Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker than Black

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: DTB
Japanese: Darker than BLACK -黒の契約者-
English: Darker than Black
German: Darker Than Black
French: Darker than Black
More titles


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Fridays at Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.081 (scored by 413073413,073 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #152
Members: 867,819
Favorites: 15,918

External Links

Ranked #463Popularity #152Members 867,819
Add to List
Episodes: /25
* Your list is public by default.


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]


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.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors


Kawakami, Tomoko

November 11

Inoue, Kazuhiko


Asai, Kiyomi


Shindo, Naomi

Kurasawa, Gai

Matsumoto, Yasunori


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


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Howling" by Abingdon Boys School (eps 1-14)
2: "Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero without a Name~" by An Cafe (eps 15-23,25)

Ending Theme

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

Nov 7, 2007
ElectricSlime (All reviews)
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
Apr 17, 2008
UserZero (All reviews)
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
Mar 8, 2015
ZephSilver (All reviews)
•Cool-ass Chinese Batman protagonist in a Gotham-esque neo-noir setting?
•A city overrun with nifty characters that have x-men like powers?
•Nice mysterious lore with strange in-world concepts?
•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 something great was clearly there but by the end, all we got was a show with ambitious ideas that did nothing but let it dwindle away into nothingness. Does that mean it isn't worth the investment? read more
Aug 2, 2007
Tsunami (All reviews)
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

Interest Stacks

by weraaa
11 Entries · 4 Restacks
16 Entries · 5 Restacks
50 Entries · 47 Restacks


Recent News

North American Anime & Manga Releases for May

North American Anime & Manga Releases for May

Here are the North American Anime & Manga releases for May 2015 Week 1: May 5th - 11th Anime Releases Astro Boy (2003) Complete Series Denki-gai Collectors'...read more

Second Season of Darker Than Black Confirmed [Updated]

Second Season of Darker Than Black Confirmed [Updated]

According to Young GanGan no.12, the second season of "Darker than BLACK" was announced. It was prematurely leaked last July. The staff are basically the s...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Shadow110 - Jun 13
5 replies by DesertBornBoy »»
Jun 16, 12:03 PM
Poll: Darker than BLACK Episode 12 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
cyruz - Jul 1, 2007
134 replies by PhilTheStampede »»
May 22, 7:58 PM
Thoughts on Darker Than Black?
FunkiTV - Apr 7, 2016
30 replies by plutochan »»
May 10, 12:59 PM
This OP absolutely SLAPS
Mq84jdk - Jan 26
7 replies by ThePoarter343 »»
May 7, 9:25 AM
Poll: Darker than BLACK Episode 25 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
Sobzob - Sep 27, 2007
285 replies by Klad »»
Mar 28, 7:07 PM

Recent Featured Articles

Top 15 Most Iconic Anime Masks

Top 15 Most Iconic Anime Masks

Masks are worn for a variety of reasons-protection purposes, fashion, to hide one's identity, and so on. This goes for anime characters as well. The mysterious allure of their secret identity is something of true beauty. Let's check out some of the most iconic anime masks in existence!

by Ai_Sakura


10 Anime Like Death Note

10 Anime Like Death Note

Death Note was a major hit when it was released back in 2006 and quickly became known for being an intelligent, yet accessible thriller that would be mentioned anytime anime was brought up. In case your hype for the series still hasn't died down, here are 10 similar anime!

by NicWat10