In several large metropolitan cities around the world, mysterious Gates appeared within them and destroyed a significant amount of the population. When this occurred, the sky changed and the real stars were no longer visible. What people see now are false stars that represent people who have gained special abilities, making them known as Contractors. While the general population is unaware of their existence, they know of the Gates as they're walled off and strange events are occurring inside. On the outside, the show follows a small group of Contractors that work for a mysterious Syndicate in carrying out missions while playing a cat and mouse game with the police. Mixing in near science fiction technologies and concepts with superhuman abilities of different kinds, each with a distinct drawback that impacts the Contractors humanity, Darker Than Black covers quite a lot of different areas as it builds a series of stories describing a chilling near future.
Done in a similar vein to Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules with an almost campy style, Slayers follows the adventures of a young sorceress named Lina and her swordsman companion Gourry. The two travel about the known continent dispatching bandits they find, looking for treasure to discover and a good hearty meal as well. The journeys the two take lead them across a varied world with lots of colorful characters, good natured fun and plenty of over the top fantasy elements. With its mix of adventure and comedy, it gets to mix in some fun action, a good amount of sexiness at the right times and some overarching storylines that tie it all together as each season can deal with facing down a difficult opponent.
Taking place in a fictional city called Roanapur in Thailand, the series focuses on the Lagoon Company, a small group of people who are essentially pirates and mercenaries. The series is told through the eyes of Rock, a young man who has found himself ending up in this world from a white collar job due to a problem with his boss. Rock is a pretty nice guy that now finds himself dealing with thugs, mercenaries and a whole lot of bullets flying around. Eccentric locales, very eccentric personalities and a very coarse kind of dialogue to it, Black Lagoon is an intense action show that mixes in plenty of sexuality with its adult cast and skewed views of social and political norms because of its place in the world. Roanapur serves as a black market kind of city where anything can be had with endless story possibilities.
While most high school kids spent most of their days just going through the motions, Ghost Hunt introduces us to a lead character that’s actually a ghost hunter. Focusing on spiritual anomalies within the lives of high school students, often taking place at schools, he works with another student from a different school to solve those mysteries along with a group of adults that works for him. The idea is to take from Ghost Hunter, dramatize it as well as shifting it to a younger demographic where producers can factor in the chills of the supernatural for the high school audience. Some mysteries are non-spiritual in nature, but it’s meant to be an atmospheric show that connects with the audience age through its locales and the relevant nature of the mysteries as the supernatural moves into the modern digital age.
A murder mystery in the tradition of Lost and Harper’s Island, When They Cry details the numerous murders and bizarre deaths that occur in an isolated town well outside of normal civilization. When a project for a dam years earlier goes astray due to these kinds of murders, it turns out they become a yearly occurrence thereafter almost as if they’re sacrifices. When a young man moves back to town after living in a big city for a few years, he becomes wrapped up in the convoluted series of events where the past incidents are told through the eyes of many in various flashbacks. With a long and twisted history for the small town where curses, family rivalries and small town power politics come into play, When They Cry takes the violence a step further in an effort to truly terrorize the viewer, especially as it focuses on a young cast in a desperate situation.