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Darker than BLACK: The Black Contractor Gaiden – 04 [End]

July 26, 2010

So here we are, the final episode of the Black Contractor Gaiden OVA’s; and its a pretty fitting finale.  Still wish that these episodes had of come out before Ryuusei no Gemini aired – that weird ending that came out of nowhere makes so much more sense now that we have the backstory!!  Although I can kind of understand why they did it this way – Suou’s story would have completely lost its impact if we knew the whole deal with Yin and Hei; still the show would have made more sense if we knew this stuff before Ryuusei no Gemini aired.

Lots of Hei action this time round as he swoops in to try and take Yin back from Claude, which was most welcome.  It’s always fun to see Hei going full on with his contractor powers intact – it was the thing I missed most in Ryuusei no Gemini.  Hei fights with brutal efficiency, it’s fun to watch.

Things come to a head when Hei finally comes face to face with Claude (whose real name is Shichi and he’s a former Chinese agent by the sounds of things) who has just completed a deal with the Chinese.  Claude tricks Hei into shocking Yin, and it seems that this is the trigger for her fully awakening as Izanami.

It was quite surprising to learn that a partially awakened Yin was responsible for the massacre of the EPR Contractors last episode.  It was only the cries of that baby that allowed Yin to take control back from Izanami.  What was even more surprising was to learn exactly what Izanami’s (and Claude’s) goal was.  Izanami was taking in the souls of contractors and Dolls in order to reincarnate them in the duplicate world that she and Izanagi created at the end of Ryuusei no Gemini; a world where Contractors and Dolls can live in peace without fear of being used.  It’s a rather more peaceful goal than I had imagined.  Izanami always seemed like this evil entity, but she is really trying to create a utopia, however the fact she’s not giving Contractors or Dolls a choice in the matter makes her seem like an antagonist.  Izanami doesn’t really endear herself to anyone with the way she goes on, it’s no wonder she was so easy to see as this personification of disaster!

Hei and Yin’s relationship really comes to a head in this episode; it was heartbreaking to see Hei so torn over what to do about Yin when Izanami completely took control.  We also finally get to see where the hell that White!Yin came from that appears in the finale of Ryuusei no Gemini.  White!Yin is the remnants of Yin’s personality, she desperately tries to hold Izanami back in order to save Hei and tries to get him to kill her to stop Izanami permanently.

Hei is utterly horrified by the thought of killing her though, seeing Hei & Yin so obviously upset was quite powerful – it’s amazing how far these two characters have come.  Yin and Hei finally realise how much they really care for each other, so it’s upsetting to see them torn apart in this manner.

Ultimately Izanami takes control and Hei nearly loses his life as she warps the area into a gate like state and kills everyone else in the area.  Utter disaster is only averted by the Agency (who have been monitoring the situation from afar) launch a Gate Particle Beam to temporarily subdue Izanami.  And so we finally learn how the Agency ended up with Yin in Ryuusei no Gemini.

Short timeskip to see the beginning of Hobo-Hei.  Hei thinks that Yin is dead (being unconscious when the Agency took her) and falls into an alcoholic depression.  I was amused to see Chin take in the orphaned baby and EPR’s Doll, but it’s fitting since he is a pretty decent guy (he even continues to look after Hei during this bout of alcoholism).

It takes Madame Orielle turning up and telling Hei that Yin is still alive to snap him out of the slump he’s in – she’s clearly manipulating his feelings to enlist him, but Hei’s professional mask snaps back into place once she’s finished speaking to him; a mask that stayed in place throughout Ryuusei no Gemini.

Meanwhile at the Agency they’re trying to decide how to best deal with Izanami.  The Agency was set up to prevent a 50 year old prophesy regarding Izanami and Izanagi coming true, so they’re trying to contain Izanami.  However Yin manages to temporarily escape but is too weak to get very far; so she ends up in that steel coffin thingy that she spends most of Ryuusei no Gemini in.

Final Thoughts: This was a pretty good OVA and really served its purpose as a bridge between S1 and S2 well.  Each episode brought something new to the table and it was wonderful to see Hei and Yin’s relationship take off.  It’s a real shame we didn’t get this information before the end of S2 though, that finale now makes so much more sense!  At the end of Ryuusei no Gemini I remember feeling distinctly pissed off, because that ending came out of nowhere and made very little sense since we didn’t have any of Hei and Yin’s back story – the nonsensical ending somewhat soured my opinion of S2 at the time.  Now I feel that a complete rewatch is in order, both of S1 and S2 – it would be interesting to see what I can pick up on a 2nd viewing with the extra information this Gaiden provided.  Still think a 3rd TV series is required though – fingers crossed for that!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2010 3:29 am

    Great ova here! really sets up the 2nd series quite well, did anyone else feel a bit of Gurren Laggan moment with Yin? looks like anti spiral nia there in black!

    Sad that there is no more Darker Than Black after this but always a chance for more movies or ovas..maybe..not sure if they would do a 3rd series would be nice.

    • July 27, 2010 6:39 pm

      Now that you’ve pointed out the similarity to Anti-Spiral Nia I can’t unsee it! 😆

      More OVA’s or a movie would be great, there’s still loads of scope in Darker than BLACK, it would be a shame if it wasn’t explored.

  2. matt_shade permalink
    July 27, 2010 6:02 pm

    This is my theory based on certain clues (so it’s probaby all wrong LOL):
    A government project yielded the beings now called the Moratorium, super-evolved humans with non-human thought processes. The Gates and the false sky are either results (created by the first Moratorium) or a cause of this (the survivors of the Gate phenomenons opening became the first Moratorium). The first Dolls, superhuman blank slates, were created with the Moratium, by the Moratorium or from the Moratorium (by human interference or just all by themselves). The Contractors are a side effect of the project trying to create (or make more) Dolls, programmable superhumans with Moratorium-like abilities (possibly even unexpectedly resulting in the Gates being created).
    The humans think they have the superhuman types figured out but as Amber says the superhuman psyches are not above changing.
    Izanami is basically Yin’s superhuman psyche and is more like the first Moratorium than any superhuman before her. But Yin’s human psyche made a wish to return all of Izanami’s ‘samples’ to a better life and Izanami made a deal with Shion (Izanagi) to accomplish this, since his duplication ability was perfect for the task. A new being was created as prophecied (Yin’s twin, which I call Niy) which is neither Doll, Contractor or Moratorium.
    The ‘shooting star fragments’ are simply objects from inside the Gate particularly infused with its properties (allowing Contractors to perform feats more like the first superhumans).

    I sometimes picture it like the first super-evolved humans simply leaving their physical bodies beind and the government studying these bodies, finding a way to ‘re-program’ them. In attempts to create more ‘Dolls’ the government tries to duplicate the phenomenon but somehow causes the huge Gates to appear and the Contractors begin appearing in the general populace.

    • July 27, 2010 6:34 pm

      Wow, you’ve clearly given this much more thought than I have! I never really factored the Moratorium into my theories; really interesting thoughts there.

      • matt_shade permalink
        July 28, 2010 6:42 pm

        Well, it all came from one character saying the Contractors came from a failed attempt to create Dolls. This made me picture one government creating the very first Doll-like being (hyper-evolved mind, unstable emotions) which created the Gates in retaliation (“You wanted superbeings? Choke on them!”).

        • July 29, 2010 9:14 pm

          Interesting. Makes sense; I definitely need a complete rewatch of the entire series. I’m sure things would make so much more sense on a 2nd viewing,

  3. July 29, 2010 10:14 pm

    It’s really hard to find some disadvantages behind this OVA, it was a splendidly filled gap between the seasons.

    And I agree, I’ve also enjoyed seeing how feelings between Yin and Hei developped.

    I’ve rewatched all series after the second one.. Felt great! You should definitely do it.

    • July 29, 2010 10:57 pm

      A rewatch is definitely on the cards – tis just finding the time to do so now! 😆 Maybe when I get a few days off I’ll plough through it all again.

  4. LuckyBlue permalink
    December 20, 2012 6:36 am

    Yin and Hei I think in my own honest opinion are a great couple (partners). But I think it would be even more cute if they made them matesprits (girlfriend and boyfriend) in the anime. How a doll and a contracter become in love. They both go through so much together.

    But I do say so myself that I’m a little jealous of Yin. She gets Hei! But what really got me ticked off is that stupid Amber… When she froze time and kissed Hei I was steeming red… I really don’t care for Amber and I was compleatly satisfied when Hei slapped her and yelled at her.

    Anyways. If they put Yin and Hei as love couples in the anime I would cosplay as Yin EVERY day. ^_^

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