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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

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A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Darker Than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms DVD Special 2008 Side Story Bonus episode released on the 9th volume of the DVD.
Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini TV 2009 Sequel
Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden DVD Special 2010 Sequel

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Darker Than Black 2007 TBD
Darker than Black: Shikkoku no Hana 2009 TBD
Name Role
Takahiro KOMORI Character Design
Tensai OKAMURA Director
Yoko KANNO Music
Ryo OYAMA Producer
Yoshihiro OYABU Producer

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Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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Seracen

I would call Claymore a medieval, all-female variant of Darker than Black. You have a mysterious organization controlling a battalion of powerful warriors (rather than assassins). You have a main character who is atypical of the standard mold. You even have the "bad guys" with motives almost as understandable as the so-called "good guys." Claymore piles on heaps more action, but both shows retain that stylish sheen that makes the 2007 shounen anime so attractive.

Adam

At a quick glance, Claymore and Darker than Black do not look similar. The plots differ intensely, but they both share that common theme of underground organizations controlling stronger beings who are meant to simply do what they are told, with no questions asked.

Lyzl

These anime both have serious storylines with a fight to the end feeling to them. There are themes of alienation from society for being "different" in both, but acceptance within ones own groups and those who love them. Boht have great action with interesting fight scenes as well.

CynicalPsycho

Both shows take place in worlds that seem to be completely and utterly doomed. Both main characters lost part of their humanity to gain their powers, and spend most of the series trying to get that back. Both also have rather exellent action sequences. If you enjoyed one I can't imagine you not enjoying the other.

worosei

Both are different, Claymore is much bloodier, female cast, and is in a medieval kind of setting

Darker than Black is neo-noir sci-fi kind of action anime with little gore.

Yet somehow they are both have a similar kind of feeling. Both leads are working behind an omnious organisation (working under a handler) and striving to seek things that relates to their past. Both leads have something unique about them and appear/act more 'human' than humans despite them not being strictly human

neutrino

Both of these series are about pawns who have superhuman powers within a secret, unnamed organization.  They also try to be (Claymore has more success with this) about reacting to society's rejection of those different and more powerful.

Omurqi

Both Darker Than Black and Claymore are about fighters who are being outcasted from normal humans, fighting at the command of an organization. Both shows have great action, and the leading characters in both shows dislike the organization they work for, but keep working for them in order to keep their trust.

eaper

Both of these series are centered around groups of people being told what to do, no questions asked, by a large and mysterious organization. The people being told what to do, for the most part, are people with super-human powers, that were thought to have give up humanity, by the larger public, and are feared. Finally, as the series each progress, it is shown that the super-humans (Contractors in Darker Than Black, and Claymore) are closer to human than originally seen. Finally, both of the series are extremely action heavy.

hamletsmage

Both anime feature rather blank-faced protagonists that work for large organizations with unclear motives. Both protagonists are set apart from society, and in some respects, from their own kind because their skills are so different. Both anime also feature some drama involving the darker secrets of the protagonist's kind, world-destruction level evil, and what it is to be human.

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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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abunai

The character gallery of Black Lagoon is packed with people who, in one way or another, have abandoned normal morality, choosing instead a life of violence and risk. They are no longer normal human beings, in any sense of the word "normal". Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in the character of Black Lagoon's protagonist, Rock.

Similarly, the contractors (keiyakusha) of Darker Than Black are no longer human, and their lives are dominated by violence and a lack of morality. In their few contacts with normality, these two galleries of characters illustrate to the audience precisely how much they have lost of their former humanity.

yukumushio

While the story of Darker than Black and Black Lagoon isn't similar, there is a lot of action and fun to be had and the plot is surprisingly deep and intriguing in both.

tasanime

Although the overall plots are different, one can't help but to make a connection between the two. Reasons being that the groups in each are fighting for other organisations and have a desire to win a fight at all costs. Also it's a lot more realistic in terms of the individual characters decisions, bonds with the rest of the group and little peaks of human kindness in each that make you think - yeah, this is good action-based viewing. If not, well, they both kick and awful lot of butt.

Omurqi

Black Lagoon and Darker Than Black are both shows in which the redeeming quality lays with the awesome characters, dark feeling and action. Although, besides the fantasy aspect to Darker Than Black, there is little difference between the shows, Darker Than Black focusses a bit more on the story, and Black Lagoon more on the badassery.

eaper

Each of these stories are centered around characters that have a different sense of morality, doing whatever they can to simply get by in life. Furthermore, each of these shows are extremely dark with amazing action and well developed characters.

Panma

If you like action, then look no further. Black Lagoon may be quite a bit rowdier with less mystery and intrigue, it still offers an amazing amount of deep story. Darker than Black and Black Lagoon both explore the lives of those living outside the law along with the obstacles they must face and the relationships they must develop.

hamletsmage

In both Darker than Black and Black Lagoon, there is a main character (Hei and Rock) that manage to keep a sense of morality in a world filled with violence. Both Hei and Rock have a rather domestic-looking front to deal with society, and both were introduced to their new roles by a stronger female.

Both anime also contain a group of people that take on missions that last a few episodes, while at the same time establishing the relationship between the team and other groups.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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UltimateShinobi

Both anime havedakr settings and the main characters deceive others with ease. While Code Geass is plot-driven Darker than Black is episodic for a good portion of the anime and closes with an excelent plot-twister.

Verified

Both with mysterious contracts and deep engrosed plot lines, Darker Than Black and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion are quite easy transitions if you're looking for the next good watch.

Both main characters have a deep love for their sibling which is predictable, but necessary as no one wants to watch a character with no ties. (not interesting imo)

The supporting characters are also a main point in both series as each is a seperate unique individual usually with underlying goals that may or may not work with the main character's goals.

Everyone knows the empty feeling you can get when you finish a good anime and try to find something else to slake your thirst (I'm in the process). Whether you are coming from DtB or CG:LotR your destination will not dissappoint if you choose the latter.

eaper

Both of these series have several similarities that serve as some of the main points that anyone would like the series. Both of the "heroes" have morally ambiguous methods, both of the heroes have second identities, and both of the series have great plot twists. Finally, both of these series are rather dark.

kalimaridesert

i recently finished Darker than black and overall i quite enjoyed it. At the start it was very slow and i almost dropped it but it built up to a climatic ending and was very satisfying. Then there's Code Geass which had me hooked from the get go. I loved everything about it including the many genres which worked like a charm, The characters and all the twists and cliffhangers. i could never wait for the next episode to unfold.

Both of these series are similar as both the main characters have secret identities and they both use similar powers(these being contractors and Geass). All in all i liked Code Geass alot better but im sure u'll like 1 if u like the other!

4EverDreamer

The feel of these two are almost identical. You have your comedy mixed in with imense tragedy. Also, the main characters have dual personalities: one side being their kind-hearted personality, the other being a killer. Many people die, even main characters, and the endings are bittersweet, hopeful yet extremely sad as well. I highly recommend one if you enjoyed the other.

hamletsmage

Both of these anime feature the anti-hero type. Both protagonists have made a contract that gives them extraordinary powers that they use to try and save their respective worlds. Both anime feature rather interesting fight-scenes, protagonists with dual-personalities, and past traumas that affect the storyline.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state.

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FullmetalHeart

Both series have limits in terms of how characters can use their abilities. In order to use something, you must also give something back in return.

In Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, it's the concept of Equivalent Exchange.

In Darker than Black, a contracter can only use his or her power if they pay up a fee, which could range from anything strange like eating cigarettes to setting up patterns with pebbles.

Atsinganoi

I actually watched Darker Than Black on a whim because it was recommended if you also liked Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I was not disappointed.

Both series have characters with amazing powers, each different from the others.  These powers are not limitless.  In FMA, you have the law of equivalent exchange.  In DTB, you have the payments the contractors must make after using their powers

Also, the stories of both series are engrossing and well executed.  You will not find boring filler episodes that do not move the plot forward.

If you liked either one of these series, you're almost guaranteed to like the other.

Dario97

In both animes the story is amazing. The characters are very differential and nicely done. The graphic is beautiful and they are the animes, that you want to rewatch.

cloudandsora

I THINK THAT ITS A REALLY GOOD ANIME. my mom who hates and cant stand anime or vilence loved is very very much and watch every Fullmetal Alchemist that was created and then some. so yeah it perfection in the making

theSentinel

I would say that This one is a great one to watch because like Fullmetal, there is a great story.  Like Eureka 7 and Fullmetal, this is the fine work of BONES.  They never fail me, and this one is no different.  Dont watch the second season of this, because they ruined it.  As far as everything else goes though, this is a good one to watch, animation, story, characters, action, just enough comedy, depth, depth depth.  This will keep you intruiged right up until the very end.

zeu5

FMA and DtB (KnK) share the same emotional stories full of self-discovery punctuated by heart-pumping, adrenaline-injecting action. Great watches on both parts.

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Canaan

Canaan

In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…

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KuraiHikari

I don't know why, but at the very first scene, i felt a very strong resemblance to Darker than Black. Maybe it was because of the shoot-outs all over the city, or something else, i don't know, but it is very much alike with all there is in Darker than Black. The anime is very fast going, and the main character is a gifted person wich can deal with almost any situation.

Funkgun

Super powered action stars abound in these two titles.

Canaan takes the more storyline approach while Darker than Black uses an episodic storyline.

But both are pretty much a blast of adrenaline, whenever the story starts to wane. 

AirCommodore

Fans of action series are sure to enjoy Canaan and Darker than Black. They feature über-skilled protagonists with super-powers as they outwit their antagonists with expertly-choreographed action scenes. Additionally, both series have an air of conspiracy.

eaper

Each series has an air of mystery, while managing to mix in a lot of action with some humor and interesting plot lines while mainly following a super-powered lead character.

darczon69

It seems like a strange thing, to say that Darker than Black and Canaan are alike, but stay with me. Fast-paced action, good storyline, superhuman main characters, fantastic fight scenes. If you enjoyed any of the above in one of the anime, you will surely enjoy the other.

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