If action, a good amount of lore, and a sci-fi mystery are your main draws, then Darker Than Black has the kind of unique premise that can provide a fresh spin on stories that play out in similar ways. It manages to strike a reasonable balance between a gripping story arc and a reasonable pace by using several genres from the start. The result of this unique mix and match formula makes the show different yet refreshingly enjoyable.
The supernatural element and the intriguing gimmick of “user must pay the price for the powers” give the show a unique feel and make it entertaining to watch. Although Darker than Black’s strength lies in its action and visuals, the characters don’t take a back seat. The show’s cast is very decisive at using their powers and is also knowledgeable about them, which makes them more believable in the show.
If you are thinking of giving the Darker than Black anime series a try, here’s a guide to help you watch it in the correct order.
Darker than Black Watch Order:
1. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Alternate Title: Darker than Black
2. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha – Sakura no Hana no Mankai no Shita
Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 1 (Special)
3. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden
Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 4 (Special)
4. Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
Alternate Title: Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
Darker than Black is a sci-fi action-mystery original anime series created by studio Bones and directed by Tensai Okamura.
Synopsis: Two meteorites struck South America and Japan ten years ago. The impact created an impenetrable field known as Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Gate. This caused humanity to gain supernatural abilities, and its users came to be known as contractors. However, every time users use the abilities, they must pay the price with their humanity.
Hei is a Chinese contractor who works for a company called the Syndicate, undertaking undercover and assassination missions in Tokyo along with his blind associate, Yin, and other Syndicate members. Hei is one of the most skilled contractors and is called Black Reaper. His main goal is to unlock the mysteries of Hell’s Gate.