Quick Review – Darker Than Black

Darker Than Black was something I looked forward to because it was made by bones. I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being neat until the ending just had to come along and ruin everything.

Music
The first OP really grew on me, but the second one was not so great, particularly because there was such a focus on cars at the beginning of it and the song wasn’t good enough to salvage that mess. As for the rest: Yoko Kanno. What more is there to say?

Art/Animation
Thankfully, Darker Than Black was another relatively good looking show, and although the fighting scenes weren’t as fluid as those found in Seirei no Moribito, they were still a pleasure to watch. Or, they at least weren’t painful to watch. Another big plus was the style of the character designs; I quite liked it.

Story
The story is really the most important part of an anime for me; even if the animation isn’t great, a solid story means that I’ll probably still like it. I enjoyed the Violinist of Hamelin TV show, for instance. Darker Than Black doesn’t have any technical issues to worry about, but its story is a difficult thing to judge because it’s both so strong and so awful at the same time. Its strong points are the characters, which were developed well (or maybe I just thought Hei was cool), the intriguing setting, and the two-episode set up, which always had a neat cliffhanger in the middle. There is only one bad point: the ending. Oh, the ending. The setting was left unexplained. On the day I watched it, I had some idea what happened, but trying to remember it only brings to mind the following: “What the hell actually happened?” I have no idea. All I know is that it was extremely unsatisfying, and if that was the way they were going to wrap things up, they should’ve just not tried to wrap anything up at all. I would’ve enjoyed no ending more than this.

Final Verdict
Stylish and entertaining but marred by a bad ending.
7/10

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