Black Lagoon Anime Review – Guest Post

This is a guest post from my friend and fellow Jamaican who goes by the name Shadieville. He is an avid PC gamer and a big fan of anime. He recently finished watching an anime called Black Lagoon and was kind enough to write a review for my blog. Check it out below.

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The story of a Japanese Business Man called Okajima Rokuro who was sent by his company to Eastern China to deliver a disc. However his boat got hijacked by a group of mercenaries that were hired to steal it. Okajima Rokuro was taken hostage by Revy, the female, double Berretta 92FS wheedling, bad ass member of the mercenary group known as The Black Lagoon Company. She got the idea that Okajima, which she nick named “Rock” hold some value to his company and decided to demand a ransom for his return. This proved to be way more trouble than it’s worth. After being set free Rock decided to become the fourth member of the group, alongside their captain Dutch, the only African American member. Benny is an American born male who serves as their mechanic and computer specialist. And of course Revy, our favorite Chinese American gunslinger. The Black Lagoon company accepts a variety jobs from various clients with their main client being a Russian crime syndicate know as “Hotel Moscow”. They are a group former soldiers who served under Ms. Balalaika, a former officer of the Soviet Army.

The city of Roanapur in Thailand is where the story unfolds. It’s a town that’s overrun with mercenaries for hire and other form criminal elements, all of which are kept in check by the officially unofficial security force, the Hotel Moscow. The government appointed police force seems to take the side lines when it comes to enforcing rules and regulations upon high level criminal like the Black Lagoon’s and others. Gun fights are no stranger to this town and the cops knew it. Regular bar fights will break out western style, where everyone with their choice of weapons participating in the ruckus.

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There are several memorable characters in this series not excluding the main protagonist group, the Lagoon Company. As I stated above, Ms. Balalaika, the head of the Hotel Moscow group which rule Roanapur with an iron fist. Her second in command, Mr. Boris looks like a guy who did some serious time in the line of duty. He has a scar from his forehead to his cheek and is never seen wearing a smile.
Mr. Chang is also a double berretta wielding character in the Black Lagoon universe. He is the leader of the Chinese Triad base in Roanapur. He’s way more calm and calculated than Balalaika.
Another female in the series is Eda, a CIA agent who is working undercover as a nun in the “Church of Violence or the Rip-Off Church”. The church is a front for illegal activities like smuggling and has ties with the underground.
Federica Sawyer, AKA Sawyer the Cleaner is one wicked, cold hearted girl. She’s the one who takes care of the bodies after someone got themselves eradicated. Her weapon of choice is a chainsaw which she puts to good use dismembering persons in a butcher shop.

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All in all I would say that even though the series ran for 24 episodes, it seems way too short for such an interesting and highly entertaining anime series. The Gun fights are fast pasted, the animation is top notched and the voice acting is excellent. For me it’s a most see!

Jamaipanese note: Hope you enjoyed reading the review, look out for more posts from Shadieville on my video game blog. If you want me to make a guest post on your blog or think you have a post that would fit in with the stuff I blog about feel free to contact me.

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12 thoughts on “Black Lagoon Anime Review – Guest Post

  1. I have this full series and had forgotten about it. This just reminded me of it and I can’t remember if I ever watched all of it. I do remember it being badass though!

  2. Black Lagoon is just simply amazing it’s animated by the famous studio MadHouse means that every scene is perfect.

    All the characters are just oozing with a sense of individuality that overcomes there obvious stereotypical roles. Not only do they all have a brain, there motivations and philosophies are well expressed through in their dialog. No longer do you have to think “Why the hell did [Insert Characters Name*cough*Simon] do this what a retard.” .

    Also, don’t hang me for this one people, I Highly recommend the English Dub. Yes, I know, there’s a general idea that English Dubs botch a series. But for the entire series the characters are supposed to be speaking English and the Japanese was a translation for the audience. But it’s not as if they are always speaking in English even when they are not supposed to . If someone is supposed to be speaking Russian then they speak Russian and put subtitles on the screen.

    It was the most realistic use of language I’ve ever seen in an anime.

    Ok, enough about me obsessing over the awesomeness of the dialog.

    If you love films by the Coen Brothers or Quentin Tarantino, then you are absolutely going to love this.

    Black Lagoon is everything I want in an anime Sexy, Full of curves, Philosophy and did I mention violent? It easily makes my top list.

    By the way Shadieville it’s Wielding not wheedling. Trying to imagine him wheedling someone is rather comical. Oh and you forgot to mention one thing that sets the Dual Wielding, Beretta toting Mr. Chang apart from everyone else. He’s Blind..

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    1. great comment man, I can feel your excitement. I haven’t watched it yet myself but if is that awesome I’ll have to make tome time and put my other shows on hold for it.

  3. Thanks for the comments and grammatical corrections, and i did in fact neglect to mention that Mr. Chang was blind which was why he made my personal top 5 list of favorite characters of this series. I do think however that he should have gotten move fight scenes.

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  5. i love black lagon thanx so much for takin the time to put up this awsome website i love all the ppl in the show and yeah its great word cant discibe how happy iam am when i see and episode [girl] [love] [tongue] hip hip horahy

  6. It was the most realistic use of Language I’ve ever seen in an anime.

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