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DARKER THAN BLACK-黒の契約者- Blu-ray BOX
Blu-ray Disc 5枚組 / MPEG4 AVC / リニアPCM+Dolby TrueHD
三方背BOX+デジジャケット仕様 / 40Pブックレット**封入【完全生産限定】
『スカルマン THE SKULL MAN』のBONESが手掛けるアクションアニメのBOX。突如東京に出現した異常領域「地獄門(ヘルズ・ゲート)」の謎を巡り、各国の諜報機関が繰り広げる諜報戦を描く。全25話に加え、TV未放映エピソード1話を収録。
03 Go Dark (「劇伴」の#1)
04 ハイヒールラナウェイ (「劇伴」の#3)
05 Tenderly (「劇伴」の#4)
06 シド (「劇伴」の#5)
08 Was (「劇伴」の#6)
09 No One's Home (「劇伴」の#8)※vocal:山根麻以
10 ケイヤクシャ (「劇伴」の#11)
11 クロ (「劇伴」の#13)
12 Deadly Work (「劇伴」の#14)※vocal:James Wendt (STAIREO)
13 テンタイカンソク (「劇伴」の#15)
14 BlueCat (「劇伴」の#16)
15 Water Forest (「劇伴」の#18)
16 Night Cruise
21 Total Eclipse
First of all, the packaging is extremely quirky. It comes in a dark gray soft cover file folder which had a few dents simply from shipping due to it's non-durable design. Inside you get an art book and an oversizes cardboard digipack with sleeves for the discs. Since the discs don't 'click in' but are simply inserted into the sleeves they come loose, so 2 of the 3 discs were loose and grinding against each other when I opened it. Furthermore, the digipack is too fragile and has bent corners (probably as a result of shipping turbulence) -- again, flawed design.
Now the good thing about it all is the actual show in HD. It's great re-watching this season in crisp HD. I personally would have preferred a version similar to the Japanese blu ray which comes in a standard chip-board box. But at the end of the day I just wanted to own this show on blu ray, which I now do.
I believe this is is meant for people who are fans of the show. It is overpriced for one season of an "old" anime and the packaging is very unpractical. If you wish to get into the show, or simply want to own it but not obsessed with it, there are a few standard dvd releases which are cheaper and better to store on the shelf (oh yeah, this set is impossible to store on the shelf due to its size, it has to be laying flat). However, if you're really into the show and want it on blu ray, then you have no choice but to buy this set! And hey, to make up for your troubles that art book is pretty neat.
The show itself is so good in the hi-def!! Great quality.
Characters develop well especially the "dolls" which their evolution is essential to the overall story. Contractors each have special abilities that differ from other contractors, and those abilities have a price which often has something to do with a habit or bad habit the contractor had while human. The show leaves a few questions unanswered, but wraps things up nicely in the end.
We learn that contractors have to pay a price for using their special power. Hei / Li is a very likable guy working for a mysterious syndicate while searching for his lost sister. He gets into some very dangerous situations and has to make some tough choices, especially as the 1st series comes to a close. He's a contractor, but doesn't seem to pay a price so he uses his power frequently.
According to the reviews, Darker Than Black: Season 2 with OVA's (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) doesn't live up to this first season, but after enjoying this as much as I did, I had to order the second series to get more.
A powerful story that is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to fans of anime and action.
Darker Than Black was one of the anime watches you sometimes stumble on and don't realize until later is pretty fantastic. Going in there were no expectations since there wasn't anything to go by. It was completely new. From our introduction to the world of Darker Than Black. Soon, you are brought up to speed on what's going on. In what's considered the world everyone lives in a few years back The Gates started to appear turning groups of regular everyday people into something other than human. They became either contractors, medatoriums, and or dolls. All of which, who aren't exactly entirely human. It's a really intriguing premise which delivers finely throughout the series.
All the plethora of contractors, medatoriums, and dolls can be highly pinpointed by regular people by how they act in a complete rational plain of thought which alters their view of the world. Afterwards, in these various groups there are even more various differences. Contractors being at the top of the hierarchy have different range of powers that they can access after completing unique obsessive tasks. The cost of using your contractor abilities is your obsessive task that is different for every contractor. Varying from smoking a cigarette to undressing in public.
The contractors are always coming across in various situations because of their connection to The Gates. They are set apart from human society even though they are human. Well sometimes. It's complicated but it's what is so fascinating. Contractors come off as dangerous for their abilities which they are but also hilarious in their rational way of interacting with their surroundings. Also on various occasions well aware of their powers they will allow themselves to be hired to be assassins for wealthy governments or organizations. Only making them seem cruel killers to society at large.
There is widespread gossip about a contractor that is something of an enigma to even regular contractors. The Black Reaper who's real name is really Hei.
Moving into the characters, Hei, is the main character that has a lot to do with the story. We are first introduced to him through a plethora of events that seem random but are, in fact, part of bigger plot in how The Gates exist and conspiracy. Yes, Hei is basically a contractor but as it turns out he's unique. He doesn't act at all like other contractors most of the time. This surprises most other contractors. Throughout the events in Darker Than Black he is after the truth of what really happened in his past during a war involving contractors. His sister died during this war. Leaving him resenful and enraged. As he searches he finds a bigger hidden conspiracy connected to The Gates that include The Heaven's Gate and Hell's Gate that will affect everyone.
Now, for those of you interested in some romance in your anime there are instances of romance but they are subtle. Hei cares for a doll named Yin. She has an appearance of a petite skinny girl that is almost catatonic but don't let that fool you she's something else. She almost always helps Hei on his assignments that turn out to be dangerous. The romance in Darker Than Black isn't huge in this anime but it is there. The sequel to Darker Than Black: Ryusei no Gemini (English Translation: The Twins of the Meteor) continues the story of Hei and Yin's romance a little and brings in a new cast of characters with a new adventure. Further events are mentioned in Darker Than Black: Gaiden which is Season 3 of Darker Than Black. It's an in-between of events that transpired during Darker Than Black and Darker Than Black: Twins of the Meteor.
It's important to note that this anime is very dark. While things have a tiny sense of hope there is a very tragic or more dystopian tone.
Genre: Espionage, Young Adult
I saw another reviewer mention the weak quality of the dossier type package. Sadly, I'd have to agree. The case closes by wrapping a string around an anchor on the back. After wrapping it twice, the little anchor just fell off :(
I only wish I hadn't waited so long to actually order my own copy.