In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as “Hell’s Gate” appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell’s Gate.
Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural
Darker Than BLACK aired from April 05, 2007 – September 27, 2007
Darker Than BLACK is a 25 episode long series. There is also an OVA which has yet to be released at the time of this review.
I started watching Darker Than BLACK with high hopes, coming from BONES who has made some amazing anime in the past (Full Metal Alchemist!) I found Darker Than Black to be an enjoyable experience but it didn’t live up to my high expectations.
Darker Than BLACK boasts crisp, detailed visuals. The backgrounds are are dark and grungy and they give character to Tokyo, where the anime takes place. The character designs are simple but effective, everyone is distinguishable and has their own unique characteristics and physique. The action scenes between Contractors are animated excellently and are extremely fluid. Overall, I would say that Darker than BLACK is probably one of the best looking animes this year.
The story of Darker Than BLACK starts off fairly slow. Most of the anime is made up of “missions” which are usually 1-3 episodes long. These missions help build characters and explain the backstory behind the world of Darker Than BLACK and the beings known as contractors. Eventually an actual plot develops but it feels somewhat confused. Darker Than BLACK skips a lot of details and doesn’t explain stuff as well as it could have, which is unfortunate. The world of Darker Than BLACK is an amazing one, and it feels like it has a lot to offer. The ending is also very vague, but hopefully it will be cleared up with the upcoming OVA.
The music in Darker Than BLACK is above average. On the whole though, the anime is fairly quiet. The action scenes sound great considering all the explosions and powers flying across the screen. The characters are all well cast and their voice actors do a good job.
Darker Than BLACK was an interesting anime for me. I had high hopes at the start and I felt that it kind of went downhill during the middle episodes, but made up for it at the end. The action in Darker Than BLACK is probably the main reason for watching it, the Contractors all have pretty unique powers which allow for super-epic fight scenes.
Ultimately, I enjoyed Darker Than BLACK for the great production quality and the unique action. I had hoped for the story to be a little better, but it’s still good. If you’re looking for something with action that’s new and a little different definitely give Darker Than BLACK a try.
Final Rating: 3.5/5
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