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DARKER THAN BLACK #13 -- Watch & Learn

When 4CHAN memes become real.

We’ll let the craftier lunatics here work out the precise percentages, but there is definitely a direct relationship between this show’s entertainment level and the amount of screen time Detective Kurosawa gets in a given episode.

Comic relief is a challenging ingredient to garnish properly. I can certainly recall plenty of instances where an overdose has ruined the flavor of the soup (so to speak.) However, a show like this one, with an insistently morose tone, really does benefit from as much humor as it can fit. Contrary to what you'd expect, the jokes actually give the dramatic beats better weight.

Yet, that still isn’t enough. I’m coming back to the same assessment I made on the show when I stopped watching it a year or so ago. That is, DARKER THAN BLACK isn’t necessarily a bad show - - there are a lot of interesting facets to its universe, certainly - - but it’s really missing the (non-mutant) X-factor necessary to get me excited enough to come back and write up each episode. Outside of this column, I might be inclined to watch it all the way through to the end and find out how we get from these head-butting manhunts for Yin to the quadruple-homicide that opened season 2.

Within the column, though? There isn’t enough for me to work with here aside from tee-hee-heeing about seeing the black cat holding on for dear life atop a taxi cab like a 4Chan meme come to life.

I was hoping to eventually collect a deep enough sample of this show to do a feature contrasting it at length with X-MEN, WILD CARDSand other American superhero stories. However, we’re halfway through and, somehow, I’m finding a lot less to discuss than I did for TIGER & BUNNY.

Maybe that has everything to do with how TIGER & BUNNY was a borderline comedy with moments of dramatic relief?

Watch this episode, "A Heart Unswaying on the Waters Surface (Part 1)” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Marshal Victoryon April 10, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.
It has more to do with a slow over arching plot broke down with smaller chapters i think.An as i recall my 1st go threw around here it bogged down for me a bit.This is my 3rd watch threw as a refresher to keep up with the watch an learn.An yes its odd atm.Almost soap opera - ish  least in music at times.
I say if you can watch on their will be some things to discuss. An maybe its the forcing to find something to discuss that may make it boring even more so.or even make it into the dreaded four letter word... work.
 
Show suffers from few characters you really like right off. well excluding Detective Kurosawa cause hes a parody in my opinion of 

Koichi Zenigata
or least seemed so to me .With a bit of 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Spade
for good measure.  
I mean main character has a dead eye thing going when hes himself.Dolls are emotionless an Huang seems a rather not nice .Even Misaki Kirihara seems to have a emotional wall up most of the time.

 oh an the jump from season 1 to season 2 will not make as much seance less you watch 
http://www.animevice.com/darker-than-black-gaiden/11-5886/
between the two.an events here your seeing now set up some of this.Now to figure out why my links are not hyper links ...
metalsnakezeroon April 10, 2012 at 9:12 p.m.

I think you're comparing it too much to subjects that have different styles and ones that you are most familiar with. The big part of the series is the character development and not really the over arcing plot, which has been hinted at many times during said character development. Not that you didn't care for those parts, everything is starting to fall apart. It just kinda sucks to see a person fall off a series that I and many others see as a example of anime greats.

Anyway if you looking for a new series, I dare you to watch Madoka Magica and all the way to episode 3 to see it twist and turns. http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica

Marshal Victoryon April 14, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.
@metalsnakezero: Ya have alota good points their to. I love Darker than Black but its slow character progression realy might not make it a great watch an learn.maybe 2 an 3 episodes at a time. An http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica has been a good twisted anime. Hope it gets darker.

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