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Music score by Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Macross, Cowboy Bebop, Aquarion)

From Studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne)

Directed by Tensai Okamura (Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Naruto: The Movie)

  • Genre: Action,Drama,Mystery,Sci Fi,Super Power,Supernatural
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of Episodes: 38
  • Number of OVAs: 4
  • Seasons:
    Season 1 (Eps 1-26)
    OVA 1-4
    Season 2 (Eps 27-38)

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Darker has everything…slick action, gorgeous animation, a fascinating sci-fi concept, and a compelling tragic hero. Welcome to the Dark side.

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Story

A new and deadly breed of covert agent walks the streets. Known as Contractors, these assassins and spies wield bizarre supernatural powers to carry out the dirty work of others. They thrive in the underworld, between rumor and reality, their loyalties always in question. One among these operatives is more mysterious than the rest – The masked killer BK201, the Black Reaper. His true identity and intentions remain unknown, but as his path weaves through the shadows and alleys of Tokyo, blood is spilled on both sides of the law. It’s a new age of confusion, and the rules of engagement have changed.

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  • The Fallen Star of a Contract... (Part 1)
    Episode 1 - The Fallen Star of a Contract... (Part 1)

    A new breed of covert agent - Contractors - prowls the Tokyo underworld. One among these operatives is more mysterious than the rest - The masked killer BK201, the Black Reaper.

  • The Fallen Star of a Contract... (Part 2)
    Episode 2 - The Fallen Star of a Contract... (Part 2)

    Hei’s companion is a fugitive with government secrets tucked away to be cashed in on a rainy day. He might be able to keep her safe for now, but nobody can run forever in a world of deception.

  • A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky... (Part 1)
    Episode 3 - A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky... (Part 1)

    After surviving an expedition into Hell’s Gate, Tahara’s research made him a target. When agents attempt to kidnap his daughter, her fiery reaction shocks everyone who sees.

  • A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky... (Part 2)
    Episode 4 - A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky... (Part 2)

    Mai wields Contractor powers, but she’s unaware of her dangerous state. As she lights her path across Tokyo with fire, the true extent of her father’s research is revealed.

  • Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (Part 1)
    Episode 5 - Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (Part 1)

    Havoc is back on the scene, and every agency trying to bring her in is tangled in red tape. Luckily, Hei has the skills needed to cut through the diplomatic mire.

  • Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (Part 2)
    Episode 6 - Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (Part 2)

    Havoc might know how to help Hei solve the riddle of his vanished sister. The two enigmas will travel to the strangest place to seek answers - Hell’s Gate.

  • The Scent of Gardenias Lingers in the Summer Rain... (Part 1)
    Episode 7 - The Scent of Gardenias Lingers in the Summer Rain... (Part 1)

    While searching for a widow’s lost pet, detective Gai Kurasawa crosses paths with Hei. They’re following parallel evidence trails, but only one sees the danger ahead.

  • The Scent of Gardenias Lingers in the Summer Rain... (Part 2)
    Episode 8 - The Scent of Gardenias Lingers in the Summer Rain... (Part 2)

    Kurasawa’s search for a lost pet has turned into a murder investigation. The detective stumbles upon a suspect, but he’s no ordinary criminal - he’s a dangerous Contractor.

  • The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (Part 1)
    Episode 9 - The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (Part 1)

    Kirihara reconnects with Alice, a childhood friend who happens to be the daughter of a mob boss. As they catch up, Alice reveals insight into the identity of a Contractor that’s been on Kirihara’s mind.

  • The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (Part 2)
    Episode 10 - The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (Part 2)

    Alice’s plan to use Wei’s Contractor abilities as a tool for vengeance falls apart when Wei violently reveals his own agenda. The carnage multiplies when Hei arrives.

  • When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(Part 1)
    Episode 11 - When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(Part 1)

    The Black Reaper goes undercover to infiltrate PANDORA and recover the Meteor Shard. The mission gets tricky when a murder casts suspicion his way.

  • When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall... (Part 2)
    Episode 12 - When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall... (Part 2)

    Signs point to Contractor involvement in Corinna’s death, and it doesn’t take Hei long to find the hidden culprit. The ensuing battle spills into Hell’s Gate.

  • A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface...(Part 1)
    Episode 13 - A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface...(Part 1)

    Friend and foe search for Yin after an encounter with a rival faction leaves her wandering the streets. Huang can’t let the medium fall into enemy hands - even if it means taking her out.

  • A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface... (Part 2)
    Episode 14 - A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface... (Part 2)

    On the run from a pair of rival agents - and her own team - Yin learns more of her past from her former piano teacher. While blood and tears flow, she makes a decision that seals her fate.

  • Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (Part 1)
    Episode 15 - Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (Part 1)

    A wave of terrorism strikes Tokyo and operatives on both sides of the law are hunting for the prime suspect - a Contractor named Amber who wants nothing less than chaos in the streets.

  • Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (Part 2)
    Episode 16 - Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (Part 2)

    As omens point to impending catastrophe, the Black Reaper risks the wrath of his own team to go after Amber. When the two Contractors finally meet face to face, she offers to share a secret.

  • A Love Song Sung from a Trash Heap... (Part 1)
    Episode 17 - A Love Song Sung from a Trash Heap... (Part 1)

    Gangster Sakurai Kenji is charged by his boss to care for a black-market Doll - the same Doll that Hei’s team is trying to find.

  • A Love Song Sung from a Trash Heap... (Part 2)
    Episode 18 - A Love Song Sung from a Trash Heap... (Part 2)

    Hei’s plan to help Kenji brings heat from warring mobsters and his own syndicate. Hei might have bigger problems, though, when he runs into Kirihara while wearing his civilian disguise.

  • Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (Part 1)
    Episode 19 - Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (Part 1)

    BK201 is sent to assassinate the prophet of a cult that worships Hell’s Gate. The sect leader appears only once a year - and she’s suspected of having supernatural abilities.

  • Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (Part 2)
    Episode 20 - Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (Part 2)

    After the botched attempt on Alma’s life, Hei’s team must regroup and try again - and they’ve added a new name to the kill list. Shihoko must go away for good or Huang will pay with his life.

  • City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (Part 1)
    Episode 21 - City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (Part 1)

    A noted Gate researcher is abducted and Kirihara finds one of her closest allies joining the enemy. Her pursuit of Evening Primrose hits its biggest roadblock when she’s taken into custody by PANDORA.

  • City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (Part 2)
    Episode 22 - City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (Part 2)

    Amber shares an alarming theory: those behind the scenes want the Contractors wiped from the face of the Earth. Hei must face the fact that his most hated rival might be the last hope of his kind.

  • God is In His Heaven...
    Episode 23 - God is In His Heaven...

    Amber offers to tell Hei what he doesn’t remember about the day Heaven’s Gate vanished, but she better hurry - the Syndicate’s plan to eliminate the Contractors is in motion.

  • Meteor Shower...
    Episode 24 - Meteor Shower...

    Evening Primrose and PANDORA race toward a confrontation that will decide Tokyo’s fate. Meanwhile, as Kirihara discovers the true reach of the Syndicate, Hei and Yin find themselves alone in Hell’s Gate.

  • Does the Reaper Dream of Darkness Darker Than Black?
    Episode 25 - Does the Reaper Dream of Darkness Darker Than Black?

    As the clock ticks toward destruction, Hei holds the lives of millions in his hands. If he survives this final moment of war between humanity and the Contractors, the future will be his to mold.

  • Beneath Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom...
    Episode 26 - Beneath Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom...

    Otsuka’s fan fiction somehow hints at the location of a chemical coveted by the Contractor underworld. BK201 might be forced to write the final chapter of the young author’s tale.

  • Black Cats Do Not Dream of Stars
    Episode 27 - Black Cats Do Not Dream of Stars

    Suo’s life changed forever the night a meteor fell to Earth and turned her twin brother into a Contractor. Now, two years later, the authorities launch an attack on her home - but her biggest problem is the sudden appearance of a masked killer.

  • Fallen Meteor
    Episode 28 - Fallen Meteor

    On the run from several Contractors, Suo hides out with Nika and decides to take action. She devises a plan to attract the attention of the deadly BK-201 - and chaos erupts when her plan works perfectly.

  • Vanishing in a Sea of Ice
    Episode 29 - Vanishing in a Sea of Ice

    Hei and Suo attempt to flee Russia, but their escape efforts are hindered by Contractors and gun-toting soldiers. As the body count rises, Suo finds herself undergoing a shocking metamorphosis.

  • The Ark Adrift on the Lake
    Episode 30 - The Ark Adrift on the Lake

    In Japan, Suo begins honing her combat skills under the watchful eyes of Hei and July. Meanwhile, Kirihara - still puzzled BK-201’s disappearance - gets acquainted with the agents of Section 3.

  • Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows
    Episode 31 - Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows

    After Section 3 pushes Suo and Hei deeper underground, BK-201 must resurface to steal an object known as Izanami. The mission could get complicated - the agent tasked with guarding the object is none other than Kirihara.

  • An Aroma Sweet, a Heart Bitter
    Episode 32 - An Aroma Sweet, a Heart Bitter

    Hei learns the truth about the mysterious Izanami. If BK-201 wants to reach the object before it’s destroyed, he’ll have to defeat Genma - and stop Suo from pulling the trigger.

  • The Doll Sings in the Winter Wind
    Episode 33 - The Doll Sings in the Winter Wind

    Suo and July find themselves in a dangerous situation thanks to a double-crossing supposed ally. Later, when the young pair is abducted by an especially sinister Contractor, BK-201 must spring into action.

  • Twinkling Sun on a Summer Day
    Episode 34 - Twinkling Sun on a Summer Day

    Aboard a speeding train, Hei’s team is ambushed by Russian authorities. In the ensuing battle, Suo and Tanya recall the times they shared in the past as friends - and clash violently in the present as Contractors.

  • They Met One Day, Unexpectedly
    Episode 35 - They Met One Day, Unexpectedly

    Kiko and Kurasawa help Suo search for her mother. After a mysterious stranger points the young Contractor in the right direction, a long-awaited reunion leads to an unbelievable revelation.

  •  Your Smile on a False Street Corner
    Episode 36 - Your Smile on a False Street Corner

    As Kirihara uncovers the connection between Dr. Pavlichenko’s family and the Syndicate, the incredible secrets of Suo’s past are revealed. Later, Hei becomes the main suspect when a member of Section 3 is brutally murdered.

  • The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full
    Episode 37 - The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full

    Suo encounters someone she thought was dead and learns the truth behind the mysteries of her past. Unfortunately, the meeting is cut short when several Contractors launch an attack.

  • Ark of Stars
    Episode 38 - Ark of Stars

    Prophesies are fulfilled, and Suo faces her destiny. Even as her memories fade away beneath the shining moon, hope remains - and a new era begins.

  • Part One
    OVA 39 - Part One

    After the events of Season One, Hei and Yin are on the run from the Syndicate, posing as newlyweds in Okinawa. Unfortunately, their faux honeymoon ends when a violent group of Contractors attempts to abduct Yin.

  • Part Two
    OVA 40 - Part Two

    Hei is troubled by Yin’s changing demeanor and her risky plan to draw their enemies from the shadows. The Black Reaper’s concerns are validated when he’s forced to battle a sultry Contractor and her twin enforcers.

  • Part Three
    OVA 41 - Part Three

    Hei hears of a coming event, one predicted fifty years ago: the arrival of a girl with world-changing power. Later, after his past with Amber forces him into battle against several Contractors, Hei learns Yin could be in trouble.

  • Part Four
    OVA 42 - Part Four

    Claude sets his plan in motion, pitting several international organizations against each other by offering Yin up for sale. As a war between factions erupts, Hei rushes to rescue the Doll - but it might be too late to keep her safe.

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10-16-2013

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"SEASON 1=PERFECTION,SEASON 2 RUINED THE SHOW"

In my opinion everything about the show is great. I Really loved it. except i don't know what happened in season 2. Just when you think they can't screw it up, they did exactly that. I'll remember thi... more

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11-03-2013

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"Don't understand the fuss about Season 2??"

One of the best anime I have seen. Great stories and fun premise with a main character as badass as Batman. Season 2 gets a lot of flak but to me is totally badass and a fun change-up from Season 1. A... more

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Zacharia
Zacharia

11-16-2013

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"Estatic"

Without a doubt my favorite anime besides Samurai Champloo. The whole vibe behind DTB is low-key. It has an amazing story line and the character development, just perfect. Hei is the ideal bad-ass cha... more

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bunny1done
bunny1done

11-17-2013

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"Darker than Black Gemini of the Meteor"

I Loved the 1 and 2 darker than black. the 2 one is awsom Suo and Hie working togher was cool I hope thers going to be a 3rd because the only thing i found bad about the 2nd season was the ending it l... more

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053404

12-27-2013

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"One of my all time favorites and it may just be one of yours too if you give it a chance"

Revolves around a "contractor" who helps rid the world of "his kind", but soon he finds his true self. Contractors are humans who've obtained sci-fi like abilities from the phenomena of the heaven's... more

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frumpyframpton
frumpyframpton

02-13-2014

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"Great Blend of Drama and Action"

Really interesting story and well composed characters overall. The action is great; the protagonist is strong without seeming so invincible as to be boring. Season two had potential but was poorly exe... more

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pessolano

04-13-2014

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"What the heck happened, guys??"

(250 characters is to short too compare, so Overall is for SSN 1, Story for SSN 2)
(Star ratings reflect SSN 1)
Darker than Black is a very character-driven anime, with exceptional subtle an... more

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    Includes: Eps 1-12; 4-Part OVA

    The intrigue and danger continue with a new charge for BK-201, the masked Contractor known as the Black Reaper.

    Gemini of the Meteor

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    Rating: TV-MA

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  • $59.98 $44.99 Add

    Includes: Eps 1-12; 4-Part OVA

    The intrigue and danger continue with a new charge for BK-201, the masked Contractor known as the Black Reaper.

    Gemini of the Meteor

    Hell’s Gate

    Mitaka Documents

    Rating: TV-MA

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    Includes: Eps 1-26

    A new and deadly breed of covert agent walks the streets. Known as Contractors, these assassins and spies wield bizarre supernatural powers to carry out the dirty work of others. They thrive in the...

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