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Black Lagoon

Postby Curt » June 30th, 2006, 4:32 am

It took me a few weeks to catch onto Black Lagoon, but now I'm fully convinced of its (loud) qualities. I had avoided it up until this weekend because the reviews I'd read gave the impression that it was another typical , yet very slow paced anime. I was wrong and it's much more than that. I'm sorry for doubting you, Madhouse.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves though- Black Lagoon is a purely action driven series, but (like Gungrave) rather than simply wallowing in style, the story sprinkles enough compelling character development to really capture the moment. The star of the show is Levi- an absolutely badass mercenary capable of killing her enemies by the dozen(did i mention she was a girl 0 . 0). So far, she has shown very little in the way of emotion- preferring instead to swear, get drunk and basically kill anything that moves. Her foil (and opposite lead) is Rock- a Japanese "salaryman" whisked away from the boring world of corporate business. He's still searching for meaning in his life and opts to become a sailor of the Black Lagoon rather than go back to his boring old life of monotony. Rock is living the epitome of every salaryman's dream.

The rest of the Lagoon crew are just as likable- particularly captain Dutch, who defines macho cool in very 1980s Schwarzenegger way.

It's notable just how immoral the story has been up until now. Given this is about modern day 'pirates', the action is not so much as case as 'right' or 'wrong', rather how much Dutch and crew will be paid - there is no respect for human life. The characters are criminals, but remain sympathetic because of their honourable warrior-code and a strong sense of comradery and friendship.

The animation is very physical and kinetic; when combat kicks off, there is a real bite to every bullet, every punch and every torpedo. It's consistently exciting because the presentation maintains a palpable sense of danger where anything and everything is a possible weapon

Honestly though...even if you throw away every single aspect this anime has to offer, Just watching Levi go on one of her Bad-Ass rampages is deffinatelly worth the watch. Shes amazing in every aspect, and is far from your typical, evil "killing machine". With a grin, and two loaded magnums, she kills everything, and anything that stands in her way. At the very least this anime should go in the record books for housing the most power-driven, and hostile, yet self-sufficient character I have ever seen.

8.5/10
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Postby Mejdi » June 30th, 2006, 7:23 am

modern day pirates huh....... maybe you shouldn't of mentioned it was girl..... =\ otherwise it would be a perfect anime.. but dont pay attention to me! these are just Mejdi's opinions
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Postby Sahar » June 30th, 2006, 10:09 am

What do you have against girls anyways :P
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Postby Curt » June 30th, 2006, 1:52 pm

If they did not make levi a girl, this anime wouldnt be as good.. Ive seen men act like her (a few), but as far as im concerned.. There has never been a women fighter so raged as she is.. BTW she may be the main character (though thats not always the case) But there are also three other main characters that are shown just as much.. Shes just the fighter, while the others are "technician, Brainz, hacker" and so on. And shes pretty hot, which is a plus.. sortof reminds me of Fai Valentine.

and mejdi damnit, that has got to be the dumbest reason I have ever heard, for not watching an anime.
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Postby Sahar » June 30th, 2006, 4:27 pm

I agree with Curt :D
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Postby Themax37 » June 30th, 2006, 4:53 pm

That's probably why he doesn't want to watch grenadier.... or atleast he didn't b4
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Postby Camander_Bun_Bun » June 30th, 2006, 6:59 pm

Lol Grenadier was a pretty good anime I guess...not big on the whole "Peace and love will solve everything" thing...but meh this kinda sounds like my anime! But now two things, one Killian...do you write those yourself or do you just like find that crap off a site? Cause that is way too good of a description. Second, yea pirates are sopposed to be men >.< Now if that was really Schwarzenegger or better yet his black counter part schwarzen...yea you get the point...that would be bitchin! But I like to see me a female killing guys I guess...
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Postby Curt » June 30th, 2006, 7:28 pm

Killing guyz is what she does best :)
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Postby SUperman432 » January 10th, 2008, 3:17 pm

yea i saw this anime. I liked it a lot. and medji Levi could kick ur !$! anyday so shut up.
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Postby Mejdi » January 10th, 2008, 4:57 pm

If she was a guy she might be able to take me :P ... besides I posted that two years ago. Calm down.
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Postby Zeth » February 21st, 2008, 7:27 am

ive been avoiding Black Lagoon for a couple reason, one im not finished with alot of the anime ive started, and dammit i intend to finish them first, then ill see this anime which ANime Insider gave a good review about.
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Postby Meurtre » July 2nd, 2010, 12:41 pm

favorite character: vampire twins
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Postby jate88 » October 5th, 2010, 11:30 pm

Black Lagoon and Gurren Lagann don't mix very well :?
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