Finding good, quality anime is like searching for a needle in a hay stack, so imagine my surprise when I discovered Darker Then Black was actually really good. The series is centered around a Contractor named Hei and his band of associates in a world of super powered espionage.
What is a Contractor you ask? They are people who have gained special powers following an event that created an area called ‘Hells Gate’ to appear in Japan. Each contractor has is gifted with an ability that comes with a price. Every time a Contractor uses their power they must complete a task/ritual, such as smoking a cigarette or folding the corners of every page in a book . Each Contractor is also represented by a star in the sky and when they die the star fades out. It’s also how tabs on them as the stars become active when . Kept hidden from the public, Contractors are trained to be used as spies and assassins by the various nations and organizations around the world.
The first season is made up of 25 thirty minute episodes, with most stories taking up two episodes each. The stories range from sad and tragic to funny and comedic, but even when the show is being funny there is always a sense of darkness hanging about. There is also a second season that was released consisting of 12 episodes and 4 OVAs ( Original Video animations) that bring the gap between the two seasons.
This is a great series and I definitely recommend checking it out on Netflix or adding the DVDs/Blu-Rays to your collection..