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Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Alternative Titles

English: Darker than Black
Synonyms: DTB
Japanese: Darker than BLACK -黒の契約者-


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.321 (scored by 172567 users)
Ranked: #2152
Popularity: #29
Members: 308,253
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In 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.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Side story: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Special
Sequel: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden

Characters & Voice Actors

Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Fukuen, Misato
Fukuen, Misato
Ikeda, Masaru
Ikeda, Masaru
Sawaki, Ikuya
Sawaki, Ikuya


Cook, Justin
Harp, Clarine
Okamura, Tensai
Director, Series Production Director, Original Creator
Furumoto, Mayuko

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Episodes  0 / 25
Aired  Apr 6, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Status  Finished Airing
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Nov 7, 2007
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 read more
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Apr 17, 2008
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 read more
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Dec 10, 2014
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 read more
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Aug 2, 2007
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 read more
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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.
reportRecommended by aswani
Both have action. However, Darker Than Black has a bit more deep story line. Black Cat adds some humor into the mix up.  
reportRecommended by MisterYoda
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.  
reportRecommended by teletha
Both of them have this mysterious feel around the plot and characters working behind the scenes for a larger vision.  
reportRecommended by Metictype
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. 
reportRecommended by tsunande
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. 
reportRecommended by rayyhum777

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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