Ranked #286

Black Lagoon

Alternative Titles

English: Black Lagoon


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


Score: 8.211 (scored by 143,999 users)
Ranked: #2862
Popularity: #64
Members: 253,103
Favorites: 6,349
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Toyoguchi, Megumi
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Okajima, Rokuro
Okajima, Rokuro
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Isobe, Tsutomu
Isobe, Tsutomu
Hirata, Hiroaki
Hirata, Hiroaki


Katabuchi, Sunao
Katabuchi, Sunao
Araki, Tetsurou
Araki, Tetsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nigorikawa, Atsushi
Nigorikawa, Atsushi
Episode Director
Kawamura, Kenichi
Kawamura, Kenichi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Black Lagoon
Apr 9, 2006
2 Mangrove Heaven
Apr 16, 2006
3 Ring-Ding Ship Chase
Apr 23, 2006
4 Die Rückkehr des Adlers
Apr 30, 2006
5 Eagle Hunting and Hunting Eagles
May 7, 2006

Opening Theme

"Red Fraction" by MELL

Ending Theme

"Don't Look Behind" by EDISON

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Nov 26, 2015
I actually stumbled onto this show by accident, I forgot the name of what I wanted but remembered "black" was in the title somewhere. Definitely one of my better mistakes, because this show blew me out of the water.

It's an easy enough story to get your head around. A business man gets mixed up with international pirates, and decides to join them because his life is awful. These are your modern day type pirates, with torpedoes instead of parrots. Some episodes are stand alone, others flow into small arcs, but each time there is a mission that the Lagoon Company have to complete - think read more
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Nov 19, 2015
Black Lagoon is an action packed thrill ride without a filter. The action scenes are animated wonderfully and there are very few times when the animation dips under its high standards.

The characters are well developed and interesting. Personally I enjoyed the character that was Balalaika the Russian mafia leader. The show itself is mainly in the episodic format, but with the same characters. There are a few 2 and 3 episode arcs but there really is no overarching story line.
Episodes are hit or miss, with some being amazing, others being creepy as hell and some just kind of read more
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Oct 11, 2015
Black Lungs, oh sorry, Black Lagoon (they smoke a lot, and they probably have lung cancer) is a solid action anime, lacking in story and focused more on episodic stories...

There's no story, or that's what i got watching the anime, and is focused more on doing jobs because their company Black Lagoon is a mercenary group that does this kind of jobs, every job, even the despicable jobs (is a seinen so...) they are not moralist that really applicable to Revy and in the last ep. maybe there was something that i didn't understood, what was that at the end those guys said, judging by read more
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Jul 29, 2015
"Look, everyone in here is carrying a gun! It's like we're in a parallel universe where everyone is Clint Eastwood." - Rock

[Viewer Discretion is advised, review contains profanity, just like the show it's written for.]

If the everyday, ubiquitous, slice of life anime is a Toyota Prius... environmentally conscious, economical, quiet, and serene, then Black Lagoon is like a 1970 El Camino with a 572, two 4 barrel carbs, straight headers and a supercharger with a bugcatcher on top so big you can't see anything but dotted lines turning solid.

But that's okay, because the only thing you're gonna see is the other suckers in your mirrors. read more
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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  read more 
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both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters  
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The similarities between these two great series are evident. Average Japanese guy gets involved with a not exactly legal organization and sees his life changing completely. His initial innocence also fades more and more. Both anime are mature, dark, violent, with a rotten and outlaw feeling, and have great animation and music. Add guns, mafia, action, and you'll get some really good entertainment. 
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The nostalgic feeling of this genre that has been neglected for too many years.. Gangsta will not disappoint you. 
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If you liked the non-stop action and eccentric/intriguing cast of characters in Baccano! I have a feeling you'd definitely like Black Lagoon. Sure, it doesn't have quite the focused storyline Baccano! had, but it is well worth watching nonetheless.  
reportRecommended by Touhou
Anime: Michiko to Hatchin
I would recommend Black Lagoon the 1st and 2nd season as a similar anime to Michiko to Hatchin. Both seem to happen in some spanish territory. We can see lots of action, guns, mafia, pursuits. Michiko is quite similar to Revy. Both main characters are strong, independent women with a unique personality and complex past.
I would say Black Lagoon TV series are the best equivalent to Michiko to Harchin. 
reportRecommended by berserk-chan

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