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Darker than Black

Release Date 2009-12-25
Runtime 25 minutes
Genres Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Stars Hidenobu Kiuchi, Kiyomi Asai, Ikuya Sawaki, Kana Hanazawa
Directors Tensai Okamura

Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly now 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 — called "Contractors" — emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats. 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.

1. The Black Cat Won't Dream of Stars...


An Eurasian girl named Suou watches a meteor shower along with her twin brother Shion and their father, but things go awry when a meteor crashes into their location. Two years later, Shion has turned into a contractor from the incident, confined to a wheelchair due to his renumeration. He is locked away into the family home for safekeeping, while Dr. Pavlichenko spends his time researching into his son's condition and the contractors, forbidding Suou to talk or see her brother. Things go normally in their lives until Suou's best friend Tania becomes a contractor and attacks her boyfriend Nika when he stops her from leaving. Hei aka BK-201 reappears in Russia after a FSB squad tries to capture Shion alive; April also reappears in Russia on a mission to secure Shion.

2. The Fallen Meteor...


Kirihara has searched long and hard for BK201?s true identity, and what she discovers of his past is shocking, but the impending destruction of Tokyo is foremost on the minds facing off in this final battle.

3. Vanishing into the Snow Field...


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.

4. The Ark Rocks 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.

5. Gunpowder Smoke Drifts Away, Life Drifts Away...


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.

6. The Smell Is Sweet, the Heart Is 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.

7. The Doll Sings to the Wind Flower...


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.

8. On Summer Days, the Sun Sways...


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.

9. A Sudden Meeting on a Certain Day...


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.

10. Your Smile in the Street of Lies...


Tokyo is locked down as chaos follows Amber and the members of Evening Primrose. The Black Reaper knows the destruction that can be unleashed if Amber isn't stopped - and he's willing to risk the wrath of his own team to thwart her.

11. The Water Bottom Dries, the Moon is 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.

12. The 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.