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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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Both of these animes have dark and supernatural themes, anyone who has seen the either darker than black or blood+ would love the other, other than sharing the same kind of themes, both these animes have fantastic action packed fighting scenes, and plenty of different mysteries to solve.


I haven't watched many anime similar to these two, so when I saw one, it immediately reminded me of the other.  They both have a Post-Apocalyptic feel with hints of supernatual abilities. 

Even more so, I feel like they both want to be huge epic shows that leave the audience feeling like they're in shock and disbelief.  Even though I believe that both of them had their strongest episodes in the middle, they have decent endings.  In DtB, they leave the story more open-ended and there's not much of a conclusion but Blood+ pretty much closes the books on their story (given it's 50+ eps).

They both have a dark aura to their stories and if you like one, you should definitely try the other.


Both shows have a rather dark atmosphere and they feature supernatural creatures and include a lots of fighting. Another similarity unfortunately is that I was a bit unsatisfied with their endings.

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Deadman Wonderland and Darker Than Black (Season 1) both play out almost exactly the same. A mysterious "hole" appears (Black in DTB and Red in DW) and certain humans gain certain powers. In Darker Than Black, they have to give up something to use their powers, and in Deadman Wonderland, they have to use their blood, AKA a limited supply. Both series are action-packed, wonderfully paced, and gorey.


Both are dark and gritty and deal with people who posses unique and cool powers. If you liked darker than black and want some more in the way of awesome kinda gorey superpowers check out deadman wonderland.


Both of these anime deal with people who acquire powers due to an unknown phenomenon, which causes them to be catagorized as dangerous. Darker Than Black is bit darker in my opinion and the storyline is really good, and there is more character progression than Deadman Wonderland, also the main protagonist in DTB is pretty badass, whereas the protagonist in DW can be a little wimpy at times but both of them are quite interesting.

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Both have protagonists who are made to be super-human, mature sci-fi/political themes, and a dark tone to the animation and story.


Skilled teams of quirky above the law assassins going about there covert ways.

DtB deals with a much more low tech, supernatural cast.

GitS deals with neo-future cyborgs and such high-tech adversaries.


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Though the environment may seem different, a disaster-centric present in Darker than Black and a techno-future in GITS, these differences are just the surface.



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Based in neo-apocalyptic futures where people fight with little to no real understanding why for organisations which even we know little reasoning behind, where characters must make difficult decisions at the cost of their lives and relationship with others. Both host a variety of special, paranormal fighting abilities that will mesmerise their viewers but equally entertain on both animation that matches the mind set of the piece and points out the grotesque nature of power-driven worlds.


Both series have a great disaster that happened, thus causing a seperation between groups of people... people who disagree on what to do now that the disaster occured (bring it back to the way it was, or keep it)

Both series have characters with supernatural powers, that strive to accomplish their own goals, while being used by the people they work for. Both even have situations where a character, against orders feels emotion for another and helps out the other character and gets in trouble...

Even though the artwork is drastically different, but there are so many similarities in them, that it is hard to overlook them. If you liked this anime, you'll definately like the other


First and foremost both shows are post-apocalyptic, happening after a terrible incident that somehow messed up the sky. Both have a lot of fight scenes and involve characters with supernatural powers.

The most important thing is, however, that both shows will have you wondering about which side is 'good', if there even is one. Both explore the world beyond the simple division between right and wrong. Both have characters who are forced to make decisions despite not knowing what the true intentions of each side are.

As to the differences, Darker Than Black is definitely more light-hearted (however still serious) than Gilgamesh, which is generally more depressing and, despite the fight sequences, rather slow-paced. And finally a word of advice - I recommend skipping the first episode of Gilgamesh, otherwise you'll know too much and the next five of six episodes will seem rather boring ;) 

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In the near future, the outbreak of a terrible disease called the Apocolypse Virus places Japan under the military rule of a global organization called the GHQ - a group tasked with checking the spread of the virus and administering vaccinations. Apathetic high school student Shuu Ouma lives in Tokyo, spending his days editing videos and trying to be left alone. But things change when he meets the beautiful pop idol, Inori, who is on the run from GHQ soldiers. While trying to save her from her captors, he acquires a mysterious power called the Void Gene that allows him to pull items or weapons from anyone under the age of seventeen. Now, Shuu must decide whether to join the efforts of the well-funded radical terrorist group "Funeral Parlor" and fight against the GHQ, or shrug off his newfound power and resume his normal life - assuming that either the GHQ or Funeral Parlor's charismatic leader, Gai, will let him.

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Both excellent sci-fi series involving humans with super-hero lilke powers, and their attempts to sabe the world from their all-powerful sisters.


Darker Than Black and Guilty Crown are similar in various ways, both being the first "half" or season on its own would have ended great. But the 2nd half brings about more mystery, malevolence and benevolence! Don't know how it can be both? You'll see what I mean when you watch the "2nd half!" Both main characters are accompanied by a girl and try to save them in the end, and in a way both get their wish. Both are excellent anime to watch, if you love one I'm sure you'll love the other! 5/5!


action, hectic situations and deaths, a strong building plot

These are some of the things you will find in common between Darker than Black and Guilty Crown.  Both are easily one of the best animes out there. 

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