Darker Than Black (Anime)

Darker Than Black (Anime)


By James Whittle

Sci-fi thriller Darker Than Black returns after a two-year wait. Tensai Okamura, who wrote and directed the first season, returns to helm what looks to be an exciting second season.

The show features people called Contractors, a race with super-human abilities who have to 'pay back' when they use their powers - this fee might be anything from making origami figures to doing push-ups. Like the mutants in the X-Men comics, their powers manifest without warning or reason. The one thing they have in common is that they all become emotionless and use reasoning and logic to explain their actions.

The show's hero is a contractor named Hei ('Black' in Japanese) who, after stopping Tokyo's Hell Gate from exploding and causing untold destruction, returns as a CIA operative doing covert ops in Russia. There he meets Suou Pavlichenko, a 13-year-old caught in the middle of a power struggle between various factions and Contractors jockeying for power.

Suou is searching for her Contractor brother Shion, who disappeared at the hands of the Russian government. During a gun battle between Hei, Russian soldiers and an unknown Contractor group, Suou mysteriously develops a Contractor power of her own that enables her to make a PTRD-41, a ridiculously large anti-tank rifle, materialise.

The new series is slated to run for 12 episodes and should appear on Animax soon.

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