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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Semester exams have finally come to an end, meaning a great deal of free time for the next few days.  Not much else to do right now, so hey, why not watch the second ep of Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini?

I'm starting to get a feel for just how much of a departure this season is from the first.  For one, the focus seems to be sticking with Suo, which translates to a very different perspective.  From the hunting flashback at the start of the episode, I was expecting the girl to take a level in badass and start toting the thing around, but apparently Studio BONES had its own, funnier idea in mind.  In fact, this entire episode seemed like something out of the earlier, brighter episodes from the first season; Suo's antics do a great deal to balance out the show's dark(er than black, do ho ho) atmosphere. 

On the less hilarious side of things, I can't help but feel rather sorry for Hei; I still have no idea what went down in the two years between S1 and S2, but he is very much the worse for wear.  His transformation into hobo!Hei reminds me rather a lot of Phoenix Wright's own metamorphosis into hobo!Phoenix.  The guy just looks haggard.  From the looks of things, he and Yin got separated at some point prior to S2, and he is not taking it at all well.  Still, it looks like he'll have a new sidekick in the form of Suo.  I'm not entirely sure if I like their dynamic, though; the whole "groping" thing rubbed me the wrong way.
Some things never change.
Some things never change.

This show seems to be going through its crop of contractors rather quickly.  There was the not-Flash, who April slaughtered in a rather awesome fashion.  Then there was April herself, who Hei slaughtered.  Then the Magician showed up; his power and price both seemed very interesting, and I was hoping to see him as a recurring rival, much like that self-cutting fellow from S1...until Hei killed him.  Now we have girl-whose-price-is-making-out-with-people, girl-whose-power-is-siccing-locusts-on-her-idiot-boyfriend, and the rock-body guy, who I'm just going to call The Boulder until I have a reason to remember his actual name.  In any case, the new contractors are awesome, the battles are awesome, and the music is awesome--if totally different in theme from the first season.

Much like the last episode, this one ended with a rather spectacular cliffhanger, and the post-credits stinger offered something totally unexpected.  From the looks of things, BK201 has gone dark, which means nothing good for Hei.  On the bright side, Kirihara might be back!  All in all, this is shaping up to be another great season.

Why not try watching it yourself on Hulu or Youtube?
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