Anime Review: Black Lagoon


(note: This review covers both Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, treating both as one show.

Genre: Action

Studio/Creator: Madhouse/Rei Hiroe

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 24

My Rating: 3/10

Suggested Age: 17+

Summary: This anime follows the adventures of the Black Lagoon, a band of mercenaries. The members are Dutch, (a big black guy), Revi (the anti-heroine), Rock (the main focus), and Benny (the brains).

Review: I didn’t much care for this one. I’m not much into stories where there seem to be no heroes.  The members of the Black Lagoon are mercenaries who work for whoever will pay them, and have no qualms about what they do. For this reason, I could not enjoy the series.  However, I did enjoy the banter between Rock and Revi, the main focus of the story. Rock was an idealist who tried his best not to let the underground horror he was experiencing taint him and Revi is his polar opposite.  It was fun to watch them interact.  Sadly, neither of these were enough to save it from the low rating.  I can’t really recommend this one.

Music/Score: The opening theme is excellent. It’s one of my favorite opening themes of all time.

Sub/Dub: I didn’t watch enough of the dub to get a full idea of it, but I should mention that the woman who voices Revy also voiced Gilda in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode “Griffin the Brush Off.”

Violence: (8/10) As you may expect with this kind of program, the violence is almost non-stop. I don’t mind ultra-violent shows that have a reason for the violence, but this was a bit much.

Language: (7/10) Quite a lot of F-bombs in this one.

Nudity: (1/10) Revy wears Daisy Duke-style shorts.

Sexuality: (1/10)

Religion: (1/10)–Revy is an atheist.

Related Media: This is based on the manga of the same name. There is also a spin-off called Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail.



Rei Hiroe
  1. #1 by medievalotaku on November 18, 2013 - 1:19 am

    I know what you mean by there not bring any heroes in this show, but it happens to be one of my favorites. I enjoyed the action and the philosophizing about the nature of good and evil. I think that this show might even be said to be profoundly religious, but in the sense that Atheism is a religion. It explores the problem of evil and one gets the sense that the protagonists wish that there was some light in their dark world. I think that is one of the reasons why Revy takes such a liking to Rock and keeps asking him how long he’s going to sit on the fence between light and darkness.

    But, the action and amusing pop culture references are the highlights of this show.

    • #2 by masquerade1412 on November 19, 2013 - 11:36 pm

      Yeah, Black Lagoon is a “style over substance” show, especially during season one, but there is still plenty of heart to be found. Rock is constantly trying to balance his life as a newly recruited criminal and his morality. In the streets, there is no right or wrong. Only living or dead. And Rock’s battle with this ideal is one of the show’s redeeming moments.

      Plus Terminator Maid. That was just funny.

      • #3 by medievalotaku on November 19, 2013 - 11:44 pm

        You can say that again! You’ve also just reminded me that I need to watch Roberta’s Blood trail. One can never have enough of Terminator maid!

      • #4 by masquerade1412 on November 19, 2013 - 11:47 pm

        I’m hoping Christmas comes early this year. XD
        Oh wait I have a job…
        ** problem solved!

      • #5 by medievalotaku on November 19, 2013 - 11:59 pm

        That’s one of my favorite ways to get anime! They always have good deals, especially on the older stuff.

      • #6 by masquerade1412 on November 20, 2013 - 12:10 am

        Plus, Black Friday & Cyber Monday are coming up. Goodbyyyyye paycheck!

      • #7 by rocklobsterjwt on November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

        I’d highly recommend adding Ghost in the Shell’s original movie to your collection. It’s a must for any serious otaku.

      • #8 by masquerade1412 on November 23, 2013 - 2:07 pm

        I’ll check it out. The TV series was great though!

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