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After having a dream where she’s being pulled on by a glowing child-like figure, Yin wakes up to Hei watching over her, and he promises to protect her. The two soon arrive in Hong Kong, and Hei finds a man named Chen to make some fake passports for them so that they can keep running. Yin, however, speaks out because she feels that it’s pointless and suggests attacking their enemies instead. She proposes spreading the rumor that he wants to sell her in order to lure their enemies in, and she believes that they can’t run away while there’s a Doll watching her. All of this plus Yin’s attitude worries Hei, but he decides to have Chen set everything up. While Chen is away, Hei questions why Yin didn’t tell him about the enemy Doll, but she seems not to remember what she said before. She does tell him though that she wants to be with him like this forever. Chen then comes running back because he encountered a dangerous group while spreading the rumors, but Hei is undeterred.

On their way to the meeting place, the three are stopped by the same group – a Contractor lady and her twin Contractor brothers. The lady offers a large sum of money for Yin, but when she wants to confirm if Yin truly has a humanoid observation spirit, Yin actively refuses because she knows that the lady was planning on killing them. This leads to the lady attacking with her swords and Contractor power, but Hei manages to knock out the lights and escape. He uses himself as a decoy so that Chen and Yin can get away, and he finds himself fighting one of the brothers. Chen and Yin meanwhile nearly get discovered by the other brother, but that brother is then killed by Claude, the master of disguise who had previously looked like Amber. As Chen and Yin go on the run again, Hei stumbles into a room where the Contractor lady is waiting. She uses her power over gravity to force Hei onto the ground and stabs his hand with a sword. While taking off her clothes as part of her remuneration, she reveals that she’s heard all about Hei and Yin, but shortly thereafter, she’s hit with her own power.

This frees Hei, and when he realizes what’s going on, he notices that Yin has appeared in the room. Yin finishes off the Contractor lady with her own power and then holds Hei’s injured hand as she gets up close to him. She claims that Yin isn’t human anymore and that Hei should tell her to come to this Yin’s side. Yin then dissolves into an observation spirit and disappears, and moments later, Chen arrives with Yin in tow. When Hei then loses consciousness, Chen notices that the wound on Hei’s hand isn’t bleeding anymore, however before they can take Hei and escape again, the surviving brother shows up. Seeing what happened, he decides to kill Yin, but before he can, he himself is killed, and three different people appear and surround her. Sometime later, Claude calls Madame Oreille to report that Yin is the true Izanami, but he opts to part ways with her because he disagrees about killing it. Back in Japan, Youko meets with Schröder about some new weapons and then gets a phone call from Kobayashi. He’s sending her to Hong Kong after Izanami and has assigned Hazuki Mina to fill her in on the details.


This episode was worth it just to hear Fukuen Misato voice Yin in such a delightfully evil manner. Maybe I should be calling her Izanami though because it’s clear that they’re trying to show there’s two parts of Yin now, her physical self and her observation spirit self, and this might be the beginnings of why we saw two Yins in the Ryuusei no Gemini finale. That, along with the Youko, Hazuki, and Madame Oreille parts, made me wish even more that they had animated and distributed these extra bridging episodes prior to airing the second series.

Of course Yin wasn’t the only great thing about the episode. I laughed at the Contractor lady’s remuneration of having to take off her clothes because it was fanservice right after a serious battle scene. The action in general was quite fun to watch, and things seemed much bloodier this time around than last time. I certainly didn’t expect Claude to show up and start helping Yin by killing off one of the brothers the way he did, and it’s not quite clear what his ultimate goals are. It would also appear that the guy who saved Yin at the end was none other than Amagiri from the first series (I guess he survived being burned), and the preview indicated that there are still some remnants of EPR around.

Unfortunately, as you may have heard, I am retiring from anime blogging at the end of this season, and this will be the last episode of this Gaiden series that I will be covering since the third episode won’t be released until May 26th and the final one until July 21st.

March 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm
  • March 27, 2010 at 6:04 pmblueberry

    omg awesome. 8D -rushes off to watch somewhere-

  • March 27, 2010 at 6:07 pmblueberry

    btw, image 36 links to image 35..

  • March 27, 2010 at 6:18 pmTomer

    Gaiden is already just 2 episodes in so much better than season 2.

  • March 27, 2010 at 6:58 pmpierce

    That Contractor lady’s undressing remuneration reminded of Gray’s usual habits. xD

    Yin with evil smile in the preview is making me go crazy!

  • March 27, 2010 at 8:27 pmPhocus

    At first, I was like “Aww, Hei x Yin <3″
    Then I was like “Oh shit, wth Yin…” O_o


    Yin troll face

  • March 27, 2010 at 8:37 pmお化け屋敷の主人

    Haven’t seen the actual episode yet, and the screenshots definitely look very interesting. Can’t wait to watch it.

  • March 27, 2010 at 9:10 pmLe

    I need to watch this series… T_T

  • March 27, 2010 at 9:37 pmGabe

    Some of my friends think that omni leaving is april’s fool joke…. i sure hope so…

  • March 27, 2010 at 10:47 pmCanelo

    Awesome possum!!! XD

  • March 28, 2010 at 12:27 amOmni

    blueberry: Fixed

    pierce: Oh yea, I knew stripping felt familiar!

    Gabe: It’s not, though you can always hope that Divine takes over :)

  • March 28, 2010 at 1:00 amahelo

    evil yin is better

  • March 28, 2010 at 2:29 amkuuyaROCK

    its not an april fools joke. The guys been doing it for a long time. So he earns some respect from all of us who have been following his works. We should all respect his decisions, and just hope that one day he returns.

  • March 28, 2010 at 9:23 amDragonite88

    It filled in so many unanswered questions about season two. Omni cheers.

  • March 28, 2010 at 11:14 amKit Kat

    Wait, wait wait, Claude’s ability is changing into other people, isn’t it!? So how’d he control that telekinetic guy? Or was that just Yin with her observation ghost?
    Omni, good luck with your job! Though of course I respect your decision, you must promise to pop up some times on the other RC and give us a wave, ok? Have fun and make lotsa money!

  • March 28, 2010 at 11:36 amnaixil

    i’m really liking how the gaiden is bridging the 2 seasons together. man, now i wished they had given season 2 a better ending.

    any chance that there’ll be a 3rd season soon??

  • March 28, 2010 at 11:40 amMeowminator

    Kit Kat:
    As seen in the previous episode of gaiden, Claude can both create illusions and control people. Yin’s observational ghost has the ability to use the powers of contractors against themselves if she so wishes.

    Thats how she made Claude shoot himself in episode 1, too bad he was using an illusion at that time.

    and this time she made that girl contractor use her power of gravity against herself.

  • March 28, 2010 at 11:46 amtanukichan

    Does anyone know what the name of the ending song is? And the artist? I really love that song.

  • March 28, 2010 at 5:07 pmraklaron

    Wasnt the contractor with the eyepatch a man of Amber in first season? You know with egg-eating as his price, can shoot air-blasts…

  • March 29, 2010 at 12:48 amSunburn

    Oh evil Yin is awesome. Poor Hei he has no idea what to do with her. These episodes would have been so helpful before we watched the second season.

  • March 29, 2010 at 12:55 amMai

    Does anyone know what the name of the ending song is?

  • March 29, 2010 at 3:14 aminvAZN

    The EPR eh, I’m guessing they’re affiliated with Madame Oreille although Claude turning her down says otherwise, hmm…

    I hope these Gaiden episodes clears us a lot of things, because DtB2 just didn’t have that same vibe to it.

  • March 29, 2010 at 4:45 amdaabuu

    Best remuneration ever!

  • March 29, 2010 at 7:15 amCZ

    Damn it 2 more episodes and it’s over SHIT!!!!! The lady was fucking awesome the hottest and strongest female contractor fuck why did she had to die early why couldn’t it be in the last episode the ova makes the manga and season 2 looks like shit I’m liking evil Yin way better than the old yin!

  • March 30, 2010 at 12:29 pmLongTimeLurker

    While these gaiden episodes are no doubt explaining crucial events about the second season making it seem more complete, I can’t help but wish that the sequel had lived up to the first season and these OVAs’ quality in both narrative and pacing. Here’s to hoping there’s a season 3 that can.

  • April 17, 2010 at 11:04 pmdarkman3177

    why is every chinese character in DTB besides hei a walking stereotype? first there’s wei in season 1 with the chinese robes and shirt and connection with the triads. now there’s the buck toothed sidekick, the 2 brothers with chinese robes and hats, and the promiscuously dressed sister. i mean come on.

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