CrackedOnyx (Level 10)

Watched The Sacred Blacksmith last week; might do some wiki work on it, since I have so much free time right now x_x.
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So, apparently Funimation has started loading the second season of Darker Than Black onto hulu, as well as its proprietary Funimation Video site.  The first season left me pretty impressed, but its ending was conclusive enough that while I've looked forward to seeing the second season, I haven't waited with bated breath.  Still, seeing the first two episodes of Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini up on hulu was a pleasant surprise.

That said, I went ahead and gave the first episode a whirl, and wow was it a doozy.  First off, until the last few minutes, a mostly new cast of characters dominated the stage.  Given certain developments near the end of the first season, I wasn't expecting to see Huang, Mao, or November 11, but the lack of Hei and Yin was surprising. 

Luckily, the new flock seems cool.  The focus character was a redheaded photography buff named Suo.  Unless this season keeps up the two-episode-arc format from the first--which seems unlikely, given how short this season is--it looks like she'll be the heroine, and she seems like the plucky sort.  Hopefully the inevitable surge of grimdark that started with this episode's latter third won't completely destroy her cute personality.  Her twin brother, Shion, seems interesting.  There didn't seem to be any indication of what his powers might be, but given that his price was apparently being wheelchair-bound for an indefinite length of time, I'm willing to bet it's something big.

Actually, given the title of the second season, it looks like these "twins of the meteor" will play a key role.  Thank goodness my five semesters of Japanese gave me the elite skills needed to type "ryuusei" into Denshi Jisho, right?  One should never underestimate the value of a college education.

As for the last few minutes of the episode and the post-credits preview, well, let's just say I have a few questions that I hope the second episode will answer.  For example:  Did Hei actually murder Suo's dad?  When was his last haircut?  When was his last shave, even?  And, last but not least, is he an alcoholic now, or did killing April somehow snag her price?  Given how he started breaking all the rules at the end of the last season, that really wouldn't surprise me.

Well, in any case, it was a fun episode, and I hope other folks will give it a watch on hulu--or I suppose you could watch it on YouTube.

Edit:  Okay, so embedding basically doesn't work.  Thing's basically a glorified link.  I'll just put down the links directly, then.

Give it a watch on Hulu or YouTube.
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