A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.
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Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Revy (24 episodes, 2006)
Daisuke Namikawa ...
 Rock (24 episodes, 2006)
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 Revy / ... (24 episodes, 2006)
Brad Swaile ...
 Rock (24 episodes, 2006)
Youichi Nishijima ...
 Fritz Stanford / ... (22 episodes, 2006)
Tôru Nara ...
 Okazaki / ... (21 episodes, 2006)
Yûichi Nakamura ...
 Hanada / ... (20 episodes, 2006)
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 Benny / ... (20 episodes, 2006)
Hiroaki Hirata ...
 Benny (18 episodes, 2006)
Tsutomu Isobe ...
 Dutch (18 episodes, 2006)
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 Dutch (18 episodes, 2006)
Mami Koyama ...
 Balalaika (16 episodes, 2006)
Patricia Drake ...
 Balalaika (16 episodes, 2006)
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 Boris / ... (13 episodes, 2006)
Kenta Miyake ...
 Yoshida / ... (13 episodes, 2006)
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 Mr. Chang / ... (12 episodes, 2006)
Taiten Kusunoki ...
 Boris (12 episodes, 2006)
Paul Dobson ...
 E.O. Captain / ... (11 episodes, 2006)
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 Eda / ... (10 episodes, 2006)
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A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.

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Revy's guns are modified Beretta Model 92F's, nicknamed "Cutlass" because of the skull-and-crossed-swords symbol on the handgrips. See more »

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Revy: Let's dance the jitterbug baby!
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Red Fraction
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Occasionally ambitious action anime
2 April 2015 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

When it comes to Japanese anime there is always a question what exactly given show is trying to achieve and what genre it fits in - one obviously can't watch most anime shows as entertainment for kids. Judging by western genre conventions "Black Lagoon" is closest to action movies from 90s or to franchises like "Transporter" or "Expendables". It is full of improbable and highly entertaining action sequences and awesome characters written entirely as Rule of Cool instantiations. The plot can be shallow and at times is only an excuse for staging another shootout. And the whole show can be really cheesy. But instead of coming from western action movie formulas much of this cheesiness is of Japanese origin. As a result, if someone is not accustomed to anime quirks (e.g. underage gender-ambiguous incestuous insane killer twins! I'm not kidding..) one may find them quite refreshing.

But there are some differences which in my opinion make "Black Lagoon" a little bit better than standard action flicks. Firstly, it's the overwhelming atmosphere of moral ambiguity which pervades the whole show - the anime doesn't try to whitewash actions of the protagonists, it portrays them essentially as villains fighting other villains. Likable villains, one must give them that, but villains anyway. And, in contrast to many other similar movies, protagonists are often not even slightly more ethical than their enemies. As a result antagonists of the show tend to be better developed and much more interesting than expected (aforementioned twins and certain yakuza clan particularly shine here).

The world of the show is dark, nihilistic place inhabited by violent beings, fighting for money in criminal underworld. It happens all the time in all kind of shows, but here the series is aware to some point of its own shallow nihilism and manages to criticize it. Quite a feat for an action series, I'd say.

The other strong point of Black Lagoon is the duo of its main characters - Revy and Rock. Revy seems to be walking "chick with guns" stereotype. It's quite easy to overlook certain degree of complexity behind her sheer awesomeness and battle prowess. Below the surface she is much more flawed than typical action anti-hero which definitely makes her that much more interesting. Rock, on the other hand, as a stranger in the world of wickedness who was put there by accident, acts as a link of a viewer to the series' dark underworld and represents fading ethical ideals which contrast starkly with the place he was thrown into. The relationship between the two and its development fuels much of the series. OK one can see it through as some kind of Japanese male yuppies' collective escape fantasy. But it's really interesting fantasy, contains some serious traps and it's not as trivial as one can think.

Speaking of fantasies - one massive pitfall of the show is strongly sexualized portrayal of Revy. I wouldn't mind if she was strongly sexualized sometimes or even on a regular basis - it would be somehow justified by her character. But she is sexualized virtually always. Maybe it's just me but I really can't stand mild erotic fantasies pressed upon my face all the time. It's all the more frustrating when you notice that show is actually quite restrained when it comes to gratuitous nudity. OK, restrained at least relative to its setting.

The other flaws - the story can be at times confusing and sometimes doesn't make much sense - it concerns especially the plot of the longest arc of the show (concerning certain Latin maidservant). Additionally, some characters and events cross the border of ridiculousness by too many steps. I'm personally inclined to forgive the latter, however.

If you like action-packed movies and series but you find them formulaic and boring and you can tolerate small amount of anime peculiarities "Black Lagoon" is the ideal show for you. Exoticness and reasonable depth in both characters' development and antagonists' portrayal will come as a bonus.


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