Corruption and Action! – Black Lagoon Review

Black Lagoon: Killing for money can be rewarding.

Black lagoon

“If you cling to being alive,

you become frightened and your eyes get clouded.

If you don’t have that desire to begin with,

you can fight on,

right until the end of the world”

-“Two Hands” Revy

Rokuro Okajima is your regular business man. His routine is to get kicked around by his boss, and social drinking with clients. Until his company sends him to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc. But mercs hijack his boat to steal the disk. Revy, one of the mercs, thinks that Rokuro might be worth a ransom and abducts him. Rokuro realizes that the company couldn’t care less for him, their first priority is the disc. When that happens, he stays with the mercenaries known as Black Lagoon at the town of Roanpur, and gets the nickname Rock. He quickly realizes that Roanpur is corrupt to the bone and that if you are to live there, you can’t escape that.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2006 – Jun 2006
  • Genres: Action, Seinen
  • Studio: Madhouse

Ok, if you are looking for happiness and comedy, don’t watch Black Lagoon. The anime has black humor, cynical characters, and many (SO MANY) guns. The use of those guns is good, without any superhuman abilities. Black Lagoon includes a variety of battles, from hand-to-hand combat, 1 vs everyone and even a boat vs helicopter .The characters of this anime (a.k.a. people who use the mentioned guns) are well developed but it takes a while for it to happen, and personally I think its a bit annoying.

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The “controlled” violence that amazes me in Black Lagoon

Yet each of them has its quirks and unique traits, and thus we like them more. The main trait of this anime that you can see on almost every side of it, is its cynicism. Well, if you live in a city like Roanpur, it’s understandable that almost everyone will be a cynic, but it’s presented nicely throughout the story and action.

The story of the anime is straightforward but solid. What counts most in it, isn’t the plot itself, but the way the characters interact, think and process each situation, in their own unique way. Thus, each characters traits are highlighted and give them more depth, and the story is simple enough to follow. The character development sets some interesting questions about society and words like “Justice”. The anime gets a depth trough that, and it makes it more interesting. But, the chara development can be a bit slow and thus , a bit boring.

The animation is decent, with no unique style. But it is nice to watch.

The character interactions create some moments that can cause some intense feelings. And the OSTs back them up perfectly. Stringed instruments are the most dominant in the OSTs. I believe they are a good choice because they can cover and highlight a variety of feelings. Most of them are about 1:20-1:40 minutes long.

Although its a really good anime, I don’t have a lot to say. I would rate it 9/10 for the reasons mentioned.

I hope you find this review helpful. Here are some more reviews that might interest you: Psycho-Pass Review, Zetsuen No Tempest Review, Kaze no Stigma Review.

If you liked it or found any flaws, say so in the comments.

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