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"Darker Than Black Season 2 + OVAs DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set (Hyb) Limited Ed."
This limited edition comes with a chipboard art box.
Contains episodes 1-12 and OVAs 1-4 (Kuro no Keiyakusha: Gaiden).
Special Features: Episode 04 Commentary, OVA Part 1 Commentary, Textless Songs, Trailers.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Hope it helps...At least it helped me buy the right one anyway.
The first season of Darker than Black ended with Hei and Yin escaping from the syndicate, and you think that's where season two would begin the aftermath of their escape... welp, it doesn't. Take a deep breath, and prepare to take in one of the most mediocre sequels to one of my favorite animes. When the second season begins, Hei has long hair and has become a drunk. Why? We don't know why. Meanwhile, we go into a new story about a Russian girl named Suo. Hei just happens to be on a mission that groups them up together, and it starts on of the biggest annoyances of the series - Hei training a little girl. Early on in the series, Hei loses his powers, and it makes the action scenes after this sort of suck. All of the action we were used to from Season One is pretty much all gone, with the exception of our new character, Suo, who wields a giant rifle (which is the ONLY cool thing about her). -- Update: After re-watching Season 2, I admit that Hei's strategies for fighting without his powers was still interesting. I guess I was just feeling bitter about S2 at the time.
You all may think I'm being overly harsh on season two but I'm not. If you loved the first season as much as I did, you would hate season 2 as much I do. However, it doesn't mean that the second season isn't worth watching at all. It does fill in a few loose ends about what happened to some other characters from season one. It also introduces some new contractors who have some pretty interesting abilities. Yoko Kanno's fantastic soundtrack from the first season is also gone, which also makes the music in this season forgettable. The series is also relatively short with 12 episodes unlike Season one which was 25 episodes.Read more ›
The OVA's are better than the second season in that, packed into 4 episodes is as much action as the entire 12 season two episodes. The first OVA starts off with a four way fight between Hei and some syndicate contractors, so it's immediately intense. The tone manages to match the first season better as well, being more tense and filled with a real and oppressive feeling of danger to our main characters. It also should be watched before the second season, as it sets that season up.
Now, for the packaging: the blu-ray/dvd combo comes in a nice art box big enough to slip the complete first season set into if you happen to have that version.Read more ›
The 2nd season follows after the OVA's left off where Hei is now in a stupor as he searches for Yin who was kidnapped, he arrives in Russia working for the CIA where he is sent to capture a boy named Shion.
So the 2nd season of Darker than Black had a lot of hate given to it because of the confusion about what happened to Yin and Hei. Also many didn't like the introduction of a new character a young girl named Suou. This confusion was the result of many people not watching the OVA's between the 1st and 2nd season. This was critical because it explains what happened to Yin. Suou as a character was great or bad she was just along for the ride and this was meant to be because of event that happen in the story with the character Shion.
Another important aspect of where people get confused is the fact that Darker than Black is following the Izanami/Izanagi/Kagutsuchi legend, which helps to explain what the over arching ideas of the story are and how the names correspond to the characters. Most believe that Hei is Izanagi, Yin is definitely Izanami, and the result of their being together would be Kagutsuchi. The last few being speculation by most viewers, but this helps to clarify their story and why Yin is changing from a normal doll to something else
Okay on to the actual product review, this version was perfect for someone who already owns the 1st season if it comes in a single DVD case because the chipboard case leaves room for the 1st season so all of it can be held in one box.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WONDERFUL - DARK NOT FOR VERY YOUNG REALLY LIKE THIS SERIES VERY VERY DARK - NO HUMOUR LOADS OF VIOLENCEPublished 3 months ago by J.C. BROWN
Second season of Darker Than Black is really good. It's a different kind of story then the first one, as in more chaotic instead of having the jobs and the team from when Hei... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hannah Weinberger
1/5 for Season 2
I watched Season 2 first and then was told to watch it again after watching the OVAs, while the OVAs are drastically better and more of... Read more
This order arrived ahead of schedule and was packaged perfectly. I had seen the season in the original Japanese/dubbed version and was happy to see it offered with the American... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Phoenix