Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor

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  1. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    Posted by Lenaxia on Oct 9, 2009
    #1
    Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
    Alt title: Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini

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    If you have not seen Season 1 of Darker than Black I would HIGHLY recommended that you do so, at least alongside DtB2! While you won't be totally lost jumping straight into DtB2, you will miss out on a lot of the back story and significance of events happening!


    If you have not seen Season 1, DO NOT READ THIS SPOILER, go watch the actual thing, it's worth it!

    Synopsis of S1 Ending - REAL SPOILERS CONTAINED

    The Syndicate was trying to get rid of all contractors around the world by some reaction that the old crazy scientist came up with. Amber knew about this because of her time travelling ability. Her overall goal was to stop this from happening and save everyone, especially Hei since she loved him. Their final assault was basically a full on rush by a bunch of contractors on the facility but most of them were killed despite having meteor fragments given to them.

    Amber, using the last of her powers before vanishing from overuse of her own powers showed Hei that his little sister who he'd been searching for was inside him all along, after all she was the source of his powers. With a final kiss from Amber, she and everyone else who had perished fighting with or against him said their farewells. He took it upon himself then to destroy the anti-Contractor weapon and vanish from there.

    Misaki had discovered her boss worked for the Syndicate and obtained damning evidence against him, and also realized that BK201 was Li-san, aka Hei. She tries tracking him down and fails.

    Due to the evidence that Misaki reveals, the existence of contractors and the syndicate becomes common knowledge.

    Story ends. Gemini starts.

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    Well, here starts S2. From the looks of it, those of you who missed the first season will want to go watch it. While they do explain some things in this episode, you miss out on a significant portion of the background of the characters.

    On with the episode!:

    It looked okay,

    The tone is probably pretty similar to the first. While it started out pretty fluffy fluffy it turned to its normal darkness pretty quickly. What isn't the same though is probably the focus of this show. Shion and Suou are twins and with the title being Gemini of the Meteor, definitely going to be focused on those two, or at least they will play a significant role.

    On the other hand, we have the return of MI6's April, Hei and surprisingly what looks like Mao. I must be honest, I am hoping that it wasn't Mao's body that April blew out of the sky, she does (did) look the same as before with July supporting her.

    Conversely Hei looks like he's gone through hell: long ragged hair, blood shot eyes. We do see his bullet proof jacket again, hopefully that will last a bit longer into the show than it did originally.

    Anyway, in terms of story, I'm kind of surprised to find us now making our way through Siberia (the name Tanya gives it away as well as a few other references). Despite being in the deep tundra, did anyone else notice the flying car that showed up for a split second about half way through the episode? Right when it was discussion something about change? I wonder if Misaki ditched her porsche for one of those :P

    Story aside, the animation looks as good as it did the first time around but I suspect that they will be using the same/similar formula for making Gemini, hopefully it doesn't get boring. Especially at this point I don't know how much mystery they can use on us again, perhaps this will be a more action based season? Doubtful though.

    Definitely will follow

    Ah, will also mention this:

    I watched the BSS version. Most of the sub looked good except a couple places where they should've broken the line into to lines stacked but left it as one line that litterally scrolled across the screen from edge to edge. I kinda expected better considering past subs they've done...


    Addendum - BSS vs Awesome Comparison

    So a comparison between Awesome and BSS.

    As mentioned above, BSS had some problems with line length, Awesome had the same issues. Awesome also took some liberties with translation, including in some places in which they shouldn't have. In Suou's bath scene keiyaksha ni kokoro wa nai (romanji is probably wrong on that) which is literally "Contractors do not have a heart", BSS translated this correctly. It can be transliterated as "Contractors are heartless" which is how Awesome translated it. Not wrong, but the first one is more correct.

    Slightly before that scene, Shion responds to Suou's statement that they should visit their mother with "ima" meaning "now". In whole BSS translates the line "Mama is a human who is unnecessary to me right now" where as Awesome translates it as "I don't need mom anymore". For what was said, Awesome's translation is totally wrong.

    Much later when Tanya is rebuking Nika, the conversation is as follows:
    BSS
    Tanya: I realized it was pointless.
    Nika: Pointless?

    Awesome
    Tanya: I realized that it's pointless.
    Nika: What is?

    In the scene, Nika actually responds "muda?" which is "pointless?" BSS wins again.

    In the end, translations wise, BSS wins. I would suggest going with them over Awesome.

    [Additional Addendum - Fansub recommendations from Zakiel]
     
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  2. Korath

    Korath Member

    Posted by Korath on Oct 10, 2009
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    Re: Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor

    I enjoyed the 1st episode

    Wow Hei's a bit messed up and to be honest I'm glad he killed April (never liked her aynway). As Lenaxia said it starts all fuffly and quickly goes dark which im happy about. I'm curious tho if Hei is going to be 'the bad guy' for long (by holding back telling us the overall evil plan of the evil people) or is it going to be explained soon.

    One thing is certain, I enjoyed the show because I was annoyed when it suddently ended "WTF?! OVER ALREADY?!?! GIVE ME MORE!!" kind of thing :)
     
  3. Warlucith

    Warlucith Member

    Re: Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor

    SO GOOD. I was kinda expecting to be dissappointed but that was good right away.

    I really liked how it started with the falling stars. I think this season will be very interesting. :drink:


    SO GOOD!
     
  4. Re: Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor

    I'm a bit disappointed that this sequel is only 12 episodes long. My memory of the events from the first season is a bit fuzzy. For example:
    The blonde guy with long hair that tips off April in the very beginning, is he a new character? I've been trying to remember with little or no success.

    I was rooting for a prequel myself, basically because
    I miss November 11 and they can't exactly bring him back from the dead.
     
  5. Adam

    Adam New Member

    Posted by Adam on Oct 11, 2009
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    Re: Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor

    Hey look, I found something to watch this season.
     
  6. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    Awesome (new group?) just released 480 and 720.

    Will do a comparison between 720's tonight.
     
  7. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    Re: Darker than Black - Gemini of the Meteor

    Blond guy? The Magician? His hair's actually white. He's a new character. Or are you talking about Goran, the hamburger eating guy? He's also new.

    From the looks of things, this looks like the list of returning characters that showed up in ep 1 (OP and ED don't give us anything)
    Hei
    Yin
    Mao (hopefully that mao replica in ep 1 was just that, a replica)
    April
    July
    Misaki and said posse


    Also forgot to mention. Abandon School Boys is back in the ED, I'm guessing from the CVs we'll have a female sung OP.
     
  8. WillMunny

    WillMunny Banned

    :smile: The first ep is so good! Too bad there will only be 12 eps, but I hope it'll be popular enough to return for a third season. The new characters are shaping up nicely, although Tanya's power is a little underwhelming. April returns for dramatic effect. The action is so kick-ass. And I'm really happy to see Hei back in the first episode -- I thought they were going to bring him in towards the middle of the season, so this is a very nice surprise!
     
  9. PhoenixRider

    PhoenixRider New Member

    Yeah, I myself was expecting less of the second season. But it started off great.

    This episode reminded me of what I love about Darker than Black. New characters with new abilities, great fights and a nice story. April getting killed off first was a great idea. Never really liked her to begin with, her ability wasn't very appealing without November 11 to take advantage with his Freezing ability.

    On a side note, I hope Yin is in the new season and Hei cuts his hair.
     
  10. Elminster

    Elminster Member

    I wish my memory of s1 wasn't so fuzzy, because it would be a lot easier to tell what's going on. Oh well, really great animation to say the least. Looking forward to this one!
     
  11. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    To be honest, aside from knowing what contractors are and that they have a renumeration to pay after using their powers, there isn't much else to know. They're reintroducing everything in Gemini.

    What are you fuzzy about? I already listed all the returning characters from S1.
     
  12. Elminster

    Elminster Member

    I just remember some crazy stuff happening with that Amber character at the end of the last season, but I don't remember how it resolved itself; or if it even resolved in the first place.
     
  13. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    Summary of S1 ending
    The Syndicate was trying to get rid of all contractors around the world by some reaction that the old crazy scientist came up with. Amber knew about this because of her time travelling ability. Her overall goal was to stop this from happening and save everyone, especially Hei since she loved him. Their final assault was basically a full on rush by a bunch of contractors on the facility but most of them were killed despite having meteor fragments given to them.

    Amber, using the last of her powers before vanishing from overuse of her own powers showed Hei that his little sister who he'd been searching for was inside him all along, after all she was the source of his powers. With a final kiss from Amber, she and everyone else who had perished fighting with or against him said their farewells. He took it upon himself then to destroy the anti-Contractor weapon and vanish from there.

    Misaki had discovered her boss worked for the Syndicate and obtained damning evidence against him, and also realized that BK201 was Li-san, aka Hei. She tries tracking him down and fails.

    Due to the evidence that Misaki reveals, the existence of contractors and the syndicate becomes common knowledge.

    Story ends. Gemini starts.
     
  14. Xephelion

    Xephelion New Member

    Oo, I've been looking forward to this for a while now :) first episode is downloading.
     
  15. Elminster

    Elminster Member

    Thanks much for getting me up to speed; it's been a few years since I watched S1.
     
  16. azanimefan

    azanimefan Active Member

    seems like it's been 2 years since the end of season 1... where season 2 kicks off.

    I hope it's as good as season 1. i rather enjoyed it during the marathon to catch up.
     
  17. azanimefan

    azanimefan Active Member

    ep 2... alright... actually the action was pretty good.

    the narrative style changed. is a different studio doing it this time?
     
  18. Xennon

    Xennon New Member

    Just watched episode 1, gonna watch episode 2 right away.

    Episode 1 was fucking fantastic. Awesome directing, really. The music, which had been good in the first season, was amazing in episode 1, really, it just fit everything.

    All throughout season 1, they kept telling you contractors are soulless killing machines. They have no hearts... but it never really felt like that. They all had their own reasons and despite what humans thought, for the most part, contractors weren't soulless killing machines. But damn, after the first episode of season 2, they did a great job of making them all soulless killing machines.
     
  19. Lenaxia

    Lenaxia Member

    Actually that's something that kinda bothered me about DtB. They said contractors are heartless yet many of them showed emotions such as anger and glee. And even fear. I think they are closer to Vulcans than anything else.
     
  20. azanimefan

    azanimefan Active Member

    That was one of the points of season 1... that the conception, the popular conception that contractors are heartless sub humans was incorrect... or at least not entirely correct.

    the contractors who spend a deal of time with humans seem to regain some of their humanity... especially those who were treated as human.
     

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