The BEST Episodes of Darker Than Black

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Network: Animax

It has been 10 years since Heaven's Gate appeared in South America and Hell's Gate appeared in Japan, veiling the once familiar night sky with an oppressive skyscape. Their purposes unknown, these Gates are spaces in which the very laws of physics are ignored. With the appearance of the Gates emerged Contractors, who, in exchange for their humanity, are granted supernatural abilities. In the Japanese city surrounding Hell’s Gate, Section 4 Chief Misaki Kirihara finds herself at odds with an infamous Contractor codenamed Hei. Called "Black Reaper" in the underground world, Hei, like his associates, undertakes missions for the mysterious and ruthless Syndicate while slowly peeling back the dark layers covering a nefarious plot that threatens the very existence of Contractors. From the mind of Tensai Okamura comes a sci-fi thriller taking the form of a subtle exposé on a war in which political positions and justice have no sway—a war waged exclusively in the shadows.

Ark of Stars

#1 - Ark of Stars

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 24, 2009

Hei and the rest of Section 3 continue to secure Izanami from American forces after they have launched a military operation to secure the Greater Tokyo Area for their government's use. Genma reveals his allegiance to the CIA, having been a double agent for them and the MIAC. Misaki goes on with Mao to find a way to handle Izanami, wondering whether their actions will either save the world or bring it to ruin forever. However, Madame Oreille reveals details that ties to the problems the MIAC and Suō had been facing before Misaki and Mao. After the American military successfully secures the Greater Tokyo Area, Misaki and Kobayashi go underground to escape detention from the hands of American troops while Hazuki goes MIA after her fight with Genma and his American escorts. Meanwhile, Shion uses the last of his Contractor powers to help Suō after they meet in Hell's Gate.

star 8.44
183 votes
Directors: Tensai Okamura
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
They Met One Day, Unexpectedly

#2 - They Met One Day, Unexpectedly

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 2009

As Suō and July ride a train through Tokyo Suō collapses from a high fever, waking up in Kiko's bedroom. Kiko and Gai decide to help Suō search Tokyo for Suō's mother, but with little success. Misaki finds a recording by Amber which instructs her to find a certain CD, which informs her that Izanami will eventually meet Izanagi, at which point Hell's Gate will open. Following the advice of Madame Orielle, Suō proceeds to an airport to find her mother. At the airport Hei appears and kidnaps one of Misaki's teammates, easily evading Mina and escaping. Suō's mother cries upon meeting Suō in the airport, believing she is her twin brother Shion. In a car Suō tries to explain that she is not Shion, but her mother dismisses this saying that Suō died 8 years ago.

star 8.40
172 votes
Directors: Keisuke Onishi
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
Meteor Shower...

#3 - Meteor Shower...

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 20, 2007

Hei's team, on the orders of Eric Nishijima, has been kicked out of the syndicate and contracts taken on all their lives. Misaki discovers that the "syndicate" is really a collaboration between intelligence agencies of multiple countries and that she herself has been an unknowing member. Hei, Yin, and Mao infilitrate Hell's Gate while Huang detonates a suicide bomb for distraction. Mao is disconnected from the Syndicate's network and his feral cat behavior takes over and runs away. The EPR's contractors attack the gate, leaving the focus open for Hei and Yin. The syndicate takes out the EPR's doll system, leaving Hei with only Yin for guidance as they head towards the conclusion of the story.

star 8.34
263 votes
Directors: Daisuke Chiba
Writers: Kurasumi Sunayama
The Ark Adrift on the Lake

#4 - The Ark Adrift on the Lake

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 2009

Hei and the others landed in Sapporo, taking refuge in an uninhabited part of the city as half of it was previously flooded. Misaki was recruited into the MIAC's black ops division Section 35 and was given the alias of Yayoi Ichinose. Hoping to learn what happened to Hei, she sought out an informant to obtain information of what happened to him. Hei decides to train Suou given that she has obtained Contractor powers after the previous gunfight against FSB forces in Vladivostok. Despite Suou's hatred to Hei for changing her life, she decides to stay with him alongside July. Meanwhile, Misaki heads to the now abandoned National Observatory when she was confronted alone by Madam Orielle, who knows of her real name aside from her alias.

star 8.33
148 votes
Directors: Tarou Iwasaki
Writers: Mari Okada
Black Cats Do Not Dream of Stars

#5 - Black Cats Do Not Dream of Stars

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2009

An Eurasian girl named Suou watches a meteor shower along with her twin brother Shion and their father, but things go awry when a meteor crashes into their location. Two years later, Shion has turned into a contractor from the incident, confined to a wheelchair due to his renumeration. He is locked away into the family home for safekeeping, while Dr. Pavlichenko spends his time researching into his son's condition and the contractors, forbidding Suou to talk or see her brother. Things go normally in their lives until Suou's best friend Tania becomes a contractor and attacks her boyfriend Nika when he stops her from leaving. Hei aka BK-201 reappears in Russia after a FSB squad tries to capture Shion alive; April also reappears in Russia on a mission to secure Shion.

star 8.30
183 votes
Directors: Tensai Okamura
Writers: Tensai Okamura
Vanishing in a Sea of Ice

#6 - Vanishing in a Sea of Ice

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2009

The trap devices holding Hei explodes from the energies caused by the meteor fragment. Suou goes into a daze and shove both herself and Hei into the sea. Hei awakens in a hut with Suou in tow. After a tense exchange, Hei decides to bring Suou and leave Vladivostok. Hei and Suou try to make their escape at the train station while Nika distracts Tania from her mission. Misaki is questioned by an MIAC official named Kobayashi about the contractors and the Syndicate. She is given an offer to join MIAC in pursuing BK201 who is revealed by Kobayashi to be alive. Hei, Mao, Suou and July, who has joined up with them, rides on a ship leaving Russia.

star 8.30
149 votes
Directors: Koichi Hatsumi
Writers: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Does the Reaper Dream of Darkness Darker Than Black?

#7 - Does the Reaper Dream of Darkness Darker Than Black?

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 27, 2007

After meeting with Amber, Hei learns that against common knowledge Contractors can become more humane than was thought to be possible. Realising his own position between the world of contractors and humans, Hei has to make the decisive choice for both. With final farewells to his past comrades inside the Gate, and their support behind his back, Hei's decision brings new future for the world.

star 8.26
267 votes
Directors: Tensai Okamura
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
The Doll Sings in the Winter Wind

#8 - The Doll Sings in the Winter Wind

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2009

Misaki and Genma meet at the abandoned National Observatory, the former being warned that communications between her and the rest of the world are being tapped by the MIAC. Hei and the others escape from Sapporo under a heavy police lockdown by seeking assistance from the underworld. However, Hei is later duped when their contact gets away with kidnapping July. A Russian agent named Ilya Sokolov encounters Suō and uses his Contractor powers to help him detain her, Mao and July after killing their contact. Hei later comes to their rescue and kills Ilya, despite nearly being overpowered by Ilya's powers. The four later were able to arrive at the Sendai Shinkansen station, boarding it while Repnin of the FSB watches them from his cabin.

star 8.26
149 votes
Directors: Shingo Kaneko
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
God is In His Heaven...

#9 - God is In His Heaven...

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 13, 2007

Eric Nishijima is using a particle accelerator to wipe out the contractors. Amber gathers numerous contractors to destroy the accelerator, and dolls to be used for some other unknown reason. Nijishima is related to the Syndicate as he places a phone call to eliminate Hei and his team. Amber sends a message to Hei via Wei, telling him to meet her in the Gate. Hei agrees and thus Huang, Mao, and Yin, agree to assist Hei to infiltrate Hell's Gate with Wei's guidance.

star 8.24
234 votes
Directors: Takefumi Anzai
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
Twinkling Sun on a Summer Day

#10 - Twinkling Sun on a Summer Day

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2009

Suō recalls a summer day in Vladivostok before the series when she played with Tanya by a pool. Meanwhile, Hei is intercepted by Repnin's men in the train hallway and Suō is confronted by Tanya. Repnin offers Hei a job with the FSB after inviting him to eat. During this time, Hei and Misaki are told simultaneously that Izanami has the ability to cause contractors to commit suicide. Hei refuses Repnin's offer and attacks him, while Tanya summons a swarm of insects to stop the train and escape with Suō. Outside the train, Hei and Suō face off against the FSB force on their own, defeating them. Unknown to Suō, Tanya was killed by Suō's brother Shion from a nearby rooftop. As Tanya floats in the stagnant pool, Suō ponders that she can never return to the innocent summer days she remembers. Suō later heads off to Tokyo with Mao and July on their own without Hei to guide them.

star 8.24
174 votes
Directors: Hideki Ito
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
An Aroma Sweet, a Heart Bitter

#11 - An Aroma Sweet, a Heart Bitter

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 2009

Hei engages Genma in a battle, taking in the trap prepared by Misaki while she and the rest of Section 3 prepare to transport Izanami to the Greater Tokyo Area via submarine. Suō and July are tasked by Mao to take down the metal container that houses Izanami. Hei, after realizing that Yin was in the container all along, interrupts Suō's attempt to shoot it and instead retreats. Hei and the others retreat from Sapporo also, heading to Tokyo after Suō witnesses the death of Michiru when a specter resembling Yin strangles her with her water powers. Misaki is later warned not to think of Yōko as an ally. Hei then goes rogue once more, cutting off connections with Madam Orielle. When Suō sees Yin's specter from the electric pole, she kicks it before walking with Hei back to their hideout.

star 8.24
174 votes
Directors: Yuriko Sugaya
Writers: Mari Okada
The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full

#12 - The Sea Floor Dries Up, and the Moon Grows Full

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 2009

Hei decides to leave for awhile to settle his own problems. After which, Suō decides to do the same - going to find her father and ask him about her. Suō, July and Mao go to the aquarium and they find Dr. Pavlichenko there. He tells Suō the truth about the meteor incident that year and about Shion's abilities to copy. On the other hand, MIAC head for the aquarium and Genma bumps into Suō and gang. Misaki bumps into Madam Orelle and she tells her to follow because there will be a bloodbath soon. Suō and gang run and hide, but Dr. Pavlichenko is shot by a contractor while trying to protect Suō. They hide somewhere while Genma calls for Suō. Suō tells the rest to hide while she confronts Genma herself. She manages to knock out Genma in the battle, but gets back to the rest only to find her father dying. They leave while MIAC finds Dr. Pavlichenko's body, with Suō's origami of a star on him. Meanwhile, Hei tries to find Yin, but was surprised to see the containment empty. Mina comes out and attacks Hei. Back at the Gate, Misaki meets with Mao and July, only to have found Suō disappeared. It is shown that she found Shion on the floor, unconscious.

star 8.16
171 votes
Directors: Hideyo Yamamoto
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
Fallen Meteor

#13 - Fallen Meteor

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2009

Before Hei could obtain the Meteor Core from Suou, Hazuki attacks him in order to secure Suou. Suou sought sanctuary alongside Nika to avoid being captured by FSB agents due to the events regarding Tanya's Contractor powers being known and for Suou being mistaken for Shion. When Hei tries to recapture Suou, he tries to obtain the Fragment when he realizes that "Shion" is actually Suou, which greatly changes Hei's mind of securing her when a FSB squad ambushes Hei. Hei escapes with Suou along when August 7 and Genma attack the FSB squad separately to secure Suou for their own objectives. Hei and Suou were caught in a trap after Hei seemingly kills August 7 by electrocuting the British contractor. Later on, Misaki is shown looking through a telescope which is directed towards BK201's star. The star fades away.

star 8.11
183 votes
Directors: Daisuke Chiba
Writers: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Your Smile on a False Street Corner

#14 - Your Smile on a False Street Corner

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2009

Suō tries to remind her mother of the happy time they visited the aquarium, but flees when she denies it. Misaki finds Suō in the cold and explains that the aquarium she remembers was demolished 13 years ago. Suō's mother recounts to Misaki that day 8 years ago in Moscow when she took Suō and Shion to see her husband Dr. Pavlichenko at the university; Mao was also present then and lost his body in the explosion. Suō's mother remembers seeing her husband manipulating Suō in a machine, then fleeing with Suō's lifeless body while Shion watched from a window. Shion reveals his ability: He can create a perfect clone of any organism. Hei rejoins Suō, July, and Mao after incapacitating Misaki. Mina vows to kill Hei upon finding Yoko's bloody corpse.

star 8.11
175 votes
Directors: Nao Higa
Writers: Mari Okada
Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows

#15 - Gunsmoke Blows, Life Flows

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2009

Hei was attacked by a group of MIAC agents led by Michiru, the wife of a local restaurant owner who left him three years ago after being a Contractor for the MIAC. Suou and July were able to escape capture from the agents under Hei's instructions. Misaki is tasked by the MIAC to lead a Section 3 unit in delivering a device with the codename as Izanami under orders from Kobayashi. Hei recruits Suou to assist him in launching a raid on the Section 3 convoy under orders from his employers to seize Izanami with the mission seemingly a success after the truck drives away in the attack. Michiru appears to her family in Sapporo, startling her ex-husband and son. Suou watches the waters of Sapporo after the mission, seeing an unknown submarine covertly entering Japanese territorial waters.

star 8.10
177 votes
Directors: Hideyo Yamamoto
Writers: Mari Okada
City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (2)

#16 - City Under Crackdown, Moist with Tears... (2)

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 6, 2007

Mao is taken by Amber to the headquarters of the EPR. While there, Amber calls a meeting for all of the EPR's contractors, including Mao, and the Doctor. She reveals that there was a plan to destroy the South American gate, which would have led to the eventual disappearance of all world-wide contractors. The Doctor notes that the plan was interrupted by a mysterious blue light. November 11 meets the head of East Asian MI6 operations, who is revealed to be a member of the Syndicate, and they kill each other. Hei attacks the EPR to rescue Mao. Hei uses his powers on Amber while Amber activates her meteor shard, resulting in the illumination of the whole building in a blue light.

star 8.04
264 votes
Directors: Hideyo Yamamoto
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (2)

#17 - Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (2)

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 16, 2007

The Organization orders Huang to kill Shihoko, and as a secondary directive secretly orders Mao and Hei to kill them and Alma if Huang fails. In Huang's past we see him falling for Shihoko, and then Shihoko killing his then police partner Isozaki. Isozaki's wife's memory is wiped by the ME, and Huang is drafted into the Syndicate. He is unable to kill Shihoko, and asks Hei to kill them both. Hei tries to help them run away while Mao refuses to have any involvement. When they arrive at the docks to wait for a boat, Shihoko sees someone from the Syndicate and realizes they cannot escape. For love of Huang she runs into the path of an oncoming truck and dies.

star 8.03
239 votes
Directors: Daisuke Chiba
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (1)

#18 - Dreaming Shallow, Uninebriated... (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 9, 2007

Hei is sent to infiltrate a religious organization and kill the Prophet, Alma. He is aided by an insider, another Contractor by the name of Shihoko whom Huang appears to know. Amagiri and Alma appear to be in cahoots with Alma providing him with dolls. A well-meant mistake on Huang's part leads to Shihoko's capture.

star 7.96
236 votes
Directors: Shingo Kaneko
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (2)

#19 - The White Dress, Stained with the Girl's Dreams and Blood... (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 7, 2007

After Hei and Misaki barely escape from Alice, Hei goes his separate way after Misaki and Saitou find each other. After Hei steals the crystal hidden within the stone flower garden, he runs into Wei and loses the crystal in the process. Wei finally meets up with Misaki and Saitou, who have found Alice. After Wei kills his partner, Alice, he moves in on Misaki and Hei.

star 7.95
311 votes
Directors: Shingo Kaneko
Writers: Kurasumi Sunayama
A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface...(2)

#20 - A Heart Unswaying on the Water's Surface...(2)

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 5, 2007

Kastenin, Gai, and Kiko take Yin back to her home town, meanwhile Hei is given the order to kill Yin and is given her location. Getting to Yin is not going to be that easy since th contractors from before are still after Yin and have their own method to finding her. The race is on once more, but this time Hei must make the choice on whether or not to kill Yin. Will he kill her or will the option be taken from him?

star 7.93
194 votes
Directors: Shingo Kaneko
Writers: Shinsuke Onishi
The Fallen Star of a Contract... (2)

#21 - The Fallen Star of a Contract... (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 2007

As Li and Haraguchi continue to avoid Alan and the other Contractors, Haraguchi reveals that her actual name is Chiaki Shinoda. She also says she will give him the information she received from Rui. Upon retrieving the information Lee leaves Chiaki behind and takes of with the information. But everything is not as it seems. After getting a little ways away Li is attacked by Alan and the other Contractors. Can he survive?

star 7.93
388 votes
Directors: Takefumi Anzai
Writers: Tensai Okamura
The Fallen Star of a Contract... (1)

#22 - The Fallen Star of a Contract... (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 5, 2007

Li Shanshun is a Chinese student just moving to Japan. Upon moving in his new apartment he meets a woman named Haraguchi. He sees here again that night, after observing the stars, and even saves her from getting caught by the cops. It seems Haraguchi is in something she shouldn't be as Li saves her from being kidnapped after running into her again. But a second rescue is out of the question since the kidnapper is a Contractor. Li is knocked off a bridge and left for dead and Haraguchi is taken away. Is Li really dead? Or is there more than meets the eye when it comes to him?

star 7.85
420 votes
Directors: Tensai Okamura
Writers: Tensai Okamura
Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (1)

#23 - Memories of Betrayal in an Amber Smile... (1)

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 12, 2007

A sunspot called the Great Dark Spot, that makes the sun look like an eye, is about to appear and the last time it appeared the gate in South America dissappeared. To make everything even more hectic a boy is going around setting off explosions in the city. But things continue to fall apart when November 11 returns and it becomes apparent that Hei and November 11 are looking for the the same girl, who is known as Amber to Hei and February to November 11. Will Hei be able to find her before November 11 does, or will November 11 be taken out before his search can begin?

star 7.85
267 votes
Directors: Satoshi Toba
Writers: Yuuichi Nomura
Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (2)

#24 - Red Giant over Eastern Europe... (2)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 10, 2007

Havoc is iterrogated by Hei on the whereabouts of Amber and Pai (Who is Hei's younger sister) Unfortunately, Havoc does not know anything useful. She offers to help Hei by approaching the Gate and recovering her memories and powers, but that only leads her to wanting her own death. With the MI6 agents in pursuit, her wish may be granted.

star 7.85
326 votes
Directors: Hideyo Yamamoto
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(1)

#25 - When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall...(1)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 14, 2007

When an explosion is set up to steal a meteor fragment from PANDORA headquarters, Hei is sent it to steal it before anyone else does. On his first day he meets up Corinna Moku, who breaks down not long after arriving at the gate, and Meena Kandaswamy, who is from the same organization as Hei and will be helping him find the fragment. Now Hei must keep from being detected as a Contractor and find the meteor fragment. But will a death at the headquarters break his cover?

star 7.82
276 votes
Directors: Daisuke Chiba
Writers: Shôtarô Suga