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Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha


Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Fridays at Unknown
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 232,810 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2552
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #43
Members: 439,638
Favorites: 12,422
8.25
Ranked #255Popularity #43Members 439,638
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Episodes: /25

Synopsis

It has been 10 years since Heaven's Gate appeared in South America and Hell's Gate appeared in Japan, veiling the once familiar night sky with an oppressive skyscape. Their purposes unknown, these Gates are spaces in which the very laws of physics are ignored. With the appearance of the Gates emerged Contractors, who, in exchange for their humanity, are granted supernatural abilities.

In the Japanese city surrounding Hell’s Gate, Section 4 Chief Misaki Kirihara finds herself at odds with an infamous Contractor codenamed Hei. Called "Black Reaper" in the underground world, Hei, like his associates, undertakes missions for the mysterious and ruthless Syndicate while slowly peeling back the dark layers covering a nefarious plot that threatens the very existence of Contractors.

From the mind of Tensai Okamura comes a sci-fi thriller taking the form of a subtle exposé on a war in which political positions and justice have no sway—a war waged exclusively in the shadows.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Darker than Black was awarded Best Original Anime of The Year by GoGoplex, a popular magazine for teens. In the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival, it was one of the jury's recommendations from the category "Animation Division/Long Animation."

On January 21, 2016, it was announced that Funimation Entertainment, the North American distributor for the anime, no longer holds the license for this season.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hei
Hei
Main
Irino, Miyu
Japanese
Irino, Miyu
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
Japanese
Kiuchi, Hidenobu
...
Yin
Yin
Main
Fukuen, Misato
Japanese
Fukuen, Misato
Mao
Mao
Main
Sawaki, Ikuya
Japanese
Sawaki, Ikuya
Kirihara, Misaki
Kirihara, Misaki
Main
Mizuki, Nana
Japanese
Mizuki, Nana

Staff

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


Edit 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)

Edit Ending Theme

#01: "Tsuki Akari" by Rie Fu (eps 1-14)
#02: "Dreams" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (eps 15-24)




More reviewsReviews

ElectricSlime
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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UserZero
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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ZephSilver
Mar 8, 2015
•Cool ass Chinese Batman protagonist in a Gotham-esque neo-noir setting?
Check!
•A city overrun with nifty characters that have x-men like powers?
Check!
•Nice mysterious lore with strange in-world concepts?
Check!
•A clear-cut answer to ANY of these "mysterious" concepts and a sense of finality to our protagonist's existence?
Don't hold your breath.

Darker and Black felt like a show that was onto something worthwhile but ultimately never got around to proving it. The ingredients to make a great show was clearly there and the buildup seems to promise an amazing payout. But by the end, all we got was a show with ambitious ideas that did nothing read more
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Arsene_Lucifer
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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