Black Lagoon V.1 Limited Edition
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May 22, 2007
Filled Filled with scenes of heroic bloodshed, Black Lagoon is Action Incarnate!
Rokuro Okajima is meek, mundane and metropolitan. His business trip to South East Asia turns from pleasure cruise to festival of pain when modern day pirates board the ship and take him hostage. Revy, Dutch and Benny are merciless, maniacal and mean. Together, they make up the crew of the Black Lagoon. Making a living in a city where the most villainous of villains make themselves at home isn't without its risks, but they take on any job available to them. Smuggling guns, drugs, kidnapped children and stolen goods is all part of a hard days work.
Rokuro Okajima is your ordinary Japanese salary man... meek, mundane and metropolitan. His business trip to the South East Asia turns from a pleasure cruise to festival of pain when Revy, Dutch and Benny, the crew of the Black Lagoon, take him hostage. Unfortunately for all of them, the data disc that Rokuro has carries classified information that threatens the peace and security of the entire world!
After a particularly horrific gunfight, the crew escapes with their hostage Rokuro "Rock" Okajima. However, they are chased down by a helicopter gunship and forced into running up a river and straight into a trap. Facing certain death at the hands of hardened mercenaries, Rock comes up with a plan that is so insane that it might work.
Ring-Ding Ship Chase
Rock begins his new life as a Black Lagoon Crew Member and begins to learn that the world he has entered is full of hurry up & wait moments. While the rest of the crew awaits their orders, Dutch walks the beat and runs into a rival boss out to recruit the Black Lagoon to his side of the fence. Things get ugly when a small fleet of pirates out for blood interrupts an ordinary job. Revy's dark and brutal nature is revealed as she jumps ship and lays waste to their enemies.
Die Ruckkehr des Adlers
The crew is hired to retrieve a priceless painting aboard a sunken German U boat. However, the only one who has any Scuba experience is Rock so guess who gets to tag along on this dangerous retrieval mission? As Revy and Rock descend into the depths of the sunken U boat, Dutch and Benny fend of an unwelcome gang of neo Nazis who want the painting for their own nefarious needs.
Bonus Disc Includes:
+ "The Crew": Behind the Scenes of English Version Production
+ 'Red Fraction' Music Video Performed by Mell (I've Sound)
+CD Commercial (Japan Only)
+ Japanese Opening
+ Creditless Ending
+ Promotional Video 1
+ Promotional Video 2
The action-adventure series Black Lagoon (2006) marks the ongoing confluence of Japanese and American filmmaking. Rokura Okajima, a minor flunky from the powerful Asahi Corp, thinks his life is over when he's kidnapped by pirates while acting as a courier of secret information. It's only his career at Asahi that ends: he joins pirates as "Rock." The trio of Dutch, the understated leader; happy-go-lucky techie Benny; and trigger-happy Revy becomes a quartet. They're less pirates than soldiers of fortune, ready to do anything if the price is right. Dutch, Benny, and Rock are fairly typical anime characters and form a credible team. But the over-the-top Revy throws the show out of whack. Captain Jack Sparrow would blanch at her casual murders and potty-mouthed insults: She's about as engaging as a rattlesnake in an Easter basket. Although it's based on a manga by Rei Hiroe, Black Lagoon feels like a cartoon version of a Hollywood blockbuster. Extremely violent and very profane, Black Lagoon is not for the squeamish or easily offended. (Unrated, suitable for ages 17 and older: violence, profanity, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use, Nazi imagery) --Charles Solomon
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More plot and character development here than in 95% of the television released in the States.
Black Lagoon teases us with a world so close to our own that we are never quite certain if we are dealing in supposed reality or not. Though the city of Roanapur doesn't really exist, it very easily could under another name, it seems, and the geographic locations are mostly accurate. Back stories set in real history (such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) provide a realistic setting for some of the characters as well. Weapons depictions are also almost startlingly accurate.
On the other hand, the use of those weapons and the capabilities of the characters often reminds us that we are indeed watching an anime, with various characters (mostly female) who are able to wield their choice of weapons with nearly supernatural finesse and ability.
It's all in good fun, and the series isn't afraid to poke fun at itself, while sometimes thoughtfully raising questions of moral perspective.
There is some mature content, which while often unnecessary is also part of the criminal underworld backdrop that is reinforced throughout the series.
These are not nice people, they live by violence and crime. Yet still we develop an unshakeable attachment to them: The capable and dangerous Balalaika; the murderous, hot-headed, yet somehow endearing Revi; the reluctant but ultimately courageous Rock; and many other characters, developed to varying extents but all interesting.
I look forward to the rest of the episodes being released.
Like everything else, this series has its flaws, but is intense, compelling, and ultimately satisfying.