DARKER THAN BLACK
Production studio: BONES
Directed by: Tensai Okamura
Written by: Tensai Okamura
Original run: April 5, 2007 to September 28, 2007
Ten years ago, a region of anomaly called ‘Hell’s Gate’ appeared in Tokyo (along with a corresponding ‘Heaven’s Gate’ in South America). The stars in the sky disappeared and were replaced with fake stars. People with special abilities known as ‘Contractors’, and passive mediums called ‘Dolls’ began to emerge. Their abilities came at the expense of their humanity- they lack human emotions and are cold, emotionless, rational beings with no conscience or overriding sense of loyalty. The governments of the world use Contractors and Dolls extensively as spies, often resulting in deadly confrontations, all the while keeping their existence a secret from the public. They are called Contractors because each has a remuneration (also called “price”) they are compelled to perform after they use their powers, and because they have no loyalty or obligations beyond their current employment.
The story follows a young Contractor named Hei who, while working for the Syndicate in Tokyo, is trying to uncover what happened to his sister Pai. Pai had disappeared five years before the start of the series during a war fought over Heaven's Gate.
The story started out slow in my opinion, but eventually picked up pace. The animation is very beautiful and fluid and I enjoyed the heavy atmosphere of the show! The ending, although disappointing in some people's opinion, was perfect to me.
Worth watching? : Definitely.
Post by : Shuvo Das
[N.B : Darker than black has since, released a sequel 'Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini' 2009.]