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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.
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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 most abundant one is: its nothing like the first season.
Every anime season is produced at least on some level as a self contained being. There is no `five year plan`in anime. Each season is made with only the amount of episodes ordered (so in the case of DTB S1 they didn`t think beyond episode 26) in mind. When or if more does come the creators odften approach it as a seperate series. ie: GITS:2nd gig,Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino, or Eureka seven AO (a brillant series also being misunderstood and awfully treated.)
The crew had no intention of doing more of season 1 because thay already did that. They threw away the security blanket by having a diffrent setting and mostly diffrent charcters, allowing the franchise to evolve. That first episode is brillantly structred, showing an entirley diffrent group of pepole with one minor charecter from season 1 in a very diffrent context. The clifhanger being the reintroduction of the main charecter.
2.Suo and other anime cliches: As much as I love it the first season of Darker Than Black isn`t very orignal. Sharing a lot of elements with american superhero comics in particular but using them in a terrific way. Season 2 does much the same thing as Season 1 showed they are aware of the faults currently at heart at the anime industry. The writing team chose a le ts show em how its done approach in this regard. Suo is a strong charecter who wont bow to the adults and some pepole may find that approach noff putting but her story is a good one.(However even I cant defend what they did to Mao.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 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 20 months ago by Phoenix
I chose the rating I placed because it was a fantastic service the order was here on time and in the brand new condition it was ordered in, I love this product because it was and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jennifer
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|Chipboard Art Box only difference.||
Wow, thanks. Saw that on amazon app and wasn't exactly sure what the difference was.
Sep 27, 2011 by C. Dille | See all 3 posts
|Where's Season 1 on blu-ray?||
I desperately would like to know this as well. I want to buy S1 on Blu Ray so much.
Dec 11, 2013 by ks | See all 2 posts