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The Best Episodes of Darker than Black

Every episode of Darker than Black ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Darker than Black!

Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly now known as "Heaven's Gate" appeared in South America, shortly followed by the opening of "Hell's Gate" in Tokyo altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The real stars disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people possessing various special abilities — called "Contractors" — emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats. Following the disastrous Heaven's War, the United States lost its dominant position as a superpower to a mysterious organization named the Syndicate. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed "Hei" as he undertakes various espionage and assassination missions in Tokyo.

Genres:AnimationAction & AdventureSci-Fi & FantasyMystery
Network:MBS

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The best episode of "Darker than Black" is "Meteor Shower...", rated 8.2/10 from 104 user votes. It was directed by Daisuke Chiba and written by N/A. "Meteor Shower..." aired on 9/21/2007 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "God's in His Heaven...".

  • Meteor Shower...
    8.2/10 104 votes

    #1 - Meteor Shower...

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2007-09-21

    Hei's team, on the orders of Eric Nishijima, has been kicked out of the syndicate and contracts taken on all their lives. Misaki discovers that the "syndicate" is really a collaboration between intelligence agencies of multiple countries and that she herself has been an unknowing member. Hei, Yin, and Mao infilitrate Hell's Gate while Huang detonates a suicide bomb for distraction. Mao is disconnected from the Syndicate's network and his feral cat behavior takes over and runs away. The EPR's contractors attack the gate, leaving the focus open for Hei and Yin. The syndicate takes out the EPR's doll system, leaving Hei with only Yin for guidance as they head towards the conclusion of the story.

    Director: Daisuke Chiba

    Writer: N/A

  • God's in His Heaven...
    8.1/10 96 votes

    #2 - God's in His Heaven...

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2007-09-14

    Eric Nishijima is using a particle accelerator to wipe out the contractors. Amber gathers numerous contractors to destroy the accelerator, and dolls to be used for some other unknown reason. Nijishima is related to the Syndicate as he places a phone call to eliminate Hei and his team. Amber sends a message to Hei via Wei, telling him to meet her in the Gate. Hei agrees and thus Huang, Mao, and Yin, agree to assist Hei to infiltrate Hell's Gate with Wei's guidance.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Is the Dream that a God of Death Has a Darkness Darker than Black?
    8.1/10 106 votes

    #3 - Is the Dream that a God of Death Has a Darkness Darker than Black?

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 2007-09-28

    After meeting with Amber, Hei learns that against common knowledge Contractors can become more humane than was thought to be possible. Realising his own position between the world of contractors and humans, Hei has to make the decisive choice for both. With final farewells to his past comrades inside the Gate, and their support behind his back, Hei's decision brings new future for the world.

    Director: Tensai Okamura

    Writer: Shoutarou Suga

  • On a Silver Night, the Heart Does not Sway on the Water's Surface... (2)
    8.0/10 109 votes

    #4 - On a Silver Night, the Heart Does not Sway on the Water's Surface... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-07-06

    Kastenin, Gai, and Kiko take Yin back to her home town, meanwhile Hei is given the order to kill Yin and is given her location. Getting to Yin is not going to be that easy since th contractors from before are still after Yin and have their own method to finding her. The race is on once more, but this time Hei must make the choice on whether or not to kill Yin. Will he kill her or will the option be taken from him?

    Director: Shingo Kaneko

    Writer: N/A

  • Without Dreaming Shallow Dreams, and Falling Drunk... (2)
    8.0/10 95 votes

    #5 - Without Dreaming Shallow Dreams, and Falling Drunk... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-08-17

    The Organization orders Huang to kill Shihoko, and as a secondary directive secretly orders Mao and Hei to kill them and Alma if Huang fails. In Huang's past we see him falling for Shihoko, and then Shihoko killing his then police partner Isozaki. Isozaki's wife's memory is wiped by the ME, and Huang is drafted into the Syndicate. He is unable to kill Shihoko, and asks Hei to kill them both. Hei tries to help them run away while Mao refuses to have any involvement. When they arrive at the docks to wait for a boat, Shihoko sees someone from the Syndicate and realizes they cannot escape. For love of Huang she runs into the path of an oncoming truck and dies.

    Director: Daisuke Chiba

    Writer: N/A

  • The City of Regulations is Moistened by Tears... (2)
    8.0/10 94 votes

    #6 - The City of Regulations is Moistened by Tears... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2007-09-07

    Mao is taken by Amber to the headquarters of the EPR. While there, Amber calls a meeting for all of the EPR's contractors, including Mao, and the Doctor. She reveals that there was a plan to destroy the South American gate, which would have led to the eventual disappearance of all world-wide contractors. The Doctor notes that the plan was interrupted by a mysterious blue light. November 11 meets the head of East Asian MI6 operations, who is revealed to be a member of the Syndicate, and they kill each other. Hei attacks the EPR to rescue Mao. Hei uses his powers on Amber while Amber activates her meteor shard, resulting in the illumination of the whole building in a blue light.

    Director: Hideyo Yamamoto

    Writer: N/A

  • The Memory of Betrayal is an Amber-Colored Smile... (2)
    7.8/10 97 votes

    #7 - The Memory of Betrayal is an Amber-Colored Smile... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-07-20

    The Stargazer of the Astronomical Bureau finally speaks, giving vague information on the Evening Primrose. November 11 kills Maki in a final showdown as Hei finally reaches Amber, who has taken Yin. Misaki also arrives at their location, but, with the help of Amber's contract, everyone escapes.

    Director: Daisuke Chiba

    Writer: N/A

  • On a Silver Night, the Heart Does not Sway on the Water's Surface... (1)
    7.7/10 102 votes

    #8 - On a Silver Night, the Heart Does not Sway on the Water's Surface... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-06-29

    Hei, Yin, and Mao are targeted by a group of contractors and now must fight to survive. Things become problematic when Yin goes missing. Now Hei and Moa must find her before the enemy does, but things change when Yin's old piano teacher gets Gai and Kiko to find Yin for him. The race is on to find Yin, but who will get to her first?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Beyond the Gate, Recovering the Lost... (2)
    7.6/10 103 votes

    #9 - Beyond the Gate, Recovering the Lost... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-06-22

    Nick and a few other researchers are sent into the restricted section of the Gate to retrieve what is to believed to be the meteor fragment. Everything goes wrong and the entire team ends up dead, except Nick. Now Hei realizes that Nick is a contractor too, who seems to have the same power, and he also has the meteor fragment. Upon confronting Nick, the two begin to fight. Can Hei defeat Nick or will something else end the battle?

    Director: Hideyo Yamamoto

    Writer: N/A

  • I'll Sing a Love Song at the Garbage Dump... (2)
    7.6/10 98 votes

    #10 - I'll Sing a Love Song at the Garbage Dump... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-08-03

    Kenji falls for the doll, and they try to run away together with Hei's help. While out shopping, Hei is nearly identified by Kirihara Misaki as BK201, but Misaki doesn't see the relation between Li Shunsheng and BK201. Later, Kenji is caught and nearly killed by the boss, his brother, when Hei saves him. Kenji and the doll successfully run away.

    Director: Eiichi Kuboyama

    Writer: N/A

  • Without Dreaming Shallow Dreams, and Falling Drunk... (1)
    7.6/10 94 votes

    #11 - Without Dreaming Shallow Dreams, and Falling Drunk... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2007-08-10

    Hei is sent to infiltrate a religious organization and kill the Prophet, Alma. He is aided by an insider, another Contractor by the name of Shihoko whom Huang appears to know. Amagiri and Alma appear to be in cahoots with Alma providing him with dolls. A well-meant mistake on Huang's part leads to Shihoko's capture.

    Director: Shingo Kaneko

    Writer: N/A

  • The Water Bottom Dries, the Moon is Full...
    7.6/10 62 votes

    #12 - The Water Bottom Dries, the Moon is Full...

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-12-18

    Suo encounters someone she thought was dead and learns the truth behind the mysteries of her past. Unfortunately, the meeting is cut short when several Contractors launch an attack.

    Director: Hideyo Yamamoto

    Writer: N/A

  • A Crimson Dream of Disaster Disappears in Eastern Europe... (2)
    7.5/10 111 votes

    #13 - A Crimson Dream of Disaster Disappears in Eastern Europe... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2007-05-11

    Havoc is iterrogated by Hei on the whereabouts of Amber and Pai (Who is Hei's younger sister) Unfortunately, Havoc does not know anything useful. She offers to help Hei by approaching the Gate and recovering her memories and powers, but that only leads her to wanting her own death. With the MI6 agents in pursuit, her wish may be granted.

    Director: Hideyo Yamamoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Girl's Pure White Dress Stained by Dreams and Blood... (2)
    7.5/10 102 votes

    #14 - Girl's Pure White Dress Stained by Dreams and Blood... (2)

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-06-08

    After Hei and Misaki barely escape from Alice, Hei goes his separate way after Misaki and Saitou find each other. After Hei steals the crystal hidden within the stone flower garden, he runs into Wei and loses the crystal in the process. Wei finally meets up with Misaki and Saitou, who have found Alice. After Wei kills his partner, Alice, he moves in on Misaki and Hei.

    Director: Shingo Kaneko

    Writer: N/A

  • Beyond the Gate, Recovering the Lost... (1)
    7.5/10 102 votes

    #15 - Beyond the Gate, Recovering the Lost... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-06-15

    When an explosion is set up to steal a meteor fragment from PANDORA headquarters, Hei is sent it to steal it before anyone else does. On his first day he meets up Corinna Moku, who breaks down not long after arriving at the gate, and Meena Kandaswamy, who is from the same organization as Hei and will be helping him find the fragment. Now Hei must keep from being detected as a Contractor and find the meteor fragment. But will a death at the headquarters break his cover?

    Director: Daisuke Chiba

    Writer: N/A

  • The City of Regulations is Moistened by Tears... (1)
    7.5/10 90 votes

    #16 - The City of Regulations is Moistened by Tears... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-08-31

    A doctor is abducted by agents of the EPR, while the American embassy in Tokyo suffers attack from Hei and his team. A new contractor with the power to teleport herself and others appears as a double agent for the EPR. Wei Zhi Jung reappears, but is scarred from his last encounter with Hei. Misaki enters the embassy compound only to be detained by PANDORA, and Mao is discovered by Amber. November 11 leaves the M16 for the EPR.

    Director: Akira Toba

    Writer: N/A

  • The Fallen Meteor...
    7.5/10 70 votes

    #17 - The Fallen Meteor...

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2009-10-16

    Kirihara has searched long and hard for BK201?s true identity, and what she discovers of his past is shocking, but the impending destruction of Tokyo is foremost on the minds facing off in this final battle.

    Director: Daisuke Chiba

    Writer: Hiroyuki Yoshino

  • The Doll Sings to the Wind Flower...
    7.5/10 64 votes

    #18 - The Doll Sings to the Wind Flower...

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-11-20

    Suo and July find themselves in a dangerous situation thanks to a double-crossing supposed ally. Later, when the young pair is abducted by an especially sinister Contractor, BK-201 must spring into action.

    Director: Shingo Kaneko

    Writer: Shinsuke Onishi

  • The Ark of Stars
    7.5/10 68 votes

    #19 - The Ark of Stars

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-12-25

    Prophesies are fulfilled, and Suo faces her destiny. Even as her memories fade away beneath the shining moon, hope remains - and a new era begins.

    Director: Tensai Okamura

    Writer: Shoutarou Suga

  • Girl's Pure White Dress Stained by Dreams and Blood... (1)
    7.4/10 103 votes

    #20 - Girl's Pure White Dress Stained by Dreams and Blood... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-06-01

    Misaki finds herself reunited with her old high school classmate, Alice, who is also the daughter of the boss of the Hong Kong mafia, Chen Long Tang, on the night of Alice's birthday party. At the party, Misaki finds that her working collaborate, Saitou, along with Hei, have snuck into the party as well. Unfortunately, Misaki finds out that Alice and her Contractor Bodyguard Wei Zhi Jung have been responsible for the deaths of many of the mafia members.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Memory of Betrayal is an Amber-Colored Smile... (1)
    7.4/10 96 votes

    #21 - The Memory of Betrayal is an Amber-Colored Smile... (1)

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-07-13

    A sunspot called the Great Dark Spot, that makes the sun look like an eye, is about to appear and the last time it appeared the gate in South America dissappeared. To make everything even more hectic a boy is going around setting off explosions in the city. But things continue to fall apart when November 11 returns and it becomes apparent that Hei and November 11 are looking for the the same girl, who is known as Amber to Hei and February to November 11. Will Hei be able to find her before November 11 does, or will November 11 be taken out before his search can begin?

    Director: Akira Toba

    Writer: N/A

  • The Black Cat Won't Dream of Stars...
    7.4/10 71 votes

    #22 - The Black Cat Won't Dream of Stars...

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-10-09

    An Eurasian girl named Suou watches a meteor shower along with her twin brother Shion and their father, but things go awry when a meteor crashes into their location. Two years later, Shion has turned into a contractor from the incident, confined to a wheelchair due to his renumeration. He is locked away into the family home for safekeeping, while Dr. Pavlichenko spends his time researching into his son's condition and the contractors, forbidding Suou to talk or see her brother. Things go normally in their lives until Suou's best friend Tania becomes a contractor and attacks her boyfriend Nika when he stops her from leaving. Hei aka BK-201 reappears in Russia after a FSB squad tries to capture Shion alive; April also reappears in Russia on a mission to secure Shion.

    Director: Tensai Okamura

    Writer: Tensai Okamura

  • Vanishing into the Snow Field...
    7.4/10 63 votes

    #23 - Vanishing into the Snow Field...

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2009-10-23

    Hei and Suo attempt to flee Russia, but their escape efforts are hindered by Contractors and gun-toting soldiers. As the body count rises, Suo finds herself undergoing a shocking metamorphosis.

    Director: Koichi Hatsumi

    Writer: Hiroyuki Yoshino

  • The Smell Is Sweet, the Heart Is Bitter...
    7.4/10 62 votes

    #24 - The Smell Is Sweet, the Heart Is Bitter...

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-11-13

    Hei learns the truth about the mysterious Izanami. If BK-201 wants to reach the object before it's destroyed, he'll have to defeat Genma - and stop Suo from pulling the trigger.

    Director: Yuriko Sugaya

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • On Summer Days, the Sun Sways...
    7.4/10 64 votes

    #25 - On Summer Days, the Sun Sways...

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-27

    Aboard a speeding train, Hei's team is ambushed by Russian authorities. In the ensuing battle, Suo and Tanya recall the times they shared in the past as friends - and clash violently in the present as Contractors.

    Director: Hideki Ito

    Writer: Shinsuke Onishi