Episode 07: “The Doll Sings to the Dancing Snow…”
SUMMARY: The Russian military bad guys learned that Dr. Pavlichenko set up many escape routes and secret passages around their house, and also tampered with their family registry to hide Shion’s existence, which they think might be related to the doctor’s research. According to the DNA results from the investigation regarding the incident at the Pavlichenko house, it was indeed the doctor’s corpse that they found. However, they find it odd that the memory extracted from the corpse was only a day’s worth. They then receive an intel from their agent that someone who looks like Dr. Pavlichenko was sighted in Japan.
Kirihara is at the abandoned observatory, pondering whether she should contact Kanami (her astronomer friend) to ask for assistance, but decides against it. Shizume then appears, surprising Kirihara. He reveals that Kirihara is under constant surveillance by the MIAC’s observation ghosts, so it’s a good thing she didn’t call her friend for help. He notes that, like her, he’s also in the dark about Section 3’s main goal and asks if she wants to work together to investigate stuff. Meanwhile, since security has been increased in the city and a number of organizations are after Hei and company, Hei asks help from an underground transporter to assist them in getting out of Sapporo/Hokkaido. Mao isn’t too keen on the idea since he doesn’t think those people can be trusted, but they don’t have any choice. Their contact then arrives and picks them up. In another part of town, Kobayashi of MIAC is reporting the developments in their investigation to an old man. They also know about Dr. Pavlichenko being apparently alive. The old man says that the appointed time for the Mitaka documents is near and that they should hurry while the moon is still gone.
The Russian military bad guy and Tanya are now in Japan to follow their lead, and they’re planning to use Hei and company as bait to try and lure Dr. Pavlichenko out. We then see a creepy contractor guy, Ilya, who’s apparently tasked to go after Suou. Back to Hei and company, he’s disguised as a grieving father with Suou as his daughter and a dark-haired July as his son who passed away (they made him play dead inside a coffin~Lol), and with this, they managed to successfully get through security. Suou pinches July’s cheek, but he remains emotionless. She asks if it hurts, and July blankly says that it does. She apologizes for pinching him and tells July that he should learn to say what’s on his mind. Their contact is driving the hearse with July’s coffin while Hei, Suou and Mao are in another car. After getting past security, Hei and company’s tire suddenly bursts and goes flat. They realize that their contact had been targeting July to sell him in the doll black market. Hei is in his “I don’t care” mode when Suou asks if he won’t go and save July, saying he’s just a doll. Suou gets annoyed and says that if that’s true, then how come he acted differently when she was about to shoot Yin’s box (see episode 6). Hei says it’s none of her business.
Suou sees July’s observation ghost on the windshield of a truck that’s about to drive away. She says that July is asking them for help, and she jumps on the back of the truck. Mao goes with her, leaving Hei behind. Suou tells Mao that she thinks July may be feeling lonely and that she thinks fragments of their emotions still remain, whether they’re dolls or contractors. They reach the place where July was taken, thanks to July’s observation ghost. Before entering the warehouse, Suou remembers Hei’s words when he was teaching her how to fight: take in your surroundings and anything can be used as a weapon. She picks up shards of broken glass since she’d rather not use her gun because that would attract attention from the police. Mao commends her for trying to think logically. She enters the warehouse and manages to immobilize the contact who betrayed them by throwing the shards of broken glass at her (ouch >.<). Suou seems to be getting too into it, but Mao manages to stop her from killing the contact and assist July instead.
Just then, Ilya (who seems to be their contact’s contact in the doll black market) appears and kills the contact using his power, which seems to be to hypnotize you or something with just one look from him. Suou, July and Mao try to run away, but he catches them and drives off with them. Hei and his awesome grappling wire thingy weapon to the rescue! Hei almost gets run over by a truck when Ilya uses his power on him, but July helps Hei out by making his observation ghost appear on the windshield, which in turn distracts Ilya, giving Hei enough time to snap out of the hypnosis and kill Ilya. July got a bump on his head. As Suou touches it, July surprisingly reacts to it and says that it hurts (aww, how cute! :3).
After the ED, we see Dr. Pavlichenko and Shion in an aquarium (which seems to be the same as the one in Suou’s flashback from episode 5). Shion tells his father “When you go hunting, you have to get there early to lay an ambush” (or something to that effect). Meanwhile, Hei and company board the train in which the Russian military bad guy and Tanya are also on.
~ end of episode
IMPRESSION: Hmm. It was an OK episode. Not as good as the previous one, but it was all right because July was so adorable! Lol @ Suou pinching him. I also think this episode lays some groundwork for the Mitaka documents, Dr. Pavlichenko and Shion being alive, and a possible tandem between Shizume and Kirihara regarding their investigation. With regard to IZANAMI and IZANAGI… I’m sure that Yin = Izanami, but I’m still not 100% sure if Izanagi = Shion. It’s highly likely though since the old man said “Izanagi’s father” when he referred to Dr. Pavlichenko. Anyway, I think we’ll be one step closer to certainty in the next episode. Oh, and I think it’s pretty clear now that Suou and Shion are indeed twins, so scratch my wild theory of split personality disorder. xDD
I wasn’t expecting Dr. Pavlichenko to be alive, though. I thought he died in episode 1. Now I’m kinda second guessing if August 7 is indeed dead too. I think he is, but now I wouldn’t be surprised anymore if he isn’t. It looks like Ilya is truly dead though, since we saw a star fall at the end of the episode. Oh, and while the staff are at it with bringing back dead people to life, I’d just like to propose for November 11 to be alive too. If I can’t have the Hei x Kirihara pairing, then I’d gladly go for Kirihara x November 11 (I thought they looked cute together in season 1, but they killed off his awesomeness T_T).
*Ahem*, anyway, getting back on track… Man, Hei really does have awesome combat skills, doesn’t he? Nice moves with his trusty grappling wire thingy. I wonder what these Mitaka documents are. I think it’s related to the Pavlichenkos, and Shion seems to have a plan or something. Gosh, everyone appears to have some scheme up their sleeve… Madame Oreille, Section 3, the Russian military bad guys, the CIA, even Suou… and we have no idea what their end game is (well, except Suou since we know she just wants to be reunited with Shion and maybe their mom). I wonder if Kirihara will take up Shizume’s offer on the “let’s work together!” proposal. Considering Youko’s advice last time saying that Kirihara shouldn’t think of her as an ally. But maybe Youko was just speaking for herself. It seems to me that Youko knows more about Section 3’s scheme than either Shizume or Hazuki.
I also wonder why Doc had to go as far as tamper with their family registry and why Shion and the Doc had to leave Suou behind on her own. Maybe to protect her or something? It’s also a bit clearer to me now that Mao has his own mission, which is to keep an eye on Suou. Maybe Suou and the Doc asked Mao to do so… He’s Suou’s pet squirrel after all before the whole commotion began. Hmm. Maybe Tanya will make a turn around sometime later in the series too if ever she decides that her friendship with Suou is more important than the whole contractor agent thing.
On another note, I previously mentioned another wild speculation of mine regarding July. I’ll just quote it here for easier reference:
Something also occurred to me, it concerns dolls, though. I wonder if July feels some sort of animosity against Hei. I mean, Hei was the one who killed April. July considered her his “comrade.” Yin chose to stay with Hei and thought/decided for herself in episodes 13 and 14 of season 1. I’m just a little curious if it’s possible for July to turn against Hei and company somewhere along the way… I hope not though. I’m quite fond of him, and it looks like Suou, Mao and Hei are too~ ^^
Well, now we can clearly see that July indeed has some emotion despite having his usual poker face and staying silent with his own thoughts… But what if him joining Hei’s and company was all a set up? (and August 7 does turn out to be alive?!) I know it depended on Hei’s judgment to invite July to come with them, but what if MI6 was expecting that since it’s Hei after all? I also find it a bit suspicious that MI6 hasn’t sent any new agent after them. It’s quite possible, don’t you think? I’m really hoping it isn’t, though. July seems too cute and innocent to do such a thing, and I’m really loving his character more this season. Gah, anyway, this is nothing but pure speculation, OK? 😀
Episode 8 preview… Looks like Madame Oreille will be making an appearance, Hei and company will be meeting up with Tanya and Russian military bad guy, and it seems someone is going to drown in a swimming pool.
You might also want to check out my other related posts:
- Darker than Black season 2 – ep 08
- Darker than Black season 2 – ep 06
- Darker than Black ep 25 [FINALE]
- Darker than Black – series overview
- Extra: Darker than Black – main cast interview
- Other Darker than Black entries