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Anime Review- Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini

January 11, 2010

Well I suppose it had to happen sometime…. With my expectations set so high thanks to the original Darker than BLACK I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original and the sequel is also very good but it’s just a bit hard to believe that Ryuusei no Gemini could be called a sequel per say. Altogether it wasn’t a bad sequel to the original series, but there are some things that could have made Gemini better than it is.
Story:
Gone are the two part episodes, instead replaced with single episodes not sharing the same names, for those people who didn’t like the way the episodes were set out before they may enjoy this way better.
Perhaps the word sequel is the wrong word to use for Ryuusei no Gemini, despite the fact that it’s set in the same universe there seem to have been a lot of changes since the last series. For a start technology seems to have developed quite a bit with really random inclusions like hover cars, the story itself still features Hei as one of the leads however his role in the story seems to have decreased a bit with the perspective going from him to Suou the new female lead and some strange choices for main characters like July and even though he was a good supporting character as a main he doesn’t feel right. As for the other characters, there roles are either underplayed or over developed with the series spending far too long on sections that could have been drastically shortened to one, maybe two episodes tops like Noriko trying to impress Suou. Even with all these radical changes to the show though the story still stands strong even if some elements are not explained such as (not really a spoiler per say) Hei and Yin’s seperation, (although this may be explained in the upcoming OVA’s) it’s still as bizarre and loveable as always.
8/10

Art:
Even if the story isn’t as good as before the characters still look as good as ever and thats one of the best bits about the show. Changes to some characters such as Hei may be a bit surprising for some people, but the new characters like Suou, fit the show like jam on toast they go into the world perfectly, even if Hei’s new look isn’t for everyone you just know that what your watching is Darker than BLACK, they truly are outstanding, and it doesn’t stop there either, the series retains it’s fluidity and the CGI cars don’t stick out anymore, rather they also look great as well.

10/10

Sound:
The original had one of the best soundtracks ever. Period (even if the second ending wasn’t as good as the rest of it). It also had one of the best dubs to date. The sequels is perhaps a little bit better with the opening and ending themes really going well with the series, and even though it hasn’t been dubbed yet, the voices are all fantastic and believable even though there in a world that couldn’t possibly exist in reality. It just feels so right.
10/10

Character:
This is were things go downhill a bit. yes the voices are fantastic and the characters look great. Despite this though there is something strangely off about the characters. Hei for one has lost the charm that made him so good a character in the first series and only really starts to become as amazing as he was when the series enters its final quarter. Suou is an interesting character who despite her being an odd choice as the main character, has some of the best parts. July is a doll, and if you don’t know this already dolls don’t show emotions so I guess I can let that slide even if he is an odd choice for a main character. As for ( if you’ve watched the first series then you may be surprised by this if not then you’ll have no idea who this is) Mao he still retains his charm and offers some very good lines, he’s kind of like the comic relief of the group. Altogether the main leads are interesting but if there is another series I hope Okamura can do better than some of the characters in this series.
8/10

Enjoyment:
As you’ve probably guessed Ryuusei no Gemini is not as enjoyable as the first series, and only having 12 episodes is practically a criminal offence for a series of this calibre, yet despite all this, and another ending that begs sequel, Ryuusei no gemini is still very good to watch, you won’t fully enjoy some of the parts in it and people who watched the first one may be disappointed by the sequel coming from the same people who have made such amazing series like Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker than BLACK (it had to be said) but theres something about the series that draws you in and just keeps you there wondering whats going to happen to the universe of Darker than BLACK next.
8/10

Overall:
While nowhere near as good as the original, Ryuusei no Gemini is still a very good series to watch that, looking past it’s flaws offers some very good moments and enjoyment.
8/10

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One comment

  1. Gemini wasn’t that great D= in my opinion they ruined the series… but i guess it did have its moments.



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