Ranked #292

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
Genres: Action, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.211 (scored by 140,293 users)
Ranked: #2922
Popularity: #65
Members: 245,767
Favorites: 6,021
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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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Sep 16, 2007
One word that keeps propelling itself to the forefront of my head when I go to describe this show is: ‘refreshing’. Generally, I tend to avoid those anime which are blatantly action-oriented, because an action anime series so often means that it will be generically shounen, or be some kind of absurd mecha-combat series; very rarely can I find an action series which does not fall to those and other traps, and Black Lagoon is one of them. From its premise to its execution, the show provides thrilling action sequences, from boat and car chases, to messy fisticuffs and bullet-spamming gunfights, the show covers all read more
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Apr 18, 2011
"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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Feb 14, 2007
- - - - - [ Black Lagoon Season 1 :: Ep-12 ] - - - - -

- [ Intro ] -

Black Lagoon. That's a name that easily caught my eye. After reading the brief review, I said "why not?". And so I found a great anime that would get me hooked for quite a long time! And it definitely deserves rewatch! On with the review!

- [ Animation: Good quality and well-detailed -> 9 ] -

Let's set things clear now. Black Lagoon (BL) has one of the best animations i've ever seen! If you pay attention to details, you will like BL. The animators have read more
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Aug 7, 2013
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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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 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
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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. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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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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