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Darker than Black  
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From Yen Press:
Ten years ago, the mysterious Hell's Gate suddenly materialized in the middle of Tokyo, and the stars of the night sky were obscured in darkness. In their place, new stars emerged, each corresponding to an individual endowed with supernatural abilities. Devoid of emotion and conscience, these powerful killers have come to be known as Contractors.
But most people know nothing of the Contractors in their midst, and high-schooler Kana Shinoh is no exception. Still struggling to pick up the pieces after her father's death last year, Kana has never troubled herself with the rumors about Hell's Gate. That is, until she spots her father in the street one day. Determined to prove her father is still alive, Kana begins her search, but her mission is attracting some rather dangerous attention. Fortunately, she is rescued from the clutches of death by Hei, the most wanted Contractor in Tokyo. Though he is unsympathetic to her situation, Hei agrees to protect her as she searches for her father. But just how much should she trust the Contractor known as the Black Reaper?


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Associated Names
흑의 계약자
Kuro no Keiyakusha

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-2 by Manga Syndrome over 6 years ago
v.2 c.9 + Omake 2 by Bushido Angel Adventures over 9 years ago
v.2 c.8 + Omake by Bushido Angel Adventures over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (270 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 15th 2017, 1:36pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Asuka (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (1 Volume - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1206 increased(+570)
3 Month Pos #2418 increased(+1042)
6 Month Pos #4480 increased(+446)
Year Pos #5215 increased(+1071)

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Gemini of the Meteor over 8 years ago
Thoughts on a 2nd Season? over 8 years ago
Darker Than Black "Anime".. over 10 years ago

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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Crowned_Cumber
February 2nd, 2009, 12:00am
This is more like a bad fanfic than a manga. The main character is an obvious Mary Sue and the plot resembles bad shoujo unlike the anime which had more of a shounen vibe. I would highly recommend the anime but the manga is awful.
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Rating: N/A
by Checkers
October 8th, 2007, 12:01am's definitely not something I would expect to come out of such an anime! The art is alright, and Hei is cool, as usual. The manga looks pretty interesting, but the anime is still better, so far.

For those who wanted a proper romance in the series, I think the manga comes closer to it.
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Just Nice   
Rating: N/A
by nisamiaw
May 9th, 2010, 1:26am
I like it especially the omake. ^^ Maybe a bit shoujo but it doesn't affect me much as I read both shonen and shoujo. It focus more on Kana than Hei and I can't accept the reason Kanon attracted to Kana. Overall, okay~ ^^
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Nomad
May 21st, 2008, 7:22pm
What is this *bullshit* ? jesus christ no, watch the anime and do yourself a favor, never, ever look at this.
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The only interesting part...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 13th, 2010, 11:42pm
The only interesting parts about this manga is the fact that Hei wears an awesome mask when he kills which I would like to own in reality and that he's a pretty quiet guy who's very loyal to his people and doesn't brag about his work.
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I loved it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shoufuu
December 23rd, 2009, 12:09am
Yes I did. And Kyou was just too pretty. haha. Sorry. Anyways, I liked it better than the actual Darker than Black...[sorry]...Only complaint: IT'S TOO SHORT sad
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Rating: N/A
by stellarr
June 29th, 2007, 8:51pm
the shoujo-ness of the manga is certainly interesting, but after experiencing the feel and storytelling of the anime, one expects the same from the manga.. Still, the manga isn't bad at all.. it feels very much like an omake to the anime's original story. Well, whatever the either case.. Hei rocks!
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it was ok......   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by blackknight
November 22nd, 2010, 12:40pm
This one wasn't awful. It was a straight forward storyline, with no extra trimmings. I do like the main character, Hei. I also like the idea of the mask he wears when he kills people. Kana wasn't a bad character either. Canon could have had a lot lot more done with her. Kyo was interesting but he could have been fleshed out more. Without the little bit of flashback stuff, this manga could have been confusing. I did find the whole story a bit rushed, especially toward the end. The situation with MI6 was resolved way too fast. The ending itself was rather flat, and unsatisflying. I haven't watched the anime, which everyone tells me I should.
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Rating: N/A
by RwR
June 29th, 2007, 6:35pm
It's Darker than Black manga.
But the artwork is not by Yuji Iwahara?!
I think my universe just collapsed into a black hole.

The plot development and atmosphere is nothing like the anime (yes, I've read the spoiler, but...), looks more like a shoujo manga with a dash of violence (for flavor).

I'm disappointed. Oh well.. I'll just go cry myself to sleep, as usual =D

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Dagorkitty
March 21st, 2009, 7:16pm
I had seen the first episode of the anime and thought it was shounen, i kinda liked what i saw. Then i'm looking for shoujo and find the darker than black manga, i was like: "WTF! i thought it was shounen!".

Well i just finished reading the manga, i didn't like it much, the end was too vague and the romance was never concrete. The plot was really intersting but it wasn't well done.

I'll give it a 5 just because i liked the general idea of hellgate and contracters and all that.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2009, 7:17pm
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