Everyone Wears A Mask.
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.
Ten years before the opening of the fantasy-adventure Darker Than Black
(2007) a mysterious barrier called Hell's Gate appeared in Tokyo. At the same time, Contractors, humans with mysterious powers appeared on the scene. Since then governments and private industries have used Contractors to do their dirty work, from assassinations to waging war. One of the most powerful Contractors, Hei (a.k.a. "The Black Reaper," a.k.a. BK201) fights a complex battle against government agents, the CIA, and the hired thugs of a sinister corporation. Hei's allies include squat, cynical Huang; Yin, who can trace humans through water; and Mao, who takes the form of a talking black cat. His most dangerous foes are Moratoriums, humans with even deadlier powers and--less conscience--than Contractors. Darker Than Black
delivers plenty of fast-paced, hard-hitting action, including well-staged battles in which Hei slices up his enemies with a sort of piano wire-whip. But the story is so convoluted, it's virtually impossible to sort out, even with frequent Morris-the-Explainer scenes. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Fallen Star of a Contract (Part 1), 2. The Fallen Star of a Contract (Part 2), 3. A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky (Part 1), 4. A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky (Part 2), 5. Red Giant Over Eastern Europe (Part 1))