DVD Review: “Darker Than Black – Gemini Of The Meteor”
The show is full of fights, revelations, plot twists, awesome super powers and cool characters!
Two years have passed since Hei and Yin escaped the Syndicate after the events of the first season. Making their way to Russia, Hei encounters a young girl named Suou Pavlichenko, whose family is gradually pulled into the war between contractors and various intelligence factions. Meanwhile, Misaki Kirihara has quit her position in Foreign Affairs to begin her own investigations into Hei, the Contractors and the Syndicate.
The first season of DTB was rightly praised as it was a gripping, dark and humorous series which is why it has built up a large following and why series 2 was hotly anticipated. Gemini Of The Meteor does not disappoint.
Okamura makes the brave decision to introduce us to two new characters in the form of Suou and Shion Pavlichenko, who we see on the same night as the Great Tokyo fall from the first season. Whilst they are watching the carnage that is caused that night a meteor crashes on their camp sight and engulfs Suou and seriously injures Shion.
Then we see the twins two years later and Suou is living a normal school girls life, friends, boy trouble etc. and Shion is confined to a wheel chair and has become a contractor. They both live at home which there father also runs as a lab. All of this normality is shattered one night when they are paid a visit by contractors and an armed unit and in all the confusion there father is killed and Shion goes missing.
This is where the series kicks in to overdrive and starts bringing together the story and characters from season one. Suou is in trouble and is cornered by a contractor but it saved by Hei a.k.a The Black Reaper or BK-201 and Suou is now on the run with Hei even though she is sure he murdered her father. The complex and involving plot unfolds from here as Suou’s world changes and all she knows has gone, her friend Tanya now is a contractor and turns on her and the boy they both like. Also they are joined on there journey by Mao who inhabits the body of a flying squirrel, the light touches are judged brilliantly throughout the series.
Suou quickly realises she has a destiny involving that night the meteor struck and changed her life forever and after a confrontation with her once friend Tanya she discovers she has a contractor ability, a rather awesome looking sniper rifle. Hei and Suou carry on a love/hate relationship as he trains her to fight and to be ready for her journey to her brother. Fans of Hei from the first series need not worry as he gets some rather juicy character development as we see he is a lot different from the boy we saw two years ago, a plot thread from one of the stand out episodes so far. To divulge much more of the story would be robbing you of a truly unique and fun experience.
The show is full of fights, revelations, plot twists, awesome super powers and cool characters (a love struck punk, a contractor who kisses to replenish her power!) and each episode flies by and as Hei and Suou find more answers they are faced with even bigger questions which the series does a great job of setting up. Perhaps the only downside from series one is the introduction of new characters which slightly push out the ones established before. However in order for Gemini to feel fresh it is necessary and each new character is a welcome one and made more appealing with the way they are involved in pushing the epic storyline on.
Overall fans of the first series will not be disappointed as Gemini gives us all the intrigue, story and action we loved about the original and maybe more. This is how animé should be done and puts to shame a lot of the efforts out there at the moment giving animé a bad name.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 26th December 2011
Running time: 300 mins
Director: Tensai Okamura
Stars: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Ikuya Sawaki, Kana Hanazawa
Review written by Dean Hilliam.