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Darker than Black OVA 1 Review
Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms
DARKER THAN BLACK ー黒の契約者ー (Dākā Zan Burakku -Kuro no Keiyakusha-)

Synopsis

Mayu Otsuka works at the 4th Foreign Affairs Department in the Japanese National Police Agency as a liaison officer with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. She wrote a story about a masked man that supposedly seemed to be a dream, but she isn't sure. Hei and his comrades got themselves a new task and are looking for a numeric password with a sample. A contractor took it from the Gate and buried it under a blossom tree. As events unfold, Mayu seems to fall in love with Hei, while Saitou struggles to confess his feelings for Kirihara.

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Overview

Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms is a one episode OVA released between the first and second TV season on March 26, 2008.

Alternative title

– Darker than Black: The Black Contractor
– Brama Piekieł
– Dākā Zan Burakku -Kuro no Keiyakusha-
– Darker than BLACK -흑의 계약자-
– Darker than BLACK ‐黒の契約者‐
– Темнее черного
– DARKER THAN BLACK─黑之契約者─

TL;DR Review

Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms is just a one-off OVA from the perspective of a minor character Mayu Otsuka.

The animation is great and on par with the TV series.

The OVA share the first season’s second opening and ending themes. The opening song “Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero Without A Name~” by An Cafe is catchy and memorable.

We see more backstory on the various minor characters than what the TV series actually show.

The OVA took place sometime later during the first season. For a short OVA, it packed quite a bit of content. I thought it was fine the first time I’ve seen it, but upon the second viewing, I appreciate it’s writing much more. The OVA is more comedy in nature and is a bit goofier than the TV series.

I will recommend Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms to the fan of the series. This OVA make more sense if you had seen at least the first half of the TV show. Darker than Black contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Howling” by Abingdon Boys School (eps 1-14)
  2. “Kakusei Heroism (The Hero Without a “Name”)” by An Cafe (eps 15-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” (ツキアカリのミチシルベ, lit. “Guidepost of the Moonlight”) by Stereopony

Closing Theme

TV Season 1

  1. “Tsukiakari” (ツキアカリ, lit. “Moonlight”) by Rie fu (eps 1-14)
  2. “Dreams” by High and Mighty Color (eps 15-25)

TV Season 2

  1. “From Dusk Till Dawn” by Abingdon Boys School

OVA 2 (Darker than Black: Origins)

  1. “Darker than Black” by Yasushi Ishii
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Darker than Black: Beneath the Fully Bloomed Cherry Blossoms

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Hei
"It's ok if people just meet for a moment. Simply passing by each other… You might pass by each other again somewhere. Isn't that fine too?"
Yin
"The light of our hearts is even darker than black, the dim glimmer of Hell itself."
Hei
"If you pretend to feel a certain way, the feeling can become genuine all by accident.”
Hei
"Contractors are not human. They're killing machines, dressed in human skin. In order to keep their risks to a minimum, they make sure to kill all witnesses. They're liars and betrayers."
Hei
"Sometimes, the things we can't change end up changing us."
Hei
"The truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for..."
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