Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha - Sakura no Hana no Mankai no Shita

Darker Than Black Episode 26: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms

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Synonyms: Darker than Black Episode 26, DTB, Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Special
Japanese: DARKER THAN BLACK -黒の契約者- 桜の花の満開の下
English: Darker Than Black Episode 26: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms
German: Darker Than Black: Unter Voll Erblühten Kirschbäumen
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 26, 2008
Producers: Aniplex, Square Enix
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: ParodyParody
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.541 (scored by 7972979,729 users)
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Ranked: #16712
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Popularity: #1594
Members: 140,360
Favorites: 193

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A side-story of Darker than Black, also called Episode 26, that takes place during the events of Kuro no Keiyakusha.

The Syndicate has another job for Hei and his team. This assignment involves the sought after possessions of a dead contractor, which are believed to have been buried beneath a cherry tree. Meanwhile, Misaki Kirihara and her team plan a trip to the Cherry Blossom festival.

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This episode represents episode 9 on the Darker than Black DVDs.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sawaki, Ikuya

Kayanuma, Kiko

Katou, Emiri

Kouno, Yutaka

Toriumi, Kousuke

Saito, Yusuke



Takeda, Masanori


Okamura, Tensai
Director, Series Production Director, Original Creator
Kanno, Yoko
Iwahara, Yuji
Original Character Design
Fukunaga, Gen
Executive Producer


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero without a Name~" by An Cafe

Ending Theme

"Dreams" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR


May 13, 2020
A lot of fun if you don't take it too seriously. Just don't be misled by how it's listed as a "26th episode" on some streaming sites—this has hardly anything to do with progression of the main plot of the parent series, and won't clear up any discrepencies from the finale.

In terms of quality, its at the same level as any of the other episodes, but with a more comedic tone. If you liked Darker than Black for its characters, than this is a fun look at them, and most likely worth the watch. But if you feel that you'll miss the more serious ...
Aug 9, 2015
A Review of Darker Than BLACK: Kuro no Keiyakusha Special:

Exactly what it sounds like, this is simply an extra episode that fits in as an OVA for season one. however, just because it is an OVA doesn't mean it's not worth your time. If you enjoyed the difference and variety of the various mini-arcs of Darker Than BLACK, then I definitely believe this will sit well with you. With another decent story, some good action scenes, and a bit of comedy, not mention the (as always) stellar animation and sound design, this extra episode easily fits in with he Darker Than BLACK franchise.

And that's why ...
Jul 13, 2019
Filler content doesn't necessarily have to be bad content, but this filler really missed the mark. When considering filler content you need to ask yourself if the media you are working with suits the type of filler you are making. A "What-If" filler for example may have been more suitable for a series with this gravity rather than the comedic one we received.

Every attempt at humour is reaching at truly low-hanging fruit, employing only the cheapest gags and most over-used/cliche anime jokes in existence. It contributes nothing to the overall narrative and doesn't even remotely fit within it. The characters are stiff and at times ...


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