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Black Lagoon, Vol. 1

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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.

EPISODE 1: Black Lagoon
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!

EPISODE 2: Mangrove Heaven
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.

EPISODE 3: 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.

EPISODE 4: 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.


"Black Lagoon was animated by Madhouse, with sponsorship from Geneon Entertainment. Expect this one to throttle the previous track record of lackluster reception for coproduced works. While its level of violence is a substantial liability in finding a high profile spot on North American television, Black Lagoon is ready to weigh in as a serious contender for supplanting Cowboy Bebop's audience. By out Hollywood action-ing Hollywood action and setting a tone that is neither ponderous nor disengaged with the state of the world, Black Lagoon is an aesthetic success. " --Scott Green, Ain't It Cool News

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Product Details

  • Actors: Black Lagoon
  • Directors: Sunao Katabuchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTDRD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Lagoon, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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I don't even recall how I first heard of Black Lagoon. Having watched the series on YouTube, I was hooked from the first episode. The animation is stunning, especially the beautiful shots of the South China sea. This disk contains one of my favorite parts of the series, from the beginning of episode one, where we meet Rock and see the life he escapes from, to the beginning of episode three, when we first see Rock "on the job" and attempting to reason with the freight ship until Revi uses an RPG in her own particular method of persuasion.

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.
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At the onset, although little has been revealed about the characters, this promises to be an engaging series. The gunplay is quite impressive as is the animation and the pulsing soundtrack's style is unique in anime. The story revolves around four mercenary sea pirates, one of whom, Rock, was recently recruited after he was kidnapped from Japan, where he was working a white-collar job. It's amusing to see Rock trying to adjust to his new, criminal lifestyle while he is surrounded by already hardened, brutal cohorts...but it's Revy that steals the show. Her savagely casual way of slaughtering her enemies is quite chilling to watch, yet she retains a human quality that seems to come out when she deals with Rock. Despite her shockingly nihilistic violence, Revy still emerges as one of anime's sexiest "heroines". (wait, is she a heroine?) Fans of Cowboy Bebop-style action and drama will enjoy this. Recommended!
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TOKYO, Japan: Meet Rokuro Okajima, a young Japanese businessman...in a town full of young Japanese businessmen. He's just another working stiff who's trying to claw his way up the corporate ladder--until it's kicked out from under him.

ROANAPUR, Thailand: Rokuro is kidnapped by the "Black Lagoon" company, who are after the valuable CD-ROM he's carrying. Now dubbed "Rock" by his captors, he is dragged into a world of mercenaries, mobsters and corporate malfesance. If he's going to survive, "Rock" will have to learn how to play by their rules.

BLACK LAGOON CO.: Led by the burly Dutch, supported by trigger-happy Revy and expert computer-hacker Benny, the Black Lagoon Co. will take on any job--for price. And God help you if you don't pay up!

DVD notes: The theme song is actually sung in English, but heavily accented and badly slurred in places. Special Features include English & Japanese dialogue, English subtitles, preview trailers & DVD credits.
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"Black Lagoon" is a pretty typical anime action series, not really outstanding in comparison to some of the shows that have come before it, but it's a series that does almost everything right. "Cowboy Bebop" on water pretty much sums it up. I'm reviewing the series as whole here, so bear that in mind as I will reference things that may not be on this particular disc. The show follows the adventures of a rag-tag crew (is there any other kind?) of modern pirates as they pull off jobs and capers for various crime bosses. The protagonist is a jaded businessman who becomes known as "Rock" after he is kidnapped by said pirates and eventually winds up joining them after he turns out to be more resourceful than one might expect. Rock may be the protagonist but make no mistake, the star of the show is sociopathic she-pirate Levi, a one-woman wrecking crew with bad attitude to spare. This girl in the best thing this series has going for it as she is a true-blue anti-heroine; mean-spirited, apathetic, and often beyond psychotic. This is rather suprising since the female leads in these shows are typically rather sensitive and heroic types inside of their harsh exteriors, but Levi is bad to the bone and she never lets you forget it for long. Her clashes with the level-headed newcomer Rock make up much of the first half of the show and believe me, it gets ugly. Rounding out the crew are Dutch, the captain of their torpedo boat, and Benny who appears to be the tech guy but frankly, he doesn't do much. Most of the missions are split between two or three episode arcs and consist of such glamorous fare as salvaging a sunken Nazi U-boat or kidnapping a rich brat.Read more ›
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