Finished watching the second season of Darker Than Black. Unfortunately, so long after watching the first season that some details were hazy in my memory, and a lot of what was happening didn’t seem to make any sense.
Then watched the series of Darker Than Black OVAs, which was “disk 3” of season 2 and therefore obviously comes after the end of the season, right?
Uh… no, things are even more completely incomprehensible in these. It’s almost as if we’re watching a prequel to season 2, and if that’s true it would explain why parts of season 2 made no sense…
Yep, wiki tells me that the OVAs take place between the two seasons. Suddenly everything becomes clear – except the question of why they would put them on the third disk of the season
Anyway, I like the DTB universe. In the world’s background, a spatial anomaly (actually two, one in Tokyo (obviously) and one in … uh, Brazil I think … has screwed up a lot of stuff and led to the emergence of “Contractors”, humans who develop super-human powers, but pay a price for the power by engaging in some compulsive behaviour whenever they use it – eating some particular food, making a paper crane, self harming, etc. Contractors no longer have human emotions, so they become pawns hired by various spy agencies and criminal gangs.
Beyond that, it all gets a bit convoluted, with end-of-the-world prophesies, finding out what the anomalies actually are (uh… I still have no idea), Contractors who develop emotions (for reasons that I’m unclear on), and plots-within-plots where you’re not entirely sure who the good guys are. It’s all very atmospheric and the powers are nicely conceptualised, but … I’m still waiting for someone to explain everything to me