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DARKER THAN BLACK #9 -- Watch & Learn

That's a neat trick you've got there, pal.

The plan was to change things up with the W&L format and alternate between two sets of shows every other week. That is, we’d cover YU YU HAKUSHO and EUREKA SEVEN for an interval, then switch DARKER THAN BLACK and DIRTY PAIR for the next patch. At the moment, it’s probably going to shake out more like a roulette wheel, since I got another shipment of DVDs from Funi that need some write-ups of their own. So keep your wits about you - - things are going to be a little unpredictable for the moment.

Anyway, as I mentioned in my post about DARKER THAN BLACK Season 2, I’ve decided to pick up Season 1 again, about a year after having to walk away from it due to lack of (legal) online streaming options. Amusingly enough, I didn’t feel like I had any catching up to do, because I was immediately reappraised of how hit-or-miss these two-episode arcs are. Maybe that speaks to the strength of this anthology’s variety but, nevertheless, I was bored by this plain jane detective girl every time the show focused on her the last time and, here I am, bored by her again. Well, most of the time anyway.

I had a discussion with you lunatics last time about how comparing specific Contractors to specific X-Men was probably unavoidable since there are only so many worthwhile variations you can do on super-powers. That’s still mostly true, but I’ll say that the bodyguard’s freaky “flesh swap” gimmick in this one was genuinely novel. Maybe it sounds a little overly impatient to ask that more of this episode centered on him instead of the rather slow-in-the-going intrigue about the mob heiress’ backstory. However, the latter portion’s built on such a hokey coincidence - - “Oh, I just happened to forget that you were having your birthday at this restaurant!" - - that it’s never really able to shake off.

I get the feeling that I won’t like the second part of this, but I’ll like the next arc. The numerology works out like even-numbered STAR TREK flicks!

Watch this episode, "The White Dress, Stained with the Girls Dreams and Blood (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 March 21, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/113392/darker-than-black-the-white-dress-stained-with-the-girl%E2%80%99s-dreams-and-blood-part-1#x-4,cSubtitled,3,0

thats the subed one um seems the you tube embed was disabled by request.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MM9u0Gct01c&has_verified=1

to one ya posted both want ya to have a acount to watch seems but their free./shrug

also um xmen no.. series reminds me of

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Cards

an sorry cant get hyperlinks to work well :/

No_name_here staff on March 21, 2012 at 10:53 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

also um xmen no.. series reminds me of

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Cards

an sorry cant get hyperlinks to work well :/

Yeah. I brought that WILD CARDS earlier. It's a little hard to deny the X-Men similarities when there's a black girl with white hair who can control the weather and a blonde guy who controls ice, though.

metalsnakezeroon March 22, 2012 at 6:09 a.m.

The arcs in darker than black give a interesting aspect to both the characters in the show and the world. It is interesting too how it never push it in the audience faces but allows for the audience to piece together the puzzles, even at time it can be overused.

Marshal Victoryon March 22, 2012 at 7:21 p.m.

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@Marshal Victory said:

also um xmen no.. series reminds me of

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Cards

an sorry cant get hyperlinks to work well :/

Yeah. I brought that WILD CARDS earlier. It's a little hard to deny the X-Men similarities when there's a black girl with white hair who can control the weather and a blonde guy who controls ice, though.

well um i agree :)

1st episode was to me like

http://www.comicvine.com/the-psycho/49-19809/

Then i can see the shades of xmen like ya say more now.With wild cards in the mix.This show hooked me into anime .Now if they was a monthly comic that could hook me back into comics again. I woudl be poor but much happier for it.

Dang it just watched episode 9 again now im gona have to watch all of darker than black again.. hope your happy!

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After two strange areas-- Hell's Gate and Heaven's Gate --appeared, so did people known as "Contractors," people with no emotions and unique abilities which they pay for by a strange obsessive-compulsion that is unique to each Contractor.

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