into Hei who is trying to present a bill, and it gets him so angry that he tries to punch Hei too. Fortunately, Hei defends himself with the metal tray and he manages to dodge all of the subsequent punches as well. In the end, it is a guy who Kenji refers to as his older brother who shows up and subdues the man in a painful hold. While Kenji’s brother and his goons are beating that customer up out in the alleyway later, Hei gives Kenji a towel for his bruise and introduces himself. Recognizing Hei’s name Li as being Chinese, Kenji thinks that Hei was using Chinese martial arts earlier.

Once he’s finished with kicking the unruly customer’s face in, Kenji’s brother calls Kenji over, hits him, and gives him some money to take Hei out to eat. As morning breaks, Hei and Kenji eat at a gyuudon shop where Hei proceeds to wolf down many more bowls than Kenji is able to handle. Afterwards, Kenji takes Hei home via moped, but the bike starts spewing smoke along the way. They make it back to Hei’s apartment building, and because the bike seems broken and it starts raining, Kenji goes inside. In trying to get to know more about Hei, Kenji notices how sparse the apartment is and learns that Hei is studying abroad. Their conversation, however, is soon interrupted by the loud noises coming from the band practicing downstairs, so Kenji decides to go have a word with them. He then rushes downstairs, kicks down the door to the apartment of the noisy group, and tries to threaten them in his best Yakuza manner. Unfortunately for him, the landlady also shows up and smacks him up a broom for breaking the door. All of them work together to fix it, and afterwards, the landlady offers them lunch.

Kenji finds out while eating that the girl in the noisy group is from the Philippines and sends money back to her family. Still, she jokes that the Japanese are rich and perverted, which garners a good laugh between her and Kenji. Also in the group is a guy who calls himself the preacher of rock music, a guy from Israel who came to study Japanese animation, and a quiet black man. Kenji has a lot of fun in this international atmosphere, but his attention is eventually drawn to how Hei is eating tons of food again despite their earlier beef bowls. Once lunch is over, the residents decide to have another drinking party, however Hei turns them down because he promised to meet someone. Kenji does opt to join them, and in talking about Hei after he leaves, Kenji comments on how lonely Hei’s back seems. Hei meanwhile heads to meet with Mao and Huang where they discuss the man Kenji referred to as his older brother whose name is Hitotsubashi. Huang thinks that some goods will arrive within a few days and advises Hei not to get in the way of the deal, though Mao is more concerned about what Hei is going to do about Kenji.

When Hei returns to the apartment, he finds Kenji outside working on his moped since everyone else had fallen asleep, and Kenji soon rides off. Hei attempts to head to work again that evening, but upon getting there, he learns from the manager that the club will be closed for construction work on the restrooms. Hei of course knows that something is going on, and inside, Hitotsubashi is telling Kenji that the group is splitting, and he brings Kenji to see a crate that contains a girl inside. The girl gets up on Hitotsubashi’s command, and he explains to Kenji that this is a doll that will do anything she’s ordered to. There are rich people who want this toy, and Kenji’s job will be to care of what Hitotsubashi calls an important piece of merchandise for a few days. Hitotsubashi tells his other men in the car later that he involved Kenji because anyone not at the level of stupidity would damage the goods and because he believes Kenji doesn’t have the courage to betray him. Still at the hostess club, Kenji laments how he thought he was going to be able to be a hitman, and his interest soon causes him to ask the female doll for her name and where she’s from. When she doesn’t answer, he assumes that she doesn’t understand Japanese, and although he gets uncomfortable with the way she just stares at him, he also wonders what’s going to happen to her.

Around this time, Misaki is on the phone with Kanami again, this time about BK-201 and evening primrose. She doesn’t like having to pursue them without knowing much about them, such as if they’re enemies and what their goals are. Misaki then asks Kanami for any new information regarding the Stargazer’s words, but Kanami is too tired to talk about it now, so she asks Misaki out tomorrow on Misaki’s day off. Back at the hostess bar, Hei sneaks in with Mao to find the manager knocked out and no one else around. Huang thinks that it’s because they got noticed, but Mao doubts that they screwed up like that. With Yin also unable to find their target, Hei suggests that they back off, but Huang notes that it’s not their decision whether to continue the mission or not. Since they’re on standby for now, Hei returns to his apartment, only to find Kenji and the doll there waiting for him, and Kenji begs for refuge for a while.

Preview

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This episode makes some decent strides to keep the evening primrose and Amber story going – mainly through Misaki – but overall I was rather disappointed that this fell back to a one-shot arc deal that had a distinct lack of Contractors (in other words, not part of the main Hei/Amber/Bai storyline). In fact, if this arc is going to reveal to us more information about Dolls like I suspect it will, then it might have been better placed earlier in the series when concepts were still being introduced every arc. As it is, I felt that a lot of the momentum they had built up from last week was lost, though admittedly I had half expected that to happen because it seemed unlikely that Darker than BLACK would stick with the main plot for the entire remainder of the show.
Perhaps the one redeeming part of this arc (aside from the Amber stuff in the beginning) is the fact that the doll Kenji is taking care of is rather intriguing because of how completely emotionless it is – even more so than Yin or July. I’m curious what we find out about her next week, and if anything happens when she meets with Yin, as shown by this creepy shot in the preview.

July 26, 2007 at 5:54 pm
40 comments »
  • July 26, 2007 at 6:00 pmmetroidpit

    im currently downloading it[ETA: 50min =(]…hope its a good episode

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:08 pmDeadlyrain

    Any chance of blogging Baccano?

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:38 pmQuina

    looks like another episode which doesn’t develop sigh… I hope I am worng

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:43 pmToujouten

    naked apron!?
    this episode seem pretty interesting

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:43 pmlegno

    yeah I hope baccano will be blogged too

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:46 pmYggdrasil

    It was ok, got to see more of every-day Li; and there was a stereotypical yakuza, which I always enjoy. I wonder what the deal is w/ the new doll, or if they said it and I missed it. Looking forward to the write-up.

  • July 26, 2007 at 6:56 pmSuz

    In picture #6, is that Saito from Ghost in the Shell? o_o Whoa.

    And I agree with everything said above, it looks like another lackluster ep.

  • July 26, 2007 at 7:05 pmTimoshi Huang

    gah stupid fansub TV.

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  • July 26, 2007 at 7:20 pmAmber

    It was pretty cool!!! we had sometime without Li-kun, so it was o.k to see him back.. he is soo cuteeeeee…
    But yes, they dont develop more of the main plot..a think that we need to wait another arc..

  • July 26, 2007 at 7:41 pmDarkblack

    :)) It’s nice to see Hei (as Lee) wearing something else (a suit!!!) as he seems to have only one set of clothes (white shoes, blue jeans, white long-sleeved shirt, black undershirt and green coat)

  • July 26, 2007 at 7:59 pmAnonymouse

    @suz, of course he’s not, he ain’t wearing his sniper patch. But he does look like him. XD

  • July 26, 2007 at 8:39 pmAloneintheVoid

  • July 26, 2007 at 8:50 pmLuminisk

    Is it just me or is the loli in the bag/box is getting over used?
    …who am I kidding more please.

  • July 26, 2007 at 8:52 pmMokokits

    Wow .. that girl looks like Lenalee after .. the unfortunate blast, that totally burned all her hair ..

  • July 26, 2007 at 9:17 pmT_I

    It was a bad decision to include what passes as a filler episode this late into the story

  • July 26, 2007 at 9:23 pmPOOF

    nia re-enactment!! well… not really… more like melfina (outlaw star) re-enactment. xD!!

  • July 26, 2007 at 9:54 pmreservbed

    Perfect Summary:
    “It was a bad decision to include what passes as a filler episode this late into the story”

    Only 2 good parts ~1 minute of whole ordeal.
    Disturbing Eureka in the box.
    Letter From Primrose: “You killed desu! We send you Eureka! In a box!!!” gassed.

  • July 26, 2007 at 10:01 pmjabathehut

    Needs more Amber

  • July 26, 2007 at 11:20 pmDarkblack

    I hate the idea of Amber being such an important person. Anyhow, Is Hei already a Contractor five years ago? In ep 6, Havoc says that “Though you were party to no contract, you were the most brutal of us all” and she speaks as if Hei just recently (at least not from since 5 years ago) becomes a Contractor. Am I misunderstanding something or what? Can somebody please clear this up?

  • July 26, 2007 at 11:45 pmMeh

    Filler arc sucks, but you kind of expected one after so many intense arcs. I just wish they could not make a whole episode of crappiness. At least half-and-half or something to give the watchers some story stuff to wonder about.

  • July 27, 2007 at 12:09 amkittykara

    Frankly, I enjoy fillers, as long as they don’t encompass an entire 50+ episode story arc. And hey, as long as its limited to these 2 episodes, its totally fine (in my opinion). They kinda, you know, pause the action and give people time to catch up, and sometimes there are little details that you want to insert but are hard to write in without a filler, you know what I mean? This one sounds ok, with little tidbits thrown in, but then again, still gotta wait for the sub lol. Cuz you get the info from talking with other ppl, but that’s hard to do with too much action. Who stops for a cup of tea and a long chat while your mate/former-best-friend/enemy/foe/nemesis/etc’s trying to kill you? _

  • July 27, 2007 at 12:22 amderp

    So, is that his sister, or what?

  • July 27, 2007 at 12:31 amquigonkenny

  • July 27, 2007 at 1:12 amSuz

    I’ve got a question now. I’ve heard the name “Desu” thrown around lately, so anyway, who is s/he?

  • July 27, 2007 at 3:04 amKiyomi

    Is eating a lot Hei’s contract? Was wondering about that.
    Anyway, for those who are into the song at the end of Episode 2, is out in the DTB soundtrack :D

  • July 27, 2007 at 3:56 amMeh

    “I’ve got a question now. I’ve heard the name “Desu” thrown around lately, so anyway, who is s/he? ”

    Desu is a Japanese verb that translate to “is”. They have a different grammar structure, so its said at the end.

  • July 27, 2007 at 4:56 amHylarn

    “I’ve got a question now. I’ve heard the name “Desu” thrown around lately, so anyway, who is s/he? ”

    They’re referring to Maki in this case. It comes from Suiseiseki of Rozen Maiden. She had eyes like Maki’s and her habit of ending everything she says in desu became a meme.

  • July 27, 2007 at 12:33 pmAmber

    #
    Darkblack at 11:20 pm on July 26th, 2007

    I hate the idea of Amber being such an important person. Anyhow, Is Hei already a Contractor five years ago? In ep 6, Havoc says that “Though you were party to no contract, you were the most brutal of us all” and she speaks as if Hei just recently (at least not from since 5 years ago) becomes a Contractor. Am I misunderstanding something or what? Can somebody please clear this up?

    I think that he was a contractor because of this:Back at the police, Hourai continues his own explanation, saying that it was in that place that they observed the first twinkling of a star – hers. A lot of stars began twinkling in response, including that of BK-201, and immediately after, everything in a 1500 kilometer radius around the gate disappeared.
    But you know… i used to have the toery about Hei been like Huang in that team…

  • July 27, 2007 at 2:45 pmuuya

    I wonder if people keep forgetting that this is a BI-EPISODIC series and that by now they know its not about the damn main plot all the time. Not saying that everyone is at fault but it irks me that people still complain when its episode 17 already. You’d think they would drop it by now. Anyway, I really liked this episode (much better than the detective pair) and can’t wait for the next!

  • July 27, 2007 at 8:01 pmairboi92

    man were can i find darker than black downloads?!? also is it on crunchyroll? or someplace?

  • July 27, 2007 at 10:03 pmLaBelleDame

    Does anyone else think that the doll could be Bai??

  • July 27, 2007 at 11:48 pmsniperz

  • July 28, 2007 at 1:29 pmDarkblack

    #
    LaBelleDame at 10:03 pm on July 27th, 2007
    Does anyone else think that the doll could be Bai??

    I did. But judging by how the 1st part LOOK, I don’t think that’s possible anymore (and that would be a bad turn anyway). :D Beside, if she’s really Pai, then those Yakuza sure will have the tickets to Hell from Hei :))

  • July 28, 2007 at 6:32 pmAmber

    I think that to!, and the face of Hei when he watch her… that would be a surprice…

  • July 29, 2007 at 7:16 amSean

    Just wonderin if someone would be able to tell me a site where i may be able to download the episodes subbed in english. I have 1-8, but i am having trouble finding anymore that are subbed. Any help would be appresiated. Thank you.

  • July 30, 2007 at 11:07 pmDamian

    Kinda boring episode, but Im hoping it will pick up next week.

    Misaki’s hotness made my day though. >.

  • July 31, 2007 at 4:04 pmDarkblack

    Not really bad as I expected. There’s something about DTB that never makes me feel bored (maybe it’s because of Hei :D). Still, I hope that they put more flavor on the next ep

  • July 31, 2007 at 7:20 pmVane

    It was a funny episode! and i dont think about it as a “filler” because they give us some important information.

  • August 3, 2007 at 11:56 amzouave

    how do i downlload lol srry if this question sounds noob i cant downlaod it i clik the topic of the ep though