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Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini – 08

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Summary:

Unaware of the fact that their enemies are on the same train, Hei gets caught by Repnin, and Suou gets captured by Tanya. Repnin is interested in Hei and tries to recruit him, but Hei turns him down. Not giving up, Repnin goes into how there’s been a rumor of some Contractors in the past few years who have committed suicide due to the power of a certain Doll. He wants that Doll because he hates Contractors, and he would be grateful to Hei if Hei killed Ilya Sokolov since Sokolov had previously killed Repnin’s niece. Hei, however, turns the tables on Repnin by indicting him for not being able to do anything himself, and he stabs Repnin in the hand with a knife before escaping. Elsewhere on the train, Tanya questions why Suou didn’t kill her during their previous encounter, and Suou attributes it to how Hei stopped her. When Suou claims that she’s glad that she didn’t shoot though since they’re friends, Tanya points to how friends can hate each other, and she recounts how she once hated Suou for being too close with Nika.

Their conversation is interrupted when the injured Repnin radios Tanya to tell her to stop the train and leave with Suou. Tanya does exactly this, but Hei pursues and is able to buy enough time for Suou to escape her captor. Hei then finishes off Repnin. Suou meanwhile tries to take refuge in an outdoor pool, but Tanya eventually finds her. What gets Suou’s attention is how Tanya seems to be momentarily affected by Suou splashing water onto her, however Tanya refocuses on her task and goes after Suou again with her power. Suou responds by bringing out her rifle, but her memories of Tanya combined with how Hei didn’t want her to shoot anymore cause her to hesitate. Much to Suou’s shock, Tanya gets shot anyway, and when Hei, July, and Mao arrive on the scene, they think that Suou was the one who fired. Hei even tells her that it’s okay for her to shoot in order to defend herself, but all of this confuses Suou, and she decides to go a different way than Hei. July follows her, bringing along Mao, and Hei makes no attempt to stop her. Unbeknownst to Suou, Tanya’s actual killer was Shion who had been sniping from a nearby building.

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This was certainly an interesting episode, one that started a bit slowly but ended with quite a bit bang. I’m not shocked to see both Repnin and Tanya dead (especially since, after she killed Nika, it was highly unlikely that Tanya would survive to the end of the series), but what was a surprise was the fact that Shion was the one who killed Tanya, and he might have the same power as Suou. It’s noteworthy to me that Shion is even keeping tabs on Suou since I had assumed that he and his father were preoccupied with whatever they’re planning, but this could mean that they need Suou alive for that very plan.

On that topic, there’s a lot mentioned this episode that’s probably important as plot development, however at this point things are still pretty confusing with all that stuff on the memory of the future and with what Misaki was listening to at the end of the episode (I only realized it was Hourai after looking at the credits). The episode did seem to confirm though that Yin has the ability to turn Contractor’s powers against themselves, and I imagine she’ll use that power several more times before this is all over. Anyway, I’m getting very curious about how they’re going to tie this all together in the handful of episodes they have left, particularly since next week’s episode appears to bring back the private detectives Kiko and Gai who I don’t remember being particularly important to the plot of the first series.

November 28, 2009 at 3:53 am
50 comments »
  • November 28, 2009 at 3:55 amkenri

    First!!! is it just me or does it look like Hei gets a haircut in the previews??

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:01 amAnon

    Next episode might have more plot than we’d expect. Kiko and Gai are characters that can inadvertently move the plot along, and you’d hope with only 4 episodes left that’s what happens.

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:02 amMyssa Rei

    Well Kiko and Gai weren’t really important in the first season, but they DID serve as a sort of counterbalance to all the weirdness going on with the Contractors. Plus Kiko did become Yin’s friend.

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:09 amkwantum0

    I ended up, after watching this episode, going back and re-watching the entire first series in order to remember stuff. Didn’t really help that much, but that conversation i believe was with the chief near the end. I still dont get how Huang made it into the second series… he died right?

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:19 amfragbet

    So basically, Hei gets taken “hostage” makes his captor pay the bill for the huge feast he orders, then he kills him? AWESOME! Seeing Hei’s big eater habit return just makes me smile.

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:24 amGray

    Fuck yeah, Hei gets both haircut and new clothes in the new episode. And he still kidnaps lolis and fight ninjas.

    This plus crazy otaku girl… it could be awesome

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:37 amtreble89

    i have to say the appearance of Kiko and Gai make me wanna watch the next episode more…..A new haircut? i thought i was used to his rustic look

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:45 amAlec

    looks like the duo are back in action

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:50 amAlec

    Tanya’s death scene only made me say “oh well”…seems like the duo are back, i guess theyre only purpose is to bring some humour

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:56 amSean

    i never realised that shion had a sharingan… o and its good to have u back omni

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:07 amshadowblack

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:12 amrunedot

    If the gun can do that to a person, if it hit a crane like Hei wanted, that crane would have been seriously destroyed.

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:20 amFayt

    The memory of the future… is refering to Amber is it ? Since she can turn back time, and therefore would have experienced the future ….. Misaka… didnt directly meet her did she ? I forgot

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:40 amFlare

    @kenri
    Good eyes – it really does look like Hei finally gets the long awaited haircut

    @shadowblack
    That’s Misaki, right?

    @Alec
    yeah… and crappy humour at that

    It was nice to see Hei still had his large appetite.

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:47 amshadowblack

    @Flare
    Thanks, I didn’t recognize her at first.

  • November 28, 2009 at 6:00 ammadzo

    Kiko and Gai XD its really good to see them!

  • November 28, 2009 at 6:18 amLeftArrow

    haha since im a nerd, i went to 22:06 and played the video at half speed and the chipmunk voice your hear says something close to kokode uryuko i probably didn’t write it down right but if you understand japanese then im sure you’d be able to figure it out

    maybe it said right here is fine?

  • November 28, 2009 at 6:37 amlilu

    @LeftArrow:
    koko de = here

  • November 28, 2009 at 6:45 amlilu

    I think that I here “Anata dake ….” in Misaki’s tape.

  • November 28, 2009 at 8:05 amGray

    @leftarrow:
    sounds like “koko de iru yo” “I’m here”

  • November 28, 2009 at 8:15 amSplash

    Yin is my favorite character in this series. Disapointed that she has like 0 airtime this season.

  • November 28, 2009 at 8:46 amZero

    And thus, we lose our most *glomp*-able character. Woo. Hoo. And Hei needs his powers back. Pronto. And Yin gets more and more badass as this series progresses.

  • November 28, 2009 at 10:09 amXizel

    I’m starting to miss electricity.

  • November 28, 2009 at 11:27 amLeftArrow

    Hahah yea theres zero chance i was right about what i heard since its kind of a pain to replay a 1 second clip like 5 times

  • November 28, 2009 at 11:30 amMichael Chandra

    Hei looks like a Sasuke reject in the preview… -__-

  • November 28, 2009 at 11:39 amrofl

    i lold so hard when hei just took the knife and it ended up on the other guy. also LOVED seeing him eating tons of food and not drinking feels like the old show again

  • November 28, 2009 at 12:02 pmdamian

    Oh god, those two are back

  • November 28, 2009 at 12:06 pmdtbfan

    Prediction: i think Amber wrote down what she saw of the future in case she died. Kinda like the Amber diaries. And i think Shion inherited the Amber diaries ie the “memories of the future” alluded to. Amber must be planning something again hehehe. Amber seems to fit the kind of villian who’s into reverse chrono-engineering imho.

    Maybe the Madam has a fragment of Amber’s diaries, which explains where her information comes from.

    I think Amber saw what Yin would become, which was why she treated Yin so specially in the first episode (going out of her way to find her even before Hei, and also to make sure Yin was in Hell’s gate during the final episode in the first season. Yin would be her Plan B in case Hei rejected her, and Plan A failed (which happened).

  • November 28, 2009 at 12:11 pmewok

    Hmmm, and another part of supposed Amber’s memoirs might found it’s way into dr Pavlichenko’s hands via teh meteor… right?
    Things seem to start having sense now, and yet are confusing at the same time…
    Hei gulping XXXL lunch was even more fun than his ninja combat skillz… As was Mao’s usual animal antics :P
    Alas poor Tanya. Might she find her love in the afterlife, if contractors get any.

  • November 28, 2009 at 12:12 pmRaika

    RIP Tanya, the most well endowed babetastic 13 yo loli EVAR. XD

  • November 28, 2009 at 12:25 pmKristyn

    http://randomc.net/image/Darker%20than%20BLACK/Darker%20than%20BLACK%202%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2005.jpg

    When she first got out the pool, that “N” on her swimsuit was a bow xDD

  • November 28, 2009 at 1:34 pmMerle

    Kristyn — you’re right! XD

  • November 28, 2009 at 2:04 pmGil

    I dunno about Shion, but didn’t his and Suou’s father died by the hands of Hei?

  • November 28, 2009 at 2:05 pmGil

    Unless Shion’s power is similar to Bleach’s Aizen and can cause illusions.

  • November 28, 2009 at 2:05 pmSacchi

    No, Shou doesn’t have the same power as Shion. Shou was able to telepathically communicate with Shion while she ran away. We haven’t seen any contractor have 2 powers. The gun is a gun, and we saw that Shion’s father had a gun just like Shion’s power in his house. He could very well buy the same gun as Shion has.

  • November 28, 2009 at 2:17 pmg0rth0r

    Seriously, they need to stop recycling Suou’s gun sequence. This time it felt totally out of place (if you look at Suou’s face between the two scenes, it didn’t even make sense).

  • November 28, 2009 at 2:26 pmThrashy

    Maybe this says something about me, but the only thing I was thinking about at the end of this episode was that an anti-tank gun (if the gun is a soviet PTRD like I think, 14.5mm armor-piercing ammo)would just punch a finger-size hole through you without doing too much internal damage. Tanya would be in a world of hurt, but probably not dead and certainly not partially-exploded.

    I should probably stop thinking so hard.

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:09 pmSo Very Odd

    As usual all the songs were fantastic in this episode, excellent mixing. Hei calling out Repin for being a coward, then stabbing him was completely bad-ass. I like that he tried to recruit him, as its only logical. Who wouldn’t want BK201 on their team. Tanya was reclaiming a bit of her humanity right before she was shot. The contractors committing suicide, which Repin mentioned on the train, is something I hope they go into.

    All in all an entertaining episode, but how they’re gonna wrap this up in 4 episodes is beyond me.

  • November 28, 2009 at 4:44 pmewok

    Thrashy, it would probably rather break human torso in 2 – and 100% sure rip away any limb hit. It was designed to knock out tanks! (early WW2 tanks,to be sure, but still)Even with fraction of energy transferred into body it would kill. Ever seen what .50 caliber does to humans? ask Marines…

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm666

    this episode rocks… i just confirm Suou and Shion have same power but at last shion can execute the target without help from doll. And as usual Hei fighting skills is Great even though without his contractor power

  • November 28, 2009 at 5:56 pmThrashy

    @ewok: Huh. If I’m remembering right, I was told about this by a certifiable gun nut (who went on to become a Marine, actually!). The reasoning was that a hardened anti-armor penetrator won’t mushroom out or shatter on impact with a soft target, and so it’ll pass through a fairly small zone of damage without shedding much kinetic energy. .50 BMG isn’t designed to defeat tank armor, though… I’m trying and failing to find much in the way of good info about this on The Tubes.

  • November 28, 2009 at 9:34 pmsigh

    i really can’t predict how this is going to end at all 4 episodes left no sign of hei getting his powers back, and an unknown plot like in the 1st season this wasn’t as good as the other ones but it still was a really great amount of plot development in it, i can foresee a season 3 for certain with this one being left inconclusive and i hope it happens

  • November 28, 2009 at 9:55 pmGummi

    Lol I did not relise who she was until much later in the episode that this was Misaki http://randomc.net/image/Darker%20than%20BLACK/Darker%20than%20BLACK%202%20-%2008%20-%2005.jpg nice shes hot without her work clothes on :D

  • November 29, 2009 at 3:27 amEliteF22

    @Thrashy
    That large a caliber round is rippling through the air, doesn’t matter if its armor penetrating or not since no body armor is rated to protect against that large a round, its shock wave is going to displace a lot of whatever it impacts. Considering Tanya’s only supposed to be 13, the shock wave really should have ripped her in two. The armor penetration issue is at smaller caliber’s; if the target isn’t armored then the bullet is now over penetrating and not breaking up and tumbling inside of the target’s body, which most guerrilla combatants do not have protection. Sure the shock wave will still do damage but not nearly as much as the bullet would do by bouncing around and fragmenting.

  • November 29, 2009 at 5:07 pmAznCoffee

  • November 30, 2009 at 1:26 amtg

    I love the amount of food, Hei was piling on. I was going “this is sooo going on your tabs!!” It’s really REALLY good to see him EAT that much! ^o^ But..but.. I’m a bit sad for Tanya. At least, she can now be in peace. Eh, but those detective people are back!? Ahhhhhhhhhh.. Here comes the comedy with the pink haired girl.. I expect to see more Pizza Hut references.

    And yeah.. I wonder how exactly is this arc going to end? I have a feeling they’re going to continue it because it just can’t seem to end like this..? O.o

  • November 30, 2009 at 2:14 pmannd

    *gasps* misato without her glasses, hair tied and lipstick? its like im seeing a younger woman here lol!

  • November 30, 2009 at 2:17 pmannd

    i didnt notice his new haircut in the preview. i can hardly see his figure. must be the big diff in quality :P

  • November 30, 2009 at 7:15 pmBP

    Hmmm….is Hei kidnapping Yuko in the preview? seems like it…

  • November 30, 2009 at 9:51 pmDrew

    Have to say, this season continues to impress, and if they somehow manage to tie Amber into whatever the climax is, job well done in my book. It’s a damn shame it’s only 12 (13?) episodes long, but that seems to be increasingly the norm these days for anime. If Amber is indeed involved, even indirectly, it increases the likelihood that girl in the OVA previews was her, which would be great. I really liked her. :)

    I sometimes imagine her freezing time at all sort of points to watch events unfold (though I also am a little freaked out at the thought of her freezing a time frame with Hei in it to….you know), and I can’t help but wonder how far exactly into the future she fast-forwarded to (and subsequently rewound). :/

    Now, I’m not one to nitpick usually, as I approach these shows as works of fiction meant for entertainment, but I can’t help but be amused at the very liberal application of oh…time and space as it pertains to people moving between Russia and Japan. In all the time it’s taking Hei to get to Japan, the amount of people going back and forth (Suo’s father…Misaki)….some multiple times…during the same time frame is something I am going to just ignore so I can continue enjoying this show. :p