I know I am way too late for my DTB Gemini of the Meteor review, but like they say, better late than never. Just to clear the air, I am without an internet access for the moment. Of course, I could just go to any WiFi hotspot in the city or probably use the internet in my office (which is unethical but everyone’s doing it anyway) or even borrow someone else’s mobile broadband (which is exactly what I am doing right now). But ultimately, I am going offline more often these days, rendering my lack of updates to this blog for days ahead. Sorry if I begin my review with a sour note but just wanting to inform you guys that I will be on my second (major) hiatus until this summer. I do hope I can make time to arrange the seasonal anime previews, a tradition started by Scamp of which I would like to continue but for certain, I won’t be posting any new post until I am done with my internship. Now, to the review.
Every final scene or episode must have a kissing scene.
Synopsis: Suou found Shion lying on the ground at the aquarium, looking very weak (and unmistakably older) as he was paying for his remuneration (not sitting down as I suspected earlier, which sounds stupid to begin with). He then asked her to bring him outside because he wanted to see the moon. Moments later, Misaki and Madame Oreille with their companions arrived at the aquarium but Suou and Shion are already gone. July hinted that they might be on their way to meet Izanami. As the CIA team are making their approach, they escaped the scene. Once they made their way to a car, July was no longer with them as he desired to be with Suou. Remember, the Gate is where all wishes come true. Meanwhile, Hazuki managed to subdue Hei but she did not kill him. He then promised her that he will Izanami himself. Suddenly, Kobayashi appeared, saying that Hei was not the one who killed Yoko. It turns out Shizume was the one responsible for her death while using her body on the ME squeezer to retrieve information on Izanami’s location. Madame Oreille brought Misaki and Mao to a laboratory that holds a supercomputer network, composing of Shion’s copies. She explained that the doll network collects all the memories of mankind on Earth and are stored into this network where it is later being used to create an Earth copy. All the events in Russia leading up to the recent events in Tokyo were planned for the creation of this enourmous copy. While Suou walks Shion through the Hell’s Gate, she explained everything she learned about herself to Shion and he added that the added aquarium memory is necessary to make her human-like. However, he also pointed out that she remained emotional despite of being a contractor because contractors do not operate that way. Then, they came across lots of dead contractors who were killed by their own powers because of Izanami’s power. Suddenly, Shion disappeared and Suou was transported elsewhere. Back to Hei, Kobayashi brought him to Izanami, telling him that the Izanami with them is just an empty vessel and her ghost had left her body the moment she awakened. He added that they intended to kill Izanami the moment they retrieved her but did not do so as her reactions as Izanami had stopped. So they decided to simply seal her away but it was during the sea transport which Hei interfered when she fully awakened. In a way, Hei was responsible to immenent calamity which is about to occur when Izanagi and Izanami meets. Suou was lead by July’s ghost to him while the Magician came to him, He told him that they are aborting their mission after a deal was made with the Americans. July refused to leave because he wanted to stay with Suou. Suou then arrived and he brought her to see Shion. And finally, it began.
Misaki is uncomfortable to have Mao building his nest on top of her head.
An army of Shion.
People disappear more frequently inside Hell’s Gate.
And The Magician returns with his greatest prestige.
Izanagi meets Izanami and the Hell’s Gate is opening. At this time, Shizume confronts Hazuki who is on a murderous rampage. Suou and July found Shion who is in a very frail state as he said that he made the final deal and it will be his present to her. After telling her to send his regards to their father and mother, he breathed his last. Yin appeared before them and she immediately absorbed July’s ghost. Suou responded by pointing her rifle to Yin. Yin simply broke the meteor core to pieces and this stopped Suou from moving. It turns out that it was impossible to implant memories into human copies unless a meteor core is used. Suou’s journey thus far was only an experiment to see how long she can survive with her memories intact with the meteor core on her. Suou sensed that her life is close to an end as her memory began to slip away. She tried to pull the trigger but Hei once again stopped her. She told him that she wants them to stay together and he promised that they will. As Hei laid down Suou’s lifeless body beside July’s, another Yin appeared to Hei. The first Yin was in black while this one is in white. The white Yin told Hei that it was not too late for him to kill her. And with a smiling face, he did. Coincidentally, BK201 star reappeared and everything was bright in white light. In another apparently different world, Suou lives happily with his parents (no Shion here; a tragic price for him to pay). As Suou sets out for a new memory of her own in another world (a lot of familiar faces here, so keep your eyes open here). Suou, in her monologue, felt that something is missing eventhough she have her family and friends with her, she always have that feeling of longing for someone. Odd enough, she never felt lonely and felt like someone is always watching over her. That makes her feel safe and although she never met these people, she knows deep down that these people are there and she will feel happy to meet them once more. If you ask me, this is how you experience God. Of course, this is referring to the original Earth from which the world Suou currently live in is from. In the aftermath, Kobayashi said that it is all over though Misaki suggested otherwise, saying that it is only the beginning. At this point, America took control of Tokyo and the Syndicate is out of the picture. Little did she know, another person appeared (or rather born) within the Hell’s Gate (the unknown being as the Mikata documents prophecized). In this new age, Misaki wondered if this new world is exactly what the Mikata documents predicted and how it will change from now on. Regardless, she and others will remain on the same path they have always on and optimistically believe that Hei is still alive somewhere.
And so, it begins.
I wish I have the time to photoshop this image with HP bar and fight-off countdown.
While Amber gets younger whenever she use her power, Shion gets older as he use his.
Could not recognise her as Yin, thanks to her new hair-do.
Suou decided to hate Yin’s new hair-do. And here’s her mark of rejection.
Thoughts: I can’t see how the Mikata documents are in play for the foretold prophercies of the events happening to the last two episodes but the story was true to the respect of the Izanagi and Izanami legend of creationism. It can’t be help that I feel that this final episode ended DTB season 2 on a high note, partly because I am a huge fan of this series. But lets not ignore some of these facts. First, and I’m not sure about you guys, the BGM for the finale was a leap of improvement from the unbearable BGM from previous episodes. To the least, I never enjoyed Ishii Kouji’s music composition. Not until the final episode. Epic wouldn’t be my exact word for it but it is definitely a perfect fit to the sentiments of the finale. Second, the final scene (or as a matter of fact, the whole season itself) is a clear indication that a new season of DTB is called for. And they should. Knowing that this season started quite abruptly from the events left off from the first season, the upcoming OVA (bundled with the DVD and Blu-ray releases) would be filling that gap but that does not undermine the fact that some questions remained in the story though I was glad that the writers decided to fill in most of it in this single episode. Don’t worry, I’ll point them out later (in case, you guys didn’t catch it in the episode). Third, Misaki in a new outfit, looking better than ever. Fanservice, score one! Lastly, and I’ve mentioned this, this episode had explained quite a huge part of the mysteries revolving the Gate and the Syndicate, which were the real deal of the show to begin with. More into that later. As for the episode, I am very satisfied with finale though I was not exactly like “the kid on sugar rush” sort of excitement. So, it wasn’t that great, that’s what I’m saying. But it sure is better than the ending for Code Geass. In fact, the finale did not felt like an ending but more like a phase instead. The entire DTB Gemini of the Meteor felt transitionary, bridging the events in season 1 to those of season 3, if there is. As how Misaki puts it, “this is only the beginning”. So, if you’re asking whether or not this final episode is good, I will say yes but not the best they could have done; simply because this episode is not the end of DTB yet.
Hei is in serious trouble with the Children Protection Act.
If the girl in black is Yin, then who is this? Another Yin?
Meanwhile, Suou is living a normal life as Izanami went on to destroy the world.
Don’t forget to bring along your bento while watching Earth’s destruction.
July couldn’t agree more. He wants another bento.
Now back to the big reveal of this episode. When Izanagi and Izanami met, the prophesized event came true as a new world (another Earth) was created with Shion’s ability. Frankly, I saw this coming since two episodes before, after knowing Shion’s true ability. Obviously, he could not cope to the stress of such a grand scale alone, and this is where Shion’s copies come in. Indeed, the Japanese myth of Izanagi and Izanami where these two deities were responsible for the creation of Earth played out exactly how the episode did. However, I am baffled to see that Izanagi and Izanami are actually two Yins, or at least, that is how I see it. Sure, Shion is a necessary key to create an Earth copy but why the two Yins? Won’t one be suffice? I certainly could not pinpoint which is Izanagi at this moment though Izanami is obviously Yin, considering that Izanami is a female deity in reference to the Japanese mythology. And somehow Hei supposedly killed only one of them, the white one to be exact. Putting that aside, an answer to one of DTB greatest mysteries was answered — how the Gate appeared. Apparently, the purpose of the Gate to grant a person’s wish, no matter how big or absurd, while the cost of creating a new Gate involves a great number of contractors’ lives. In the previous season, we know well that battles between contractors occurred, inflicting great casualties on each opposing side. And there was a single contractor at the centre of attention, claimed to be with fearsome powers. In the events of the Heaven’s Gate in South America, it was Hei’s sister, Bai. Now, Shion was the one responsible. It was not determined whether or not the same plot played out in the Heaven’s Gate war whereby different Izanagi and Izanami were involved, what for certain is someone’s wish was granted on each event, and while the cost of it is great, another Gate was created. Along the way, there is always a covert group that works independantly from the main factions, like the CIA or the Russians or PANDORA, and this covert group will be called the Syndicate. Surprisingly, the twist to this finale was that Section 3 is now the Syndicate, while the old Syndicate became history.
FTW! Kobayashi is John Connor of Japan. Must stop Skynet!
I hope we’ll be seeing more of this in the new season.
I know I am doing a long write-up this time for my thoughts of this episode. It can’t be helped; it is the final episode of the season. My hope is that another season will be announced. Better yet, make it my new year’s wish. There are still some questions remain to the DTB mystery. One of which is how Hei became a contractor. We all know Hei’s circumstances as a contractor is different compared to others. In a way, so did Suou who only remained a contractor and a viable Suou copy with a meteor core on her. Hei is probably the only contractor who need not to remunerate for his ability and from what we already know, he inherited it from his sister. Call it a coincidence but I’m seeing Shion and Suou here. To me, that mystery is the big question that should be answered by the next season, if any, and hopefully, let Hei keep his power. It is kind of pathetic to see him without his ability, considering that Hei is a formidable fighter. Almost like fighting without limbs. In the future episodes, I bet that we’ll be seeing the Magician again. But will be another story.