Anything That Moves: Genma makes some creepy comments about Suou being cute, hits on Yoko, but also declares love for Hei. Incidentally, he also talks about wanting to find a woman to hurt him. Genma has some issues.
Ascended Extra: Remember July, the little British doll who has a grand total of 15 or so minutes in the first season? He's a main character in here, and Suou's Morality Pet.
Bait-and-Switch Credits: Hoo boy. The opening barely has any Hei or Yin, and shows a pink haired schoolgirl with her pet squirrel and her and her classmates playing on the beach. The show then relishes in subverting those images. That squirrel is a contractor from last season, and that beach scene? Not happening, what with two of the kids becoming contractors... and a third being killed by one of them.
Bait the Dog: Genma originally seems funny and likable. However, over time, it becomes clearer and clearer that the guy is freaking nuts. Similarly, The Team Normal is a seemingly moeHot Scientist- until she depowers Hei in an obviously incredibly painful way, treating him like a guinea pig and clearly not caring that she's torturing someone.
Big Eater: Apart from Hei, the second season introduces a Contractor who must eat hamburgers as remuneration for his powers. He carries around a giant bag full of burgers for this very reason, and is rather reluctant to overuse his powers since he'll get sick.
Hei has apparently stopped doing this during the Time Skip, though.
As of episode eight, his appetite's back with a vengeance, apparently to compensate for quitting drinking.
Bilingual Bonus: The Russian bartender in the bar (called "метеор", Russian for "meteor") April was having some shorts, had the word "пить" ("pit' ", Russian for 'to drink', in the literal sense and also specifically to booze) written on his apron.
Bishie Sparkle: Norio, twice. Subverted in that it had no effect on Suou.
Continuity Nod: Two minor supporting characters from season 1 reappear in non-speaking cameos very briefly within the alternate world Shion created at the end of the season: Misuzu Oyama, Hei's landlady, and Babo, the black tenant and resident Silent Bob.
Contrived Clumsiness: One scene shows the depraved Genma having his partner Mina conduct moxibustion on him, which is the "payment" for using his powers. He makes a perverted comment, and Mina, who Does Not Like Men, accidentally-on-purpose burns him.
Drowning My Sorrows: The year's gap between the two seasons does not appear to have been kind to Hei, if the hip flask is any indication. Or maybe it's just part of the "Sexy Hobo" look he appears to be cultivating. When someone pointed it out, his response was pretty much just, "Shut up."
Eagleland: Part of the mess is due to attempts by the United States to restore their superpower status.
Another example shown at the end of the last episode a shot of Genma, presumably dead, but still in "armor mode" with the handle of Mina's sword sticking out of one of his eyes, which is dripping blood. Completely deserved in this case.
Lack of super-stamina ("My muscles gonna hurt tomorrow").
Lack of super-inertia-controlling (he bumped into a tree after a sprint and couldn't change his direction instantly to save his life).
About the only one he does have is friction immunity, since he isn't set on fire by the air around him. It's kind of surprising to see a so fragile speedster in a setting full of Reality Warpers.
Flying Car: Can be spotted in the background every once in a while, and shows up much more prominently in the last episode.
Foreshadowing: Suou's first encounter with Genma ends with her throwing a metal trash can over his head and escaping. Pretty appropriate considering his power, which hasn't yet been revealed at the time: he can convert mineral material into mecha-like body armor for himself.
Fork Fencing: When Major Repnin is trying to coerce Hei into working for him, he takes the knife he was carrying. So when our hero finally gets sick of it, he grabs a dull table knife instead and uses it to pin his hand to the table. Ouch.
Fragile Speedster: Goran originally seems more of a Lightning Bruiser, being slightly chunky, but then turns out to be more like one of these when he is horribly killed when April makes it rain while he is running.
Fun with Subtitles: One fansub chose to replace Hei's request for the meteor shard with "I will let you go if you blow me."
Gainax Ending: Even worse than the original, complete with anotherInstrumentality shout-out. At least before it wasn't too hard to figure out why all the different groups were acting as they did...
Glorious Mother Russia: Averted: not only are there no bears on the streets, but the school, class-rooms and lifting the chairs got one Russian troper nostalgic... Background artists even took pains to faithfully reproduce Russian signs and words (with some mistakes, sure, but these are minimal).
Also the weapons used are not the usual Kalashnikovs and SVD, but Russian modern special forces weapons. Which are a lot less known, but authentic.
This troper was able to visit some of those locations while on her exchange program in Japan. Hereare her pics. Also, for those who can understand Russian, there's this site (the webmaster of this site has translated some of this troper's notes/comments into Russian; even better, he has pics of the locations in Russia.]]
The ending gave us the title translated into Russian, but with some letters mixed up and a few missing. Guess what? The next episode they CORRECTED it. Shown Their Work indeed!
Hannibal Lecture: Hei gives one to Major Repnin, who'd been pursuing him. Repnin threatened to blow up a train if Hei didn't cooperate and admitted that, although he trusted Contractors because they were logical, he hated them because one of his Contractor subordinates killed his niece. He laments that he was forced to work with his niece's murderer and thanks Hei for killing him. Hei then points out that the Contractor was a depraved human before he was a depraved contractor and that if the major was too bound by his logic to avenge his niece himself, he likely didn't have the balls to hold innocent people hostage either. Then he pins Repnin's hand to the table with a table knife.
He's Back: It takes a while, but Hei eventually gets back to his normal self. Significantly marked when he turns down alcohol at dinner and exhibits his ludicrous appetite again.
History Repeats: The American military launching an operation to occupy what remains of the Greater Tokyo Area.
Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: A contractor who appears in the first episode of the second series has the ability to move fast enough to literally dodge bullets, but it seems his burst of super-speed only lets him run in a straight line. For the brief time that we see him, he runs face-first into a tree because he couldn't stop in time, and then April kills him by making it rain while he's activating his ability. The speed that he's going at results in every single raindrop having the effect of a bullet.
Internet Back Draft: There are two main camps. One that says that the second season is awful and should not be even considered, and another that says that it's perfectly fine despite its shortcomings. However both sides will usually agree that the ending was one of the most rushed endings in anime history.
Jerk Ass: In between seasons, Hei has apparently decided not to bother trying to act even remotely civil, though he starts getting better.
Believe it or not, movements like those are actually a traditional Chinese method of improving your abdominal muscle, posture, and balance.
And she has a creepy stalker who's being played as a Dogged Nice Guy despite being at least 5 years older than her. Ew?
Magicians Are Wizards: August 7 has an interesting case of this — he's a former Stage Magician with a price of giving away his trade secrets for the power of real magic (or rather, spatial manipulation power that makes for a good approximation).
Any coincidence is fairly unlikely, because there's a) the fact that while her's is indeed a pretty common Ukrainian surname, its most popular spelling is "Pavlyuchenko", "Pavlichenko" being a somewhat rare variant, which makes an incidental mixup of spelling less likely, and b) the whole sniper motif.
Mêlée à Trois: Where the original had the Japanese government, MI6, PANDORA, The Syndicate, and EveningPrimrose, the second season has the Japanese government, the Russian military, the CIA, some of the dregs of The Syndicate, Madame Oreille, and whatever group Shion is affiliated with. And all of them are chasing Suou and, by extension, Hei.
Mind Screw: If you thought the first season messed with your head, you'd better get out the aspirin for the second.
Mood Whiplash: The first episode of the second season is a great example, as about 80% of it is your typical anime high school comedy and then several people are killed, two of them by Hei's hands in a way that makes him appear to be the villain.
Required Secondary Powers: Suou carries around that anti-tank rifle like it's made of styrofoam, and even shoots it while standing up. She does have to clean it like a real gun, though.
The Fragile Speedster from the first episode, as mentioned several times already is notable for lacking almost every required secondary power for his Flash Step ability. Cannot change direction, has no inherent toughness, and gets killed by raindrops... one wonders what his plan was to kill someone since hitting them would shatter his arm.
The Rival: Hazuki is set up as a Japanese Catwoman counterpart to Hei's Chinese Batman, down to using the same sort of snap-hooks on occasion.
Serial Killer: Ilya Sokolov, neatly established a villain within a couple of minutes of his introduction.
Shipper on Deck: Kind of an odd example, but several of Kirihara's co-workers have concluded that her obsession with capturing Hei is actually a manifestation of her being attracted to him. Arguably, this advances a Hei X Kirihara ship.
Ship Sinking: After episode 10, good luck Kirihara shippers. Good Luck.
It introduces more complications, but that particular ship already pretty much required that both parties have their feet nailed to the floor and their weapons taken away to force them to talk their issues out first.
It also makes a lot more sense when you realizewhyHei took her down so brutally; Madame Oreille had figured out his secondary Berserk Button and was deliberately playing on his Big Brother Instinct towards the kids he'd been protecting. She said "I wonder how Section 3 will treat them?" knowing that his interactions with them were mostly with Hazuki and Genma (not exactly the best impression) and implying that Misaki had captured Suou and July on orders. So Hei didn't just beat Kirihara up to be a jerk, he was really angry and thought she deserved it.
And the Gainax Ending includes a brief segment showing the teenage protagonist in an ideal world where her family is normal and happy and she doesn't have to worry about anything more extreme than getting to school late. Something tells me the creators like Neon Genesis Evangelion...
In an Omake chapter in the interquel, Tanya mentions Ratatouille as an excuse for why someone with the ability to summon swarms of cockroaches should be allowed to cook. No one else is convinced.
Small Girl, Big Gun: The second season OP prominently features Suou wielding a WWII PTRD antitank rifle. It's 2 meters long, weighs 18 kilograms, uses 14.5x114 cartridgesnote heavy machinegun caliber, 1.5x-2.5x energy of .50 Browning depending on the type, and has a huge recoil despite the ginormous muzzle brake. The only people who shoot it from the hands in Real Life (there were a couple) looked like Space Marines. Suou gaining the Contractor power to materialize this beast and swing it around without regard to weight or recoil is pretty hilarious. The Rule of Cool is a wonderful thing.
Shion apparently used a real one in Episode 8, and the custom variant at that, modified due to him being left-handed. He shoot it prone, though, not from the hip as his sister does.
Actually, her wielding a gun of that size is not really unbelievable. Think of, that it's her power as Contractor. Despite the fact, that she is no real Contractor anyway but fused with Bai. As Hei gets depowered, Bai moves to the Meteor Core Suou is wearing, giving her the Contractor powers same as she did to Hei in Season 1. (Explains why Suou keeps being emotional, struggles with the mindset she should have as a Contractor and in the end develops a crush on Hei.) You can see that in the scene, where Section 3 hits Hei with the anti-contractor trap and a stream of light hits the Meteor Core. Plus, the weapon materializes itself not from her chest, but from the necklace. If someone can alter reality on quantum level and create an Anti-tank weapon out of nowhere, adjusting the strenght of its wielder is simple.
Spoiler Opening: Suou is shown carrying and then sniping with a anti-tank sniper rifle. Doesn't help the situation that in the second episode (and the first episode to have an opening, as the premier did not) has the aforementioned BFG in the episode, practically screaming Chekhov's Gun.
Stalker with a Crush: Kirihara is trying pretty hard, considering that the target of said stalker-crush is a ninja who's not even in the same country.
Stockholm Syndrome: Suou is basically stuck with Hei, since she's been unpersoned and has no money. Despite the fact that Hei killed her father and mostly acts like a complete jerkass, especially at the beginning, his Chick Magnet powers are apparently still active, since by the end of the season she's developed a bit of a Precocious Crush on him.
Stupid Evil: Genma's habit of being a total bastard just for the hell of it regularly leads him to do things that are just stupid. For instance, when he was supposed to capture Hei, he thought it would be more fun to armor up and try to kill him instead... but since he used the truck he'd been driving for materials, he wound up stranded when Hei jumped on top of a passing car.
Too Dumb to Live: Goran. He has a Flash Step and nothing else. Even if he didn't effectively kill himself, he's completely without offense, as he can't punch someone without causing as much damage to himself.
Took a Level in Badass: April in Season One was pretty much November 11's sidekick. This season, she actually uses her powers in clever and lethal ways. Hell, she even comes close to taking out Hei by summoning a bolus of water around his head.
Trippy Finale Syndrome: If you thought the first season was bad, the last episode of Gemini will probably leave you unable to say much beyond "Wut."
Twin Switch: The twins are constantly being mistaken for each other. Near the end of the first episode, Shion told Suou to wear his clothes, claiming she would stand out less, although this just made the people looking for Shion chase after Suou instead, which could very well have been his plan. It's later revealed that the real Suou died eight years ago, and this one is actually Shion's Opposite-Sex Clone, further justifying the confusion.