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

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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
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: 7.551 (scored by 7687976,879 users)
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Ranked: #15012
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Popularity: #1437
Members: 133,890
Favorites: 183

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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, Original Creator, Series Production Director
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 ...
Apr 10, 2008
What happens when contractors run into a fanfic author? This is Darker than BLACK on crack. It's a standalone episode placed in no definite part of the timeline and completely irrelevant to the actual story, so there's no need to worry about spoilers. The art and sound are the same as the series, and the same characters are used.

It gives absolutely no further resolution to the series, but I can say that at least it gave me a good laugh. The humor is well-done, and the episode so absurd you can't take it seriously. The only thing I'd mention is that I'm glad I gave ...


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