Fleeing from the consequences of his decision at the Hell's Gate, superpowered Contractor Hei and his companion Yin take refuge in a quiet inn, adopting the guise of a married couple in order to not draw suspicion. In an attempt to recover from recent events, Hei befriends the inn's other guests. He discovers that one of them is a fellow Contractor tasked with killing him. Their resulting encounter spells disaster for both Hei and Yin, who are forced to fight for their lives and grapple with the emotional wounds sustained in their previous life together.
Welcome my fellow otakus! It is I, your favorite reviewer, “The Anime Critic”, back at it with yet another thrilling, spine-tingling, and hopefully, all-encompassing review! This time, I’ll be diving into the grim yet gripping realm of Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden. Buckle up as this is guaranteed to be a hell of a ride!
Prepare to plunge into a world where the remnants of a mysterious gate from South America have triggered the appearance of Contractors, individuals bestowed with supernatural abilities but stripped of their humanity. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden intimately explores the aftermath of the Tokyo Explosion.
Our ever enigmatic protagonist, Hei, also known as the Black Reaper, has been on the run since the ignominious fall of The Syndicate. The narrative pulsates around his continuous endeavor to protect Yin from the clutches of evildoers. The four OVA episodes serve as a missing link between the first and second seasons, unraveling the circumstances that led to the somber and seemingly unstoppable spread of darkness.
Review: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden
If you’re already a fan of the Darker than Black universe, this will fulfill your thirst for more. If you’re a newbie, prepare to be absorbed into a world where humanity’s depth is tested, questioned yet, celebrated in strange, implausible ways. Buckle up since Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden is a ride that’ll truly take you to spaces darker than black!
The plot primarily revolves around our protagonist Hei and his apparently emotionless Doll, Yin. The relationship between these two characters evolves profoundly in this series, offering viewers a poignant, deeply emotional spectacle. The absence of the regular episodic format gives more room for the storyline to breathe and develop coherently.
The animation style remains consistent with the previous entries in the series, maintaining a dusky art style which does more than justice to the narrative’s tone. The audio direction too adds another layer of atmospheric immersion, with a haunting soundtrack that perfectly complements the unfolding drama.
Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden does an excellent job in bridging the gap between the first and second seasons, wrapping up certain loose ends while teasing what’s to come. Isn’t that what a perfect OVA should do?
Whether you should rent, buy, or stream Darker than Black: Kuro No Keiyakusha Gaiden will primarily depend on if you wish to sink further into this universe. This brief journey through Hei and Yin’s emotional evolution is still a major must-watch. Therefore, I unequivocally recommend that you stream or buy this gem.
At its core, Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden is a testament to how humans can still find hope amidst despair. It nudges you to question your own understanding of humanity while simultaneously titillating your senses with its action. So, are you ready to venture into spaces darker than black? If yes, then go sink your teeth into this supernova of a tale NOW!
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