English: Darker than Black
Japanese: Darker than BLACK -黒の契約者-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.321 (scored by 172567 users)
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action drama mystery sci-fi supernatural
SynopsisIn Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell's Gate.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Side story: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Special
Sequel: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden
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Darker than Black, what an adventure it has been. Darker than Black takes place in a near future world where two gates appeared, Heaven's Gate and Hell's Gate. The mysterious appearance of these gates brought with them the Contractors. Contractors are people who have entered into a contract with an unknown force and gained a unique power in return. The nature of the contract however requires them to give back each time they use their power. Payment is anything from smoking a cigarette to writing a poem. The main story is told through an omnipotent point of view with the "camera man" being at the scene and generally following a certain group of characters, but can focus on other characters as the protagonists for an entire arc. It is a very unique telling of the story and hard to put into words, but that isn't a bad thing.
The animation and art style of Darker than Black are superb. Each character is completely unique and unlike some other shows with several similar looking characters, Darker than Black does an excellent job of giving each character an unique style and a winning personality. The fights of Darker than Black are done very well and are very fluid. Although short at times, it is after all not a shounen series, they are excellent none the less. Some fights are extended and are a real treat for the eyes. Bones, the producers, did an excellent job with the series and I am looking forward to seeing more of their work.
The soundtrack for Darker than Black is up there with my favourites of all time. An excellent mix of various genres of music. At one point it will be a jazz track, then later it will be an orchestra piece or a rock track. Overall the music is really well done and accurately depicts the scene. At some points I found myself with the hair on the back of my neck standing up as the music heated up in preparation of a coming battle. The voice acting is top notch. Hei has two distinct voices: one serious and the other calm or even clumsy sounding. The other main characters: Kirihara, Yin, Huang, and Mao also have top notch performances. Overall the casting and voice acting are very well done.
Each character has their own special traits and have very well written dialogue. Although it is for the most part an Action/Drama type of series, there are often Comedic undertones to help break up the suspense. When Hei is not masquerading as BK201, his codename, he is a very funny and sarcastic individual. Most every character has moments that make you want to laugh, especially Gai, the off the wall private eye, and his partner, the pink haired money hungry Kiko. All in all the characters have a very nice chemistry and it is interesting to see Hei's interactions with the people who are pursuing him. The only thing that is holding back the characters is, with the exception of Hei and Yin, there is very little back story provided for many of the main characters. This is hard to do of course though with an episodic type series.
The series seems episodic as the story is generally told in two episode mini-arcs, with the final arc being three episodes, it never really feels very episodic. Especially toward the end where the main plot runs into each new arc. Although there is a sense of conclusion after each arc, it never really feels like it is of an episodic nature (if that makes any sense at all). I immensely enjoyed Darker than Black and it had a very satisfying conclusion. read more
Ah, the age old question; what to do when certain people suddenly begin manifesting mysterious superpowers. Darker than BLACK responds with a classic solution found in series ranging from Witch Hunter Robin to X-Men: Form secret organizations to monitor and control these people. However, despite the similar theme, this show is anything but derivative.
In the beginning of the series, the premise of the show is somewhat vague as little is known about where the powers of the contractors come from, or how they are related to the gates. As the series progresses more information is inevitably revealed, creating good plot exposition and allowing the story to move at a decent pace and keep each episode interesting. Where this series really shines however, is the characters.
Hei is portrayed brilliantly, having a rather comicbook superhero-like persona but adding a unique spin to it. His motives are not initially apparent, nor is his true relationship with the syndicate to which he belongs. Also, while contractors are known to be emotionless and purely rational, Hei somehow manages to retain his humanity, an anomaly which many of his acquaintances and opponents comment on. The true reason for this, as well as the origin of his powers remains hidden until the end of the series.
The other members of Hei's organization are similarly well portrayed, each being represented uniquely and interestingly. Huang, Yin, and Mao each have a well written back-story that is both engaging and important to the overall plot. The other characters in the story are outstanding as well, especially the antagonists. Despite the fact that the contractors are supposed to be unemotional, each character still manages to have a unique personality which often even enhanced by this fact.
If there is one weakness in this series, it is the ending, which is unfortunately rather inconclusive. I'm kind of hoping for a sequel, but this may be difficult for reasons that would be hard to disclose without revealing spoilers. The ending also has a "suddenly everything got weird" part to it that seems common in final episodes of supernatural anime, but at least it makes a lot more sense than many I've seen. If you like shows about people with supernatural powers, I think you should definitely watch this series. read more
What format is best for telling a story of an anime series; a narrative format that’s episodic or a format that has a continuing story from beginning to end? It honestly depends on who or what story is trying to be told if any at all. While episodic is easier to get into since the format can be better use for just entertainment. Thus you can eliminate the need of continuity, making it favorable for anyone to just jump into the series at any point. An overarching story on the other hand can build up to a greater or more disappointing outcome depending on the execution since it requires commitment. “Darker Than Black” combines both formats in its narrative will which lead to commitment issues. Thanks to it's careful execution in combining both types of story formats you have a first half that does a great job of world building and a second half that has an overarching story that remains engrossing to the end.
Good: Strong Writing
Darker Than Black uses a two episode format to tell its stories. Allowing side characters to receive enough development to them feel like characters part of a bigger story instead of coming across as unimportant one shot characters. Thanks to this format it offers a host of well thought out characters and storylines on a variety of themes. Each contributing to either fleshing the setting or further developing a recurring character. No matter the screen time of certain side characters, their contribution feels like they added a piece of lore to the series. The atmosphere excels due to its extensive world building in the first half. Not only does the world fill unique, but by the end of the series it’ll feel like a real place even if it belongs in the realm of fiction.
For an anime that is mostly serious it knows when to have fun. The few comedic episodes in the anime don’t affect the overall plot, but are nice a diversion to lighten the mood. These episodes inclusions make the series a bit enjoyable preventing from being a downer all the time. Generally though it has the well written dialogue to keep it afloat all throughout and engaging conversation among the characters as well.
A downside to the two episode format is it will take half way before the main cast gets developed. In turn, this makes sticking with the anime a risk versus reward deal. Making it more dangerous is the fact that it doesn’t have an overarching story until it reaches the second half either. So the first half focuses on Hei taking on jobs for a shady organization called “The Syndicate”. Being more in line of an episodic anime generally not connecting story arcs. This will make it difficult to want to commit to the anime since the main cast is the only guaranteed returning characters while every supporting character is not guaranteed to return. The main cast will remain underdeveloped before reaching the halfway mark. There’s no way around this issue other than having complete faith in the anime. If you’re unable to attach yourself to anything in the anime before the main cast are developed in the second half, then staying committed to the series is a task on itself.
Once it starts developing an overarching story in the second half everything falls further into place. The stakes become bigger, the main cast get developed, and answers on some of the series biggest dangling questions get answered. For example, “The Syndicate” motives and goal are revealed in the second half after being mentioned heavily in the first half. There’s also the start of an overarching story that instead of creating more action goes for giving Hei a greater mental obstacle to overcome. Building it up nicely before reaching the finale and feeling the weight Hei has to shoulder.
The reaction towards the finale of “Darker Than Black” will draw mix reaction. It doesn’t end with a bang making it fit more with the rest of the series. However, not everything will be answered. It’s appropriate for some questions to remain unanswered since the characters themselves don’t know all of them either. It’s more in line of capturing a noir mystery so some dangling questions will be forgivable. One thing is certain about the finale is it does close the story up and ties up all loose ends. Completely understanding everything after it ends that’s a whole other matter.
Good: A Cool Cast
Hei is the protagonist of the series and for more than half of the anime his past is kept secretive. Unfortunately revealing anything about him should be a consider a spoiler. Learning about Hei and seeing his backstory developed is a major part of the story. His personality can throw viewers off since the series does take its time giving background towards contractor and explain why they are emotionless. Hei is written in such a way that part of his character is difficult to read because of it. He fills the quota to be an emotionless contractor, but shows emotion in everyday life with sarcastic remarks when he interacts with other in the cast. He’s an intriguing mystery within the story and as a character becomes fully realize.
The rest of the main from talking cat Mao who gathers information, to the unable to get drunk when drinking handler Huang, and emotionless medium doll Yin are handled in the same way in their characterization. Like Hei, these main characters don’t get developed until later on in the series. When they are develop the two episode format allows room for in depth characterization. Setting up the character conflict in that episode and then following up by revealing bits of their themselves once the main cast reach closer towards a solution. Seeing them interact with one another never goes smoothly. Since they have varied personalities the chemistry between the characters can be both hilarious and captivating at the same time.
Half of the supporting cast tend to be done with after a single story arc. Once the story or job is finished that supporting characters will likely not be seen again. One of the few recurring supporting character is private eye detective Gai Kurusawa and his young manga obsessed assistant Kiko Kayanuma. The majority of the comedy revolve around these two characters. Gai Kurusawa is the closest the anime has to an exaggerated character. Reacting to his situation in over the top ways for a comedic effect. His interaction with Kiko usually revolve being desperate to accept any job for cash to arguing about the methods in getting cases solved. Episodes revolving around Gai Kurusawa and Kiko Kayanuma are easily entertaining with humor that hit due to their personalities and chemistry.
Though the setting of the story is in Japan the cast is composed of characters from other parts of the world. It’s not racial diversity just for the sake of it, but rather more of story tool to get across how big of a crisis it could escalate too. The CIA are involved, MI6 Agents are involved, underground organization “The Syndicate”, and the organization Evening Primrose that attempt to obtain peaceful coexistence between contractors and humans are involved. That’s quite the batch of organizations to keep track off and the same applies to the characters that work in them. Fortunately each organization is given a different objective for their goals and how they operate varied from one another. What this does is create different viewpoints within the setting on how the matter of contractors should be resolved. Giving several viewpoints on the matter as it grows into a bigger issue for everyone.
Good: Capturing the Intended Mood Perfectly
The animation is handled by studio Bones. While not impressive in the least on the visual side or in movement the style is a good fit for the anime. Character designs don’t have any exaggerated features and the environments are kept down to Earth as much as possible. Backgrounds are detailed with careful lighting that helps create the noir feel the series goes for. Everything is portrayed with some level of realism, including the contractors powers. Whenever a contractor uses their power the animation withholds from creating an excessive visual effect. Action scenes don’t feature any flashy particle effect that draws attention to a contractor power. So everything meshes together for a unify look even when the more exaggerated element of the story are on screen.
This also holds true for the action scenes which aren’t a drawing factor for the anime. Usually the action scenes are slow with the already mentioned restrained on flashy effects when a power is in used. In general, most of the action scenes have simple choreography that gets interrupted by conversations or is just slow in execution. Not counting the second opening. There are a few action scenes that combines contractors full abilities with the restraint display of powers, but unless Hei opponent Wei the action is underwhelming. CGI is used rarely, but questionable since it’s primarily used on cars which aren’t used for any elaborate scene. Cars simply go from one point to the next. Thankfully it does not stick out enough to become an issue since it’s only use from far shots. If anything can get annoying is seeing product placement for Pizza Hut in the background.
Voice acting from both the Japanese and English dub cast are terrific. In both versions the low key and restrained performances give off that noir feel the anime goes for. Unfortunately in both versions, some cast members aren’t allowed much ranged because part of the cast play the emotionless contractors. However, they are not stiff performances. The voice actors walk a thin line of coming across sounding wooden that they never cross. Most notably the most balance and perfected portrayal fall under Hidenobu Kiuchi in Japanese and Jason Liebrecht for the English dub both of whom voice Hei. Regardless what language you hear Hei speak both voice actor performances are tailored for this character. Neither are a dead giveaway in their delivery always surrounding Hei in this mysterious aura. His character is very difficult read, thanks to the voice talent, even delivery their jokes in a careful manner. Both actors are able to be funny while staying in character despite how little emotion they display in general.
Ikuya Sawaki in the Japanese cast and Kent William in the English both voice Mao. These two actors' voices give off vastly different vibes in their portrayal of Mao. Sawaki sounds more natural like a friendly person with many connections, while William deeper sounding voice makes him sound wiser. William older sounding voice shines when he delivers sarcastic remarks. In the English dubbed Kent William is an easy standout and my favorite actor in this season.
One area where the English dub surpasses the Japanese cast are the accents for foreign characters. The Japanese cast in general don’t even come close in copying accents for foreign characters. In the English dub Troy Baker voices November 11, a clearly British character terrifically. Adding to an already accurate portrayal he fits the sophisticated character just fine.
The only major differences between both version is the comedy. Depending on what version you see the humor will be written for that specific culture in mind. Aside from that the English script remains as faithful as possible. While there’s the obvious dialogue changes there are episodes where the story changes are less subtle. There’s some episodes where certain plot points are beaten over the head. It’s not damaging to the point that it’s a complete turn off as it, though the material won’t always match the quality of the original in the English script.
If you had to choose how to see the anime I would say watch the series subbed since the Japanese cast is consistent throughout the whole series. While the English dub in season one is the clear victor due to the voice actors more accurate portrayal of foreign characters. However, in season two some casting choices end up backfiring as the script changes are notably different making some of the English voice cast come across as annoying. The English dubbed has a better cast for the first season, but the Japanese cast is consistently good all the way. If it’s short term English dub, but in the long run go with the English subbed.
The soundtrack is filled with good music. It’s diverse in genre from rock ballads, to cool jazz, and to slower more calming sounding tracks. The two opening tracks can come across as misleading when representing the mood and pace of the series. “Howling” by Abingdon Boys School for the first 14 episodes and “Kakusei Heroism” by An Cafe is used in episode 15 and onwards (minus episode 24) for the remainder of the series. Both opening theme makes “Darker Than Black” come across as a quick pace action series. While not accurate in presenting the series the two opening songs are fine for the anime. “Tsukiakari” by Rie Fu is a slow and melancholic track. It’s the ending theme for the first 14 episodes with a more emotional feel to it unlike the opening themes. Rie Fu soothing vocals are in harmony with the soft piano ballad. The second ending theme is "Dreams" by the band High And Mighty Color. “Dreams” is more upbeat than the first ending theme in it’s serenity.
Personal Enjoyment: More than thrilled I stuck with it
It took me fourteen episodes before I was actually able to enjoy watching Darker Than Black. Everything is kept deliberately secretive so I found it difficult to care about my main cast in the first half of the series when they weren’t developed. Eventually in the second half I started to care about them on episode 13 & 14 both of which focused on Yin. It was with these two episodes that my skepticism were gone since it made me feel that much closer to the main cast. I was convinced with these two episodes that this anime has something else to keep me coming back beside the first closing theme “Tsuki Akari” by Rie Fu. Thank goodness too for those two episodes because episode 15 the ending theme changed. Episode 15 and onward the whole development of the main cast made the strong writing that much better in subsequent episodes. It just took a while to get into it.
Technical (Animation, Soundtrack, Voice acting, etc.): 2/3
Personal Enjoyment: 1/1
Darker Than Black is not a series that will immediately hook you from the get go. The pacing is slow with it two episode structure taking half-way before developing a main story, but over time the strong writing, and great characters become far more memorable for it. Thanks to it two episode format for storytelling even side characters get fleshed out. Creating a fully realize world with diverse and complicated characters. It’s a difficult anime to fully get into, but the payoff it worth it if you trust it and stick with it through the end.
The story is very good in my opinion, it contains many details about the history, abilities and life of the characters. It gets more and more complicated through the show. The story tells about a world, very similar to ours that had gone through a massive change. one day the starts started raining from the skies and together with them appeared a gate, Hells Gate. Some people were given special powers but not for free and they didn't really choose them. They were simply given special powers. They are called Contractors. A contractor has a special ability, as an example I can rain fire from the sky however it will cost me something. Each contractor has a different "payment" method. Some have to drink alcohol after each time they use their powers, some have to drink blood. The contractors are lacking emotions (as far as I've noticed) but aren't emotionless. Together with them appeared 2 more life forms, Dolls and Oracles. The dolls lack ANY emotions or free will, they act according to what they are told to do. They can do anything a normal human can. The oracles can... obviously predict the future. Since the "Hell's Gate" appeared many weird phenomenons started to appear near it. The city (Tokyo) was closed within walls and new skies appeared.
The art is awesome, there's always a feeling of mystery and an enemy might hide anywhere. You can never tell what's going on and it doesn't randomly switch the scenes. The show is smooth and is pretty much perfect.
The characters start with a small amount of info about them such as name and that's it. The info will grow through the story and new parts of them will reveal. The characters evolve and change quite a lot through the whole story. Some develop new sides which have never been seen even if they shouldn't.
I enjoy this show very much, to be honest with you I can't stop watching it. Almost watched the raws! The story isn't messed up, the art is great and you just can't stop watching. This show will leave you with a taste of more at the end of each and every episode.
I enjoy this show so much and that's the main reason I'm making this review. Since some of you are probably confused I am more than glad to write this review down for you. I really hope you'll enjoy this show as much as I do.
~regards -> Tsunami! <- read more
Darker than black, combined with a few "American hitman movies" like Bourne, Leon, Wanted... would get you Requiem for the Phantom,
as both main characters are assassins working for a crime Syndicate.
Darker than Black and Phantom are animes that give me a dark and mysterious feeling. Both the main male characters are much alike, and are in an organization which they have to obey.
Both of the character are a good fighter.
Darker than Black and the re-make of Phantom surely do share a lot of points:
- both face stories involving around assassins and criminal organizations
- both have a main male character (Hei / Zwei) which a similar personality and job
- both main characters are accompanied by two emotionless girls (Yin / Ein) which they both somehow develop to love
- both series have this dark atmosphere all around characters and places
- very good, and maybe similar a little, art style and character design for both anime
- well done the character development in both series too
Mystery, action and fight scenes wont miss in either of them.
So, for all listed reasons i see a strong connection and similarity between DTB and Phantom, due to this i can't avoid to advice to watch one if you already liked the other :3
Both anime deal with cold blooded assassins as the main characters and organizations that use these super skilled assassins to achieve their goals. Although unlike Phantom, Darker than Black has some supernatural elements these two anime have the same kind of atmosphere.
zwei and hei are "actors" in their own way...
they have emotionless companions: ein (who gradually changes) and yin (who, slowly changes... as i see her)
they are both under a powerful organization from which they cannot easily escape: inferno and syndicate
Not very similiar story but İf you love yandere characters, Yin and Ein too smilar.in both action and romance anime.two anime protagonist contractors Hei and assassin Zwei.
For one, main characters use almost indentical masks and work for Underground organizations (mafia).
Whenever it comes to assasin work, both characters are unemotional and are good actors.
The difference is that Reiji is far more lively, believable and emotional than Hei who most of the time doesn't give a damn and sometimes seems two dimensional.
Also in Phantom they use real life guns, no super powers.
this is similar to phantom
they similar in the main idea about the animation
you know.. about the gangs and another things
and There are similarities in Hero of the animation
Dude in a mask that works for a shady organization goes around killing the shit out of people.
Psychic of the main characters is similar. Both of them under the mask of calmness and silence are very emotional. They both got their girls ;). The fight scenes are other but also very good. I enjoyed Phantom really much and i think if you like DtB than Phantom is something for you.
They both have Assassins and an organisations that they work for If you liked Darker Than Black then you will more then likely enjoy Phantom ~ requiem for the Phantom~
I thoroughly enjoyed both series for a lot of the same reasons, particularly the changes in the main cast as the series progressed.
I would say Phantom has a darker theme with more powerful and memorable scenes, however Darker than Black I felt had an overall more intriguing plot and cast of characters.
So similar. Both have underground organizations groups working as the main background figures. Main characters are used for killing (assassins).
It is impossible to say that Darker than Black (specifically the first season of DtB) and Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom are not similar, especially the characters. Hei and Zwei are both assassins who work for an organisation they don't really know much about; while Yin and Ein both start out seemingly emotionless but undergo significant character development throughout the series. If you liked one, it is very likely you will enjoy the other one as well.
i think Hei (DTB) is like an assassin who works for a private organisation Called the Synicate (although he has supernatural powers which makes him a Contractor) and as such killed with his powers and with guns; Renji in Phantom: RFTP was turned n trained in Assassination, working for a private organisation called Inferno and has killed with guns, both men were apathetic/indifferent at first but then began to have emotions. Both assassins turn against their Organisation at the end of their respective series and go on the run with their partners, both men taught little girls how to become assassins/contractors (though in DTB it was in the second season when Hei did this) both men betray the little girls for another woman that they have been partners with; (hei was trying to save Yin and by doing so, condemned Suou to death) and (Renji killed his Calie to be with Erin) ....
Though Darker has a supernatural/scifi premise and Phantom is about brainwashed mafia assassins, both series follow a protagonist of dubious morality embroiled in a violent underworld who becomes motivated by a faint hope of redemption. Both also have a female figure from the protagonist's past who shows up later to oppose him, although Phantom attempts to develop (quite literally) this character type while Darker leaves her origins somewhat ambiguous. And although the assassins of Phantom don't have superpowers, the action sequences and plot points in the series can be almost as implausible. ;)
Both focus on assassins who don't quite have everything figured out. Both have emotionless female characters. Both focus on criminal aspects and some stories tend to be alike.
Both main characters are assassins working for an organization, both animes have great batles and are very sad. Same feelings.
The sense of thriller, action, drama, and the darker side of anime tends to be rare these days. But when you watch Darker than Black, it's hard not to think about Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.
As such, these two series have quite a lot in common.
First of all, both series features a main protagonist with a stoic personality with extraordinary abilities after a certain event. Not only that, but in both series, the main male protagonist wears a hollow mask. Additionally, they are both assassins owned by a governing power.
Secondly, both series has a darker tone that has a thriller feeling to it.
Third, both series has a similar feeling as well as artwork that reflects more on the darker side of anime.
Both series also has plot twists, emotional drama, and occasionally some comedy.
Both series also has a main female protagonist accompanying them who also has a cold/indifferent attitude. Nonetheless, DTB and Phantom should be on anyone's watch list if they enjoyed one or another and vice versa.
Both of these series share many areas such as:
Mood: the same dark mood, us against the world
Topic: an elite group working for a secret organization
-Well developed story which is revealed through the series
-Very good character development
Some Of The Similarities -
- Both Main Characters Are Top Notch Assassins Working For A Criminal Organization.
- Both Main Characters Try To Escape From Said Organization.
- Both Main Characters Wear Extremely Similar Masks :P .
- Both Are Sort Of Darker Actions Dramas With Psychological Elements.
- Both Heroines (Yin/Ein) Start Generally Emotionless, But Slowly Develop Throughout The Series.
Some Of The Differences -
- Hei (Dtb) Has A Goal And Is Using The Syndicate, Zwei (Rftp) Is Forced Into The Origination Via Kidnapping And Brainwashing.
- Darker Than Black Is Based Around Super Natural And Sci Fi Elements.
- Requiem For The Phantom Focuses More On The Mental/Moral Difficulties Of An Assassin.
Both Stories Are Great And If You Liked One You Will Probably Like The Other; I Did :)
Shows about a few assassins working for a mysterious, large crime syndicate. Both give off dark atmosphere and are shrouded in a mysterious atmosphere for the entire show.
If you enjoyed the neo-noir themes in DtB you might enjoy Requiem for the Phantom; while lacking the supernatural element present in DtB the protagonists share a few similar traits. They were both ordinary citizens before going through a life changing event which is wrapped in a conspiracy.
- awesome action scenes
- mask wearing protagonists
- work for a less than legal orginization
- (lack of) supernatural elements
This is my first recommendation sorry if it's a bit choppy and long.
Darker than Black deals with similar moral convictions that people have regarding death, survival and friendship. Both are vary intense more so Phantom, but DTB can still be a lot to handle.
Both basically the same thing: some badass asassin main character who goes around killing people. They have generally simillar atmospheres except Darker than Black also has some comedic moments. I guess it's slightly less serious. Basically, if you like watching people kill other people, you'll probably like both of these.
Both main characters are involved in the world of assassins/contract killers. Both main character duos are trying to leave said world of crime. Both are top-notch action/drama series!!
The concept of these anime series is quite similar, but Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom executes it far better in my opinion.
Both revolve around a male and female lead with talents/powers that have little to no emotions. Action is a main element of both as well as them both being thrillers/mysterious. The MCs work for a powerful syndicate and are told to complete missions that involve assassinating important people so the syndicates can have their way. The art is very simple in both as well. These two really could not be any more alike. I highly recommend those who liked one to watch the other.
Darker than Black and Phantom are great examples how to make anime with exciting action and interesting mystery. Plot of both serial is focused on Syndicate (criminal organization) and fates of main characters. Storyline is very good made and it has got unexpected plot twists. The main characters are really cool. They are professionalists and always keep cool head. Overall, They are empathic and their stories are really enjoyable to watch. summarizing, if you look for a lot of action, interesting characters and good mystery, you won't be disappointed.
Both anime revolve around a cast in the midst of a emotionless and cold vs. humanistic and livable lifestyles. Characters will fill nihilistic ideas with reason and logic whilst being forced to deal with unforetold emotion and gut feelings. Filled with only the slightest glimpses of hope at some times they show you what it's like to hang on. I recommend if you like high action, suspense, and strong characters.
it talks about war between the secret organizations and gangs
They both share a dark vision of the world
The MC´s of both animes are "emotionless" killers
They have contracts or assignmants by an organisation
Lots of gunfighting.
I'ld say it's "kinda similar", why ? Because some points are similar in a deep/lesser way.
Anyways, you have
- Dark ambiance
- A syndicate/ agency
- Few main characters, can compare Hei & Yin with Ein & Zwei. Even if the relationship between them is different.
- You may have the same feelings for Yin that you had (would have) for Ein. Even if both characters are significantly differents.
The storyline is deeper in Darker Than Black, but you may not be really attached to characters.
I highly recommend to see Phantom Requiem for the Phantom AFTER Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha. Or, with a pause between them. Otherwise you will think about Requiem during the whole season.
Strong male Protagonist, they both work for an organization to assassinate people, and have a kinda dark atmosphere . They both have a Partner in Crime and are most time not very talkative.
I would say Darker thank Black is a little less tragic than Phantom but still has the right amount of it to be a good anime.
Both have action. However, Darker Than Black has a bit more deep story line. Black Cat adds some humor into the mix up.
Both main characters have a dark past that lurks beneath the surface. Black Cat takes a more comedic outlook on the whole thing, while Darker than Black takes a more morbid outlook.
Both storys have a mysterious mainchara with great strenght
And some cute girls ^^
Characters are very similar (emotionless girl, main character is assassin who flees from organization and has a painful past, hard boiled detective and so one)
Also setting and story is somewhat similar
Bad pun not intended, one could call Darker Than Black a "Darker and Edgier" version of Black Cat.
They have very similar components and characters (organization of assassins/supernatural killers of which the main character is a part of, and each have different powers; mysterious waif emotionless girls; hero getting tangled up with figures from his past along the way, etc etc) but DTB does things with much more drama and blood. Also, the atmosphere of both just seem similiar as well.
+voice casts are ridiculously similar and soundtracks are reminiscent of each other
Black Cat and Darker Than Black both deal with assassins. While Darker Than Black has a main character with supernatural powers, Black Cat also has a main character who is highly skilled and is incredibly fast (this gave him the name Black Cat). I enjoyed both quite a lot since there was nonstop action and suspense. This is why I recommend Black Cat.
Though the storylines aren't exactly the same, fans of Black Cat may enjoy watching Darker than BLACK: Kuro no Keiyakusha. Both series revolve around a mercenary and include lots of action and a bit of the supernatural.
You can say those 2 main characters of both anime are assassin under a big organization .
i think the story line is bit closed , But 2 different attitude .
they both in tragic situation .
and same genre too - action
Both the main characters are assassin and the environment of both anime is kind of similar
the dub voice cast is similar. E.Jason Liebrecht plays both hei and train(Train="black cat" and hei="BK201"), Brina palencia is Yin and Eve who both have similar personality and past. the storyline is very alike. I was a fan of DTB and when I watched Black cat, I just fell in love with the series so yeah.
Similar concept. A group organization that has control over the people with powers which was caused by a military accident. Now it's them against the world just like darker then black but funnier.
The two series are similar in several ways. Both main characters work both with and against an organization which tries to control them but cannot, and the heroes of both have something that is just similar about them, they both eat a LOT and they both are voiced by the same actor in the English version. There is a real similarity in some of the tone of the story and the unique cast. Darker than Black is very well animated and has a great music score. I think if you like sci fi /mystery and like one you will like the other.
Both stories run around a main character who's a loner and highly skilled at combat and have enemies with supernatural powers.
Bad-Ass individual fights super powered enemies in modern times.
The two series are similar in several ways. Both main characters work both with and against an organization which tries to control them but cannot, and the heroes of both have something that is just similar about them, they both eat a LOT and they both are voiced by the same actor in the English version. There is a real similarity in some of the tone of the story and the unique cast. Darker than Black is very well animated and has a great music score. I think if you like sci fi /mystery and like one you will like the other
It shares a lot of the same themes and the main characters are somewhat similar. Both are unable to forget their past and move forward. The most obvious is the the style and the music as well.
A lot of similarities. Each series is very episodic, though Darker Than Black has more stories that span over 2 episodes. Interesting choreographed fight scenes. Music is great in each series.
Both have a similar sci-fi episodic adventure format, where the main characters take up missions and jobs in order to make money. The main difference is that DtB's adventures span 2 episodes whereas CB spans 1. ^_^
Both are episodic (though Darker Than Black's stories span two episodes rather than one) sci-fi anime. They're both frequently said to be neo-noir, so take that as you will. Of course, that means crime shows up frequently in both. The main characters in both series are well-developed and all have their own pasts to explore; with one important similarity being in the question "Who has moved on from their past?"
Both main characters do their missions in a non-sentimental and pasive way. Also the plot are differents mission that usualy are not conected with the exception of the very last episodies
Both shows have episodic formats (although in DTB each "episode" is actually a two-parter) and involve the main characters taking jobs involving tracking people down for money. Both of them are, when you get down to it, about characters trying to escape the past (and failing, for the most part). They also both have kickass soundtracks by Yoko Kanno, and many of the people who worked on Bebop went on to join Studio BONES, which produced DTB.
Similar plot mechanics, where a sub-story is treated every few episodes but also constitute the main plot of the anime.
Also, an important focus on characters and character development.
Moreover, some aspects of OST are similar.
Both Darker than Black and Cowboy Bebop are both episodic anime which eventually lead to an overall plot that is tied in with the main character's past in some way(ie Spike and Hei) that are presented in the last few episodes. They also both feature a soundtrack done by Yoko Kanno
Both shows are episodic escapades that focus on style above plot. The characters are well-established and explored, but minimally developed in both series, meaning that they are both a comfortable watch. The action and ease of viewing make them great for group viewings.
they are both kind of dark and investigationy. they have the same atmoshpere but darker than black has less humor
Shows that feature a charming, cool protagonist in a dark, sci-if world. A particular style of jazzy, chill music is common in both shows. Even though the main plot of the shows consist of the protagonists' missions, full of all sorts of action with some elements of mystery, the core message is an essay on what it means to be humans.
They have the same kind of feel to them with the episodic plot and the main group doing missions together for their jobs and you discover each character's past little by little. and the characters take on personal matters sometimes. there's definitely a very similar plot development in both series. if you liked one you will probably like the other.
both are episodic, similar protagonist, similar ovarall plot, same music composer the difference is that darker than black is more supernatural and bebop is more of a sci-fi
They both share similar plot and give the same atmosphere. Both are episodic, and have specific music style. The endings have an unexpected emotional twist. If you liked DTB you'll probably like Cowboy Bebop.
- If you like awesome soundtracks (Jazz) , story telling in an episodic fashion with an underlying depressing story, awesome fight scenes + good character development, than these Animes are for you! Bebop is a classic, and Darker Than Black should be recognized as Anime at its finest also.
Both of them have this mysterious feel around the plot and characters working behind the scenes for a larger vision.
Similar art, both about searching and complicated feelings, a little bit tragic.
If you like a complex story with an ending that explains it all, you might like these anime's.
Both have similar atmosphere and style.
The shows have similar themes. Both have protagonists who are involved with questionable organizations and may have conflict with others who possess abilities like their own. They have a touch of sci-fi and take place mostly in urban areas. Darker than Black is more action-oriented. Both shows require the viewer to pay attention in order to keep up with the plot.
The main guys both have special powers. Higashi no Eden reminds me of Darker than BLACK...
Both of these take place in a strange version of Japan that's basically our own, but there's one big thing that affects the country - even the world - with the protagonists smack dab right in the middle of things.
Both have mystery, full of secrets plot, theme with with people who got phenomenal force.
for those people who watch dubbed anime, you will notice Takizawa and Hei are voice by the same person in the english version. Hei meets a girl name Suo and she follows hei and help him. in Higashi no eden Saki is the girl who follows Takky around. Also both shows are very realistic(as said in the Funimation Higashi no Eden staff commentary).
These series have some strange happenings going on with a select group of people and a rather strange controlling organization that the main character challenges. Both series have conflict of good vs evil but also have some ambiguities to that problem and difficult choices. The main characters in both can act in different ways than what would be expected and can act in a self sacrificing heroic way. Both have a sci fi futuristic theme set in a not too distant future on earth. These series both have excellent animation art wise and complicated plots that make you think and keep you wondering.
In both series, there is a sense of mystery in the void surrounding the origins of the settings as well as the characters and organizations involved.
There is supernatural events involved and the main characters gets caught up in situations that puts their lives in danger. There is also a sense of complexity regarding the nature of theses situations.
The main character is also accompanied by a female character and they share a unique relationship.
Both of these animes have main characters who are voiced by the same person in the english dub. And they both have black hair and use cell phones a lot.
Both are slower paced, urban-setting anime that build up to an amazing climax. Also, Takizawa from EotE and Hei's "Li" cover identity have similar characteristics and demeanor.
Both are about how the people who have powers use them in the right and clever way to outdo their opponent, and not that if one person has a slightly better power that he wins by default or something like that. They both have that detective vs. plotter, and also they both have that mid-episode cliffhanger where you really have no idea how they would solve or handle the solution, but then they come with the most awesome things that you really never would have thought of. PS: they're both very good animes by default, you should watch them both anyway.
Both main characters act all innocent in public. When in private, they kill the bad people secretly and not get detected by the police.
DTB has the detective element to it. It's simliar to Death Note because of the "trying to outdo the police" part of the plot. The characters are wonderful, and the plot is unique. I highly reccomend this anime.
Both are about people with supernatural killing abilities.
Both animes are just awesome. In Darker Than Black, Hei and the other contractors started out as just normal people. When the Heaven's Gate and Hell's Gate appeared they turned into contractors and got their powers which they killed people with. They lost their emotions and were unable to feel regret about what they did. In Death Note, when Light finds the Death Note and realizes that he can use it to kill people, he does. He doesn't feel that there is anything wrong with what he does. Also, both animes end very sadly...
Darker than black and Death Note have a similar appeal and share a similar atmosphere and mood, especially with the characters. They both have supernatural themes and are both mystery stories involving big companies and investigation agencies which try to investigate and outsmart each other. They are also both seinen style (more mature shows) involving darker issues and violence.
Both anime have an air of mystery, suspense, and darkness to them. Darker than Black has a more ambiguous tone with its plot and characters exposing the viewer slowly to the pieces in the puzzle.
The same can be said about Death Note however the entire puzzle is revealed to the viewer and not to all the characters. However the process of piecing together what will happen next is similar to how Darker than Black unravels.
They are both kinda dark! and they have the detective aginst the main charecter! they both are kinda super natural! and they both KICK ASS!!!
I guess you would say the 'feel' of this anime is so close to that of death note. although its not as brilliantly clever as death note it still has its own parallel in unique anime story telling.
Both are very mysterious and dark. Both has intresting main characters and intresting storyline.
The mood and atmosphere---being very dark---are similar in both Death Note and Darker than Black. Death Note is just a tad darker because there is much less comic relief. Both are relatively gory shows stemming from the use of supernatural abilities. Both Light Yagami and Hei are grim male protagonists with two sides of their personalities, one of which they have to keep hidden in public: Light, with his Kira persona and his public persona, and Hei with his Black Reaper persona and his public Li Shengshun persona. Both anime also focus to some degree on the themes of right vs. wrong (Death Note, more so on this one) and good vs. evil.
Both are highly intelligent and clever, too, and definitely worth watching if you're into very dark and violent but very interesting and suspenseful anime!
The two of them are great :)
Similar characters with a cold, dark air about them. They both kill in extraordinary ways and are lone wolves with a a few exceptions.
similar feel to the anime (if you truly watch anime you know what I mean)
Let's just say Darker Than Black is much grittier and darker, and there are nothing assumed. It's also more intelligent and you can't find any over used cliche at all. If Witch Hunter Robin was an excellent show for you, then Darker than Black will be a superior show for you.
Both shows focus on the slow unravaling of a mystery and conspracy through police work and investigation, with small bits of action in between. Both have a case of interesting characters, great music, and high production values.
People with mysterious supernatural abilities join secret organizations designed to watch/control other people with similar abilities
Similar premise to both shows, superpowered people in a quasi-future society, both centered around a character with above average powers that seem conflicted. Both have elements of mystery, Darker than BLACK just feels a little more hardcore.
They are both similar in that they have a dark and ominous overtone throughout each anime, giving them a sense of realism and making the characters seem as thought they could live in a darker more fantastic world much like our own. Also both anime are based around characters that deal with supernatural powers or they themselves have supernatural powers.
Both anime are about peaple with supernatural powers and about organizations trying to control/eliminate such peaple. They also have somwhat more subtle character development than usual "from powerless idiot to superhero" seen so often in more common anime.
Very similar themes and both protagonists face the same kind of conflict about what they are. Shadow organizations, a slow start, a quite a few stand-alone episodes make them even more similar.
They both involve super-powered individuals in a near-future setting with some sci-fi elements, powerful shadowy organizations and stuff. The factual, thematic similarities aside, if you're done watching one and looking for a similar show, you should check out the other
Both revolve around a small group of people with certain abilities and follow a "case of the week" sort of pace until the end where they both break into their main story arcs dealing with the mysterious pasts of the protagonists.
Both shows are about worlds in which a small percentage of humanity have magical-type powers, and in both worlds, there are shadowy, secretive organisations trying to understad, control and exploit those powers. On the ground, these efforts involve small, elite teams who, as they go about their business, learn more than they ever wanted to and more than they should have about what really goes on behind the scenes. The two shows also share dark colour palettes and dour male leads.
WHR keeps a narrower focus and thus does more to develop and reveal its characters, who generally are more realistic than in KnK. The music is also some of the best of any show. So overall, I think WHR is better but once I got past the first couple of episods of KnK, I quite enjoyed it too.
Witch Hunter Robin and Darker Than Black both focus on organizations that deal with those who have supernatural powers, one being witches and the other "Contractors." The episodes run in a similar "monster of the week" fashion while developing the characters and story into something bigger and better later on. If you are a fan of either show, I would highly recommend the other.
-Individuals with powers hiding from society's sight.
-An organisation using these individuals to fight each other while carrying out their secret plan.
-Slow pace and lack of excitement at first.
Both are about people with special abilities. Dark atmosphere! Keeps you on the edge of your seat. A lot of plot twists! Not to scary, but not a children's show. I really enjoyed both of these that I am alway rewatching them and seeing things I missed the first time around!
Opening Theme#01: "Howling" by Abingdon Boys School (eps 1-14)
#02: "Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero without a Name~" by An Cafe (eps 15-23, 25)
Ending Theme#01: "Tsuki Akari" by Rie Fu (eps 1-14)
#02: "Dreams" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (eps 15-24)
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