It’s interesting how Darker than Black never explained what has ‘sealed’ the Earth’s sky, caused Hell and Heaven’s Gate to appear and triggered the world’s first generation of contractors; and quite frankly, if it turns out to be aliens from the Moon, I’d rather not know, but my point is, ambiguity is exciting, and yet like everyone else watching Ryuusei no Gemini, I was confused by its last episode, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing either.
Immediately after seeing it, for the first time in years, I went looking for interpretations on every forum and blog I could find. Did the lack of a ‘conventional’ end ruin the series, or merely add to its mystique? Does the ambiguity equate to bad writing, or is it intentional?
Much of this disappointment stems from thinking of Ryuusei no Gemini as Hei and Yin’s story, when it is actually Suou’s instead; we conclude with her journey finished, while Hei and Yin’s continues, but off-screen. Sadly, it is as much Suou’s story as her tragedy.
People don’t get off lightly in Darker than Black, and despite the superficial reset, the likable Suou we’ve come to know clearly dies when her memories slip away with her tears. It’s a bleak moment, and unfair given the trauma she has struggled against, but I wouldn’t change it either. It’s exciting that this a story unafraid of taking darker twists, yet it’s just so… sad, too.
I liked Ryuusei no Gemini. I just wanted to put out there. I liked that it began in the autumn forests of Russia, with Hei all messed up and Yin as the enemy, just as I liked that Suou’s contract was specifically to conjure a huge rifle out of her chest in such amusingly traditional magical girl style. I really liked the soundtrack too, and even preferred it to the first season’s; Yasushi Ishii is the man responsible, and apparently one of the few able to better Yoko Kanno.
So, despite the questions raised by its finale, I found the sheer, chaotic scale of Ryuusei no Gemini was thrilling and evocative. I really hope this isn’t the end for Darker than Black, not to sate a desire for answers, but because it has given birth to a fascinating world with mythology and mystery enough to last forever.