Darker than Black

Darker than Black


Genre:

Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Super Power

 

Plot:

In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as “Hell’s Gate” appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell’s Gate.

 

Episodes/Seasons:

There are 2 seasons: 26 episodes in the first season and 12 episodes in the second season (38 Episodes in total).

Manga:

Written by: Iwahara Yuji

Published by: Iwahara Yuji

Original run: 2009

Chapters: 33

Volumes: 4

Games:

There is a Game consisting of Hei and Suou (second season character). The game is called “Heroes Phantasia,” and was made by Namco Bandai for PSP.

 

OVAs/Specials:

The OVA is called “Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden.” This OVA tells the story of what happened to Yin and Hei between the first and second series. This OVA has four episodes.

 

Characters:


Hei (Li Shunsheng)

•He’s in both Seasons

•Age: 22 (First Season) and 24/25 (Second Season)

•Race: Human/Contractor

•Status: Contractor

•Messier Code: BK-201

•Ability: Molecular Manipulation

•Eye Colour: Dark Bluish- black

•Hair Colour: Black

•Height: Appears to be 5’11. (180cm)

•Contractor Abilities:

*Peak Human Condition- Hei’s contract powers are especially useful because of his amazing agility, speed, endurance, dexterity and natural strength.

*Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant- Hei is obviously extremely skilled in martial arts and is an accomplished acrobat easily able to do backflips and mid-air cartwheels with little effort in terms of physical strain. Hei’s natural abilities are so impressive that even without his contractor powers Hei is easily able to take on other contractors. A combination of these physical attributes coupled with what appears to be the most powerful contractor power as well as a lack of obeisance arguably makes Hei the strongest character in the series.

*Tactician- Not unlike many Contractors, Hei possesses a very pragmatic and resourceful intellect; demonstrating a knack for improvisation during the heat of combat. Since Hei’s contractor ability can only kill once in direct contact with the intended target, Hei often relies on taking his opponents by surprise in order to gain the advantage (as evidenced by his gambit during his first fight with Wei). His tactical unpredictability and resourcefulness coupled with his almost bullet-time speed makes him a daring foe. Contractor Equipment:

*Mask- Hei wears a white mask with a purple lightning symbol over the right eye.

*Knife- His trademark weapon is a knife on a metal wire, which he uses as an offensive weapon, a grappling hook or as a conduit through which to discharge his electricity.

*Wire- In addition to using it with his knife, Hei also uses his wire with a carabiner attached to the end, which allows the wire to anchor to any object that it wraps around. This is also used to wrap around enemies necks and allows Hei to deliver lethal shocks.

*Black Trench Coat- Hei’s long black trench coat is bullet proof (often used as a shield) and works only with his powers.

•Interesting Facts:

-The number 201 appears frequently throughout the series:

*Coincidentally, Hei’s apartment room number is 201, as in BK-201.

*In the first season, second opening, 0201 can be seen in the pane of glass Hei walks past.

*In episode 11, 201 can be seen twice on Hei’s passport, once under his picture (No018-00201). And again under his nationality (AR201).

Yin (Kirsi)

•She’s in both seasons

•Race: Doll

•Medium: Water

•Doll Abilities:

*As a Doll she possesses the innate ability to use observer spirits. Yin is able to send her observer spirits via the medium of the water. As long as she maintains physical contact with water, Yin is able to track and eavesdrop on anyone near water.

*As of the second season, she has gained the ability to force other contractors to commit suicide via their own contractor power.

*In a trailer for the second season OVAs, it is revealed by Syndicate contractors that Yin is becoming too powerful for them as well as for Hei to handle. In the second season OVAs she has also demonstrated the ability to kill contractors by merely drawing a blue essence from them, which is possibly their life-force or soul. Yin attempted this on Hei but stopped before she killed him. She also has demonstrated this ability on normal humans.

•Height: Appears to be 4’11 (150cm)

•Eye Colour: Purple

•Hair Colour: Whitish- Silver

•Interesting fact: Yin was born in Finland and her mother is Unnamed.

Mao (Ricardo)

•He’s in both seasons

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: HM-432

•Ability: Animal Possession

•Obeisance: Unknown (Contract Paid)

•Gender: Male

•Fur Colour: Black

•Eye Colour: Purple

•Contractor Abilities:

*Animal Possession- Mao has the ability to jump bodies with any animal, as long as long as they are within his line of sight. He at moments goes into a trance during which he downloads a data pack from the network. He interfaces with a server that helps make up for what a cat’s brain lacks. If he doesn’t do this semi-regularly the feline brain will take over, until he can regain his Conscience.

*Obeisance- None. Since Mao lost his original body, he is no longer bound to his contract. Therefore, he doesn’t have an Obeisance.

*Hacking- Mao also shows some proficiency as a hacker.

•Interesting Fact: Not much is known about Mao’s background other than the fact that he lost his body during an explosion and can no longer possess a human body. Rather he switches between various animal bodies, most preferably, cats. (“Mao” happens to mean Cat in Chinese).

Huang

•He’s In the first season

•His Real name is Kuno. He got called Guss by Shihoko.

•Race: Human

•Gender: Male

•Affiliation: EPR

•Former Affiliation: The Japanese Police and The Syndicate

•Hair Colour: Brown

•Eye Colour: Black

•Human Abilities:

*Huang’s abilities with weapons are extremely good. On more than one occasion, he’s appeared at the last moment to rescue his team, either by creating a diversion or by killing his targets.

Interesting Facts:

•Huang is the leader of a cell of Syndicate operatives. While he is a normal human, he issues orders to Hei, Mao and Yin.

•Huang means “Yellow” in Japanese.

Bai (Xing)

•She’s in the first season

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: BK-201

•Ability: Molecular Manipulation.

•Obeisance: Sleeping.

•Relatives: Hei (Brother)

•Gender: Female

•Hair Colour: Black

•Eye Colour: Blue

•Contractor Abilities:

*Molecular Manipulation- She possesses the ability to generate and discharge electricity through conductive media (i.e. She cannot discharge it through air or concrete) at sufficiently high amounts to kill grown men. The power is more than simple electric shocks; she can alter matter (particularly electrons, which is the source of electricity) on the quantum level. She is capable of special particle luminance, meaning she can change molecules similar to how humans are changed into contractors. This ability is also one of the more, if not most, powerful and coveted powers known as it is the only one capable of altering gate particles at will. She used this power to fuse with Hei, allowing him access to the same power.

•Interesting Facts:

•Hei’s younger sister and the original BK-201. She and a few members of her team disappeared after the Heaven’s Gate Incident.

•Xing means “Star”. Bai means “White” in Chinese.

•In the English dub when her name is spoken, it is pronounced Pai.

• Her birthday is in March.

Amber (February)

•She’s In the first season

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: UB-001

•Ability: Chronokinesis

•Obeisance: Aging Backwards

•Gender: Female

•Hair Colour: Light Green

•Eye Colour: Amber

•Contractor Abilities:

*Chronokinesis- Amber’s ability is chronal manipulation, which includes temporal freezing of time and rewinding of events to an unknown degree. Elaborate usage of her power enables her to gain knowledge if future events, through a form of clairvoyance. Once time has been frozen around her, she can also pull other people out of the frozen time stream, while those still under her ability’s effect will no longer detect her presence or movement.

*Obeisance- Her remuneration is ageing backwards, making her appear frequently younger. Amagiri has warned her that she cannot use her ability flippantly, saying that she can only pay off her contract to a certain extent.

•Interesting Fact: Amber strongly resembles C.C. from Code Geass.

April (Bella)

•She’s In both Seasons

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: Unknown

•Ability: Atmospheric Pressure Operation

•Obeisance: Drinking Alcoholic Beverages

•Gender: Female

•Hair Colour: Bluish-White

•Eye Colour: Yellow

•Contractor Abilities:

*Atmospheric Pressure Manipulation- She has the ability to create localised hurricane weather conditions. This including high velocity winds and large amounts of precipitation. She can focus the ability with fine manipulation. This ability matches up perfectly with November 11’s as it coats everything in water that November 11 in turn can freeze. The two of them make a deadly combination, with the two of them using their power in conjunction to overpower an enemy.

*Obeisance- Her remuneration is to drink alcoholic beverages. In contrast to November 11, she very much enjoys her remuneration (Price for using her contractor ability) due to her love for alcohol.

•Interesting Fact: April was a MI-6 agent who supported November 11.

November 11 (Jack Simon)

•He’s in the first season

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: Unknown

•Ability: Liquid Induced Cryokinesis

•Obeisance: Smoking

•Gender: Male

•Hair Colour: Blonde

•Eye Colour: Blue

•Contractor Abilities:

*Liquid Induced Cryokinesis- November 11’s ability enables him to use a specialised form of Cryokinesis, allowing him to freeze liquids, including blood in the human body he does not have to make direct contact with. He is able to shape water into projectiles by freezing it, and can subsequently hurl them with lethal precision. He can also create protective shields out of frozen water.

*Obeisance- His remuneration is smoking cigarettes; a fact that peeves him to no end due to his aversion to smoking.

*Peak Athlete- November 11 is also extremely agile, able to dodge or protect himself from lethal attacks in under a second.

*Strategist- He has a very sharp mind and seems to be a natural leader. November 11 is quick to counter an opponents move, making him a step ahead of them in a battle. He also possesses a remarkable degree of foresight- he generally has a backup plan for any situation as seen when he was able to foresee that there will be a leak in the Japanese police, and already had a backup plan in case that happened.

•Interesting Fact: November 11 is MI-6’s top agent and the field leader of their Contractor team. On various occasions they are assigned to investigate BK-201 and his cohorts. Through the series, he develops a close professional relationship with Misaki. After he discovers the true motives of the organisation he works for he confronts Decade, becoming fatally wounded in the process. He later dies on the street after leaving a voice message on April’s Phone.

July

•He’s in both seasons

•Race: Doll

•Medium: Glass

•Gender: Male

•Hair Colour: Blonde

•Eye Colour: Grey

•Doll Abilities: He is a doll whose observation powers rely on glass as a medium. He is also shown to have amazing perception and directional abilities, as when he gives extremely accurate directions to Suou while she is sniping out her enemies.

•Interesting Facts:

•Despite being a Doll, he, like Yin, has shown some emotions on occasion, particularly in Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, wherein he considered November 11 and April to be his comrades, a statement that surprised November 11, as he was of the opinion that Dolls were without emotions.

•July also seems to be fond of Misaki, often making a point to wave Hello or Goodbye to her.

•An instance of showing emotions in Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor was in the end episode, wherein he states he likes being with Suou Pavlichenko. When Suou appears moments later, July then hugs her on sight, surprising the girl.

•In July’s final appearance in the second season, he is seen holding the hand of an unseen man wearing a white suit over a blue shirt. This is consistent with the outfit of November 11.

Misaki Kirihara (Ichinose Yayoi)

•She’s in both seasons

•Race: Human

•Birthplace: Japan

•Gender: Female

•Eye Colour: Brown

•Hair Colour: Dark Brown

•Relatives: Naoya Kirihara (Father)

•Affiliation: Section 3

•Former Affiliation: The Japanese Police

•Occupation: Section 3 Agent

•Former Occupation: Section-Chief of Foreign Affairs Section 4

•Interesting Facts:

•Misaki Kirihara is a police officer in Tokyo who is investigating Contractors.

•Misaki is a firm and strong person who has a soft spot for Hei. She is controlling and protective.

•Misaki was friends with Alice Wang (Deceased) and Kanami Ishizaku (Works at the observatory).
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 Havoc (Carmine)

•She’s in the first season

•Race: Contractor/Regressor

•Messier Code: Unknown

•Ability: Vacuum Creation

•Obeisance: Drinking Blood of Children

•Gender: Female

•Hair Colour: Blood-Red

•Eye Colour: Green

•Contractor Abilities:

*Vacuum Creation- She had the ability to create hard vacuums in large volumes, with fatal results to people and some constructions in the affected area. They were even able to cause earthquake-like disasters.

*Obeisance- Her Obeisance was to drink the blood of children. Later it was revealed that it doesn’t have to be children’s blood, but in the past she seemed to prefer it, probably because of her sadistic nature at the time.

•Interesting Fact: Havoc is a Regressor (Loses their powers for hope of a flicker of a normal life) who lost her powers and a significant portion of her memories after Heaven’s Gate disappeared in South America, five years prior to the story’s setting. She was found in a European village after the incident and had lost both her power and memories, and was isolated from the Syndicate.

Wei Zhijun

•He’s in the first season

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: VI-952

•Ability: Blood- Induced Matter Transportion

•Obeisance: Spilling his own blood

•Gender: Male

•Eye Colour: Brown

•Hair Colour: Black

•Contractor Abilities:

*Blood-Induced Matter Transportion- Wei has the ability to transport matter using his blood as a catalyst. He uses this offensively by cutting himself and splattering it on his opponents before he activates it by snapping his fingers to take chunks out of people and objects with it.

*Obeisance- Conveniently, his remuneration is the shedding his own blood.

*Expert Combatant- His battle abilities are also substantial, as he had never lost a battle, until he met Hei. The humiliation of his first loss drove him to battle Hei again, which unfortunately ended with yet another loss and ultimately his own death.

•Interesting Fact: Wei has a very sadistic personality and doesn’t take a loss well. Since he got his powers, he had never lost a battle, that is, until he fought Hei. Hei out-matched Wei in their fight, and ever since then he looked for a rematch. He states that he was humiliated by Hei, Mao points out that that is unusual for a contractor, as they aren’t supposed to have emotions. His determination to fight Hei again, also led him to join the EPR, as he knew that joining them would mean he would eventually get to fight Hei again. Wei was also power seeking, as shown when he attempted to overthrow and take over the mafia Qing Long Tang by murdering many of it’s executives, and even betrayed Alice, killing her to achieve that objective.

Shion Pavlichenko (Izanagi)

•He’s in the second season

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: Unknown

•Eye Colour: Green

•Hair Colour: Blood-Red

•Ability: Replication and creation of anything, Telepathy with Creations

•Obeisance: Wheelchair Bound

•Gender: Male

•Relatives: Suou Pavlichenko (Sister), Mikhail Pavlichenko (Father), Asako Nakimiya (Mother)

•Personality: Whilst as a Contractor, like all contractors, he seems to find it hard to understand normal human emotions. He makes an effort to understand them, by looking at them from a scientific point of view, but has little success. As he was wheelchair bound, and didn’t leave the house, he had his twin sister to take photographs of the outside world, maybe in an attempt to understand it better. He shows concern for his sister and gets along quite well with her although it seems he doesn’t care that much about his mother. Due to his innate nature as a Contractor, his father isolated him and wanted him to have as little interaction with the outside world as possible. His father took this to such an extent as to warn his sister to stay away from him. Even so, he seems to have a good understanding of everything going on around him. Shion cares for Suou so much he creates a world for her and even calls her his sister. He also goes so far as to protect Suou from Tanya Akulova by killing her.

•Interesting Fact: Shion Pavlichenko is the twin brother if Suou Pavlichenko and the son of Prof. Pavlichenko, a scientist who was studying Contractors.

Suou Pavlichenko

•She’s in the Second Season

•Race: Doll (Re-created)/Contractor

•Messier Code: Unknown

Eye Colour: Green

Hair Colour: Blood-Red

•Ability: Anti-Tank Rifle Materialising

•Obeisance: Constructing Oragami

•Gender: Female

•Age: 13+

•Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia.

•Relatives: Shion Pavlichenko (Brother), Mikhail Pavlichenko (Father), Asako Nakimiya (Mother)

•Contractor/ Doll Abilities: After she turned into a Contractor, she has shown the ability to materialise a PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle from her locket. She is currently able to materialise the PTRD anti-tank rifle and 6 (including 1 in the chamber) of it’s corresponding 14.5x114mm rounds, during each activation of her abilities. It’s still unknown if she can materialise anything I then than said objects. She has only shown to materialise the PTRD anti-tank rifle that resembles the same PTRD Rifle in the old shed where she met up with Nika. An interesting note, is that the rifle retains it’s damage from previous usage and requires frequent maintenance.

*Marksman- Suou shows proficiency in using and maintaining the PTRD rifle because of her past hunting trips with her father. Thanks to Hei’s strict training, she has become more effective in sniping, and is capable of taking down targets from very far away with the help of July’s observer ability.

*Hand-to-Hand Combatant- She has also had close combat training with Hei. She is now proficient in Hand-to-Hand Combat thanks to Hei.

•Interesting Facts:

•Her name is of Japanese origin and means “to become king”, while she shares her last name with Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet Sniper during World War II, who is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history.

•She and Hei are present in an anime cross-over game called Heroes Phantasia by Namco Bandai, for the PSP official website.

Tanya Akulova

•Race: Contractor

•Messier Code: Unknown

•Eye Colour: Blue

•Hair Colour: Blonde

•Ability: Insect Manipulation

•Obeisance: Pulling out her own hair

•Birthplace: Russia

•Affiliation: Russian Intelligence

•Contractor Abilities: Tanya seemed to have the ability to control insects, although her abilities are yet to be truly elaborated on. However, of what’s known so far, she has complete control over these insects, even making them attack and kill an opponent at her will. These insects can cause considerable bodily harm and devour a human being at a frighteningly fast pace, as shown when Tanya attacks Nika at the station with a swarm of them that proceeds to quickly skin him alive. Her obeisance is tearing out strands of her hair, but whether it not the amount pulled out is proportionate to the time the insects are summoned for or how many are used is unknown, as she pulled out three handfuls for summoning just a small swarm to ward off Nika, yet only one as payment for summoning a much larger horde that devoured Nika alive.

•Interesting Facts: Tanya Akulova was a Contractor in Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor. She was the best friend of Suou Pavlichenko and the girlfriend of Nika Lobanov.