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Darker than Obscurity

December 26, 2009

For those that absolutely have to have every little piece of Darker than Black explained to them (a viewpoint that makes little sense to me), here’s what I think happened at the end of this season:

  • The gates are portals to other realities. Someone in this last episode mentions something about “multiple dimensions appearing.” The gates are entryways into the myriad of possible realities.
  • With the aid of the Shion-clone super computer, when the gate was opened Shion was able to create a copy of Earth within one of these realities.
  • The super computer contained substantial data about the world (people, places, physics, etc), but since Shion’s copying ability is imperfect, it resulted in an imperfect copy of the world. Hence why there’s apparently no contractors in this world, no gates, etc. His power’s imperfections resulted in a calculated “flaw” in this world. This “flaw” created what Shion felt to be an idealized world, and he knew his power’s “flaw” would cause this.
  • Suou is dead. She and July didn’t “go” to this world. Yin killed her when she destroyed the meteor fragment, because the only thing maintaining her in this world were her memories. Without those memories, she was unable to continue living. The Suou in this alternate reality is merely her data that was accumulated by Shion’s super computer. The same with July and anyone else that appears in this world.
  • Yin is dead. She obviously asked Hei to kill her. He does just that. She had become an “evolved doll” or whatever the line is that Mr. Top Hat Dude used to describe July. Her power was needed to help open the gate and fulfil the creation of this new universe, but she realized she had become a “monster” and wanted Hei to kill her once this was done.
  • July isn’t dead. That gray-haired kid that ate the  “souls” of Mr. Smith and the other dudes in one of the last scenes was July. He’s become what Yin was, and this has something to do with becoming an “evolved doll.”
  • Hei got his contractor powers back. A parting gift from Yin before she died.

I think that covers most of the questions that came about at the end of this episode. I have no idea if these are the “official” explanations, but that’s irrelevant. With endings like this, we as the audience are supposed to try to fill in the holes. It’s all up to interpretation, and as far as I know the creators want us to come up with our own interpretations of what the gates are and what all of this “new earth” stuff means. It’s like watching the ending of 2001 or something like that. We aren’t spoon-fed the meaning of all the imagery and details, we have to supply the answer ourselves.

Whether that answer is “true” doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you’re able to back up your answer with what you’ve seen. It’s supposed to be a jumping-off point for discussion and debate, but most people just throw up their arms and cry “why wasn’t I told anything?” I don’t get that. I don’t want every detail to be revealed. I want holes that I have to fill in myself. I want to interpret meaning out of what I just saw. I don’t want said meaning forced upon me, resulting in me being unable to construct my own meaning based on my own opinions and observations.

Truly great storytelling tells a story and allows the viewer to come to their own conclusions. Sometimes this involves a degree of mystery and unanswered questions, because said gaps in the viewer’s knowledge allow for the viewer to formulate their own interpretations. If we were told the meaning behind the gates, like many fans seem to want, then much of the meaning behind Darker than Black would be revealed. The series’ themes would be evident and there’d be no need to discuss things. I fail to see the point in watching something or reading something if there’s no reason to discuss it afterwards.

Explaining the gates and why contractors exist would be like a comedy show telling a joke, then immediately afterwards dissecting the joke and explaining all of the references and pointing out the punchline and telling you when to laugh. As far as I can tell, the whole point of Darker than Black is the very fact that we don’t know the truth behind these questions. Nobody in the world of the series knows the answers, and the series makes it a point to remind us of the fact that humanity is helpless in this regard. They’re at the mercy of mysterious forces beyond their control and the world is a worse place for it. If that mystery was solved within the context of the anime itself, and characters were made aware of this truth, the very reason for the series to exist would be rendered null.

So yeah, I don’t get all the frustration with Darker than Black’s refusal to explain everything. It’s that refusal that makes it interesting.

By the way: The only disappointing thing about the last episode was not seeing the fight between Genma and Hazuki. That kind of pissed me off.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Topspin permalink
    December 26, 2009 1:53 PM

    I agree, that’s probably the most satisfying interpretation. I also agree that golem guy and lightsaber girl needed more attention this season, they were pretty boring and even showing the final fight between them would have been a decent way to at least give them a little more style. Also, just wanted to mention that it sure sucks to be Hei.

    • Landon permalink
      December 26, 2009 9:02 PM

      The more I think about it, the more Hei comes off as some sort of Contractor Christ figure. He’s endured massive suffering, largely in solitude, in order to “save” his fellow contractors. He’s had to kill people he cares about, watch people he cares about die while he can’t do anything about it, and commit horrible acts and bear the burden of those sins on his shoulders alone.

      It does indeed suck to be Hei, but his sucky life is for the betterment of all contractor kind. In Hei’s name we pray, amen.

  2. Torggil permalink
    January 16, 2012 1:29 PM

    Well, I like the final interpretation of yours. It makes sense. and lightens the burden a little. I’m not worried about the final acts, at the end, what pisses me off is the way they just chicken shitted out of it- a flawed Earth was created by a contractor who had the power to do so. Thats what pissed me off. Its like they failed to do something in the story. If I could identify what that something was, I’d rant about it.

    All I can say is I feel the second series was a let down.

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