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  • Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime

  • television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It

  • premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast

  • stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music

  • for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno. The series has also been adapted into two

  • manga series, which are serialized in Monthly Asuka and in Young Gangan.

  • A sequel titled Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor-, Dākā Zan Burakku -Ryūsei

  • no Jemini-, Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini) premiered in Japan on October 8, 2009.

  • Plot

  • Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly known as "Heaven's Gate" appeared in South

  • America, shortly followed by the opening of "Hell's Gate" 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 Contractor has a corresponding

  • fake star, 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 rationality.

  • 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 changing their bodies 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. Following the disastrous Heaven's War, the

  • United States lost its dominant position as a superpower to a mysterious organization

  • named the Syndicate. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed "Hei" as he

  • undertakes various espionage and assassination missions in Tokyo under the direction of the

  • aforementioned Syndicate. Media

  • Anime Season one

  • Darker than Black was conceptualized by Tensai Okamura and produced by Bones and Aniplex.

  • The series premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System's

  • Thursday late night anime broadcasting timeslot, replacing the Sunrise series Code Geass: Lelouch

  • of the Rebellion on April 5, 2007, and similar to Code Geass incorporated corporate sponsorship

  • of Japan News Network partners Pizza Hut and Nifty, where episodes of the series was streamed

  • every week during the series' broadcast run. It completed its initial run on September

  • 27, 2007, and received its broadcasting satellite premiere on Animax from May 8, 2007 to October

  • 23, 2007. The series was also aired in English on Animax Asia, Animax's English language

  • networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia from December 2008 onwards. The series made

  • its North American television debut when it started airing on the Funimation Channel September

  • 6, 2010. The series has been released in Japan by Aniplex

  • across nine DVDs, each containing three episodes, except for the first DVD, which had only two.

  • The ninth and final DVD included an original video animation, which expanded upon the romantic

  • relationships between characters. The DVDs were released between July 25, 2007 and March

  • 26, 2008 by Aniplex. FUNimation received the license for the series in Region 1 and has

  • released one DVD compilation with two more coming in the future. The first English DVD

  • was released on November 25, 2008 and the second and third DVDs were released on January

  • 20, 2009 and March 10, 2009 respectively. Volume 4 was released on May 5, 2009 with

  • Volume 5 released on June 23, 2009. Volume 6 was released on August 11, 2009 and is now

  • available. In May 2010, Funimation released the entire first season in a complete box

  • set; it was originally released in March, but was recalled due to a defective disk.

  • The Blu-ray Box was released in Japan on September 30, 2009 with a guidebook with several unreleased

  • music tracks not available in the OSTs. Season two

  • A document containing information about Bones staff and production details, was leaked onto

  • the Japanese filesharing site uploader.jp, within the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format,

  • on July 2008. Among other details, including confidential contact information in regards

  • to Bones staff members, it revealed that a second Darker than Black and Fullmetal Alchemist

  • series was in production and were being directed by Tensai Okamura and Yasuhiro Irie respectively.

  • This information regarding Fullmetal Alchemist, which had never been previously released,

  • was later proven to be true on January 2009. In an official statement posted on Bones'

  • official website, co-founder and president Masahiko Minami claimed that the document

  • was not released by the studio themselves but by an unnamed third-party. In a later

  • statement, Minami also stated in regards to the two new series, "It hasn't been decided

  • yet. We are interested in doing them. As original science-fiction works, they were extremely

  • fascinating. With these kinds of dramatic story lines, I feel that there's a lot we

  • could do potentially." Six months later, however, the second series for Fullmetal Alchemist

  • was confirmed to be in production with Yasuhiro Irie as director, thus confirming the document's

  • validity. The second Darker than Black series was confirmed in the 12th issue of Square

  • Enix's Young Gangan Magazine. In the 14th issue of Young Gangan, the title was revealed

  • as Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini. The sequel began airing in October 2009 and ended

  • in December 2009. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced that they had licensed

  • the second season. OVA

  • These OVAs, also known as Darker than Black: Gaiden, are set in the time between the two

  • series. Hei and Yin have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate. In the first

  • episode, conflict ensues in Okinawa, where the agents from the Syndicate attempt to abduct

  • Yin but are eventually unsuccessful. Hei and Yin then leave for Hong Kong. There are 4

  • OVAs in total, filling the gap with Hei and Yin left between season 1 and 2.

  • Manga A manga, illustrated by Nokiya, was serialized

  • in Monthly Asuka. Kadokawa Shoten released the series to two tankōbon on August 8, 2007

  • and January 26, 2008 respectively. The series has been licensed for a North American release

  • by Yen Press. A second manga, illustrated by Yuji Iwahara, the original character designer

  • for the anime, finished serializing in Square Enix's Young Gangan seinen magazine under

  • the title Darker than Black: Shikkoku no Hana in March 2011. This is a separate one from

  • the first and it is a new story taking place one year after the events of the anime.

  • Music The original soundtrack was composed by Yoko

  • Kanno in 2007 and contains a total of 20 tracks including the first opening and ending themes

  • performed by Abingdon boys school and Rie fu. Other non-instrumental songs were written

  • by Tim Jensen and performed by Mai Yamane and James Wendt. It peaked at number 57 on

  • the Oricon albums chart. Reception

  • The anime also was awarded Best Original Anime of The Year by GoGoplex, a popular magazine

  • for teens. In the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival, it was one of the jury's recommendations from

  • the category "Animation Division/Long Animation." References

  • External links

  • Official homepage Official homepage

  • Animax's official homepage Darker than Black at Anime News Network's

  • encyclopedia

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