Darker than BLACK: The Black Contractor Gaiden – 01
So the long-awaited Darker than BLACK OVA – The Black Contractor Gaiden, has finally arrived. I’ve been massively looking forward to this as Hei and Yin are my favourite characters in the Darker than BLACK series, I was a bit disappointed by how little airtime they got in the TV sequel. However this OVA series is set to focus on what the two of them were doing during the 4year gap of time between TV series – so hopefully those nagging plotholes from season one will finally be filled.
It’s quickly established at Hei and Yin are on the run from the Syndicate, who are sending Contractor assassins after them. It was great to see Hei back on form with all his Contractor powers – I sorely missed that in Gemini.
The two end up in some quiet tropical resort posing as newlyweds and it soon becomes apparent that Yin isn’t as obedient and emotionless as a Doll should be.
Hei is mostly all business as usual, but relaxes somewhat when Yin assures him this place is safe. Many strolls along the beach and Dayto scenes ensue. It’s nice to see the two of them in this kind of environment, Yin seems concerned about Hei constantly having to fight and in her own quiet way tries to look after him – like making sure he has enough to eat.
The tension returns once an Amber lookalike checks into the hotel, throwing Hei for a loop and rousing Yin’s suspicion.
Yin takes it upon herself to use her Ghost to find out ‘Amber’s’ true identity out of jealousy perhaps?
Yin warns Hei about ‘Amber’, he looks concerned about Yin and promises that he’ll never leave her alone – I d’awww’d 🙂
All this signals the end of Hei and Yin’s ‘honeymoon’ so Hei goes to check out. However a chat with the clerk reveals that ‘Amber’ is in fact a man! Hei promptly rushes to get Yin, however she isn’t in their room and Hei is attacked by two of the Syndicates Contractors.
Yin is in the hands of a group including ‘Amber’ hiding out in an abandoned building – which Hei then infiltrates to rescue Yin. ‘Amber’s’ Contractor powers involve controlling other people as well as casting an illusion – Hei attempts to overcome this via the old stab yourself in the arm trick…..which kind of works. Thankfully Yin’s Ghost seems to take control of ‘Amber’s’ body and makes him shoot himself in the head. Hei makes short work of the rest of the group, only leaving their Doll to relay a message of resistance to the Syndicate.
Hei reunites with Yin, embracing her and saying ‘don’t leave me alone’ – d’aww moment #2.
After the credits we cut back to the corridor where ‘Amber’s’ body was, and see that weird dog from Hei’s nightmare at the start of the episode. The body disappears and a man appears and has a conversation with the dog about Yin, calling her an evolving Doll. Expecting to see more of these two in the future I’d imagine they are deeply involved with the mysterious Syndicate.
Pretty good episode, mostly concentrated on building Hei & Yin’s relationship of co-dependance while also reintroducing the Syndicate and establishing some basic groundwork. Next OVA will take place in Hong Kong and I’m expecting it to be much more action orientated now that the introductions are mostly out-of-the-way. Looking forward to the rest of the series.