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Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A recent string of murders is the talk of the town. Not that murder is anything unusual, but the twin killers are targeting Hotel Moscow! The delicate balance of power held by the mafia leaders crumbles as the sickening slaughter escalates into a full-blown war of attrition. No quarter is given and none asked for as Balalaika and her soldiers are forced to recall a time when their deadliest enemies were children.

Steelbook Box Set contains Episodes 13-24.

Bonus DVD loaded with extras:

  • Second Barrage Promo Video
  • Textless Opening & Closings

    Stills from Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (Click for larger image)

  • Special Features


    Product Details

    • Format: Box set, NTSC, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled
    • Language: Japanese, English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Funimation Prod
    • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
    • Run Time: 330 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001R10BE6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage" on IMDb

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    Based on the manga by Rei Hiroe, "BLACK LAGOON" is an anime series that was well received in Japan. This second season dubbed "The Second Barrage" aired in Japan around October, 2006 and lasted for twelve weeks with a third season just recently announced. Thanks to Geneon, U.S. audiences are finally able to have an official region 1 release with episodes 13-24. This second season boasts of some graphic violence and very cool anime action divided into 3 storylines--it also has very strong themes about existentialism, the moralities between right and wrong, choices and our own free will.

    The second "Barrage" has been divided into 3 storylines that follows the adventures of mercenaries known as the "lagoon" company. Their base of operations is in the fictional town of Roanapur in Thailand and they transport good and does business with some shady characters. The first one being some killings occurring in Roanapur, being executed by children, twins to be exact. They are targeting the Russian crime syndicate called Hotel Moscow headed by Balalaika (voiced by Mami Koyama) and it is all out war with Revy (voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi) and Eda are caught in the middle.

    The second storyline has Revy and Eda stumbling on a counterfeiter named Jane in a church--"The Church of violence", Jane was being pursued by a gang of lowlifes. Rock (Daisuke Namikawa), Revy and Eda have to fight off the hordes led by knife specialist Shun Hua, a fiero-maniac and a creepy chainsaw wielding chick. The third storyline (which was originally done in English) takes us to Revy and Rock's journey to Japan to aid Balalaika's negotiations with the Washimine clan of Yakuza.
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    One of the more striking elements of this series, beyond the constant f-bombs and gushing blood, is the mature way the writing treats the characters and the audience. Now some anime can be mind numbing and others can be so deep as to be opaque, but Black Lagoon sets a balance, especially because it's character driven.

    Sure, there's "why are we here" discussions, but it's more like the character asking "why am I here specifically". There's a difference. In the last plot arch of the second season Rock comes to some very profound realizations about himself in somewhat extreme circumstances. It's an interesting twist since Rock is supposed to represent an "everyman" in an environment that most of us probably couldn't survive in... but that almost exists in some parts of the world. Also in this story Rock and Revy get to delve deeper into their own relationship, although it's mostly co-dependent co-denial. For her part Revy considers herself "already dead" but she's not past the point of caring about what Rock wants or needs and putting herself in situations that are against her "principles" to support him. The writers never give away the advantage of making their relationship as complex as they want to.

    Another refreshing element is simply the story structure. Four or five episode plot archs that are largely self contained. There are a few references to earlier plots and maybe a few flashbacks but most all of the story is fully within the arch. I wish more series, even live action types, worked that way. No instant resolution but no meandering road going nowhere.
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    Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

    I was fortunate enough to have watched the first one and loved the series. This second one is right up there with the first one. About the 4th episode the action really kicks in and off you go. Bullets, murder mayhem etc. The first few episodes were a little sick for me. (Hansel & Greta eps). But after that it was great. I am hoping for more. It comes in a metal DVD container. Just the cover is worth it.
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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. What we're concerned with in this review specifically is The Second Barrage DVD box set released April 14th from Funimation. Thanks to collaboration between Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment, 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 Second Barrage represents the second season of the anime (2006), which was itself based on a manga written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe.

    Released across four discs and packaged within an ultra-cool steel book box set, The Second Barrage consists of episodes 13-24 (on the first three discs). The fourth disc contains a host of interesting bonus material including the show's Promo Video, textless opening and closings, and Funimation trailers. The show comes in at a total runtime of 330 minutes and wears a very appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating.

    Language options are standard Funimation fare with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (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. While graphic violence segments are often retained from the manga source material, the core of the show's uniqueness comes in the form of spectacular feats of physical display during the intense and frequently occurring battles.
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