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 7937579,375 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16402
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Popularity: #1569
Members: 139,571
Favorites: 191

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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 7, 2008
Diving straight into the review.

Story: If I was to rate this OVA just from its own story, I would give it 2 because of its simplicity. But don't forget that you need at least 14 episode of background information from the normal DTB (best viewed after some time has passed after you finish DTB, good for some quick laughs.) This OVA is more of a side story to the original Darker than BLACK. A contractor was killed and supposedly his corpse or his belongings are hidden under the sakura tree. Centering around Mayu Otsuka, this provides a good deal of laugh and makes you remember ...
May 11, 2008
Can be summed up as a one-shot sidestory with a healthy dosage of CRACK. You'd have to have some background from the first half or so of the series in order to know what was going on, but most of the events in this episode end up being absolutely useless to the continuum, as they're all forgotten because of a plot device at the end of the episode. Plus, it takes an amusing look at fandom.

Aside from the Story, nothing else has really changed from the series, so I won't be covering Length, Music, Art, or Seiyuu.

I'm not happy that it didn't resolve several ...
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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