English: Black Lagoon
Japanese: BLACK LAGOON
Apr 9, 2006 to Jun 25, 2006
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisOkajima 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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Opening Theme"Red Fraction" by MELL
Ending Theme"Don't Look Behind" by EDISON
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 typical action bases you could expect from hollywood, but which, for one reason or another, anime rarely delivers. Although its depiction of battle features the usual problems of character shielding and the Stormtrooper effect, overall the show is very much grounded in reality, with no magic or science-fiction elements whatsoever. I found this refreshing because, typically, the only anime you are likely to find set in present-time reality are slice-of-life, revolving around dramatic or romantic themes. So Black Lagoon was a great change of pace; a hollywood style action/adventure shoot ‘em up but with a darker and more thoughtful approach to themes and characters (as is often found in mature anime) - it’s a splendid mix.
The production values for the show are certainly excellent, some of the best to have come out of 2006. It shines during the action scenes, which are very fluid and detailed, but overall has no real flaws other than the occasional lapse in consistency. The character designs are all attractive and original. The music is not something that impressed me; there isn’t a lot of score music in the show (which is slightly refreshing given anime’s habbit of blasting violin and choir over every scene), and what it has is fitting, but not really memorable.
The characters are well defined, although I felt the focus given to the characters was rather strangely distributed; Revy and Rock (the two main characters) aside, the rest of the Black Lagoon barely garnered any attention, and their involvement was so greatly reduced by the end of the series that you had to wonder why the show was even named after the group. I am not kidding that the majority of the villains the group encountered received considerably more character exploration than either Benny or Dutch (the other two Black Lagoon members). I understand the importance of giving depth to the antagonist perspective, but I got the feeling that the original creator just kept falling in love with the antagonists he introduced, and neglected the protagonists in order to delve indulgently into the villain’s pasts and characters. The best example would be Hanzel and Gretel, the goth-loli twins and their arc. They were given so much background, and such a poignant send-off yet had so little effect on any continuing plot, or on the characters.
Revy was certainly an interesting character. I’ve seen the hardened, indifferent criminal stereotype before, but Black Lagoon takes Revy to the next level and actually glorifies her as colourfully maniacal. It makes the show fun to watch because you never know how to feel about Revy; sometimes you’ll side with her and cheer her on, or feel sorry for her, but then the next moment she’s slaughtering innocent people for enjoyment. Essentially she’s a juxtaposition of ‘cool’ and ‘reprehensible’. Rock is a character who is much easier to make a connection with, in fact I like to see him as being the representative for the audiences perspective on the show as it traverses the challenging lands of immorality. He is described in the show as being ‘in the twilight’, neither living under explicitly righteous terms, nor wholly endorsing the injustice of the underworld. This allows him to be constantly critical of the actions of those around him, but from an intelligent objective position (ie he does not decry their actions through blind morality). His criticisms of the actions Revy and others around him take make for the most profound and thematically crucial dialogue in the show, and despite his outwardly plain personality, also make him a fascinating and important presence in the show.
This brings me to the real crux of the matter: the show is really about the criminal mind, and the life of crime in all its forms. It paints an alluring portrait of the attraction to such a life, but never forgets to challenge that attraction by showing the kind of sacrifices one has to make of their humanity. It shows crime as a dangerously beautiful thing, and also shows it at its most sickening. All the exciting action is secondary to this. In conclusion, Black Lagoon should be watched by all action fans, but is a step above most shounen series due to its challenging and, at times, risqué foray into the heart of the criminal world. It is for mature audiences, because, despite having such character and being so colourful about murder, it is also very dark at times. There are flaws in the way it is paced, and the way some of the characters are neglected, but it has some very sharp dialogue, and is regardlessly entertaining thrill read more
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, a show that showcases a blend of mindless Hollywood action and juvenile humor in the best possible sense of the word juvenile.
Black Lagoon's story is mainly focused on our four main characters and their adventures together through plot arcs that tie in together through the chemistry that help make them grow with each other. There isn't much of a deep complex plot to behold in the show, it's about as cliché as any kind of Seinen action show in the past decade. That may seem like a negative when you put it that way, but sometimes clichés are used to good effect when you have competent writing to flesh out your characters and set-pieces. Black Lagoon is a definite exception to this rule, it manages to pull off even the most ridiculous plot arcs that could easily be looked at with eye rolls and as a laughable premise. One glorious example is just how dark and witty the dialogue writing is that hits the mark perfectly on every scene it creates within the framework of the show. It gives Black Lagoon a spark of creativity in its witty black humor that creates its own unique personality to deviate itself from other shows like it, in terms of writing. The humor never gets old because it's not repetitive in how it's delivered by the characters sparingly and not done on almost every scene in each episode, it makes the jokes work more effectively with clarity and sensibility.
Now when you talk about the characters in Black Lagoon, the one character you must acknowledge the most is the one and only Revy. She's the prototypical "girl with guns" character that spouts off adolescent language and a dark past that shadows over the overall tone of the show to not only to become a dark comedy but a dark one altogether. So how is Revy different from any other female character in a "girls with guns" show? She does have similar characteristics that could be pointed out as being standard or generic from other characters like her. But it's because Revy is Black Lagoon. Her presence in the world of the show is very charismatic and alluring that demands your attention by not only her design, which is by far one of the sexiest I've seen in a long time, but by her character background and her hilarious dialogue. As I said before about the writing, the writers give Revy a ton of material for her to shine on-screen when she is either going into these well put together action scenes and her funny snarky remarks at any of the characters. There is even a Tarantino kind of quality to her where she is obviously this sick woman who only cares for money and violence but she's also portrayed in a sympathetic light when she explains why her mentality is the way it is from her troubled past. They don't necessarily go in too much further in this season, but regardless it is a great starting point to a fantastic character.
With Revy out-of-the-way, the other characters may not have as much depth or even characterization as our larger than life heroine but that certainly does not mean that they are bad in any way shape or form. Our main hero, nicknamed Rock, does have some of the same level of charisma as Revy and how he doesn't come across as a weak-willed character as most characters of his archetype typically are. It isn't as if Revy's presence overshadows his own because he doesn't have much of a personality, Rock actually carries the show by himself quite well and even together with Revy. The chemistry between the two is pretty unique in how they constantly are at odds with each other because of how different they follow life but in the end they still view each as part of a team whether they want to or not. There is no scene that involves them immediately becoming friends overnight, the show takes it's time to build them up as a team that has to trust each other or they might end up in a bad situation and it's actually written intelligently by this very fact. The two other people in the group named Dutch and Benny aren't given much to go around as complex characters but this does not automatically make them bad characters, what little background they bring on the table for them is still much appreciated in how they still offer some great scenes with each other.
The antagonists are really hit and miss in how little depth some of them have when they seem. One in particular involves an army of Aryan neo-nazis that seem more like just fodder characters that don't get a lot of profound characterization that, while I can forgive it, given how it's portrayed in an action show, it would've been more than what it already was. For the one that does hit the mark is oddly enough a Roberta maid who is given some context for her intentions on being who she is and the show handles it very well despite her strange terminator-like persona that wasn't given much explanation, but then again the show is nutty enough to let it pass as just another Black Lagoon style of logic put in for good measure.
For the style of animation that Madhouse put together back their swell days, it still definitely holds up as a great visual treat. The action scenes are done with absolutely great visual flair and technicality that are definitely inspired by the works of John Woo, as I've mentioned in the beginning. Although not perfectly seamless in how slick the characters move, it is nonetheless spectacular to see how the animators put their heart and souls to not cut any corners whatsoever in detailing every aspect of Revy and the rest of the environment on the sights of her gun. The violence and carnage in Black Lagoon is not necessarily as gory or blood-splattering as many would argue; there is no question that it celebrates its own carnage but it's not done in a way that is so blatant or in-your-face where it gets tedious or loses its momentum in how effective each shot counts. There are some that do fit in that class but for the most part it handles it's violence with great precision and intelligence that make every scene brimming with fascinating acts of carnage that is more exciting to watch than just rolling your eyes in boredom. There are even some elements of neo-noir in the case of how it handles the violence how it cuts immediately away from Revy shooting a man in the head at close range; not to mention the show has some really great camera angles that make the scenes have some deep impact to them.
The music is about what you would expect out of an action show like Black Lagoon. Standard rock and metal music that isn't very memorable to even try to buy an album for since it's just there to fill up the show's audio production and nothing more, not to mention the shooting and the characters shouting over the music doesn't help either. For what it's worth, it does it's job well to create a fun dark humorous vibe to the action scenes. The voice acting, however, is what makes the dialogue really spice up to new heights. I've only listened to the Japanese voice actors in Black Lagoon and they all own their roles. Of course the one to mention out the rest is Megumi Toyoguchi who does a helluva performance as Revy by giving her a great sarcastic essence to her voice that makes her so alluring and almost sexual. It fits the design of Revy so perfectly, that Megumi almost becomes Revy just through her own voice alone. Daisuke Namikawa, as usual, does a nice job voicing Rock and doesn't seem like a novice compared to Megumi's performance, as do the rest of the cast members with some that aren't really noteworthy to discuss.
For what its worth, Black Lagoon is about as silly and stupid as one could get out of an action show that would even make Steven Seagal blush, not that Black Lagoon quality-wise is comparable to his films, just from a contextual point-of-view. Stupid is normally used to describe something without context or substance when describing a story or character in any medium, but if the show is self-aware of the fact that it is and takes advantage of this aspect. It is clear that there are some genuinely serious moments found in Black Lagoon, even though they are actually effective in achieving the dark tone that it is known for. Even with that said, it doesn't seem out-of-place or distracting from the humor of the show because of how greatly paced the narrative of all the arcs. All of these are what make Black Lagoon easily one of the most entertaining and hard-hitting action shows that treats its audience as grown adults and creates some of the most well choreographed action courtesy of Madhouse, one terrible aiming bad guy at a time.
"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 hostage and gives him much more to complain about than just a kick to the bum.
After a wild couple of bullet-filled days with said pirates, he decides to join up out of the feeling of excitement he experienced and the way his company has treated him like a worthless throw away and takes up the name, "Rock".
Rock's fellow crewmates include Benny the mechanic, computer specialist, and researcher, Dutch the calm, easygoing leader, and Revy the merciless, sadistic, foul mouthed gunner who's skill is almost unparalleled, she also goes by the name of "Two hands" cause of how she normally uses two guns in gun fights, heck any kind of fight.
The story of Black Lagoon is mostly episodic with a few arcs that normally last about three to four episodes, but the lack of on ongoing plot continues on towards the second season, yet it's no problem at all, though it would've been nice if there were some that involved more development of the main characters (Besides just Revy and Rock).
The anime follows the gang as they try to complete jobs so they can earn a living, just like the main cast in Cowboy Bebop except these outlaws usually get their jobs done.
And during their jobs they face against a wide array of foes including gangs, nazis, and several eccentric foes such as a nearly unstoppable maid, and allies like a taiwanese assassin, with the main cast in nearly endless gun fights. With most of their requests coming from Balalaika, a leader of a russian crime syndicate "Hotel Moscow."
The anime has a some what crude and black sense of humor, with mostly excessive cursing and yells and screams such as "I'll rip you a new asshole!"
But probably the funniest stuff is the insults, especially when Revy meets a certain assassin near the end of the anime, the insults bounce back at each other like a well written conversation.
Truthfully the anime might have ended up becoming a mindless bullet hungry action anime, and ultimately making it another waste of potential along with many others that have stacked up in the pile, if not for the characters, specificly the interaction between them.
Especially between Rock and Revy, through the daily dangers and learning about Revy's past that was full of unbearable hardships that bulids up to her character, Rock learns that his partners are almost the complete opposite of him, especially during one episode where the tension between he and Revy becomes so deadly guns are involved.
These interactions are tense, nerve wrecking, and may just be much more entertaining to watch than the fights, which is unique for a heavy action such as this.
But slowly and surely, Rock starts to become used to this new way of life he chose, and begins to fit in, yet still is faced with his decision, and is constantly asked, Is this world right for him? or is he simply just an outsider and nothing more?
ANIMATION: Great animation, displaying exciting gun fights, and little still frames with an overall dark feel to the series.
Good character designs being very diversed. The anime sometimes uses CG animation. but only during chase scenes in the vehicles, which thankfully doesn't look out of place that only the whiniest of nit pickers would complain about.
SOUND: Noticeable background music that fits in with most of what's going on at the moment, especially with the ending theme which starts playing during the anime and it helps to indicate whenever an episode comes to an end, and really feels a perfect song that will make you think back to the episode you've watched, and it has like a mysterious yet calm feeling to it, then ending with a rock conclusion that reminds you what the anime is (mostly) about.
The opening theme, Red faction, is an awesome theme, despite it being in engrish.
The english dub is by Ocean (Known for the dub of Death Note and Inuyasha), and is a one of a kind dub where it would feel weird to listen to in japanese, all due to the overall setting of the series.
But the stand out performance (Among a cast of great voice actors) is the voice actor of Revy, giving that crude attitude of Revy a great convincing performance and just makes every scene with her just entertaining to even just listen to.
+ Excellent characters and character interaction.
+ An incredible english dub that even makes the japanese audio seem out of place.
+ Good opening and ending theme music, good back ground music.
+/- Very violent and action oriented. / May be too violent for some.
- Lack of a continuing plot.
- Not too much of character development.
This anime just barely shy's away from getting a nine overall.
Each form of media entertainment has their crap, with more so than others, but it's anime like this is the reason way I choose to stick with this media.
And I guarantee you'll feel like a pansy if you watch something moe or fluffy after leaving the lagoon.
*Quick word on season two*
Season two is pretty much what I feared what Black Lagoon would mostly be about, absurdness with a penchant for wasting so many bullets that I'd feel sorry for the janitor who would try to clean it all up, but ends up getting killed by a stray bullet fired for no reason.
Not that I'm trying to say that it isn't entertaining, but just not more of the same gun and smoke. 7/10 for season two. read more
- - - - - [ 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 invested great effort in creating detailed backgrounds and characters. OMG! You can even see the demin texture on Revy's short sometimes! Now, another thing that amazed me is that both the characters and background are animated at the same time. I know, this sounds simple but no! These two are almost independent of each other but even them, you will see the characters interacting with the backgrounds in a number of ways. When the characters are being shot at, notice the number of bullet-holes on the walls increasing. Notice the gun smoke that dissipates when the characters walk. All these details make BL's animation great and lively.
The character motions are smooth and natural, even during the very fast-paced action scenes. Even then, the background does not lose its details. On one scene on a ship, you can see the rivets as Revy is fighting! Quite a number of details to watch out for. The play on lights and atmosphere renders a great effect too. The animators definitely knew what they were doing.
- [ Sound: Suits situations and fast-paced -> 9 ] -
As usual, I don't pay much attention to sound. NOPE! Here, it got my full attention! The Opening (OP) and Ending (ED) credits music is very good, specially the OP. It really suits the mood of the series in my opinion. Now for the ending, you will notice that the music starts within the episode, starting at a very low hum to gradually attain its normal level as the episode ends. It's a superb blend. It's the first anime I know that uses this technique and I can say I'm impressed. It was a good idea.
Next, the in-series music is nonetheless amazing! It really enlivens the scenes to their respective paces. In dramatic situations, you will get the appropriate music. In fast-paced scenes, expect hard rock or similar. It was a good choice of music for the series. For once, the sound of an anime caught my attention. I am looking foreward to a Black Lagoon OST.
- [ Story: No real plotline ->7 ] -
Story? Don't expect any in BL! There is none. BL is a collection of short stories, pieced together to show you the lives of the characters at a point in time. There is no plot, not even in the second season (Second Barrage) of Black Lagoon.
However, the short stories are very good and definitely deserves watching if you enjoy action and gun-fights. They place the main characters in a variety of situations in which their work places them.
I have not introduced the story yet! Sorry. So, Black Lagoon is about a man, Okajima Rokuro, who is entrusted the mission of delivering a data disk to some people by his company. The man is travelling on a ship when the latter is attacked by pirates (not really pirates but anyway..). After some time, we are told that the pirates are after the data disk carried by Rokuro. The pirates, a man-and-woman team will eventually get the disk, but also take Rokuro as hostage to get some ransom from his company. However, the data disk contains sensitive data about the company, and merceneries are sent after the pirates to destroy them. The demand for ransom is immediately ignored and Rokuro is considered dead. Here begins the life of Rock, formerly Rokuro, as a delivery agent on the Black Lagoon speedboat, together with gun-slinger Revy, captain Dutch and computer whiz Benny.
As you can see, the plot is fairly interesting. You will soon see that delivering goods, specially illegal stuff, is not a safe business. Often, the characters are put in life-threatening situations and major gunfights resulting, specially with battle-maniac Revy around. Rock is sort of the negociator for Black Lagoon Company, negociating terms of business and often toning down conflicts. We are also presented with the clients of BLC, namely the Russian Mafia boss Miss Balalaika and Mr Chan, leader of the triads or even the Church of Violence.
The short stories are definitely worth watching, and seldom offers time for boredom. Watch if you need something fast-paced and energetic. There were no nudity, although some exposure was shown. Violence? BL is filled of it. Bad language? Same. Humour? Yes. Crude jokes and black humour is there for you. So, it's not an anime for young people.
- [ Characters: Development & Variety ->9 ] -
This is where the fun lies in BL, the characters. Each of them is so very unique in their own way that you feel that they really possess emotions. They fight for their own causes, have their own motivations which sound very heroic or plausible. They have their own strengths and weaknesses and can each be liked or hated by the viewer. The main characters of BL are each well-developed, this being one of the great parts of BL. The main characters are:
Revy: She is the gun of Lagoon Company who gets everybody out of trouble. Apparently she does not like Rock, but what she hates is his attitude. In fact, she will often go out of her way to help others and specially Rock. She is an expert when it comes to fighting techniques, who can single-handedly eliminate every enemy, armed with her twin-guns, Cutlass. Sometimes, she is so addicted to fights that she would go berserk. No one is spared then, not even her crew, as Rock saw for himself in an episode.
Dutch: He is the captain of the Lagoon speedboat. Tactial, he never does things rashly. He seems to be African, something rare in Japanese animes. He is equally talented when it comes to guns. However, he prefers to avoid fights when possible.
Benny: The computer genius of Lagoon. Not much is known about him. He never fights but is an expert getaway driver.
Rock: The newest member of Lagoon. Although he never fights, he is an expert in negotiations and at pacifying Revy, often at the cost of blows! He always try to hold back Revy and has a strong sense of justice. He will try to protect anyone and everyone, something which exasperates Revy.
Balalaika: The woman who controls Hotel Moscow. She was an ex-millitary and is very proficient when it comes to wars of any sort. She also commands a small army which often comes in play in BL.
As you can see, the characters of BL are varied. You have to see for yourself to enjoy BL. I can't say more.
- [ Value and Enjoyment: Very good -> 9 ] -
If you want action, and specially fast-paced action, BL is for you. But since there is no real plot, many viewers will be turned away. I, for my part, really enjoyed BL and even rewatched the whole series a couple of times, just for the action and butt-kicking. It kinda pumps up the adrenalin, if you see what I mean. The series, being short, is easy to rewatch without severe boredom. The small stories furthur eliminate boredom, and plotholes.
- [ Conclusion ] -
If you are looking for something good to watch, check out Black Lagoon. If you like it, there is a second season with 12 episodes called Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage. The situation is nearly same for Second Barrage. It's not really a continuation but just more short stories. There is no ending to BL, and I don't even know if there would be a real story. Some people have been speculating that the real Black Lagoon has not yet started and that we were merely watching the prequel. That would be the longest prequel I've ever seen, with 24 episodes! :S
I've got nothing more to say. Just go watch BL. The lack of a plotline made me give BL an overall 8. Apart from that, there are no major flaws. You won't regret it, in my opinion. And thanks for reading! read more
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 shows are full of action. Feature 'gangs' and main characters are trying to achieve a certain goal with the use of guns and clever strategy's.
Blazing guns , mercenary crews and badass (psycho) female characters.
In the midst of a killing spree, one thing always comes to mind...business business business and nothing will stand in the way of those who would see their ripe fruits harvested.
'Black Lagoon' brings you deep into a world of corruption where the mightiest on top of the food chain stands to oppress those beneath them. The series showcase a man who was pulled into this pandemonium and forced to live his life in a depress filthy state and along the way, a dangerous woman shows herself with undisputed gun skills and the intent to kill without hesitation. Together with a few others, a team is formed to carry out daily trades and businesses which could turn sour if the slightest thing goes wrong. There are some excellent music that rhymes well with the direction of the show plus the dark horrid animations will keep the suspense going till the end of time.
'Jormungand' focuses more on mercenary dealings and trades in a world where money dominates all. Along the journey, a young boy is dragged into the mess and strives to survive day in day out by working together with a team of mercenaries whose female leader seeks to establish deals in order to fulfill her undying goal. Corruption in this area is portrayed in a much cleaner manner where a rich life away from these dark corners is a good life. In terms of animation, it is represented quite nicely with great scenes and musics that will keep viewers wanting for more.
Strong Female Characters with the protagonist acting as the mind.both feature an skilled team getting involved in some awesome fights throughout the story with Guns,Blades and Blood
Guns, mercinaries, arms dealers, cursing, swearing, booze, and lots of action and great stories and characters. Both series show the darker side of the world. Shows why some people should not be messed with ever. Wether it be Koko and her mercinarie or the Lagoon Company you do not want to mess with either of them.
Just to make the emphasis stronger, it has alot of action. Also, there is alot of mindgames involved which makes these two similar.
Non-Japanese setting, favoring the eastern hemisphere. Gunfights and generally crazy action with some strong female leads. Engrish OP.
Both anime deal with gun fights in deferent parts of the word,
Both has to do with mafias
If you liked black lagoon you'll simply love jormungand !!!
Mercenaries, guns, action with a bit of crazyness. Similar atmosphere and similar opening with music from I've sound.
The whole generally feel is quite like black lagoon.
they are both more realistic animes, meaning no fantasy or super powers
they both have the similar theme of working in shady businesses
they both have great gun fighting and action
they are both darker toned anime
Both have a similar premise of a group of people delivering goods while trying to fight off their competitors, lots of gun fights and OTT action.
Very similar characters, gunfights, violence, action.
Both series shares the same feeling, crude humor, violence, and crime! The actions and fighting scenes in both are amazing - full of entertaining movements and suspense!
The atmosphere and themes of these 2 shows are very similar. If you are looking for an anime to fill the void left behind after binge watching Jormungand, Black Lagoon is your answer.
For me, the most enjoyable aspect of Jormungand is its action. A bunch of highly competent mercenaries executing their missions by way of their sheer combat ability. In Black Lagoon you will find similar action, but I feel Jormungand has the better combat scenes because it is more tactical and show cases a greater variety of combat roles. Another plus point for Black Lagoon is that if you liked the competent, badass female characters in Jormungand, there is no shortage of them in Black Lagoon.
Overall, both shows deal with the issues of "war" and combat; what it is like to live a life of strife, what life is like for those who kill for a living and the cross they all have to bear as a consequence. In short, they are both dark, cynical shows dealing with the violence in human societies.
Finally, if you are a person who values closure; note that unlike Jormungand, Black Lagoon is not a completed story. Still, I highly recommend you give Black Lagoon a shot if you love Jormungand's action and characters
Has the same background as black lagoon an organization that is working for the underworld but can never be touched by anybody. Most of the characters have dark pasts just like Jormungand and is trying to make a difference
This is another black lagoon!
Guns,skilled fighters,awesome music,same art,style,setting.Everything *_*
Main chick in lagoon is a tough killer who does not give crap about anothers to much. In this one she is leader with a skilled team,And alot more playful.
Yes, this is being recommended again. Why? Because both of these series are just that damn awesome.
Black Lagoon and Jormungand are both series involving a lot of drama, action, and some comedy involving a crew of badass characters. The lead female character in both series are skilled with a gun as well as other forms of combat.
Both series also has a main male protagonist who gets involved with the crew but also has skills of his own.
Both series has a lot of violence that is presented in the way that is suited for more mature audiences.
Both series contains a lot of gun action so expect blood being spilled. read more
Guns and action. With both a witty, skilled, and a clever team of people taking up dangerous jobs for money. Also both main female protagonist have a certain comedic view of the world, while enjoying what life has to offer to the fullest.
- Main female character
- Fighting with guns in modern world
both gunplay anime with really cool characters and lots and lots of lovely violence
•both have the mindless senseless violence that excites the viewer when guns start shooting
•both have a strong independent woman that stands with the main male protagonist, but the male protagonists are far different
•both are not situated in japan,
•both work in the shady business by transporting cargo/selling weaponry
•both have some supporting psychotic characters that make the anime exciting
•both contain blood, and just the beauty of gun fighting
•similar in the character personalites/plot/style, the pure violence :3
Both are action packed, gun loving, claymore detonating, shotgun firing, artillery striking fun about a band of underworld dealers trying to get by in a violent world full of dangerous clients.
Guns/Action for both
Both are very fast paced
Appealing chicks and good quality animation in both
They both have their own seriousness to them
But, generally they are just the same type of anime
both anime have the same atmosphere revolving around a group of criminals. they are both dark in their own way , although jormungand is based more around the real world then black lagoon .
both are bristling with guns and full of over the top action, whats not to love?
both also have some interesting characters, although the characters in black lagoon tend to be a little bit more colorful, while those in Jormungand are a little less so (Koko being the notable exception)
Bloody, gritty, badass, and still able to entertain. The anime doesn't take itself too seriously and it's fun to watch. The storytelling is fantastic and the way the episodes are structured keeps it from getting boring or repetitive. The characters' interactions are great to watch as well.
Trigger- happy mercenaries from illegal companies shooting at each other.
Well, well, well, now what do we have here?
If any of you just happen to be craving for guns, guns and more guns, well then these two take the cake. And when there's guns, you can almost certainly bet that there will be plenty of deaths and lots of explosions, KABOOM!
In any case, if you happen to be craving for something full of fist-pumping action with loads of cussing that can even topple some of the ones coming out of America in recent years, and have just finished watching either of the two, then rest assured that they've gotcha' covered!
P.S And yeah, by the way, the English dubs are @%*** A! read more
Both have really entertaining gunplay, settings that take place (There is a few exceptions.) out of Japan and really great character development for the main cast. Although the supporting cast can be a little weak, but if you liked one of these, you'll like the other, I guarantee it.
And hey, if I was wrong, send me a message or a comment, I'd like to see why you didn't like either of these.
Seinen Stuff... Mafia, Politics, War if you like serious, somehow "realistic" anime, you gotta watch it.
Both anime deal with arms dealing and a group of mercenaries. While Jormungand has a more diverse cast that gets fairly equal development, Black Lagoon has a short cast of four where the main focus is placed on the leads Rock and Revy. Black Lagoon emphasizes its focus on the fights the lagoon group goes through whereas Jormungand would rather place attention on the distribution of the weapons themselves. All in all, if you've seen one then I 10/10 recommend the other.
Both anime deal with arms dealing and a group of mercenaries. While Jormungand has a more diverse cast that gets fairly equal development, Black Lagoon has a short cast of four where the main focus is placed on the leads Rock and Revy. Black Lagoon emphasizes its focus on the fights the lagoon group goes through whereas Jormungand would rather place attention on the distribution of the weapons themselves. All in all, if you've seen one then I 10/10 recommend the other.
Guns and badass women. Both great to watch if you're hungry for action-packed gun fights and amazing OSTs.
- heavily rely on the usage of guns.
-have a lot of gun-based combat.
Both series are very similar. We learn about an organization through a new character. In both series, characters are members of hired guns (in Black Lagoon, smugglers and in Jormungand, mercenaries for arms dealer). Both have a very similar pace. Both use light humor to relieve tension in dramatic scenes. Both series also have a more realistic take on underworld society (well except for teenage mercenary on par with ex SAS military).
Well, for the starters both of these aren't famous for their plot, but rather for an epic action scenes and athmosphere they present. And yes, Jormungand is revolved around crime as well. Both Black Lagoon and Jormungand have similar main characters with a solid side cast to go along with it. Overall, if you like mindless fun and character driven stuff this is a show for you.
Both follow a group involved with the criminal underworld with a the female protagonist performing as a foil for the main character. The other members of the groups also aid in the main characters growth throughout the story. The main characters also tend to question their ideals or have them questioned by others.
both have strong female leads , funny dark humor , gun fight , knife fight and team work what more can you ask for
-Both about guns.
-Both have a lot violence.
-In both the protagonists are group of criminals who band together to fight.
These two shows are really similar. I got the same feel from watching Jormundgand, as I got from watching Black Lagoon back in the day. They share similar plot and setting, when a crew of triggerhappy "badasses" delwe into the underworld of chaotic, lawless, societies.
They share a heavy focus on the comeradery in the group and most of the characters are fleshed out and get a fair amount of attention each in both shows. Overall the tone and feeling of the shows are similar, and if you enjoyed one of them, chances are high that you would enjoy the other!
Sadly Jormungand does not include crazy, killer, incesteous, vampire twins... But that's an acceptable shortcoming, as Koko Hekmatyar, the leader of Jormungands group of badasses, is extremely entertaining to watch.
Both have similar dark tones that revolve around illegal activities.
Jormungand and Black Lagoon are two somewhat well known shows for their involvement with modern armament and darker humor. The show's stories themselves are practically sub-plots for the emphasis on the weapons they use during the show. They stay very accurate to the guns that they are using in whatever situation down to the gun's manufacturer and such. Black Lagoon was initially a 12 episode series animated by Madhouse in 2006; the show saw a second season, also being 12 episodes, and a few specials as well as an OVA series. Jormungand was also a 12 episode series, animated by White Fox in 2012; the show as well saw a 12 episode second season. The two shows are definitely similar in terms of art styles as well, again trying to put as much emphasis on the weapons as possible. The two shows have far more similarities than differences. So if you happen to be a fan of either or just happen to be a gun nut I would recommend either.
Black Lagoon revolves about Rock unwillingly meeting up with a group of mercenaries but he quickly decides to join up with themJormungand revolves around a child soldier unwillingly meeting up with a group of arms dealers but eentually he decided to join them
In both shows you see both groups completing their missions but I prefer Jormungand over Black Lagoon as the second season has a continues storyline instead of little missions and because the child soldier is a real ''badass'' compared to Rock
Both have guns.....guns and hey guess what?More guns. Oh and badass female main characters
both animes share lots of things like;
the background and styles
main story of both it's about mafia and mafia business
strong female characters leading the missions
gun fights and violence
little of political issues
plus similar Thames
both animes share lots of things like;
main story of both it's about mafia and mafia business.
gun fights and violence.
They are similar with perceptions of the criminal life in a different lighting and have a similar plot of one of the main characters influencing the other main into accepting their new reality
If you love guns/anime with a lot of guns, love kick ass female leads, semicrazy people and a lot of deep, deconstruction storyline, then you got what you came for!
Both have to do with some form of weapon delivery, multiple kick ass females, extremely overly buff guys/gals, someone that just straight up looks like the black sheep in the pack, and people screwing over the government.
Gotta love that.
The general feel and tone of both shows are similar, and if you've seen either of them and not the other I feel you're missing out on more of that shoot out, underworld action you probably enjoyed. The biggest difference between the two shows is the contrast in the protagonists, but both are likeable for their own reasons, only Jonah is alot less useless. If you enjoyed delving into the characters backstories from Black Lagoon, then you'll get more of this in Jormungand.
- Same tone.
- Similar artstyle.
- Shootouts *Bang Bang*.
- Good backstory for supporting cast.
- Constrasting Protagonists.
-Jormungand has more comedy elements to it. read more
If Black lagoon was good you would get Jormungand. I know it is made by the same people but somehow it's more interesting...
both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters
Similarities are overwhelming. Crude comedy, a bald leader of the group who used to be in the civil service, a hot girl with a bad attitude, a technical genius, and a ship hideaway. Also similar are the violent scenes, and guns, guns, guns.
Its pretty obvious at times that Black Lagoon had gotten some inspiration from Cowboy Bebop, BL even has a similar feel to CB as well.
So if you seen CB or BL and you are looking for more some the same action awesomeness, this series is a great pick. Highly recommended!
Same gun-toting badassery, same motley-crew antics, same moments of, "holy crap, that's actually well-done characterization."
The similarities between these two anime are not so apparent, however they do share quite a bit in common. Both shows are about a rag tag bunch of pirates (or bounty hunters, same thing, right?) who make their living dong dangerous things. Both shows are episodic in nature, and are very character driven. While not on the same par as Bebop, Black Lagoon is no slouch when it comes to character development, which is a bit of a surprise from a show whose immediate goal is to deliver as much blood, action, and gunplay as possible (which Bebop also has quite a bit of). Revy, BL's resident badass, has her own distinctive charm, much like Spike. While Bebop is easily the better show (well, it's better than most anime, so it's not really fair to compare), Black Lagoon is entertaining in its own right and is worth a look from Bebop fans.
Stylish and gritty violence. Both share a lot of gunfight.
Amazing, exciting, and gritty anime which focus on a crew composed of 4 people (bounty hunters in CB, modern pirates in BL) and their adventures and jobs at the edge of legality.
The main characters are quite similar: there’s the hot and dangerous beauty (Faye/Revy), the computer genius (Ed/Benny), and the ship’s owner/leader (Jet/Dutch).
Both anime have large amounts of action, badassery, guns, violence, black humour, mafia, plus awesome characters, great animation, and good music.
Also, both anime have an episodic nature: most of the episodes have a different story with several characters joining it, but without forgetting the protagonists' past and troubles.
If you love one, you’ll adore the other.
Both anime are about "delivery company" that isn't exactly legal and employes a batch of mismatched characters.
Black Lagoon is a story about a band of modern pirates who do their dirty jobs to survive in a very harsh world. The characters in this series are amazing and just like in Cowboy Bebop, they are rich with both positive and negative traits which make them so alive. The story is also laid out in a similar way: the series is split into short adventures which are gently connected by the main storyline and you find out more about the main characters as you go along.
very similar feel... bounty hunters, syndicates, armed half-dressed women, lots guns, violence, and blood.. if you just finished one series and you are looking for more of the same goodness, watch the other
Both anime has a dark atmosphere with tons of cussing and good gunfights. Their episodes are episodic; each and every episode telling a different story. Both anime are about hunters trying to get bounties in order to get more money. Both anime has an (almost) useless character (Cowboy Bebop - Edward, Black Lagoon - Rock) as well as a charming but badass + crude-mouthed girl that fights pretty well. (Black Lagoon - Revy, Cowboy Bebop - Faye) Plus, gunfights!
Black Lagoon is similar to Cowboy Bebop in that both series have a crew of characters who go from job to job trying to make ends meet, they both have at least 1 or more characters who come to terms with their past in some way shape or form and they both are full of action packed gun blasting fun that will leave you saying "Wow, how awesome was that!"
A little bit of a warning though, there is ALOT of swearing in Black Lagoon so watch with care. Go ahead and give it a shot.
Similar tag team of charismatic bad-asses working in society's underbelly. Lots of action and violence.
Two great show's about freelancer's. The character's are rich and contrast well. And both are filled with great stories and ton's of action. You'll be curious about each event episode by episode while trying to figure out the character's involved over the entire show.
Gun fights, Supporting female character is dangerous yet sexy. And did I mention more gunfights?
Guns, Bounties, Mercenaries, Hot Chicks, Bad Ass Buff Guys, what else do you look for in shonen Anime?
Bounty hunter themed with action, comedy, and seriousness.
If you like Cowboy Bebop then you would enjoy Black Lagoon also. Both shows contain and lot of action and gun-slinging. Whereas Cowboy Bebop's main obsjective is bounty hunting Black Lagoon is more of a guns for hire.
Same cybern-western atmosphere and action.
Both have some crazy-#*%$ bounty hunters that are AWESOME! Also have some great action scenes and well-fleshed out characters in both.
the story has the same type of feel although BL is a little more realistic where as CB is more sci-fi both animes where really well done
Cowboy bebop and Black Lagoon are 2 of my top animes that I have watched. Both feature cold blooded protagonists who take no crap from anyone! (Literally, Spike doesn't eat food that is qualified as "Crap.") Black Lagoon has more action, while Bebop has more depth to story while the action happens! Black Lagoon's action can be best described as a zesty gangsta twist. Cowboy bebop's action can best be described as fluid motion with a hint of gunplay. (Ok, maybe more than a hint!) Both animes are excellent! I would watch Bebop before Lagoon to get a real sense for the action that lies ahead.
Both have some intense action scenes and the main characters and overall formula feel very similar. Cowboy Bebop is sci-fi while Black Lagoon is present day
-Each episode has its own small story.
-Interesting cast of main characters, all having a generally vague backstory.
-Side characters are very interesting as well.
-Stylistic action with subtle humor mixed in (not mostly slapstick)
They are more or less the same type of show, except Black Lagoon has story arcs that span multiple episodes unlike Cowboy Bebop in which each episode has its own little story. There are a lot of similar characters too. Revy=Faye, Dutch=Jet, and Benny=Edward(Mainly how they are both computer savvy). They also have the two best English dubs I have ever heard. Overall they are both very good action shows.
Spike is very similar to Rock; they both like to use problems to produce effects for bypassing harm.
These anime also like to have people team up with each other, and they have problems shunned.
Themed around freelancers seeking living expenses
Both are Action packed and awesome drama + funny moments
Love nothing better than gorgeous women, guns and following the adventures of a rag-tag group of people brought together by odd circumstances?
Then Black Lagoon is the anime for you! This anime follows the story of a Japanese business man who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time where he meets a beautiful, and deadly woman named Revy. Now Revy is my kind of woman; experienced, able to hold her liquor, never says no to a fight, never leaves home without her trusty Beretta M92's and of course has got some fine curves. Rock is your average run-of-the-mill business man who is the lapdog of the higher up executives, and who has become fed up with not climbing the business world ladder.
Through some odd circumstances they end up travelling together and overcoming obstacles that neither could've done without eachother.
This is an unforgettable anime that is worth every second, and I hope you choose to watch it!
Nonstop action, colorful and believable characters, and the ability to make you want to just keep watching more make these two great anime easily comparable. While Cowboy Bebop is sci-fi and Black Lagoon is not, the pace and general feel of the shows is very similar.
Episodic shows, similar characters with dark pasts and similar humour
Both these anime have a dark atmosphere around them, but also a good dose of humor and interesting well-developed characters. The cast of each these anime go through many smaller adventures before reaching the finale.
If you take the basics of what each character is, then most of the cast in Black Lagoon are similar to the cast of Bebop. both shows also have the same plot for the most part. (Bounty hunters trying to put food on the table)
They both are about bounty hunter trying to earn money. They have a lot of action and have that dark humor. They also have more serious arc.
The way the story is set up is similar. Both are (somewhat) episodic, and there's plenty of memorable characters in both shows. The action scenes in both were fun to watch, and I think both would be a great first anime for brothers, fathers, uncles, etc.
Black Lagoon is probably the best anime to watch after Bebop. Both have a cast of characters who are bounty hunters, both are very episodic in nature, and both are FRICKING AWESOME.
Both shows deal with a freelance, rag-tag group of interesting characters.
While on the surface both shows look very different interms of animation and story telling, they do have a similar "feel" to them ("feel" being the most appropriate word I can think of to describe what I mean.)
Bebop has a wider array of developed characters and a more upbeat atmosphere. Lagoon however is darker, more mature, has a far deeper overall story arc and far more adrenalin fuelled action.
(This is just my opinion.)
Episodic action shows that pay homage to Western media. Their plots both feature a crew of badasses whose main base of operations is a ship (in Bebop its a spaceship). The dubbing in both shows is god tier.
Black Lagoon shares some distinct similarities with Bebop, ranging from the strong female member to gun fights with various criminal syndicates. Both of these great shows are about a rag tag group doing various jobs for various criminals to make ends meet. Be prepared for frequent, exciting shootouts and exciting adventures every episodes.
Similar vein of ideas and action. Black Lagoon is more modern day underbelly.
teams,guns,missions,great fights,violence,great stories,amazing characters..they are approximately same!
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.
Mafia, assassins, outlaws, guns and a lot of action
Both anime are about a rather nice and innocent person drawn into a world of crime. Both anime are rather heavy with little sugarcoating.
Both are about killers trapped in the middle of a war of interest between criminal organizations. Both have a dark theme, cold hearted, and awesome gunfights.
These series both series have a very dark feeling to them. There is plenty of blood and violence and great action to keep you entertained in both series.
Innocent Japanese guy betrayed by superiors and becomes mercenary outlaw. Gun toting asian hottie works with him. Different from Phantom because you get more of the sense the Black Lagoon crew have some moral standards. Still, fun, violent romp through the darkness.
very similar with the gangs and gunfighting
The atmoshere is really close. Both are realistic. Those are great manga. There is no question of superpower or surnatural, but about choises of life.
Both are great anime. I really enjoyed to follow them
if you like action, mafia and gangs than they're both the nice choice
Guns, mafia, crime and a guy who has nothing to do with that getting involved.
Normal Japanese guy meets gun-crazy world of crime, and excels. Black Lagoon is mostly excuses to blow shit up, and Phantom has a bigger story with action interspersed.
Two Japanese men get suck into the underground world of gangs, violence, drugs. They even have reminiscence yakuza plots in both series. They differ prominently in the character section, phantom having bland characters while black lagoon's cast is more creative, exuberant, and enjoyably funny.
Black Lagoon and Phantom have a lot of similarities. Although Black Lagoon seems a lot more light hearted at times with more humor and some awesome action, Phantom has a special kind of story. Both are pretty mature, but they are incredible in their own ways.
Similarities between the MC from both series and the dark, violent atmosphere, on top of that both series involves guns, gangs, blood and tragedy.
Action with gun shooting.
Zewi and Rock Both in a situation that they have to work in a gang, in order to stay alive.
Both have a lot of violence and are awesome. Black lagoon is a fun ride and phantom is a mind fuck, what's not to love? Assassins in one! Cartels, gangs and torpedo boats in another! good stuff
Both anime happen at mafia's world where a normal guy is involved and is begin to get used to that kind of life.
- Both Have Guns
- Both Have the main character Draged from a normal life
- Both Have a Female character who draged the male character
- Alot of blood
Phantom and Black Lagoon both have action packed episodes with guns blazing.
Though the atmosphere in both animes is quite different (Black Lagoon being more action's based and P:RP is more on the drama's side), both animes deal with gangs and guns. Even if the atmosphere is more calm and slow in P:RP, I can guarantee you that the action scene would make it up to you.
> Main character involves in a dangerous organization without wanting it
> Strong main female character, she is already in the “business” when the main character is involve
> Big gangs/organizations fighting over money or territory
Both are telling the story of guys lost their previous random lives now they have to involve with assassins
In Black Lagoon, Okajima Rokuro life was prefect after that he lost his job and join a group of Mafia assassins
But in phantom, Zwei lost his own memories now he have to join phantom the assassin group
Both are related to organized crime
Both have female main character who are strong and can handle guns
Both have male MC who are new to the underground world and just try to survive with the help Female MC
In both the male MC try to save his personalty and soul from total corruption from the world around him
The nostalgic feeling of this genre that has been neglected for too many years.. Gangsta will not disappoint you.
Imagine a world where the law plays no vital part in, it’s your way or the death highway… if your attentions are drawn in then prepare yourself for a joyous ride filled with money and bloodshed. The quality of the songs presented by these giants are just the tip of the iceberg in this overwhelming experience.
‘Gangsta’ plunges right into business, showing the sickening circumstances and filth which existed in front of your very doorstep. Might makes right and territory comes with it, the only victors are the ones equal in footing but deadlier in passion and would do whatever necessary to erase a target. Sexual lust, death, and the pleasures of killing play right into the show’s strength and it is a must watch.
‘Black Lagoon’ showcase the dominance of a woman, one who is rough around the edges and a killing machine on the field. In a chaotic city filled with the stench of corruption and constant killing, mercy is the last thing one would show. Action and killing sprees are demonstrated heavily throughout the show and one would be lucky to stay alive on a daily basis. Overall, action speaks louder than words and this series is one worth checking out for all.
Gangsta. and Black Lagoon both are Action and Seinen, Both main characters got tragic past. Both anime got same dark feel and mature, main characters put they life on line and do dangerous jobs for money.
The action and seinen genre has been missing something great like an all-time classic in Black Lagoon but the wait is over with Manglobe's 'Gangsta' which off the bat gave all the vibes of Revy and co. The visuals, the style, the characters and the setting give off nostalgic feeling of Black Lagoon. Both have jaw dropping action sequences with great fluidity to them and can be disturbingly violent at times, it's clear cut that these series are 'horses for courses' type when it comes to these parts. In a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest and where laws are relaxed, both series show you the inside of the gangsta world and how they get by.
Definite reminder of Black Lagoon. From the art style, to the characters, to just the general setting of gangsters. If you've seen black lagoon there is no way that you don't watch this without thinking about it.
Both shows have a serious tone to them, with action that manages to be flashy and over-the-top without letting itself become too unrealistic.
They also both focus on mercenary organizations that operate outside the law but still manage to have a tentatively good relationship with law enforcement.
The main characters of each show manage to feel somewhat different, although they have a similar level of ideals and morality (or lack thereof) when it comes to the work they do.
Similar in style and themes. Both feature heavy action in a gang-controlled city, with groups of criminals not tied to any particular gang of mafia and work freelance.
good plot and good action
Do you like badass gangs and gun fights? Well gangsta was pretty bad at it honestly so if you were expecting more interesting characters and fights look no further.
Both anime have a similar atmosphere. The events happen in a city where different criminal factions reside. Both feature protagonists who are proficient with weapons and do illegal jobs for different clients. They also have a lot of action and violence.
Gangsta is pretty much Black Lagoon set in an alternate timeline with super soldiers and a mute and angrier Rock and a Gender Bender Balalaika. The manga is pretty kickass too.
Both gangsta and black lagoon are based around a team (or duo) which get paid to do dirty work, in both there is a helpless character who is rescued by said team and becomes part of it whereupon it becomes part of there daily life.
-In both you found characters with creepy past and with some kind of insanity
-Very nice action scenes, not only with guns
-Various gangster's group who control a city
-Both have a nice soundtrack which produce a always-present tension
Lots and lots of guns and gang related events.
They have a very similar feel from the stylized intros, settings of a criminal paradise, and character designs
In both animes the lead characters are mercenaries living in a very dangerous and obscure place, where lots of crime happen. Both are very action packed and with lots of gore
Charisma and darkness, comedy and drama in equal parts. This could be the equation defining Gangsta. and Black Lagoon. Corruption, crime, violence, gangs and guns. Two imaginary places -in fact, with so many allusions and similarities with places that we all recognize– Ergastulum (Gangsta.) and Roanapur (Black Lagoon). These fictional cities apparently ruled by the chaos and destruction associated to crime, will become the scenario of fellowship and loyalty. Even the two "new" characters in that scenarios, Alex (Gangsta.) and Rock (Black Lagoon) share the same inquiring behavior. Although at first they look scared, eventually they will merge with their partners, immersed in the gang life.
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.
Both are action-packed mafia-related series with great characters.
Blood, guns, gangsters...both shows have them in ample supply, though the settings are different.
Mafia, violence, guns, black humor. In both you’ll find great and crazy characters, torture, blood, badass females.
Both are action packed anime, and have great music and animation.
Also, in both anime there is a majority of non-japanese people (the series itself are not set in Japan, after all), and basically no one in these anime can be considered “the good guy”.
Both involve extreme blood and violence.
Both have sadistic characters and mafia.
In both there are non japanese characters.
Baccano! and Black Lagoon both feature real-world settings that are neither present-day nor Japanese: Baccano! is set in Prohibition-era America, and Black Lagoon takes place on the waters of southeast Asia circa 1990. Both Baccano and Black Lagoon feature criminal protagonists, and neither has any characters that can truly be described as "lawful;" in both series, even the "good guys" are thieves or smugglers. Both feature brawls, gunfights, blood, and gore in great abundance, and both series have great dubs to boot.
Both are mostly action, specifically gunfights. The characters and their abilities are generally over the top. Good animation, which is a blast to watch, and a lot of though not a ridiculous amount of violence and bloodshed.
Because Black Lagoon and Baccano! are both just so much fun. Both of these take place in the world of gangsters and crooks, and both anime are filled to the brim with gratuitous gore, over the top gun and knive fights and a snarky script full of brilliant black humour.
Both Baccano! and Black Lagoon have some of the best gun action out there. The fight scenes never get old. They also both have a somewhat psychological facet and will almost always keep you on the edge of your seat.
Both Black Lagoon and Baccano! revolve around mafias and gangs. While their forms of storytelling differ greatly, each divulge into the subject of gang-related violence and misunderstandings. Each have lots of similar action, mainly gun fights and some hand-to-hand. They each have a variety of unique and interesting characters within the multiple gangs and groups. Black Lagoon focuses more on the gangs' jobs themselves, rather than a story involving them, but for the action-loving viewer this will be just fine. Black Lagoon is a bit more realistic in terms of genre, but tends to be a bit over the top with some fight scenes. Over all, the two revolve around similar groups of people with similar mindsets. It may tell the story a bit differently and have a slightly darker and more mature atmosphere, but Black Lagoon is something to look into for fans of Baccano.
For those interested in anime about crime organizations and awesome characters, these two series compliment each other pretty well. I would also advise to watch the second and third seasons of Black Lagoon to get a more complete story from the series
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.
'Michiko to Hatchin' also stars a brazen and petulant young woman who's forced to team up with a timid and more down-to-earth character and end up meeting all kinds of colorful characters and experiencing the wildest adventures, most of them connected to the criminal underworld in some form.
Black Lagoon more violent, when Michiko to Hatchin is more bright and colourful, but if you are tired of the slow development of the plot, these two certainly fit your mood. Cool chick with gun is common of course.
Michiko to Hatchin and Black Lagoon can be compared on many levels. Strong female leads, non stop action, character development, and setting (among other things). Both are set in crime riddled areas of the world; Michiko to Hatchin in a South American surrounding, and Black Lagoon in South Eastern Thailand, or more specifically, "Roanapur". These settings not only allow for some of the insanity that takes place in Michiko to Hatchin and Black Lagoon to happen, but are crafted in such a way as to make the viewer believe that they are in fact real places.
However, it is within the character development, as well as the ever present theme that it is not the destination that is important, but the journey and people we meet along the way, that make these two anime great. While the pacing and premise are quite different, both will leave you asking for one thing: more.
Gangs, guns, and super-violent. Black lagoon is more badass and has a memorable cast compared to michiko to hatchin
Looking for an anime with charismatic characters? Both series have many similarities, but I will talk only Michiko (Michiko to Hatchin) and Levy (Black Lagoon). Both of these characters are women who have strong character. They are among the best female characters in anime. Strong, beautiful and sexy, they know what they want. We take pleasure to follow them in their adventures, enjoying their mood swings, anger and moments with ease. If you think about that kind of character, these animes are made for you, skip the one you have not seen if you know one of them. (Sorry for my english)
These two series here have quite a lot of similarities. Let's see..
First of all, they are both set in a criminal world where an innocent character gets involved with a main female character who has many skills including the usage of firearms, the operation of various vehicles, and is seen as a violent individual. However throughout the series, they both form a special bond.
Both series also features a lot of face paced action, drama, some comedy, as well as some emotions.
Both series also has character development that is strengthened through the bonds between the two main characters.
Both stories have a gritty and dirty atmosphere and the setting for both contain a lot of broken/desperate towns, filled with dark and depraved people. There is a hefty amount of action throughout both series too. Even in all this down and out type atmosphere both shows manage to bring some meaningful or sentimental feel to the characters situations.
Obviously, Michiko and Revy are verrry similar, and the setting is too.
Also, i feel as if the relationship between Revy and Rock is kinda similar to Michiko and Hatchin. Kinda. In a weird way.
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