Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, retains most of the staff and cast who made the first anime so interesting, but just one change on the staff makes it very different from its predecessor - and sadly, the change is for the worse.
The score for the first Darker than Black anime was penned by Kanno Yoko (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Frontier), one of the best and most famous composers working in the industry. It had a moody and subtle sound that meshed with the stylishly shadowy visual palette of the animation to create an atmosphere that breathed with amoral life.
This time around, the music is composed by Ishii Kouji, who did the music for the Hellsing anime and not much else. The mournful strings and melancholy guitars that helped define the series have been replaced by generically loud and vaguely annoying techno, and I'm a few badly mixed dance tracks from shutting off my sound every time a fight scene starts. It's truly unfortunate that the music is so noticeable and so horrible, because it starts to overshadow the good qualities of the series.
- The brutal action is as intense and fascinating as before.
- The story is still strong, with plenty of shadowy conspiracies and mysterious motives to provide a constant stream of new and interesting wrinkles.
- Cheesy techno fight music replaces the stylish and moody soundtrack of the original and makes me want to strangle kittens.
- Don't ever get attached to a Darker than Black character other than the main character Hei, because the mortality rate of this series is the highest I've ever seen in a TV anime.