7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Sci-Fi Anime - Recommended,
This review is from: Darker Than Black: The Complete Series (DVD)
I really enjoyed the "Darker Than Black" anime series. This an interesting and involved Sci-Fi story that has a lot of violence, action, and humor.
No spoilers from me, the storyline is set in the near future, the "Hell's Gate" has opened in Tokyo (and another in South America), all of the stars in the sky have been replaced by fake stars that are representations of "Contractors" (see below). The episodes somewhat slowly bring us up to speed on the back story of people with special abilities, like "Contractors" (remorseless assassins with special powers that come with a price), "Dolls" (basically blank humans who can be implanted with temporary memories/personalities or who can perform specific functions like remote sensing and observation), and hybrids are thrown into the mix as well.
There are several groups of players interacting, including a special police unit that tracks "Contractors", The Syndicate (including the main "Contractor" Hei/Bk201/The Black Reaper), various governments (references to French, Americans, and British spy agencies), and other criminal groups (all employing "Contractors").
As the storyline unfolds it becomes apparent that not all "Contractors" follow the stereotype and we learn something about Hei's motivation for why he does what he does. There are a lot of call backs to events in earlier episodes and key characters get developed nicely.
The animation was passable overall. It has some truly beautiful artwork in some scenes and some of the flattest animation in others. There was anime style blood and gore, but far less than I have come to expect.
The series wraps up all of the major plot lines by the end and it looks like there is a second season soon to be released.
Overall this is an interesting series, recommended for fans of the genre.