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Hei is seen by Amber (and Evening Primrose) as the best one to make a The astronomical connection runs deeper however as various. Well, Hei is alive, that's for certain; however, what happens to Yin isn't entirely . To test their theory, they create Sue (the girl in season 2) which was the sister of. Is there sparking relationship between Yin and Hei? Could their partnership turn into something more.
Other mysteries Contractors The easiest place to start is with some of the terminology and jargon used in the series: The most obvious definition is one who has signed a contract for a specific price, in this case the remuneration that is paid when contractors use their powers.
It's odd that a contractor is mentally compelled to complete the remuneration and it's never explored what would happen if it isn't completed, it highlights that contractors are merely puppets to their abilities however; it's obvious that none of the contractors asked to be imbued with their abilities and it follows that they would have no control over their payment, this theme of powerlessness or inevitability runs through the series from the overarching international conglomerate, The Syndicate, through to the emotionless Dolls.
The very idea of the payment is an odd one though as if the contract is made with someone or something, then what benefit do they gain from their compulsive ticks? The obvious answer is that the contract is with themselves and the remuneration is a reflection of themselves, this falls down only through lack of back-story with the characters: Whether these repayments have some kind of significance with their life is unknown but it's enough to question the theory.
The other theory is that the contract is with an unknown entity; there is an undercurrent of both religious and extraterrestrial origins in the series so it's not impossible the contract is silently taken out with them, aliens to perhaps study humans or a deity to test humans, examining their temperament when faced with the fantastical.
The former is more probable given the explicit mention of a meteor which says extraterrestrial rather than God. It is stated early on in the series that Contractors feel no emotion, and after ignoring Hei who is a special case, this is true insofar that Contractors don't let their emotions get the better of them.
Obvious survival instincts like fear are tempered with reason, all this means that Contractors act with a calculating aloofness, prioritising their own survival over others; this comes to the fore at the end of the series when contractors are united in an attempt to stop their extinction, this is despite their imminent demise for a longer term "greater good" for Contractors as a whole. It's unknown what exactly causes this change in emotional outlook but it is paired with the process of being a Contractor and is rescinded when one loses that status such as becoming a Regressor or a half-way Moratorium.
Perhaps the abilities gained changes the Contractor's brain physically thus causing the "loss" of emotion or perhaps it's simply a universally held world-view when one gains extraordinary powers; indeed it is shown that with Moratoriums, emotions can cause the Contractor abilities to malfunction or act wildly which probably reduces their life expectancy. The final stages of being a Contractor are either being a Regressor or somehow fulfilling the nebulous contract.
The former removes the powers gifted to the Contractor and gives them a degree of their emotions "back", the only Regressor in the series is Havoc who still seems distant, though this is perhaps better than what her child-blood drinking remuneration made her act like.
This state is seen as a kind of enlightenment for Contractors and just like the religious enlightenment, there seems to be no known path to achieving it. Fulfilling the Contract is shown with Mao, apparently the loss of his original body was enough to allow him to use his powers without a remuneration; whether this is true or whether the act of losing his body simply meant the thought processes compelling remuneration were now absent is unknown and the idea of fulfilling the Contract isn't visited again.
Whether the Contract is able to be satisfied at all is the big question as from what Amber mentions in the final episode, it would imply that the Contract is "beginning" of something and completing it would be the end, this is of course all speculation given the lack of information all round. Themes Darker than Black has a number of primary themes running through it, some more pronounced than others; these include: Loss is the easiest one to quantify: Hei lost his sister, Mao lost his body, Huang lost a lover, Yin lost her sight, Tokyo lost its sky, Contractors lost their emotions, the world lost control; the list goes on, from the very personal to the world altering.
Loss and control go hand in hand with each other, while the Contractors are able to control their emotions to an alarming degree, the Syndicate is controlling them, just as the contractors control Dolls; how far you take it is how much you ascribe to its importance on the series. At one end you have the amorphous Syndicate who can exert control over countries and governments while on the other there is Misaki who seems to only be taken along for the ride by everyone else, a complete loss of control.
This leads on to conflict, both physical and emotional; the Syndicate and Tokyo Police Department fights against the Contractors though for different reasons while Evening Primrose EPR fights against them.
Misaki fights against feelings of betrayal and powerlessness while Hei seems to fight against himself. Thus, identity, one of the "big" themes; Hei is not the easiest one to discuss Mao and the other body-switching Contractor are more immediate but Darker than Black is fundamentally Hei's story.
Why do I think Hei fell in love with Yin? - Giving it to you straight. NO CHASER!
It's shown from the start that Hei essentially leads two lives, one as the gentle Li and the other as the elite Contractor BK, but then the third, transitory life is that of Hei, the confident agent of the Syndicate.
It's naturally assumed that Hei is the "real" persona and that his life as Li is nothing but a cover and his masked-Contractor visage is but an extension of Hei; as his relationship with his sister Bai is elaborated upon it's shown that Li's demeanour is how Hei used to be before he became a brutal killer in order to either protect his sister or stay with her.
BK is the logical conclusion to that personality, masked and inhuman, he doesn't speak and only moves to kill. His inner turmoil begins when his sister is "killed" during Heaven's War at Heaven's Gate, it is all but stated by Amber that Bai wasn't killed by her no less but went into Hei, imbuing him with Contractor-like powers without the remuneration; this started the split in Hei with his three personae, but throughout the series they blend together, punctuated by his line at the end that the person Hei no longer exists.
Emotionally Hei perhaps feels responsible for his sister's death, his physical proximity to her in Heaven's War shows his emotional closeness to her however it's the split between being a human and being a contractor that affects the series narrative.
Contractors are always shown as and referred to as "Contractors", never as humans with abilities; their powers stripping them of their humanity enough for them to be treated as something wholly different to humans, as if they're a different race. With the general populace unaware of Contractors, the Syndicate, Governments and the Police persecute or recruit Contractors to try and eradicate them. Hei is seen by Amber and Evening Primrose as the best one to make a choice for the future of Contractors, all of their abilities yet still with emotion; Hei struggles with this burden by donning his shinigami mask, delineating his humanity and his status as a Contractor.
Anyone's status as a Contractor, regardless of demeanour or history, is enough to cause open resentment among those "in the know" almost like racial persecution has shown to do; all the more telling as Contractors seem unable to chose their status.
Religion The last major theme is a worthwhile discussion in itself. The series itself apart from one story is all but devoid of religious overtones, the labelling of the gates as "Heaven" and "Hell" seems fairly innocuous rather than subversive but there are certain areas worth investigating although most of it is speculative. Amber refers to the fighting around Heaven's gate as "Heaven's war" which could either be a reference to the book by Micah Harris and Michael Gaydos which is unlikely given its apparent content; or it could be referring to the contractors as angels which would fit their "Heavenly Body" status when viewed as stars in the sky.
One of the great overseers of the Darker than Black world is that of the Syndicate which is disparate enough never to be given a face yet continually manipulates events and people; fundamentally it is the Syndicate which Amber and Evening Primrose fight against, it's not such a huge leap to equate the Syndicate as a metaphor for God or other similar omnipresent deity which would mean that the fight is against God, similarly Mao, who is permanently wired in to the Syndicate, ostensibly to maintain his humanity rather than sink into cat form, talks with God directly, issuing proclamations to Hei.
Viewing the Syndicate as a deity would explain their wish to destroy the gate s: Astronomy and science The strong astronomical context the series has lends weight to the theory that the Contracts and related detritus meteor, gates etc. The first place to start is the denomination of each Contractor as having a Messier code, "Messier" more than likely referring to Charles Messier a French astronomer who created a catalogue of Messier objects.
This implies that Contractors are astronomical objects, bolstered by their presence as stars in the false skies above Tokyo which are monitored by the Astronomical Observatory; the stars shine or somehow change when a Contractor uses their power and a falling star is seen when a Contractor is killed.
This is all academic as it's difficult to discern what the presence of the false-sky and stars is a metaphor for, whether it is one at all.
Darker than BLACK: The Black Contractor Gaiden – 04 [End]
Hei or rather Li is seen stargazing at various points throughout the series, perhaps searching for himself amongst the stars or perhaps out of habit from his previous hobby.
The astronomical connection runs deeper however as various machines amongst the PANDORA research centre are named after astronomical bodies including the Neptune particle accelerator and the Saturn anti-gate system. The meteor and meteor fragments are instrumental in the series and, more than likely, their origin and powers are the root cause of Contractors, the two gates and everything involved. Interestingly, if you take the position of Heaven's gate shown to be in South America, specifically Brazil and the position of Hell's gate Japan, Tokyo, Asakusathe connection on an equatorial map is roughly The solar maximum is the time of greatest solar activity which causes its magnetic field lines to distort which can cause increased Aurora activity.
Again this is all academic as nothing is ever explicitly stated, but it makes for interesting reading and is unlikely to be coincidental.
Events during the series give weight to these thoughts such as when people look towards the fake sky over Tokyo during the Solar Maximum, hoping to be able to see the real stars or the Stargazer suddenly speaking. So it was the prophecy to which if Izanami and Izanagi met, they will give birth to a new being, a one which represents the two gates: That creature at the end is the same being I was talking about. Thus, the organization Hei works for a.
So, he is producing more beings like him so they could copy Earth faster. However, there is one problem, the ME which is a device meant to erase or adapt memories into beings can only "tape" a memory that will stay within the being for 3 days at its maximum.
Therefore, they use a meteor fragment found at season 1 in one of the episodes which Hei took under the syndicate's orders. I believe it was used in season 2 which can contain the being's memories until the fragment is cracked or broken.
To test their theory, they create Sue the girl in season 2 which was the sister of the wheelchair contractor and creates memories for her into the meteor fragment, which is believed he will make sure her memories will bond to her till it cracked. Near the end of season 2, it seems the theory is correct that the meteor fragment will contain the memories.
So by multiplying the wheelchair contractor, they recreate Earth: So, in case something will happen to the real world, they make sure humankind will survive.