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Black Lagoon: Season 1 & 2 (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Black Lagoon is one of those rare anime titles that manage to combine a near endless succession of violence and gunplay with a gritty back-story that provides far more than just a catalyst to advance the action-sequences along. Thanks to collaboration between Geneon Entertainment and Funimation, the Black Lagoon series is one of several titles in which while Geneon retains the license, Funimation holds the rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution in North America.
In terms of the Black Lagoon mythos, The Complete Box Set represents the full two-season run of the anime, which was itself based on a manga written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe.
Released across eight discs (thin packs) and packaged within a cardboard outer slipcase, The Complete Box Set consists of episodes 1-24. Bonus discs are loaded with a host of interesting material including the show's Promo Video, "Red Faction" music video (performed by MELL), a behind the scenes documentary on the English production, an interview with director Sunao Katabuchi, textless opening and closings, and Funimation trailers. The show comes in at a total runtime of 660 minutes and wears a very appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating.
Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either of which is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.
The show, for those who have yet to experience it, has a distinctly Asian-movie quality about it.Read more ›
than makes up for that with fast moving stories and almost non-stop action and
mayhem. Black Lagoon has all the elements that made Bebop so good but it is
darker in vision and definitely way more violent. The music is well done, it's not
Yoko Kanno, but interesting enough for me to order the soundtrack, which is
available off Amazon for less than half the price here.* The packaging is weak.
Comes in a flimsy thin box. Using two discs for the bonus material is a waste
as neither is "loaded" with features. Lastly, there is humor and light moments
in this series to keep it balanced like Bebop and all the characters are interesting.
The Taiwan assassin "Chinglish" was a favorite and Sister Etta with her Rip Off
Church is an original twist. Nuns with guns. Revy is basically Faye from Bebop
on steriods but more in attitude and bloodlust than appearance. Animation of
characters and city is great. Background country scenes looks as may have been
farmed out to lesser studio. All around this series is a good buy and I am hoping
for more. *(buyer beware, my order took 3 weeks to arrive).
Both seasons were released on DVD in the U.S. back in 2008 and 2009 from Geneon Entertainment and FUNimation Entertainment and aired on television via Starz Edge. And now the series will be released on Blu-ray as a complete set (not including the OVA's) in December 2012 courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.
"Black Lagoon" is a series that has a strong following in the U.S. According to Rei Hiroe, the series was inspired by James Ellroy, John Woo, Quentin Tarentino and Stephen King and also the piracy cases that took place in the East China Sea back in the '90s. A big Tarentino fan, "Black Lagoon" pays homage to films by Quentin Tarentino but also films from the Coen Brothers.
"Black Lagoon" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ration). First, I have to admit that prior to watching this Blu-ray release, I was expecting the series that would look good as an upconvert, considering it was made back in 2006. And because it's a TV series, expecting the usual TV series softness. But prior to the Blu-ray release, I always thought that "Black Lagoon" was a series that looked stunning on DVD.Read more ›
My first thought was that it's similar to Cowboy Bebop. But Black Lagoon ended up being much superior to Cowboy Bebop in my personal opinion. The individual story arcs are about 3-4 episodes each, which is the perfect amount of time to build a nice storyline and climax (much better than Bebop's short one-episode stories) without it ever getting boring or dragged out. The action itself is awesome and its actually meaningful because the story has already drawn you in. The animation is vibrant and beautiful.
The language is very foul. The violence is very graphic. The action is not very realistic (Revy consistenly takes out full platoons of guys without ever getting shot once herself) but that's what this is, an over-the-top type of show. Some of the characters are more like superheros. And even though you might dislike Revy at times (cus she is psychotic) I can promise you'll be rooting for her when she's up against the enemy. Dont expect any big conclusion here, but its a great adventure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the greatest animes out there! The dub is excellent! Intro is awesome! MELL (Japanese musician/singer) did an amazing job! Action packed and a different take on anime. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Clifton Greer
As far as Anime goes, this is one of the best out there. The characters are extreme, the plot is quick paced and broken into different story arcs that keep it moving forward. Read morePublished 12 days ago by AnimeGuy
This is really a wonderful series. The voice acting for the dubbed version is really good. This is definitely more of an adult series, there are some scenes that would not be... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Khalysta
Better than Cowboy Bebop. I was worried about buying this series because I didn't enjoy Bebop very much. An entire episode about leaving food in the fridge? Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Wood
I wasn't too such about this anime to begin with, but after watching it, it has definitely become one of my most favorites. You should give it a try.Published 1 month ago by Autumn Craft
This is not kids' fare in any way, shape or form despite being animated. If you're a fan of live-action action films with wicked women all up in charge, this is a great anime for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by PandoraWilde
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Is "Roberta's Blood Trail" included ?||
and NO The Roberta's Blood Trail OVA will not be on this set, FUNimation will likely release that early next year, (February or March, my guess)
Oct 25, 2012 by Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV | See all 3 posts
|is there going to be a season 3?||
no black lagoon is caought up to the manga at this point.
Jun 23, 2015 by gamertag | See all 2 posts
|So is this just a mistake or is it Ga Rei?||
It's a mistake. They had it right before. Send them feedback on the images and select different product. It will help them fix it faster.
Sep 1, 2012 by J. McCullogh | See all 3 posts
|This is actually a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack||
yes it is i have it 5 months ago it comes with 4 dvds 3 blu rays dvds
Nov 29, 2013 by darius coleman | See all 2 posts
|Is this English dubbed or subbed?||Be the first to reply|
|Its cheaper at Rightstuf.com||Be the first to reply|
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