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. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
Black Nailed Review
DTB has that softy macabre tastes that appeases me as well as the humorous and bright stuff. Nearly every character met in this entire show is colorful, brilliantly made, and creatively depicted. The setting and the atmosphere of the entire show is mastered and wrapped in a ribbon by the music, art, and voice acting. Overall, Darker Than Black has seriously created a masterpiece of a dark mystery sci-fi.
Overall, It is an excellent series but to be honest it didn’t do much for me for the first 5 episodes, but at the sixth episode it got very interesting and I had no problem getting engaged. It is especially good at the OST and Art area, and after the sixth episodes I wasn’t able to stop watching it! It is a Masterpiece for me.
Darker Than Black has some brilliant pacing and nice changes in the angle of the storytelling that occur every so often. But it never forgets the narrative it is weaving, and has some genuinely great storytelling. The finale episodes prove incredibly intense, but also thoroughly satisfying (despite one scene that leans perhaps a bit too close toward End of Evangelion territory). Every piece of the puzzle falls into place before the series wraps up, and there are some great jaw-dropping moments. Darker Than Black blends the classic noir formula with some new-age elements, with only a few hiccups in an otherwise phenomenal series.
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Dead Light Anime
Darker Than Black could have had a better ending and some things about the anime felt out of place. Otherwise, Darker Than Black is truly an astounding anime that I definitely recommend watching.
Awesome anime. I loved any moment of this great TV series. Story is amazing, animation looks awesome. Voice acting is good too! Season one is a masterpiece.
Nerd Or Geek
I hoped for another Bebop, but at least the show was okay in the end. I felt the ending dream sequence of the show illustrated this perfectly. I personally was so taken with the unusual cast of characters in this show, and I really hope it ends up getting another season, since I feel it’s weakest point was the ending. The explanation of what exactly Hei did was nonexistent, and so many strings were left dangling that really need to be taken care of.
Darker than Black by Studio BONES is among the better anime series out there. With it’s high-quality animation and soundtrack, and above-average premise, it’s able to captivate you as long as you are willing to put in the time and pay attention. If you’re a fan of series such as Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom, this will be perfect for you. Linked by two episode long arcs, the show was able to thoroughly entertain me with its cool cast of characters and varied story lines.
I highly recommend you watch this at least once in your anime career.
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The series seems episodic as the story is generally told in two episode mini-arcs, with the final arc being three episodes, it never really feels very episodic. Especially toward the end where the main plot runs into each new arc. Although there is a sense of conclusion after each arc, it never really feels like it is of an episodic nature (if that makes any sense at all). I immensely enjoyed Darker than Black and it had a very satisfying conclusion.
I hadn’t watched any anime in years but this one dragged me in from the first episode and I didn’t regret it.
Wakefiled Express Online
Darker than Black is a very interesting anime with a creative and well-thought-out plot. It has various characters that come together and contribute in their own way to the main plot, even if they are not main characters. In some ways the plot is rather intricate and needs a lot of information to make points clear, so it can be hard to understand if you don’t pay attention. The anime is not one that progresses in stages like many others; instead of starting out slow then gradually getting more interesting, Darker than Black began at a good speed with a few lulled episodes throughout, almost as if to calm things down. The ending seemed very rushed, but it was still conclusive. Darker than Black is an anime for those who want a quick yet thorough story (as it only has 25 episodes) and who enjoys darker themes.
Beta Is Dead
If I were to rank all the shows I watched for this blog Gurren Laggan would be #1 and Darker than Black would be an extremely easy pick for #2. Almost no other show had grabbed my attention the way this one did and while it’s not quite on the same level as the very best anime has to over it is close. As an interesting side note to that this show, unlike damn near every other show I’ve reviewed, has had a sequel made; Darker than Black: Ryusei no Gemini. As of this writing it has been licensed but has yet to actually become commercially available but I have to wonder whether further adventures in this world will be the push the series needs to make it into that elite few of near perfect anime or if it will showcase exactly why sequels are almost always a bad idea. Regardless this season of the show at least is still worth checking out. I highly recommend it to any anime fan, especially if they liked Cowboy Bebop as it shares many of its themes.
Darker than Black is certainly not new to the realm of anime, as the series made its debut nearly eight years ago, quickly becoming a household name and inspiring a good amount of serial dramas that would follow later.
Despite its considerable strengths, Darker than Black is and oddly muddled and unfocused show. While the series’ excellent disparate elements are enough to make me (weakly) recommend it, I can’t help but wonder what the show could have been if these elements had been better tied together.
Virtue Of Ennui
All in all, it was an enjoyable series. But if you are like me and watch anime because its so vastly different from Hollywood’s worlds view, and because anime affords more artistic freedom than live action… then you might consider its “safe” ending disappointing. I cannot recommend it to a serious anime fan.
Darker than BLACK looks like the kind of thing I would have tried when I was getting into anime. It takes elements familiar to Western geeks – superheroes, spies and syndicates – and colors these concepts with interesting twists and details, adds cool animation and music, and drops it in a weird urban post-apocalypse. It feels like a safe choice for any casual fan (a demographic anime needs material for), and so it’s disappointing to say that the nicest thing I can write about it is, “it’s only okay.” Tim astutely hit the broad points of why the series doesn’t work, and I’ll add that many of the stand-alone episodes tested my patience as I slowly worked towards the final episodes. I like to try to sum up why an anime does and doesn’t work in neat, pointed criticisms, but listing why Darker than BLACK does and doesn’t work would end with a scatter-shot list that would occasionally contradict itself. The back story and setting is interesting but not interesting enough, it explains too much and yet too little, it drowns itself in minutia to the point that several episodes end in narrative gobbledygook, and sometimes it brushes over important ideas too quickly. Perhaps this is simply the product of too many cooks spoiling the broth. In the end, what works works well enough for me to like it, and what doesn’t makes me wish I had watched a shorter, more direct series at the same time.
Now in my honest opinion since I do not remember that much about Darker Than Black than I should really rate it like 7/10, meaning it was “okey”. However I am sure I would hunted down and gagged for my harsh rating because I am sure if I wrote this review, after just having a 25 episode marathon then the anime would of been damn good. If you are a fan of a kind of mystery, metaphysical kind of genre liking person then I think Darker than Black would be good for you. I mean it is always nice to see an anime explore unique powers in a realistic world enviroment. By no means is Darker Than Black a fantasy anime and so there is always this human concept in the back of our minds that can really make us enjoy the anime more.