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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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Red Fraction" by MELL
Ending Theme"Don't Look Behind" by EDISON
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 gun running, smuggling people... That kind of stuff. All the motivation feels quite accessible, who doesn't need to make money to eat? Backstories are explored but not shoved down your throat. Everything feels very balanced and well polished.
The character design in this show is cranked up waaay high, and the animation couldn't possibly fit better. It's very unique, there's no silly "anime stretch arm" or mystery tentacle because the budget craps out. The action scenes have more empty bullet casings than Robocop, and even the slower scenes keep you interested by sheer strength of the characters. Visually, this is a feast.
It's a shame the soundtrack is so small, but luckily what few tracks exist are all fairly good. You've got action scenes, tense music, the usual round up. Some of these tracks pull a heavy rotation, which gets a little tiring, but it's not grating.
The voice acting on the otherhand is phenomenal. The English dialogue adaptation is some of the best I've ever heard, up there with Steins;Gate for believability. You can tell a lot of work went into recording, and it shines through so well.
The characters. Oh man, I could write a small essay on this! Each crew member is so distinguishable from the others, their own personalities are well laid out and their motivations are explained and advanced with the story. You're going to want to know more about the interesting characters because they're well designed, balanced, flawed, and very human. Even the escalation is at a reasonable level, the jobs get bigger and more difficult but the pay goes up. One of my favourite strong female leads ever is in this show, she'll probably be one of yours too by the time you're finished.
Seeing as I stumbled into this show by accident, I expected nothing at the start. Black Lagoon gave me so much back in return. Each mission is different and challenging in it's own way, the conflict between crewmates and enemies alike is gripping and fun to watch, and the way they really grill the new guy is painfully relatable (Thanks work). This is up there as one of my favourite shows, even if they break it into two 12 episode chunks for some reason. If you haven't seen this, stumble into the first episode and give it a chance, you won't regret a second of it. read more
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 falling short.
The music was not to my liking, but that was purely based on personal taste. The music is often quite atmospheric and sets the tone before and during scenes.
If you find that you like the show and are not satisfied with the final arc in the second season, I highly recommend the four part OVA: Roberta's blood trail. I feel it acts as a better ending to the series than the final arc.
Basic Idea: We follow the exploits of the Lagoon company, a black market transportation and guns for hire company (close to modern day pirates...kinda). We see things through the eyes of our main protagonist Rock, a Japanese businessman who is new to this life of action. read more
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 Revy expression it was something that she didn't wanted Rock to hear but he was stoned so he either didn't hear or pretended not to hear because she is...Revy, well for being an episodic anime it was good and expect Nazis.
Art & Animation
The animation is really good, the details the blood spilling, the bullets impacts, they are very good, and for being from 2006 is impressive but there are flaws, and not that i was looking for them, the flaws were in front of my eyes, but despite that it was very good and not to mention Revy's details
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Maybe the best of the anime, the sound, the voice acting is great, really fitting voices, the backround music is very good as the sound effects are great the OP is one of the best i have heard in music and in the video clip, it was amazing, i liked her a lot for some reason at sec 36 of the video clip where she is sticking her tongue out with a cute face, great lyrics too, the ED song was weird transition, well it was great in general.
The characters are very good, they are enjoyable, likeable at some extent, i didn't like their ideals, maybe Rock ideals, to be honest they all are interesting:
-Okajima Rokuro ''Rock'' was a employee of a company that was contrabanding something i can't remember but he was then kidnapped by Revy to request for a reward but he ends up joining them, he is for some reason likeable since the beginning or at least for me, he is intelligent and confronts Revy with a great speech in ep. 7 because she's full of rage and wants to kill 24/7.
-Rebecca aka Revy a chinese woman with a really dark childhood and a dark present, she is heartless, ruthless, immmoral bitch but she's funny and likeable and sexy and i couldn't hate her, she is great and i liked her voice, it really is fitting for her.
-Dutch is a badass who always thinks before going on a kill frenzy like Revy, nothing much about him as a character tho, or about his past.
-Benny is a smart guy, in charge of the intel but not developed just like Dutch.
-Roberta is a ''maid'' one with a darker past than Revy, with a despicable past, but i couldn't hate her because i liked her at first and thought she was badass and when i knew her past, i was like WTF, and i had a conflict wheter to like her or not but i still liked her but not as much as when i first saw her and she's stronger than Revy, oh and despite her being Colombian she speaks spanish really bad, i heard better spanish in El Cazador de la Bruja.
There are other good support characters too, like Balalaika and Mr. Chang who is more skillful than Revy and she admits he is, i would like to see him much more, he was cool.
I was expecting a story to be honest, a deep one, but the episodic stories weren't bad, i enjoyed them and much better when Rock finally confronts Revy, that was what waked me up, i was losing interest till that part came, and the OP is magic, and this felt more like a first part than a first season, they shouldn't have been splitted in seasons but more like part one and the second season the part two, but i had a very good enjoyment with this season/part 1. read more
"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. It's big, it's loud, it's fast, it's rough, it's tough, and it's got a mean bite. Black Lagoon is this machine from hell of an anime that's just way, way too much, but you can't help but want to floor it every time you get in... because it's just too much fun. You gotta respect it though, because you don't take it for a ride, it takes YOU for a ride.
This is the essence of Black Lagoon. It's like 24 episodes of nonstop Mad Max Fury Road. Unrelenting, punishing, deadly action. Don't f*ck with it.
Artwork and Animation: 9
"So I guess you'd probably have a hard time believing I watch Oprah instead: "the result of the extreme makeover, right after the GUNSHOT!" - Revy
Even though Black Lagoon is almost 10 years old now, it still holds up excellently. It's yet another awesome title from the Madhouse dominant era of the mid 2000s to sit with Death Note, Hellsing, Paprika, and others. The attention to detail, particularly with the guns and vehicles, is striking.
Instead of just having generic pistols and rifles, they went the extra mile fleshing out the detailing that make individual and branded weapons unique. Real life brand names are mentioned, and the weaponry are identical replicas. Famous pistols like the Beretta 92F (Revy's signature), Tokarev TT-33s, Colt 1911s, Lugers, and the fan favorite gold plated Desert Eagle make appearances, along with tons of other revolvers, autos, and even cap and lock pistols. A dizzying array of rifles, launchers, and mounted weapons are used throughout the series, all direct copies of real life weapons. No made up stuff here. The weapons themselves are nearly characters, and I had a lot of fun picking out which ones were which. All told, there are 81 different weapons either seen or used throughout the series.
The characters themselves are drawn excellently and consistently too. From Revy's signature tank top, jorts and dual Berettas, Rock's stuffy businessman look, cross dressing twins, gangster suits, Nuns With Guns™, military fatigues, and Nazi uniforms to Roberta's crazy French Maid getup, there is a wildly varied cast of characters and looks.
Sound and Voice Acting: 10
"Man, that's f*cking pathetic. Only some tit sucking mama's boy would come up with that bullsh*t conversation you're enjoying." - Revy
Revy: "You whiny bitch, you're lucky I was around to save you from having your f*cking balls shot off by those guys from Hotel Moscow!"
Eda: "Last time I checked, I didn't have a set, but maybe you do you nasty she-male!"
Revy: "ALL RIGHT YOU ASKED FOR IT BITCH!"
Eda:"WHEN I'M THROUGH WITH YOU, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PICK WHICH ASSHOLE YOU WANT TO SH*T THROUGH!"
Revy: "HEY YOU OLD BITCH! It's Rebecca! from Lagoon Company, open the f*cking door you old skank!"
Revy: "You don't want to charge in with this piece of sh*t, especially not with a crackhead at the wheel"
Leigharch: "F*ck you! I'll have you know this is the world's greatest offroad vehicle you heartless bitch!"
Revy: "This piss tank is getting on my last nerve. Listen up you f*cking leprechaun, you're gonna wait here until you get our signal. If you run away, I'll hunt you down and castrate you!"
Shenhua: "My, she say good thing, I agree very much!"
I'm with Shenhua. Everything that comes out of Revy's mouth is gold. This is a must watch in English. While the Japanese has some profanity, this one takes it BEYOND filthy, and with that comes so many laughs at the horrible things the characters threaten and say to each other. Panty and Stocking is really the only comparable dub, and the banter between Eda and Revy is like Panty and Stocking awesome, but better. Think Tarantino movie language- it flows really well, and sounds realistic. It's not overly pretentious or stuffy, it's just rough and raw.
Let's hear it for cultural diversity! MADhouse in tha house!
Seriously, if there's ever been an anime out there that's covered as many different enthic groups, religions, creeds, cults, groups, countries, races, and who even knows what other kind of label, it's Black Lagoon. All right, a show about pirates with cultural diversity, sounds freaking great right??
Well get this:
You've got the military, crooked cops, Yakuza, and the Triads, and the Russian Mafiya... yeah those are pretty run of the mill type stuff. Then you've got a little bit more out there stuff like Nuns With Guns™, cowboy bounty hunters, a mute chainsaw wielding girl, and a Hank Hill inspired flamethrower wielding middle aged fat man. Then you get on up in to the upper echelon of crazy sh*t with crossdressing murder twin child soldiers, a Terminator French Maid, Neo Nazis (with full dress uniform), and one Shenhua, the sexy Taiwanese chinglish spewing, Enep knife wielding assassin. There's even a schoolgirl Yakuza boss, and Mr Chang, the Chinese Triad John Woo movie clone!
As far as main characters go, though, Revy is one of most outstanding and instantly recognizable characters out there, with her untied boots, jorts, tattoos, tank top, and signature double shoulder holsters. She's almost always smoking a cigarette, and trailing a stream of profanity and insults so rough it'd make Gordon Ramsay piss his pink panties.
Sexy, tough and with a temper like Christian Bale and Mel Gibson combined times two, Revy exists to smoke, f*ck sh*t up, get paid, and drink straight liquor- in that order. She's corrupt and violent to the core, no whiny, needy clingy woman tropes here. Nothing gets her off more than getting lit and shooting shit up.
She's the quintessential badass, and she don't take shit from nobody.
Rock, on the other hand, is a guy stuck in the middle. When his dead end corporate grind job lands him in the middle of the South China Sea amongst a hive of scum and villainy, his outlook on life really changes- from bad to worse. As a guy who has been on both sides of the fence, he has a pretty unique perspective to the seedy gangster's paradise of Roanapur. His skills as a businessman do end up coming in handy when the all guns blazing route fails, but more often than not, he finds himself a spectator to the violent brutality of the city and its denizens.
In this criminal underworld, anything goes. Cops on the make, thugs on the take, and shootouts over dinner are the norm. Get f*cked up every night, drive it like you stole it, and crash only to repeat it the next day. If you're lucky, you might get some kind of job from the mafia. If not, you just had your last shot of rum- forever.
Black Lagoon's story takes us on arc based tales straight out of an action movie. Every 2 or 3 episodes, the real life pirate crew of Dutch, Revy, Benny, and Rock take on some new job from the Russian mob and whatever crazy adventure it entails. They aren't some 16th century sailboat crew with tricorns and peglegs though- they're straight off the mean streets of Compton, I mean Roanapur. Armed with a stolen military torpedo boat and a million dollars' worth of military grade weaponry, a cunning captain and Revy's famous temper, they take on a variety of different missions. The episodes featuring Roberta, a Colombian terrorist turned maid, the twisted, murderous twin children Hansel and Gretel, and the Greenback Jane saga are highlights of the series in the insane, over the top, brutal, and hilarious elements respectively.
I really liked the realism in this show. So often, action shows have to do with the supernatural or occult, and it was incredibly refreshing to see something that was grounded in realism, used real life guns, vehicles, and kept the story within the realm of gritty action movie. The hilarious dialogue was delivered perfectly, and the voice actors sounded great. While it was very over the top at times, this show watches like a John Woo movie mixed with Tarantino. It's just a heck of a lot of fun.
It's a real shame Marÿke Hendrikse didn't do many other voice roles. Revy will live the f*ck on forever though, because like she gives a sh*t.
+ Awesome characters that kick a lot of ass
+ Dialogue that will make you sh*t your pants, then kick you in the face for laughing
+ Excellent arc based story
+ Great animation and attention to detail
Of course. If you don't watch this, Revy is going to come shove her boot up your ass and make you lick your own crap off of it before busting a cap in your sniveling dome!
Seriously, if you like rough and tough with dark comedy- this is not to be missed.
"Roanapur is the kind of place where violent jokes come true." - Benny 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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