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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Alternative Titles

English: Black Lagoon


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


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Ranked: #2802
Popularity: #61
Members: 209,784
Favorites: 5,488
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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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Adaptation: Black Lagoon
Sequel: Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
Alternative setting: Black Lagoon Omake

Characters & Voice Actors

Isobe, Tsutomu
Isobe, Tsutomu
Redman, Dean
Redman, Dean
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Liberatori, Perla
Liberatori, Perla
Hirata, Hiroaki
Hirata, Hiroaki
Drummond, Brian
Drummond, Brian
Okajima, Rokuro
Okajima, Rokuro
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Swaile, Brad
Swaile, Brad


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
CANAAN and Black Lagoon have very much the same feel to it.
Both the main characters are bad-ass women with guns with a lot of good action, both series are mainly located in a urban city in China and are well illustrated.
They both have a sense of dark organizations doing things behind the scene, though Black Lagoon has it less and doesn't have any fiction things (like non existing viruses and such)

CANAAN and Black Lagoon are both very awesome series to watch if you like action and gunfights.

Opening Theme

"Red Fraction" by MELL

Ending Theme

"Don't Look Behind" by EDISON

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