Episode 08: ” On Summer Days, the Sun Flickers…”
SUMMARY: Flashback: On a summer day, Suou and her friends are in the pool, including Tanya. Suou is having a “who can stay longer under the water” contest with Nika, in which even though Nika won, Sascha declares Suou won (Lol, poor Nika being ganged up on by the girls). Back at present: Kirihara is doing her usual laps in the pool. To her surprise, Madame Oreille is there too. She notes that Kirihara doesn’t look as determined as she was before in searching for leads regarding her investigation. Oreille mentions the “Memory of the Future,” which is the other name for the Mitaka Documents, saying that it could be possible with that to change a memory and wondering whether the one who holds it would be blessed or cursed, adding that there’s said to be a contractor like that too. Oreille says she is sharing this information to Kirihara as a “thank you” because she was able to obtain some information because of her (see episode 6).
Tanya and Major Repnin (or is it General? Hmm. I’ll just call him Repnin then) are aboard the train heading to Tokyo. Hei and company are on it too. Repnin manages to corner Hei and force him to come with him and have a talk, while Tanya gets hold of Suou by forcing her to come out of the room through cockroaches (ewww, I’d run out of the room too with that many roaches) but Mao escapes. Hei has his usual appetite back and orders a bunch of food care of Repnin (Lol). Repnin asks Hei to join their team, with Suou to tag along. Hei refuses this offer. Hei thinks he has killed Dr. Pavlichenko, but Repnin doesn’t correct this nor inform Hei that the Doc is alive. As Hei is about to leave, Repnin informs him that Suou’s in their hands at this moment and that they set up explosives on the train and he has the detonation switch to try and keep Hei from fighting back. Tanya asks Suou why she didn’t kill her back then (see episode 3). Suou says she thinks she would have if Hei hadn’t stopped her from doing so, and that she’s glad she didn’t kill Tanya because they’re friends. Tanya notes that even friends can hate each other sometimes, and reveals she was sometimes jealous about Nika and Suou’s relationship. Tanya says she remembers that she likes Nika but she can’t remember how it felt. She remembers that she killed Nika too. Meanwhile, Shizume follows Kirihara in a cafe, he notes that it seems Izanami is rumored to have the incredible power to send contractors into the heavens and wonders what Section 3 is trying to do now that Izanami is in their hands (he didn’t name any specific organization though, I just assumed he was talking about Section 3 since they’re the ones who have Izanami/Yin).
Back on the train, Repnin tells Hei that he likes contractors because they’re rational, but lately he’s noticed that there are many of them that have inconsistent behavior, and that a single doll was able to make several contractors commit suicide over the past few years. Repnin says he wants that doll since he wants a certain contractor to die. He then asks if Hei was the one who killed Ilya (see episode 7), the despicable contractor who killed his niece (who drowned in a pool). Hei neither denies nor admits killing Ilya, but he notes that Ilya did evil things not because he was a contractor but because he was an evil human to begin with. Hei manages to escape, so Tanya is instructed to take Suou with her. Tanya stops the train with the help of a horde of bugs and gets off the train taking Suou hostage. Suou, with Hei’s help, escapes to a pool area, with Tanya pursuing her. Hei goes after Repnin and ends up killing him with Repnin’s own knife (as he tried to kill Hei with it) and Repnin dies with a smile on his face when Hei confirms that he’s the one who killed Ilya. Meanwhile, Tanya and Suou are having a fight. But remembering their friendship, they are unable to kill each other. However, someone shoots Tanya dead.
With her rifle out, Hei and company think that Suou killed Tanya. Suou tries to deny it and gets angry because she is confused since Hei recently told her not to shoot anymore, but this time he says its OK if there was no other way to protect herself. Suou walks away from Hei and goes in the opposite direction, July and Mao go with Suou. It turns out that Shion was then one who shot Tanya from a building’s rooftop. Meanwhile, Kirihara goes through the recording that she obtained from Hourai previously during the Hell’s Gate incident (see season 1 ep 25) and copies it for reference in her current investigation, going with the lead that if she had met a contractor who could see the future, then this was the only time she could think of that she had a run in with one. As she was examining the content, just as she thought there was nothing to go on with that lead, she surprisingly hears some other person in the recording, whose voice she seems to have recognized. After the ED, Suou, July and Mao finally arrive in Tokyo.
~ end of episode
IMPRESSION: Wow, Hei finally really did quit drinking and got his huge appetite back. Lol, I love how Hei speaks so seriously while he’s eating that much food xDD. With regard to Kirihara and Madame Oreille, it seems to me that Oreille was giving some hint to Kirihara by mentioning the alternate name for the Mitaka Documents (“Memory of the Future”). I still can’t figure her out, whether she has her own agenda, works for the Syndicate or some other organization, or whatever. Maybe Oreille figured out that Kirihara would be curious enough to dig into that matter, and she was right. Kirihara used her head and decided to check out the recording she made of Hourai’s ramblings about the Syndicate back in the season 1 finale. It sounds like she heard a girl’s voice while listening to it. Regarding a contractor related to the future, the only one I could think of is Amber. Unless Stargazer-sama can see the future too and she’s awake…
Moving on, I’ve been wondering what Shion’s ability was, and I was quite surprised to learn that it’s the same as Suou’s. I think the only big difference is that Shion has deadly accurate aim, seeing that he was able to shoot Tanya from the rooftop of some building. Oh, and again, I think Suou got off easy by doing origamis as her remuneration while Shion can’t use his legs and has to sit in a wheelchair. Speaking of which, Shion was doing his remuneration since he was sitting in a wheelchair for some time in episode 1, I wonder who he shot during the events prior to that episode. Also, Hei, Suou, and Mao are still unaware of Dr. Pavlichenko being apparently alive.
It looks to me like Suou needs the necklace from Shion in order to activate her contractor power. Well, I can’t tell if Shion needs one too since we didn’t see him activate his ability, but this leads me to another speculation that maybe Suou didn’t really become a contractor per se. I mean, something kinda like Hei. Hei got his powers from his sister. So perhaps Suou is also the same and Hei’s power just triggered the power in the necklace, which could also be where the meteor fragment is hidden (Hei was looking for that in episode 1, right?). Shion became a contractor when he got hit by something during a meteor shower. The necklace Suou is wearing came from Shion anyway, and he was the one who instructed her to wear it saying that they’d meet again someday soon as long as Suou doesn’t lose that necklace. Maybe if you took Suou’s necklace away, she’d be an ordinary human again. Maybe it’s all part of Shion’s plan, whatever that may be. Oh, and speaking of Hei’s power, I wonder how he’d be able to get his back. If there was a device that “disabled” his power, maybe there’s one that could “enable” it to work again? Gah, I don’t know. Mind you, I’m merely guessing here. 😀
I’m still curious about the Mitaka Documents. What could be written there that everybody seems to be so concerned about it. Some kind of prophecy? A plan that tells you how you can rule the world? OK, that latter one is a bit unlikely, but you know what I mean. The “Memory of the Future”… maybe it’s closer to some sort of prophecy that concerns humans, contractors, and dolls. MI6 still hasn’t made their move yet, unless July was their trump card. The CIA has kept quiet too and we haven’t seen Mr. Smith again since episode 3. We still don’t know who Mao is working for, seeing that he is serving as some kind of guardian for Suou even while he was still Petya the pet squirrel. I’m sure there’s bound to be a big struggle/conflict as well as surprising (and confusing) revelations to come in this series sometime soon with just 4 more episodes to go before the end of season 2.
Episode 9 preview… Lol, Suou in cosplay? Kiko and Gai are back and it looks like they’ll be helping out Suou, July and Mao. Looks like Hei will either be kidnapping or saving somebody and he will be facing off with Hazuki once again.
You might also want to check out my other related posts:
- Darker than Black season 2 – ep 09
- Darker than Black season 2 – ep 07
- Darker than Black ep 25 [FINALE]
- Darker than Black – series overview
- Extra: Darker than Black – main cast interview
- Other Darker than Black entries