**CONTAINS A FEW SPOILERS, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK**
The first season of Darker than Black ended with Hei and Yin escaping from the syndicate, and you think that's where season two would begin the aftermath of their escape. Sadly, no. Take a deep breath, and prepare to take in one of the most mediocre sequels to one of my favorite animes. When the second season begins, Hei has long hair and has become a drunk. Why? We don't know why. Meanwhile, we go into a new story about a Russian girl named Suo. Hei just happens to be on a mission that groups them up together, and it starts on of the biggest annoyances of the series - Hei training a little girl. Early on in the series, Hei loses his powers, and it makes the action scenes after this sort of suck. All of the action we were used to from Season One is pretty much all gone, with the exception of our new character, Suo, who wields a giant rifle (which is the ONLY cool thing about her).
You all make think I'm being overly harsh on Season Two. Well, I'm not. If you loved the first season as much as I did, you would hate Season Two as much I do. However, it doesn't mean that the second season isn't worth watching at all. It does fill in a FEW loose ends about what happened to some other characters from Season One. It also introduces some new contractors (who have some pretty interesting abilities). Yoko Kanno's fantastic soundtrack from the first season is also gone, which also makes the music in this season forgettable. The series is also relatively short with 12 episodes, unlike Season one, which was 25 episodes. I'm also not a big fan of the ending.
I was going to recommend avoiding this, but this set also includes a 4 episode OVA (that aired a year after Season Two). This OVA is what should of aired before Season Two, as it shows what happens to Hei & Yin after Season One. The OVA fills in the gap between Season One and Season Two. Watching the OVA before Season Two is mandatory.
I applaud Funimation for packing both the OVA & Season Two together. As I would of avoided buying Season Two altogether if they would of released it separately.
***RATINGS FOR BOTH SEASON TWO & THE OVA***
Season Two 2/5