Darker than BLACK: Gemini of the Meteor episode 12 (finale)

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.


30 Responses to “Darker than BLACK: Gemini of the Meteor episode 12 (finale)”

  1. 1 January 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I’m gonna stand my ground here: I absolutely loved the music in this season of DtB right the way through. We’re certainly standing on total oppisites here seeing as this soundtrack easilly eclipses both last seasons and anything else this year produced in my book. Each to his own I suppose, although music in an anime is usually what most people would agree on.

    BTW, when the ending with Suou running about with the toast in her mouth appeared, I got Evangelion ending flashbacks to that scene with the alternate universe at the end.

  2. 2 Poro
    1 January 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Oh I thought Kobayashi was more like Golgo 13 ^_^; sorry for not doing the post for you. I was really busy the past three days. Well Winter 2010 is going to air officially next week so we’ll see then. Happy New Year!

  3. 3 Yorichigo
    1 January 2010 at 11:32 pm

    When Suou died at the end i was sad 😦 I liked her she was so cool with Hei :O like Yin and him but anyway can’t wait to see the 3rd season and the OVA of course :D… great review btw.

    • 4 brandon caplette
      4 February 2013 at 5:34 am

      i hope in the third season hei gets to keep his promise to suou about being by her side forever cuz it was really sad when suou said its like she cant find one thing to fill the hole she feels and i thought hei always keeps his word so its like i wish he could bring back suou some how so they can be together i thought cuz he got his powers back that things would go back to the way they where but insted we find out that suou looks to be dead that just sucks

  4. 2 January 2010 at 5:13 am

    I got to admit, I lol’d by just reading the mini story with pictures. Well played. xD

    Considering that there were 2 of Yin, it might actually be like Ying and Yang and the scene with Hei could be a ‘fry badass Yin scene’.

  5. 2 January 2010 at 5:18 am

    Oh and about Izanagi – one of the organisations in previous episodes called that Shion.

    And he didn’t kill ‘the white one’, notice that she was naked while he was… Touching her or whatever. (How suspicious it sounds), so it can be either.

    Sorry for double-comment.

  6. 2 January 2010 at 5:36 am

    There’s not two Yin’s. Izanami took control of Yin, as her medium so to speak. Still, Yin managed to make her will known and ask Hei to kill her. Not sure that’s what he did but, if he did. He killed Izanami, the black one. The white one was just a representation of Yin’s conciousness. And shion was Izanagi.

  7. 8 Super Noodles
    2 January 2010 at 6:05 am

    Good writeup! It was long but I read it all the way through. Interesting ideas about where the show is going for the future. Also the OP is awesome. Not sure about the ED so much though. Looking forward hoping there’s a S3!

  8. 2 January 2010 at 4:32 pm

    @Shanny: Now that you’ve said, it does look very suspicious of Hei touching Yin at that part. But yeah, I like to think that the black and white Yin are like the Yin and Yang representation.

    @Darknives: So one is Izanami and the other is Yin? I still believe both are Yin. I remember the part where Suou pointing her rifle at the black Yin. It’s hard to tell quite frankly and right now, I’m just too tired to pick which is which.

  9. 10 JustAnotherPerson
    3 January 2010 at 7:29 am

    Suou died? I didn’t get that.. I thought she and July went to that parallel world thingie Shion created for them.. That’s what they said.. no?

    I’m really confused by the ending, too many loose ends, I too want a third season, dont mind an OVA though it should explain the dual-Yin question..

    Other things that I confuses me:
    The BK-201 shines brighter than ever which would suggest that Hei (or Bai even) got his powers back (manyfold?).
    The twin-dolls and that woman.. Why are they so futuristic dressed and armed.
    The boy in the coffin. Who is he? Sucked the life out of the weird-glasses-scarred-eye-guy.. Looks alot like Yin..
    The Magician didn’t die at all after being both toasted and squashed..

    Also.. not end-episode related.. The mother of Suou and Shion knew that the gates would open.. At least she said something to Mao that implies it.. Why is this?

    All in all with this second season I think they wasted some potentiel and focused too much on things like Tanya and that boy who got a crush on Suou, both relatively uninteresting..

  10. 3 January 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Let me just say that there is no new season. Okamura Tensai said that the second season explored everything and explained everything that was necessary.

    Yes, you got that right.

    • 3 January 2010 at 2:25 pm

      @JustAnotherPerson: Just to be clear, Suou is technically dead. In fact, she was already dead a long time ago. The Suou we’ve known since episode 1 was only an experimental Suou to allow Shion create a better copy of Suou in another Earth copy where she is staying happily with her parents. As for the rest your questions, I do share some of yours as well. But frankly, this season had covered most of the questions asked from season 1, which the whole point of this sequel to begin with. I have no complaints but certainly hope that there will be another season simply because they’ve raised more questions towards the end of this second season. Obviously, the main question we’re all asking now is who is that boy in the coffin. For that, I guess we have to wait and see.

      @Michael: Okamura Tensai is correct about that. DTB Gemini of the Meteor explained everything from season 1, except the full background story for Hei. And yet, more questions were raised in this season. He is keeping mum about a possible sequel, and that does not mean there won’t be any new season. But if there really is none, then I with the rest of the DTB fans are gravely disappointed.

  11. 13 avocado_sushi
    4 January 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I still don’t know how the Gate appear and why. It’s possible that it came out of a person’s wish as you said but that is still quite a stretch to me. There must be greater powers beyond that to grant the wish anyway. For me, the second season only raised more questions. For example; who is that Yin look-alike? If Bones never answer this, I will be very mad.

    Few of others would be :
    – Why did Hei look for the meteor core in the first 2 episodes? Is it Madam Oreille’s order? I can’t figure what she really wanted. Perhaps her purpose was to have it first so she could hand it to Suou? And I was so surprised Hei didn’t even know what it look like.

    – What is Madam Oreille’s plan?

    – What actually happened to the Gate?

    – Did Hei kill Yin? (Some speculated that Hei merged with Yin and is now that Yin look-alike little boy. I don’t buy this theory though)

    As for how Hei became a contractor, I personally think that this will never be further elaborated because the Heaven’s Gate incident was not even shown properly when it should since back in SS1. Now that Bai and Amber are gone for good, I don’t think Bones will bring it up again. Seems Bones thinks the story is already complete. Well, but typing all this reminds me; there is a two-seconds scene where Bai (face soaked in blood) is shown handing the meteor fragment to Amber back in SS1 (Can’t remember what episode). Was this brief shot ever explained?

    All in all, I think Ryuusei no Gemini is not as good as Kuro no Keiyakusha (except for the story telling, I quite don’t like the two-episodes-per-arc format in SS1) And Hei’s personalities reeeeaaally made me confused. He has become cruel and almost heartless. In SS1, I know he could be rough with everyone, children and girls or not, but his emotional state was clearly shown every time and let us know why he did that. In SS2 he abused Suou a lot unnecessarily and he just didn’t seem to care. And Misaki too, if Suou didn’t stop him in that episode (10? I think), she would have probably be dead. Is this the guy who risked his life returning to the enemy base to save her in final episode of SS1? Misaki herself also didn’t contribute anything to the story either. Having her or not didn’t add any value to the story since her main role was to chase after Hei but in the end the two never got a proper chance to sort anything out. 12 episodes is really too short.

    My opinion only anyway.

    (Sorry for the long post)

  12. 14 ZakuraX
    19 January 2010 at 1:20 am

    I have a lot more questions now then before. I started to watch the first series 3 days ago, and just finnished the second season today.

    I don’t look on how Hei got his powers as unexplained thought. I took what that proffesor guy at the end of season 1 as the explantion. (I have a hard time with names)
    He said that Hei could change thing at a atomic level. And Amber said before he could do that, that he was not aware of his sisters abilities full power. She also said that his sister had been with him all the time.
    From those two things we get two possible explanations.
    1. Hei’s powers are not his own. She somehow fused herself with him (possibly with a gate wish) either to save his life or for some other reason. The point is that his sister is with him.
    2. She used her powers to make Hei a contractor. This could be to protect him, or maybe she figured that she did not have much time left. I never figured what her price was, but it seemed that it took a strong toll on her body. So maybe she was dying and did that as a final act of sacrifice.

    A question that I have on my mind is this:Is the gate is south-america still there?. There is a zone around it, because of Hei’s sisters powers, that no one can enter. No one has explained if it actually did grant a wish.

    And how the first gates came to be. I thought that the Tokyo gate was created with a meteor that brought with it something “weird”. And are you sure that another gate came to be with the sacrifices of a lot of contractors? If so, did the people who tried to kill all the contractors know what? Did they also know that the gate could grant wishes?

    And if the gate granted wishes/one wish (whatever the cause may be), how is it that a lot of other strange things happened in there? Did the groups who went inn there die because they made a wish?
    That makes me think that the gates do a lot more then just grant wishes. And why could some people survive in there and others not?

    I think that the gates are a bit scifi oriented. The one in Tokyo came with a metor, as far as I could tell. And they lose contact with any wessel that goes out of the athsmophare.
    This, in my eyes shows that the gates came from space, kind of. And some people where effected by them. Blocking the part of the brain that handels emotions, as well as changing another part. Hence the powers. It also seems that they are able to get their emotions back with time. If someone shows them kindness they will be able to feel happiness. If someone does hatefull things against them, or their friends, they will be able to feel hate.
    The part that ships dissapear shows that they might be in another dimmension. Or maybe the whole earth are inn a zone similar to the one in South-America.

    Or maybe, maybe I just think to much 😀
    The series was good, but very confussing. (Sorry if there is anypart that you did not understand or was very badly written. I’m not from an English speaking country)

  13. 15 Super Noodles
    6 February 2010 at 5:49 am

    Sooo. Are you going to do a writeup for the OVA episode? Por favor.

  14. 16 blindability
    6 February 2010 at 8:38 am

    @Super Noodles: I’m so sorry but Brian’s a bit busy right now so we don’t have anyone covering the OVA. We’ll see if someone else can pick it up for review.

  15. 17 Anonomous
    28 March 2010 at 5:47 am

    The Yin in white is Yin and the Yin in black is Yang 😀

  16. 25 November 2010 at 7:21 am

    OK so Suou and July are in a sort of alternate world made by Shion, which was disconnected from Earth so we can safely forget it. I’m still not sure why Shion had this plan to make an alternate world in the first place – it can’t be for his sister only, can it?

    Then I’m also very confused about what Hei did to Yin. I know he was talking of “finishing it” which would imply killing her; also, Yin herself asked Hei to do that. But somehow given how he cares for her I don’t think he necessarily killed her.

    Most importantly, who’s the boy in the coffin with Yin-like hair who killed those CIA agents? That can’t be the terrible being which came through Hell’s gate as they said, can it?

  17. 19 mythbusta
    9 April 2011 at 1:48 am

    for them asking:

    izanami: black apearance is the real Izanami, the white apearance is Yin, wich is still as warm and sweet as normal, also her expressions are just.. Yin
    so when the white side apears it Yin taking back over to communicate with Hei

    for Izanagi i whas first thinking of suou, but it whas shion that whas at the scence first when they said izanami met izanagi.

    all makes sense

  18. 24 October 2011 at 1:55 am

    I have to say that I am feeling very off on this second season. Kuro no Keyakusha was much better. I watched the entire 12 episodes of this one too, but I think I might’ve given up if they were more than 12. The review is done well, though… could’ve been better. I think you’re hanging on to the synopsis a bit too much than you must and are not as descriptive and analytic of the series, especially considering that’s the last episode. Good for those who need to know what’ve happened, though.
    I hope you don’t get offended, but take it as a reasonable critique. I really love the screen shots and the opinions on the episode.. It may seem too little to me because it’s that good too… who knows?

    Btw, my review on the series can be seen here: http://shinigamilist.com/2011/10/23/darker-than-black-a-really-good-combination-of-sci-fi-and-everyday-life-review/

  19. 21 Sipik
    8 April 2012 at 2:23 am

    Some ideas:

    When Hei was touching Yin (white Yin) in the ending, Misaki sees the BK201 star shining brightly. Could this mean that Hei got his powers back and used them on Yin, changing her on a molecular level.

    Yin then changed, died and returned as the person in the coffin. Which also might be the newborn person coming out of the Gate.

    The only thing that says the person in a coffin is a male are the clothes.

    OR, Shion copied Yin, making a male version of her, just like he created Shou by copying himself.

  20. 22 Sydon Sama
    2 July 2012 at 1:00 pm

    try to understand two yins means-one is izanami(the bad black inner shelf) and the other is the old yin(white)probably the black one got killed.i think hei is izanagi.i dont knw if the real yin is still alive.

  21. 23 Raymond Luca
    19 July 2012 at 11:32 pm

    why did the bodies of july and suou disappear when hei was touching yin at the end of season 2

    • 24 blindability
      20 July 2012 at 5:48 am

      hmm… I’m really not sure – and it’s been a really long time since I watched Darker than BLACK: Gemini! maybe because they were transported the the “other world” Shion had created?

  22. 25 Atta
    2 March 2013 at 9:30 am

    I absolutely LOVED this season of DTB, though I greatly prefer the first season (which means I more than LOVED DTB 1 :D). Hei is by far my favorite anime character of all time, his personality is really interesting to watch develop. Not to mention he is like a ninja or something which is totally hot ❤

    I recall reading, not sure where exactly, that there is going to be a third season. Mind you, apparently it is going to take place before the events of season 1, during heavens war and what-not. I'm looking forward to this possibility though I still would like to see another season that takes place later on.

    On another note, I had a "squeee!" moment when Hei finally shaved and cut his hair. I prefer his looks much better when they're properly maintained. All in all I love Darker Than Black (even if the title in an impossibility lol).

  23. 26 lily40
    10 May 2013 at 7:01 pm

    i love DTB

  24. 27 gon_kun
    13 May 2013 at 4:27 am

    Hey, i have a question: how can you tell that gates appear from sacrificing contractors if contracctors only appeared alongside with heaven’s gate?

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