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