Black Brand or Black Hallmark (Kuro no Kokuin - 黒の刻印) is the first episode of the Bible Black: Origins series. It is the seventh episode produced overall and a prequel to the original anime adaptation of the eroge video game.
It was first released in Japan on the 25th of May, 2002 and in the United States on the 24th of June, 2003 as a double feature simply titled Origins, containing both this episode and the second episode Black Altar.
Student Hiroko Takashiro and her friends Rie Morita and Saki Shindou try their first hand at magic when they discover the mysterious Bible Black spell book. They put a spell on a fellow student to influence their desires. Meanwhile, the lesbian student council president Nami Kozono unsuccessfully tries to seduce the newly transferred student Reika Kitami until her mind is cursed by magic as well.
On a late afternoon, student council president Nami Kozono and her fellow council member Junko Mochida are passionately making love in the council classroom of their school. The president playfully teases the girl as they have sex.
Meanwhile in another empty classroom, student Hiroko Takashiro is playing tarot with her friends Rie Morita and Saki Shindou. The cards predict that A great change is upon you. Something will change your life completely. Saki speculates that this means she might find a boyfriend, and Rie says she will ask one of her school friends out on a date. Takashiro surmises that the prediction might not be related to boyfriends at all.
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