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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Alternative Titles

English: Black Lagoon
Japanese: BLACK LAGOON

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2006 to Jun 25, 2006
Genres: Action, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 108329 users)
Ranked: #2552
Popularity: #59
Members: 182,019
Favorites: 5,043
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

action comedy drama guns

Synopsis

Okajima Rokuro is a Japanese businessman in a town full of Japanese businessmen. His normal day consists of social drinking with clients and being kicked around by his bosses. He finally gets a break though, as he's sent by his company to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc. But his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries hired to retrieve the disc. Rock (as he is newly dubbed by his captors) catches the interest of the only female merc Revy as she thinks he's worth a ransom, taking him hostage. However, the disc that was stolen has a terrible secret that's unknown to Rock, which causes massive confusion and chaos for both him and his kidnappers.

Related Anime

Adaptation: Black Lagoon
Sequel: Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
Alternative setting: Black Lagoon Omake

Characters & Voice Actors

Dutch
Dutch
Main
Isobe, Tsutomu
Japanese
Isobe, Tsutomu
Redman, Dean
English
Redman, Dean
...
Revy
Revy
Main
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Japanese
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Liberatori, Perla
Italian
Liberatori, Perla
...
Benny
Benny
Main
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese
Hirata, Hiroaki
Drummond, Brian
English
Drummond, Brian
...
Okajima, Rokuro
Okajima, Rokuro
Main
Namikawa, Daisuke
Japanese
Namikawa, Daisuke
Swaile, Brad
English
Swaile, Brad
...

Staff

Katabuchi, Sunao
Director
Araki, Tetsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawamura, Kenichi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Nishimura, Satoshi
Storyboard



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Apr 18, 2011
artist-retired
"This is way more entertaining than Hollywood is ever going going to be!" truer words like that have barely been spoken in anime in my opinion, and with the shit that's out now, I'm inclined to believe them.

STORY: Enter Rokuro Okajima, a typical meek japanese office worker of a large corperation who's the epitome of ordinary with a life so boring, bland, and not so envious with complains such as his boss kicking his ass, but his bleak life style comes to an end when a business trip cruise to South East Asia turns into hell as a group of modern day pirates take him read more
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Aug 7, 2013
Gonzo-nyan
With a genre that deals with a lot of action set-pieces, a show of this specific genre is usually bogged down into mindless entertainment territory with absolutely no substance to it at all. There have been in the past many action films and TV shows that have shown to become competent in the history of film-making, examples in mind are the works of John Woo, Michael Mann, and Quentin Tarantino. But what if I told you that there is an anime show that encompasses everything that is great about those three directors and succeeds on every possible level? The show in question is Black Lagoon, read more
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Recommendations

Black Lagoon and Jormungand share NUMEROUS similarities. The emphasis on dominant, psychotic women, both in the physical AND mental arenas, is one. A heavy focus on guns is another. And perhaps the most obvious is that both series revolve around mercenary crews that make money via smuggling goods. I made a manga recommendation based on this years ago. But what I find far more striking, after finishing the anime, is how they differ.

Lagoon sets an infectiously dark mood from the outset with its 'slums of the world' setting. It's set in the real world but the fictional city everything is based out of is a mixture of ugliness taken from different places. In one arc a character describes it as being disturbingly reminiscent of Vietnam at its worst. And that sums up Lagoon: it goes to dark yet believable depths as its initially ignorant lead, Rock, is slowly tainted by his surroundings and adapts. The action is completely over the top - Revy dancing in the open and avoiding bullets - but the core of the series is grounded by an examination of human nature.

Jormungand starts out similar to Lagoon, with the same 'OUT IN OPEN' action silliness: an outsider joining a team of mercenaries, with a clear suggestion that human ugliness will be examined through the arms trade and Jonah (a child soldier) coming to terms with his hatred for guns/killing when he's so good at it. But what actually happens is that the series jumps around from unnamed country to unnamed country in mostly shallow, episodic fashion. There are ten in the crew in Jormungand and four in Lagoon. This results in a distinct lack of character development for Jonah, in contrast to Lagoon where Rock was vital to everything going on around himself. By the end, Jormungand comes across as an empty shell with over the top action.
both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters
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Opening Theme

"Red Fraction" by MELL

Ending Theme

"Don't Look Behind" by EDISON

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