Black Lagoon
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Alternative Titles

English: Black Lagoon
Japanese: BLACK LAGOON

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2006 to Jun 25, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Sundays at 02:35 (JST)
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.091 (scored by 286495286,495 users)
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Ranked: #4272
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Popularity: #111
Members: 572,401
Favorites: 11,656

Recommendations

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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters  
report Recommended by Zero
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. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
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  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
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.  
report Recommended by Touhou
Badassery, gunfights and both are amoralistic. Also there're nazis in both animes.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
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. 
report Recommended by berserk-san
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. 
report Recommended by tsunande
Not very similar in era, but Black Lagoon is very similar in style to Cowboy Bebop. One parallel one could make is that both Champloo and Lagoon deal with pirates. But do take my word for it, you'll definately enjoy Black Lagoon. 
report Recommended by Zubatuba
Both series are set in an almost identical place, with a city overrun by a variety of criminal organizations who struggle for the control of it. However, the path taken by each series is different. Gungrave starts off by exploring the past of the character Brandon Heat and later on his ressurection and revenge against the syndicate known as Millenion while Black Lagoon develops around a small group, consisting of Revy, Rock, Dutch and Benny, with the name of Lagoon Company and how they carry their jobs given by other major syndicates. Despite this both involve guns, fights, characters that will surely get 'stuck' in  read more 
report Recommended by Massaki
A boy joins a badass team of wanted killers, who works in the shadows against various evil forces and villains. They will run very dangerous tasks, with crazy people and epic moments. Really violent and cruel shows. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Girls with guns and lots of action!  
report Recommended by Two-Hands
Character development through the episodes, splash of comedy and dark themes that vary based on the episodes. Black Lagoon is a bit more focused on realism, with a cowboy bebop episode gallery that adds a lot of variety. 
report Recommended by Objecterror
Well they both have a lot of action scenes , they both have similar main characters (who are extremely badass) and there awesome nuff said go watch'em  
report Recommended by Gothykins
Both of these shows had me thinking "How did they air that on TV?", so if you're in to shock value, you'll like both shows. 
report Recommended by robfoster
Black Lagoon and Speed Grapher are both similar shows. Both are action packed and suspensefull. Both have blood, gore, violence, death, and sexual things going on(more sexual things in "Speed Grapher") . Both can get really dark, and still punch in a great joke here and there, but not get silly. Both shows have gun fights (more in Black lagoon) that may ask you to suspend your belief a little bit (but this is good from time to time). Both also involve "different" types of fight scenes we are not used to seeing in anime. For example in "Speed Grapher" we get a guy who  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
ACTION ACTION ACTION ACTTIOOOOOONN!!!! both of these are jampacked with enough action to leave you wanting more and more and more.....very addicting. gantz is a little on the ecchi side though 
report Recommended by kittenz73
Black Lagoon is similar to FMP with the whole Mercenary thing, but Black Lagoon is a lot more vulgar than FMP. Both great series. 
report Recommended by Grimmm
Tons of bullets, mobsters, assassins, and general mayhem. 
report Recommended by MotokoAramaki
Gritty feel with backroom politicking and conspiracy. Strong female lead with a mysterious past and mad skills. Both groups of characters also have a techie character(s), a strongman, someone who is relatively new and inexperienced in their new profession, and side characters to provide the occasional comedic crack. Also explores many questions involving a perceived loss of humanity and psychological well-being, in one falling to savagery and "base" behaviors and the other to in a sea of cybernetic technologies. In fact, the main difference is which side of the law the characters work on and the cyberpunk vs renegade theme. 
report Recommended by hessan
both have companionship that are born in war type settings were the male main like the girl main both have blood and gory scenes and tactics to pull off the perfect kill. black lagoon has a more Marfia vibe to it. and btoom! a beat the odds in a game vibe.  
report Recommended by saintcena
Non-stop female gun-fighting action!!! 
report Recommended by justnlife23
The whole time I watched Black Lagoon, it reminded me of Hellsing. Quite similar art in both anime titles, as well as characters. Hellsing is overall more supernatural than Black Lagoon, and a bit more serious and Black Lagoon a little more easy going, but I would would say that if you liked one of them, you'll like the other one. 
report Recommended by Succhan
Super cute assassin ass kickers who like to dress in hotpants and tanktops. Revy is a little more darker and mysterious than Madlax (quiet and sophisacted). But overall they both have to fight against mobsters and gangesters in order to reach their goal. Madlax started off as a Mercenary for hire type of anime but then strayed off course for obvious reasons, but Black Lagoon is a "Mercenary for Hire" anime all they way through. 
report Recommended by Ranivus
Both anime got girls that can handle guns wisely... 
report Recommended by Randomstar
Both have a lot of gore and violence. Granted, no zombies and its way less ecchi, but they basically have the same core character plot. Highschool has zombies and Black Lagoon is darker with the romance. 
report Recommended by Buttink
Gritty feel with backroom politicking and conspiracy. Strong female lead with a mysterious past and mad skills. Both groups of characters also have a techie character(s), a strongman, someone who is relatively new and inexperienced in their new profession, and side characters to provide the occasional comedic crack. Also explores many questions involving a perceived loss of humanity and psychological well-being, in one falling to savagery and "base" behaviors and the other to in a sea of cybernetic technologies. In fact, the main difference is which side of the law the characters work on and the cyberpunk vs renegade theme. 
report Recommended by hessan
Darker than Black has a more supernatural tendency than Black Lagoon, but the idea of mercenaries kicking butt everywhere is pretty much universal to both these anime. Amazing action sequences, gun fights, agendas and plotting, blood and gore, they've got them both. If you want an anime with similar action style, watch this 
report Recommended by Mythical_Truth
if u want an intense action and epic anime. then black lagoon and black cat are similar and i highly reccomended black cat. its great! indeed 
report Recommended by yen_otaku
Well both had a major female characters, with a lousy backgrounds, and that are good with guns. Besides, their storytelling is very similar, though unlike gunslinger girl, there isn't any major story that can be seen as a result of the episodes that is watched, in black lagoon. Both have gunfights, and average pace. 
report Recommended by Kaan1234567890
Both have something to do with the mafia, set outside Japan, have dark atmosphere 
report Recommended by ani147
Violence, shooting, crime, professionals.  
report Recommended by Lord_Makk
Gun fights and women that kicks ass. But not as funny and the character development is less interesting. The action is just as good. 
report Recommended by rayyhum777
I haven’t watched the entire series. But it got the same pirate theme as One Piece. A bit more serious, tho. So, due the rarity of pirate-themed anime, I would like to recommend this anime.  
report Recommended by Titan-Kikumaru
Although the settings of these shows aren't that close, they are similar in that they aren't set in Japan which is the most common setting in anime. These shows also focus on strong female characters who love using guns. They also tend to imitate movies which means they are somewhat more grounded when it comes to abilities of their characters.  
report Recommended by opasnimiki
It has the feel of Yu Yu Hakusho in regards to it witty humor, fun characters, and jaw dropping action. Not to mention a very well written and casted english dub. Be warned, this is a very graphic anime.  
report Recommended by coolcat
First off: This also includes the Secound Season of Black Lagoon as well. Although Black Lagoon and Rainbow don't have much in common concerning the storyline, characters and such, they are incredibly similar in one perspective: The atmosphere that is created while watching the story unfold. For the most part it is the same dark and sometimes heavy atmosphere where hope or other positive things dont exist at first glance and are hard to find. I admit, I lied there is another similarity: The deeper psychological meaing behind those animes, you can find many different ways of interpretating these series in both of them and let  read more 
report Recommended by HiroKnopperanksi
I can't believe I'm the first to see the similarities between Black Lagoon and Spice and Wolf. Both of these anime have romance. But it's not the kind of romance where it's out in the open. They showed hints of it throughout the series, more so in Spice and Wolf. Rock and Lawrence are two boring male protagonists who each have boring jobs. Rock used to work in the corporate world. While Lawrence works as a merchant. Holo and Revy are two bad-ass female protagonists in the series who suddenly entered the lives of those two boring men. Holo is a wise wolf deity, who used to be  read more 
report Recommended by Howlong
Both series have a male MC that is introduced into a city of violence and is backed up by really cool supporting characters. Both series are also very entertaining. 
report Recommended by NickDrake
Claymore... who doesn't love Claymore? While it's very hard to find a kick-ass female lead like Clare in anime, I thought Revy from Black Lagoon was just as bad-ass as Clare. If you liked one, you should be able to like the other. Claymore is more fantasy themed, while Black Lagoon is more modern. 
report Recommended by SirLanceALot
-Vulgar language -Kickass females -Awesome fight scenes  
report Recommended by owlishdelight
Both of these anime focus on gunplay with characters that are rough and have been through tough times in their pasts. Just like in Triage X, you'll find violence and plenty of women that you wouldn't want to mess with. Corruption is found around every corner in both series. 
report Recommended by Mr_Hayabusa
Terror! Murder! and Explosives! is what the avarage day is made out of for these youngsters, if you care to spend those 4 spare hours of yours you'll experience the heaviest of destruction and abnormal lifestyles and will carry you on toward hitting that otaku state of mind, and possibly a psychos one. The unique skills laid on here will let your mind loose and the burdons on the characters will soon be your own as you seek to accept these animated figures in your heart. 
report Recommended by Elsa
Both involve awesome and tactical ship fights with non-stop action. The garrison of the Blue Steel reminds me a little bit of the Black Lagoon Crew too. 
report Recommended by TheISOlatoR
Whislt both trully deal with very different subjects, since one is a agriculture slice-of-life and the other is a seinen action, both are similar in a way: -None of the characters are special, but they are very likable, you will sympathize with everyone. -Have golden character interactions you probably never saw in any other media. -Are divided in mini-storys/Is episodic. This can be bad when the anime doesnt know what direction it should take, but in this case; all are interesting and meaningful. Never letting you think you could skip some episodes for the sake of finishing the anime. I would recommend stop watching BL after the first season,  read more 
report Recommended by ClinT
Both anime have very quiet episodes and also have intriguing mysteries. 
report Recommended by joshinek
Both animes Pne of the mc in both animes is a japanese innocent and good guy, who goes overseas and gets involved into the world of violence and gangs. Both of them builds a strong connection with a person from that alien to them enviroument, which changes their own reality forever. In both shows there is good action, animation and both give off a similar feel, though Black Lagoon is more action oriented and consists of mini arcs,while Banana Fish follows one story arc.  
report Recommended by ani147
Do you wanna see badass female characters? If so, these shows are exist for you. Each MC, Revy and Misaka are cool, strong women. Their power overwhelm every enemies. Just like fighting princess. The former is mainly gun fights, The latter is super power. Combined with originally quality, each content are truly interesting. Characters are basically lots of female fighter. Furthermore, there are similar personalities in both shows. Find them. Story and atmospheres are different. Black Lagoon has bloody and gore depiction. Railgun hasn't those at all. I loved both characters dialogues. I hope Black Lagoon fans enjoy Railgun. Vice versa. As a result, female also robust. 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
In both shows you will find cities which are governated by crime. Police does not seem to be present or, if it is, they are somehow related with the mafias. Professional killers and murders are heard of everyday. You will see blood and battles to death, involving people which are professionals and will fight and give anything in order to approach their interests. 
report Recommended by MisaoAino
If you want over the top action then look no further. It is not often that I find myself feeling bloodthirsty, but both these shows quickly managed to satisfy me, and will continue to do so in the future. 
report Recommended by Rijento
both anime is about gun war. -Revy reminds me of asako of grisaia. they're look alike and shares the same characteristic and personality. If you love guns, killings, and good story. You should give any of this a try. If you happen to watched any of these two, try the other one. Bot shows shares the same atmosphere and enjoyment. enjoy!  
report Recommended by Luuji222
Both of them have a normal young man who is led to wild and strange circumstances, acompannied with a strong girl. I think that if you enjoyed the relationship between Rock and Revy you will enjoy Blue Gender as well.  
report Recommended by Pyschoneurosis
the dark atmosphere 
report Recommended by A-K-A
Trust me the Military warfare of the mercenaries and rebels in this movie SCREAM Black Lagoon to me. It has the same aesthetic too. They both have military mercenaries. The secondary antagonist in the Psycho Pass movie who's the leader of the criminal Russian (I think) mercenary group who are expert killers for some shady government has a similar personality to Dutch in how buff they are, how they talk, and how they both want to recruit the Main Character into the mercenary group for hire. Also, in the Roberta (the kiiller maid in Black Lagoon) and the Colombian boy she's protecting are both from a Latin  read more 
report Recommended by Otaku_Khan
Both have really similar animation style (seeing as how they were both made by madhouse), and have similar themes. My guess is if you like one you'll like the other as well. 
report Recommended by j4c0b333
The main characters of both series join and try to fit into a group taking part in illegal and highly dangerous activity. Character development is done through them fiding their place in a team and building relathionships with the members. Both are, while being over the top in the action scenes, grounded in vibrant and complex universes : they share a sense of realism thanks to the realistic character and color designs, and the setting feels like real, lived-in locations packed with stories and unique characters. 
report Recommended by Aspartam
The biggest similarity between them would be the dialogues, many characters in both series like to speak in metaphors. So if you like to immerse yourself into deep dialogues, both series may be to your liking. Black Lagoon is a gun-loaded action series with a darker tone, while ef-A Tale of Memories is a romance series with a brighter tone.  
report Recommended by Lord_Odous
Over the TOP action Likeable characters Short series ( 12 episodes ), except Black Lagoon has 2nd season Similar jokes... Black bullet has more dramatic moments Must Watch !!!!  
report Recommended by Konte
Both shows focus on the lives of hitmen, mercenaries, guns for hire, criminals and secret organizations. They have badass characters, as well as strong femme fatale lead. Both anime have a lot of action and violence involving guns. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Mafias, drama, epic struggles, a cast of very diverse characters and the formula of autoconclusive mini stories (if not 1, 2 chapters) at the first half, to be more complex in the second (in black lagoon is the second seasond). In addition, they have a protagonist with little protagonism that joins a criminal organization, but is still a good person. 
report Recommended by Metalerogreymon
Both dark and gritty lots of blood and gore a lot of disturbed and insane characters with violent pasts  
report Recommended by Kuwabara512
It has an fascinating and entrancing story, jam-packed with awesome action scenes. It has a wide variety of sophisticated yet wonderful characters to boot. Just like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, this anime will keep you sucked in from beginning to end without leaving you unsatisfied in any shape or form. It is truly awe-inspiring. And lastly, this is one of the few shows out there that only gets better with the sequels. Enjoy! 
report Recommended by animeismybae
both are amazing action anime's with amazing protagonists. every episode is action packed and won't let you get bored.  
report Recommended by avatarelena
Both shows focus on the lives of hitmen, mercenaries, guns for hire, criminals and secret organizations. They have badass main characters, as well as a lot of action and violence involving guns. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both animes feature female protagonists and have a lot of kick @$$ action! Mylene Hoffman (009-1) is a cyborg spy who can dogde any bullet shot at her, besides that she can get out of any predicament (explosion) that life throws at her! Revy (Black Lagoon) is a hired hit-woman who fights with 2 guns in 2 hands, and she causes lots of explosions. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!! Black Lagoon is a darker, sort of Underworld Gansta film-type television show. Meanwhile 009-1 takes a softer, yet more feminine James Bond movie type of series. Both are worth watching! 
report Recommended by ViewtifulJak
Both are predominantly military animes with some comedy and focuses on an independent organization. Both have fights against terrorists and both have an agressive girl as protagonist. 
report Recommended by bereta002
Black Lagoon and Strike Witches both are about a rookie who has just joined a group of elite.  
report Recommended by Galsco
Anti-heroes living on the wrong side of the law. War and competition between gangs and lots and lots of action and violence.  
report Recommended by lisnoire
Both main females are dual wielders of pistols and are given jobs. The only difference Revy is more of a bad ass than Aria is. 
report Recommended by Setsuna200
Both are bad-ass anime with seemingly incompetent main characters that team up with a strong fighter. If you like intense fights and some minor romance you'll definitely like this 
report Recommended by Chibi_Hige
both have bad-ass main woman and normalish guy, both have great dubs also they both have great gun fight and realistic looking art also they both are Seinen. The plots are different ghost in the shell is a cyber punk about a about a governmental group going after criminals and black lagoon is realistic based in current time and mainly about criminal activity because the mains are basically criminals. 
report Recommended by imperlast
Both feature female protaganists in a mature and violent anime. Both also have realistic combat, at least more realistic than shonen anime. 
report Recommended by AndyLikesAMV
Both series involve people who live in the underground world. They are filled with characters who are professionals that have great gun skills. Xiang Ying and Revy come from difficult pasts which make them in to the present day them. Both series are filled with action, killings, and excitement. If you like one... you will sure to like the other. 
report Recommended by spineslayer
Guns, Gangster, Mafia and a massiveload of Action. 
report Recommended by Inicharu
I should be clear that not much can hold a flame to the action in Black Lagoon, and i would have to say that Heat Guy is no exception. But heat guy is fun to watch if you enjoyed the gun play and action in Black Lagoon. Enjoy. 
report Recommended by June
Both shows have mafia/yakuza style organizations that rule the city . . . and gunfights.  
report Recommended by Zail
They both have The Mafia part in the story, the plot and charcter personalitys are really different though. 
report Recommended by Natsuko
Both feature a rather violent female lead and a lot of great fighting 
report Recommended by Dr_Jan_Itor
Both "Black Lagoon" and "Kite Liberator" are action packed, gun shooting, violent animes!! They both are dark, gritty, mature, and sexual (Kite Liberator is more sexual). They both also have amazing "fight" scenes. They both are set up like a "hollywood" action movie, but doing a much better job! Sure there's some serious leaps of faith needed (esecially in Kite Liberator), but hey, these series are all about the fun! Sure Kite Liberator is a mix-mach of genres (done for the fun/satire), sure some of the fight scenes in Black Lagoon are a little impossible(well in Kite Liberator too), but these series are just what  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
If you loved Koko, her madness, power, and fearless nature. You will love two hands from Black lagoon. 
report Recommended by kibak
The plots are kinda alike, both are about military and organizations, and both take place in China. 
report Recommended by Redragonblack
good violence 
report Recommended by Setron510
At first glance, I thought these two series weren't too similar. However, at many instances, I see a lot more similarities than one may imagine. The main characters from both series are similar in terms of personalities. They are part of a group who often undertakes dangerous tasks in a city of crime, prejudice, and other cases involving dangerous individuals. The setting is similar with that city background with a crude outlook on life. However, the main characters from both series are used to it and gets their jobs done well. This is usually the result of teamwork and coordination. If you like action, drama, and some good  read more 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both feature a strong female lead role and are very mature anime series'. I think that anyone that likes one should definitely like the other. 
report Recommended by Firelily
These shows feature dangerous women and violent action. Cutey Honey is an episodic revenge tale while Black Lagoon displays the gradual corruption of people and various gun play.  
report Recommended by THEAnimeHERO
While Black Lagoon and Kuroshitsuji look different on the surface, they are both excellent at bringing across the feeling of darkness, more specifically, darkness within humans. Both are crime-infested shows, that have one or more completely badass characters, and one or more that'll send a chill down your spine. The only real difference between the two, is that Black Lagoon has more realism to the fighters (they're all humans) and Kuroshitsuji has more realism to the setting it's placed in (Victorian England). 
report Recommended by Sabeeh
One in the sky, one in the sea - both about dealing with the harsh environment and who you can depend on. 
report Recommended by electrik03
Both have bad ass main characters. The characters are strong and independent types who work in groups. 
report Recommended by crazyisgood
Both contain a main male character drawn into a world he would not normally be in. Genki is drawn into a game, while Rokuro is drawn into the Japanese underworld. 
report Recommended by crazyisgood
They are both about for hire mercenaries, that use guns as their main weapons. And meeting different mercenaries and assassins while doing jobs, sometimes going against them.  
report Recommended by IntroverTurtle
Both have strong female leads but Murder princess is pretty much garbage in comparison to how awesome Black Lagoon is. They both deal in mature themes but Black Lagoon seems to have a much more realistic feeling to it (not to mention it doesn't have magic). 
report Recommended by Moonmonk
Both are dark action series focused around primarily a weaker boy with a physically and mentally strong female lead character. If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other because both have a lot of gore and dark backgrounds though Freezing has less arcs and focus more on character's relationship. Both involve military style operations but Freezing has some sci-fi as well as a lot of fan service not present in Black Lagoon. 
report Recommended by yngtadpole
Both series have a male protagonist who seek a more exciting lifestyle and a female character who has been isolated from society due to a traumatic upbringing/event.  
report Recommended by Animalfaps
If you like the scenes in soul eater that were fights involving "Death the Kid" and his duel pistols then you will enjoy Black lagoon as this show is just over the top gun fights (with duel pistols)  
report Recommended by mysmokingbarrel
In both animes the protagonist was doing well in their respective field but suddenly everything changes. In Monster, the doctor has a normal life before he saved the life of a young boy. Rock was a salaryman before getting kidnapped by pirates/mercenaries from Black Lagoon. The atmosphere and the story telling in both are that of a much more realistic yet also with more darker/tragic aspects.  
report Recommended by Invensible1
Have a reckless and wild leading female who is willing to cause violence, but Black Lagoon's version is far more willing. Have the similar action movie formula, but Black Lagoon feels darker and more brutal. Share a similar iconic action sequence. 
report Recommended by BlokeTokes