Darker Than Black

Darker than BLACK (also known as Kuro no Keiyakusha in Japanese) is an anime created by Tensai Okamura who is also known in anime Cowboy Bebop. The anime is produced by BONES animation. The anime consists of 26 episodes.

Ten years ago, an inscrutable and abnormal territory known as Hell’s Gate appeared in Tokyo, altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The real stars disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people possessing various special abilities emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats – these are known as Contractors. Each fake star has a corresponding Contractor, which reacts to their activities. As such, Contractors are usually identified by their star’s Messier catalogue number. Kept secret from the masses, these individuals are known to murder in cold blood, smothering unnecessary emotions with logic and rationale. Their incredible abilities, however, are gained at the cost of their humanity – Contractors are thus named because of an involuntary compulsion to “pay the price” each time their power is used, which can range from eating particular foods and completing meaningless tasks, to self-harm and having their bodies change in peculiar ways. Various nations and organizations around the world train and utilize Contractors as spies and assassins, resulting in violent battles for valuable objects and information.

I find that this anime is really interesting as the story itself is full of mystery. At first I thought that this kind of anime might have a lot of jargon words but it turns out to be that the only terms that you need to remember is Contractor (keiyakusha). The birth of Contractors seem to be shrouded in mist at first because not much details are given about them. As the story progress, every single curiosity is answered making this anime’s storyline becomes even more interesting. However, be warned that this anime can be fulls of violence like blood spilling and the killing can be very brutal. If you don’t like anime with lots of violence, stay away from this anime. Overall, this is an interesting anime and if you love anime with a complicated and twisted plot, this anime is highly recommended for you.