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Black Cat is an animated television series in the Anime style that was first written and produced in Japanese before being dubbed into English for its North American broadcast. The show is based on a successful Manga comic book series that ran from 2000 to 2004 and was later transferred to North America and Europe by Viz Media. Black cat's Manga version was published by Shueisha and written by Kentaro Yabuki; the comic book was published in weekly editions before being assembled into large volumes containing all the installments. Black Cat tells the story of an assassin called Train Heartnet who leaves the employ of a government funded group of assassins called the Chrono Numbers to become a private bounty hunter.

The 24 episode season, which was developed in 2005 and broadcast in Japan from 2005 to 2006 centers on the relationship between a number of sweepers, or bounty hunters who come into contact with each other as Black cat begins his career as a sweeper. Within the show a consistent story arc links each episode as Train Heartnet and his fellow sweeper Sven Vollfield battle against two groups of criminals, known as the Apostles and a few members of Train's former colleagues at the Chrono Numbers. The group forms a new criminal organization called the Zero Numbers who take part in the finale of the 24 episode season of the show.

Black Cat is a television series produced for the Animax channel based in Japan, which premiered the show during 2006; the show was later shown on the Tokyo Broadcaasting System in Japan. Funimation Entertainment, who operate their own animation channel called Funimation in North America bought the rights to the English dubbed version of the series and first broadcast the 24 episodes in 2008. Black Cat was directed by Shin Itagaki and produced by Gonzo Productions.

Animax
1 Season, 24 Episodes - Canceled
October 6, 2005
Anime
7.3/10
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  • Accompanied by the Sweeper's Alliance and the remaining Chronos, Numbers Train and Sven head out into the desert to face Eden. Stragglers in the sand are revealed to be lost Apostles, and a plan begins to take shape.

  • With Eve at the mercy of Mason and the Zero Numbers, their plan for "world peace" has been set into motion. Having heard of their plight, Rinslet rushes out with her new discovery - Eve's creator.

  • The Sweeper's Alliance returns to a world celebrating their newfound freedom from terror. Unbeknownst to them all, the threat still looms large, perhaps larger than ever before.

  • The battle rages on two separate fronts, both driven by madness. Train races to take on Creed at Sephiria's side, as Sven and Eve seek to save one long dead but far from forgotten.

  • The Sweeper's Alliance plays decoy after witnessing the destructive power of the Apostles' newest weapons. But they arrive late to the party, after the Numbers have already started to play.

  • Having learned of Creed's whereabouts, Black Cat has once again left the others behind. As his friends scramble to catch up in his wake, Train struggles to wake up.

  • Sven sends the group out on an pet rescue mission. As Eve finds herself commiserating with the lost "lizard," Sven checks out the Sweeper's Alliance.

  • Creed seeks out media attention to reveal the existence of Chronos. Meanwhile, Sephiria seeks out Train to untangle the riddle of his desertion, but becomes the unwitting prey of a defector of a far darker nature.

  • The Tao-tainted bullet has turned the cat back into a kitten! While the girls are thrilled to have a younger brother of their own, memories of a painful past stir within Train.

  • While Creed seems to be losing his grip on sanity, his hold over the Apostles of the Star hasn't slipped one bit. Meanwhile, Train tries to shake off Kyoko's overenthusiastic affections.

  • As the Numbers take on the Taoists, Black Cat strikes at Creed. But the mad revolutionary seems determined to sacrifice his own life in order to reawaken the assassin locked inside Train.

  • Having learned of Creed's survival, the Black Cat's wrath is reawakened. Sven and the others head to the meeting place of the World Summit, where the Apostles of the Star have planned a celebration.

  • Still in pursuit of the mysterious pair of traveling Taoists, Sven's team goes after a bounty from the sweeper's past. Meanwhile, Train gains the annoyingly undying affection of a Taoist after rescuing her.

  • Life on the run ain't cheap, forcing the trio to take every bounty that comes their way. Meanwhile Rinslet is approached by one of the Chronos Numbers, who want to know more about the Taoists.

  • With the Black Cat and Eve at odds, Sven is forced to play the peacemaker. But when Chronos tracks the young bio-weapon down, it's Black Cat who comes to her rescue.

  • Train and Sephiria's struggle is interrupted by a Taoist, a survivor of the magic-wielding race which Chronos thought eliminated. He seeks to forcefully recruit the Black Cat for Creed's purposes.

  • Sven lays low and keeps both Eve and Rinslet by his side. Meanwhile, when Train Heartnet informs Chronos that he's no longer one of their "Numbers," Creed is sent out to retrieve the stray.

  • Sven and the Black Cat share a target - Eve - but their intentions are very different. As the sweeper and the assassin make their moves, the young weapon attacks.

  • Sven learns that Eve is actually the world's foremost bio-weapon, an engineered killing machine bearing the guise of sweet youth. Even as Sven vows to save the girl, Black Cat resolves to kill her.

  • When a dirty politician lands a price on his head, Sven jumps at the chance to turn a quick buck. But as he's working to secure the target, his vision reveals an assassination that will cost him the job.

Most Popular Black Cat Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 12 The Battle Cat 1/12/2006
  • Season 1 Episode 16 The Cat and the Lizard 2/09/2006
  • Season 1 Episode 13 The Love Cat 1/19/2006
  • Season 1 Episode 17 The Napping Cat 2/16/2006
  • Season 1 Episode 14 The Kitty Cat 1/26/2006

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