Black Lagoon

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Black Lagoon is an action series based on the original manga series of a group of criminal delivery men called the Lagoon Company.

Overview

Black Lagoon is a franchise that was based on the original manga series Black Lagoon, created by the writer and artist Rei Hiroe. It's a seinen series of graphic violence and other mature themes. The series first began serialization in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine on April 19, 2002. The series is in the tradition of violent action films directed by Quinton Tarantino. The series has branched out into several anime series.

Plot

The Lagoon Company: Benny, Rock, Revy, and Ducth
The Lagoon Company: Benny, Rock, Revy, and Ducth

Rokuro Okajima is a Japanese salaryman who ends up working in the criminal underworld operating in and around the South China Sea, after he's violently introduced to a group of "deliverymen" calling themselves the Lagoon Company. The Lagoon Company (named after their boat, the Black Lagoon), consists of Dutch, a former Marine, Revy, a half-Chinese gunwoman, and a computer whiz named Benny. Together the four perform various jobs for the criminal syndicates of Roanapur, a city almost entirely run by criminals who pay off the lazy local government. The series focuses primarily on the interactions of Rokuro - now known as Rock - and Revy. The cool-minded and sometimes naïve former salaryman often clashes with the hot-headed Revy, who rarely sees beyond the filth of the world she has lived in her entire life.

Characters

Lagoon Company

Rokuro "Rock" Okajima

Rokuro "Rock" Okajima
Rokuro "Rock" Okajima

Rock was an average salary-man, disillusioned with his life but content to accept it, until he found himself staring down the barrels of the Lagoon Company's rather large guns. Abandoned by his old company and finding a strange thrill in the life of the criminal, he joins the Lagoon Company, becoming a "courier" for anyone willing to pay. Still holding onto his ideals, Rock refuses to use violence, preferring instead to use his uncanny power of speech to defuse most situations. This puts him at odds with Revy, who gradually grows to like and protect him over the course of the series.

Rebecca "Revy Two-Hands"

Rebecca "Revy Two-Hands"
Rebecca "Revy Two-Hands"

Revy grew up in Manhattan's Chinatown, learning to be a pickpocket, thief, and eventually murderer. These skills put her well at home in Roanapur, where she has become widely feared for her ability with her two customized Beretta 92FS's, which she calls her "Sword Cutlasses". She loves to drink, swear, and shoot things, preferably at the same time; her hot-headed nature is often used as either a story hook or comedic relief. During most of the first season, she seems to hate Rock with a passion, nearly killing him on several occasions. Very gradually, however, she becomes very close to Rock, revealing more of her past and eventually showing a protective side towards him.

Dutch

Dutch
Dutch

Not much is known of Dutch's past, other than that he claims to be an ex-Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. He is the owner and operator of the Lagoon Company, as well as the converted PT boat from which the company draws its name.

Benny

Benny
Benny

In a similar fashion to Dutch, Benny has not readily revealed much of his past. He dropped out of the University of Florida after being caught doing some sort of misdeed by both the FBI and the mafia, joining the Lagoon Company soon after. He's an expert "techie", often providing radar support to Dutch while on the Lagoon. He owns a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T, which is usually used by the Lagoon Company when ocean travel isn't an option.

Hotel Moscow

Hotel Msocow: Balalaika
Hotel Msocow: Balalaika

The branch of the Russian Mafia is Roanapur is called Hotel Moscow. It's run by a former Russian military commander named Balalaika. She and the rest of her squad were involved in the disastrous Russian invasion of Afghanistan. It was during this military engagement that she was horrible scarred over most of her body due to an explosion. Her second in command, Boris, is was also her subordinate in the military. Her squad was so loyal to her command, they all left the military after the Soviet Union's collapse. She's considered the most dangerous and influential women in the entire city.

Chinese Hong Kong Triad

Chinese Triad: Mr. Chang
Chinese Triad: Mr. Chang

The head of the Sun Yee On Triad in Roanapur is run by Bai Ji-Shin Chang who is better known as Mr. Chang. He is highly proficient in the a gunfight using both hands, even more so than Revy; and his prowess in combat betrays his normally easy going demeanor. He's a former police officer and a rival crime lord to Balalaika. Though, he is on friendly terms with her and not one who is quick to conflict between the syndicates His direct subordinate is Biu Yuen. The Taiwanese assassin Shenhua has been in Chang's regular employ, with her driver partner, Leigharch; but she also works freelance.

Church of Violence / Rip-Off Church

Church of Violence: Eda
Church of Violence: Eda

The Church of Violence (also known as Rip-Off Church) is far from a place of God. The church is used as a front for black market guns and other supplies. The head of the church is Yolanda and she's assisted by a fellow nun, Eda, a friend of Revy. Eda is revealed to actually be a deep undercover agent of the CIA on an unknown mission in Roanapur. Their latest hire is a young priest named Ricardo. All the members of the church know of Eda's identity, but it's unknown if any of the rest are also agents.

Lovelace Family

Lovelace Family: Roberta
Lovelace Family: Roberta

The Lovelace Family is one of the big thirteen crime families in South America. It was headed by Diego Lovelace, but he was caught up in a political assassination designed to create instability. This left his young son Garcia Lovelace as the new leader of the family that was already in decline. The head maid Roberta is actually a former FARC soldier who left after she discovered he was being used as an attack dog of the Colombian drug cartels. Garcia had no idea of her violent past until he had been kidnapped. Once he was rescued, he never wanted her to pick up a gun again. Another of their maid staff, Fabiola Iglesias, is also skilled in the Brazilian martial arts known as capoeira, and she is skilled with firearms.

Colombian Manisarela Cartel

Colombian Manisarela Cartel: Abrego
Colombian Manisarela Cartel: Abrego

The Colombian drug cartel is run in Roanapur by Abrego with his lieutenant Gustavo. The Manisarela Cartel seemingly has the lowest amount of power and influence in the city, and they deal primarily in the drug trade. Though mostly crushed by Balalaika and Hotel Moscow during the first incident with Roberta, Abrego was kept in his position as head of the Roanapur cartel.

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

The Manisarela Cartel is supported in South America by the FARC. They are a force that the cartel has struggled to control. Among them is the FARC trainer, Alberto Camarasa from Havana, Cuba. His skill in hand-to-hand combat is even greater than Roberta's.

Italian Mafia

The Italian Mafia is another in the less influential of the crime syndicates. They were originally led by Verrocchio, but his plan to hire the twins Hansel and Gretel to kill off Chang and Balalaika backfired on him. After he was killed, he was replaced by Ronny the Jaws, who little is still known about.

Roanapur Mercenaries / Gangsters

Shenhua / Sawyer / Lotton

Shenhua
Shenhua

Shenhua is a Taiwanese assassin who often works for Mr.Chang of the Triad but also does freelance jobs. After the mission to hunt down Greenback Jane, she formed her own team with some of the surviving mercenaries that were also hired. Among them are Sawyer the Cleaner, a goth girl who does work cleaning up crime scenes and disposes of bodies when hired; and Lotton the Wizard, a gun for hire with a bizarre passion for always wanting to look cool and make an appearance from a high position.

Captain

Captain is a former soldier and now member of the Extra Order Company, a private military company who are more often hired as mercenaries. He was hired to kill the Lagoon Company by the Japanese corporation, the Asahi Heavy Industries. He's a sadist who takes the position of no survivors and was willing to gun down everyone in the Yellow Flag Bar to get his targets.

Claude "Torch" Weaver

Claude Weaver is known by the name Torch since he is a firebug mercenary who specializes in arson. He's a sociopath who even timed how long it took for his own wife to burn to death. He was hired to find and kill Greenback Jane with many other mercenaries. He was killed by Revy when she shot the tank on his flamethrower.

Bren the Black Death and Filano

Bren the Black Death runs a murder for hire business with his partner Filano. They were hired to paid by Roberta to get a gang of local thugs to smoke the U.S. Black-Ops team Grey Fox for her.

The Four Brothers

The Four Brothers are a band of three hired killers in Roanapur, Montero, Rob, and Paxon; who are of different ethnic backgrounds but they are actual brothers. They share different mothers and fathers but it all overlaps. They were hired to kill Feng Yifei, who's real name is Li Xinlin and is a Chinese agent for the PLA.

Washimine Group

Washimine Group: Yukio & Ginji
Washimine Group: Yukio & Ginji

The Washimine Group is a branch of the Japanese Yakuza and has no bases at Roanapur. After the death of it's leader, the father of Yukio Washimine, the leadership was taken on by his friend, Tsugio Bando. After their leader's death, his control of the syndicate was in turmoil from within and from other mafias. He reached out to Balalaika and Hotel Moscow to support his group, but this turned against them. Yukio is a young student who was not a part of the yakuza but she reluctantly choose to take on the leadership after Tsugio was killed by Balalaika. She's supported by one of her father's loyal enforcers, Ginji Matsuzaki. He is a skilled sword fighter with a stoic nature but a violent fury when angered. Chaka, one of the enforcers, attempted to take control from Yukio but he was quickly dealt with by Ginji.

Grey Fox Squad

Grey Fox: Caxton & MacDougal
Grey Fox: Caxton & MacDougal

The Grey Fox Squad is an elite Black-Ops team of the U.S. military that's led by Major Shane Caxton with his friend and Vietnam veteran, Lieutenant Ray MacDougal. On a mission from the NSA, they were the team that was responsible for the bombing that killed Diego Lovelace. They are sent to Roanapur while in transit for their next mission and have to fight their way through a city of violent thugs, Colombian terrorists, and survive Roberta's fox hunt.

Aryan Socialist Union (Neo-Nazis)

Ratchman
Ratchman

The Aryan Socialist Union is a small group of Neo-Nazis, led by Ratchman. To test their abilities, they were sent out on a mission by Sir Alfred, a former member of the SS, to retrieve a lost treasure from a sunken U-Boat. They were after a painting that was reportedly painted that had been lost at sea near the end of WWII. What they didn't know is that Sir Alfred had also hired the Lagoon Company to also get the painting. It had all been a trap by Sir Alfred to get them all killed since he was them as a waste.

Protectors of the Islamic Front

Protectors of the Islamic Front: Masahiro Takenaka
Protectors of the Islamic Front: Masahiro Takenaka

The "Protectors of the Islamic Front" is a Jihadist group based in South East Asia and have a major camp in the Philippians' jungle. They are led by Masahiro Takenaka, a Japanese civilian; and Ibraha, an Arab who's son was killed by Israeli soldiers. Masashiro was once a member of the Japanese Red Army during the Cold War but fled overseas to escape arrest. It was there he met Ibraha and formed their group. They had successfully bombed the U.S. Embassy in in Zaire, and they had planned to attack the U.S. and assassinate the president. The documents of these plans were stolen by Mr. Chang and he hired the Lagoon Company to transport them to a meeting with the CIA.

Roanapur Citizens

Bao

Bao
Bao

Bao is the owner of the ill-fated Yellow Flag Bar in Roanapur. ex-ARVN soldier who fought in the Vietnam War. The bar has been destroyed several times but always rebuilt. Though friendly, he's also antagonistic wit h Revy and always blames her for the destruction of his bar. Balalaika has made sure the bar is rebuilt, this implying that he pays Hotel Moscow for insurance. Due to the frequent gunfights, he reenforced the bar itself to be bullet proof so he can safely hide until the smoke clears.

Madame Flora

Madame Flora is the owner of the Sloppy Swing brothel that is above the Yellow Flag. She is a large woman who was once a prostitute. Her place is considered to be the cleanest brothel in town and the girls are treated well. Though, many of the rooms are wired with cameras and the sex in the rooms are filmed to be distributed across town as porn movies. Bao gets a cut of these profits.

Rowan Pigeon

Rowan Pigeon is the owner of the GoofFest strip club and also a local brothel. He's extremely frightened by the might of Hotel Moscow and Balalaika especially. He deals in distributing porn movies through town, some of the content being illegal.

Chief Watsup

Chief Watsup is the head of the corrupted chief of police in Roanapur. He is paid off regularly by the various criminal organizations to look the other way of their illegal activities.

Other Characters

The Twins: Hansel and Gretel

The Twins: Hansel and Gretel
The Twins: Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel are a pair of twins who were raised in the corrupted orphanages of Romania. It was there they were abused both physically and sexually. Exploited to make illegal movies of sex and snuff films, they were forced to kill to survive, but this broke them psychologically and became sadistic and psychopathic. It's unknown what their true names are or their actual genders since they are prone to switching clothes and playing the role of either a boy or girl. They were hired by Verrocchio, the head of Roanapur's Italian Mafia, to kill Balalaika and Mr. Chang. When he turned on them, they killed him instead. Both died at the hands of Balalaika's group.

Kageyama

Kageyama the department chiefs of Asahi Heavy Industries in Japan, and Rock's former boss. He was the one responsible for hiding all the information about the company's illegal activities. When both Rock and the data was stolen, he hired mercenaries to kill both him and anyone who could have seen the information. He eventually bought back the info fro Hotel Moscow, and offered Rock to return to Japan. Rock refused since he was already considered to be dead.

Greenback Lane

Greenback Jane
Greenback Jane

Janet Bhai is an East Indian/American who is a leader of an online hacker group and she specializes in counterfeiting currency. She was hired by a Floridian gangster named Elvis, but she fled when he killed one of their main programmers who had the key information for retrieving the most vital part of the data. She began a relationship with Benny after he was able to hack her own system to retrieve the information she needed.

Feng Yifei

Feng Yifei, who's real name is Li Xinlin, is a member of the People's Liberation Army in China as a hacker. During her undercover mission to infiltrate Greenback Jane's group, they had known who she really was and used her to hack into hack the PLA's system. When this was discovered they believed that she had betrayed them.

Manga Series

Black Lagoon (2002)

Black Lagoon Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2002)
Black Lagoon Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 2002)

The Black Lagoon manga first began publication in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in 2002. It's written and illustrated by created by the writer and artist Rei Hiroe, who is well known for his illustrations of women with guns. The first chapter was published in April 19, 2002, and the first volume format was released in December 12, 2002.

A several month gap in the publication in Sunday GX took place directly after the completion of the El Baile de la Muerte story arc in Chapter 76, which was published in the September 2009 issue. Chapter 77 wasn't published until the January 2010 issue of Sunday GX magazine and began The Wired Red Wild Card story arc.

In the U.S. and Canadian market, Black Lagoon is translated and published for the VIZ Media company. The English publication removed the cast introduction that could be found on most of the original Japanese publications. This is mostly likely due to the fact that the first line in said introduction is "Baddest Motherfuckers in Asian Seas.".

Anime Series

Black Lagoon (2006)

Black Lagoon (2006)
Black Lagoon (2006)

Black Lagoon is the first anime series of the Black Lagoon franchise that is based on the manga series created by Rei Hiroe. The series was directed by Sunao Katabuchi, music by Edison. It's a seinen action series that is for mature viewers only. It is produced by the MADHouse Studios and Geneon Entertainment, and has aired in Japan on various distributors, such as KBS Kyoto, TV Nagoya, TV Kanagawa, and Sun TV. The first episode originally aired on April 8, 2006. The series ran for twelve episodes, the last airing on June 24, 2006. The story arcs covered in this season are Black Lagoon, Das Wieder Erstehen Des Adlers, Calm Down, Two Men, Rasta Blasta, and Goat, Jihad, Rock'N Roll.

Geneon Entertainment was the company that originally distributed the series in English, but the company ended all U.S. distribution. FUNimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. They will assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles, though Geneon Entertainment will still retain the license.

Black Lagoon: Second Barrage (2008)

Black Lagoon: Second Barrage (2008)
Black Lagoon: Second Barrage (2008)

Black Lagoon: Second Barrage is the second anime series of the Black Lagoon franchise that is based on the manga series created by Rei Hiroe. The series was directed by Sunao Katabuchi, music by Edison. It's a seinen action series that is for mature viewers only. It is produced by the MADHouse Studios and Geneon Entertainment, and has aired in Japan on various distributors, such as KBS Kyoto, TV Nagoya, TV Kanagawa, and Sun TV. The first episode originally aired on January 18, 2008. The series ran for twelve episodes, the last airing on April 11, 2008. The story arcs covered in this season are Bloodsport Fairy-tale, Greenback Jane, and Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise.

Geneon Entertainment was the company that originally distributed the series in English, but the company ended all U.S. distribution. FUNimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. They will assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles, though Geneon Entertainment will still retain the license.

Blu-ray Re-release:

The first two seasons of Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: Second Barrage were initially released on DVD disc format alone. In 2010, Geneon announced they were re-releasing both seasons of the anime onto DVD format in anticipation of the coming third season. The season titles remains on the boxes, but the numbering was kept consecutive of 001-008. There were alternate cover editions available. One version had all eight cover images formed into one giant picture when put side by side.

Blu-ray Omakes

With the re-release of the first two seasons Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: Second Barrage on Blu-ray, several omake specials were produced as incentive to purchase these versions after the initial release of the original DVDs. Each are based on omakes that were published as extras in the manga volume publications.

  1. Black Lagoon: High School ( 高校編 Kōkō-hen)
  2. Black Lagoon: The Magical Girl ( 魔法少女編 Mahō shōjo-hen)
  3. Black Lagoon: The Melancholy of Balalaika ( バラライカの憂鬱 Bararaika no yūutsu)
  4. Black Lagoon: Boys and Girls ( 男の子女の子編 Otokonoko onnanoko-hen)
  5. Black Lagoon: Summer Evening Spooky Story Contest ( 納涼怖い語編 Nōryō kowai katari-hen)
  6. Black Lagoon: Viva! Youth! ( ビバ!ヤング編 Biba! Yangu-hen)
  7. Black Lagoon: Go For It! Manzai Grand Prix! ( めざせお笑いグランプリ Mezase owarai guranpuri)

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (2010)

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (OVA)
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (OVA)

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail is the third anime series of the Black Lagoon franchise that is based on the manga series created by Rei Hiroe. The series was directed by Sunao Katabuchi, music by Jun Nishimura. It's a seinen action series that is for mature viewers only. It is produced by the MADHouse Studios, and it was sold directly to the Japanese market as OVAs. The entire story follows the El Baile de la muerte story arc from the manga that was told in Volumes 6-9. The first episode originally released on February 15, 2007 on Blu-ray and DVD. Production delays after the release of Volume 2 would result in delays of Volumes 3-5 by two to three months. The standard price in Japan for each was ¥ 7,980.

At the 2010 Anime Expo, FUNimation announced they had acquired the license for this series and were initially intending to release the series in 2011. No English staff has been announced.Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail DVDs

Release Dates:

  • Black Lagoon: RBT Vol. 1 - "Collateral Massacre" - July 17, 2010
  • Black Lagoon: RBT Vol. 2 - "An Office Man's Tactics" - September 30, 2010
  • Black Lagoon: RBT Vol. 3 - "Angels in the Crosshairs" - January 7, 2011
  • Black Lagoon: RBT Vol. 4 - "Oversaturation Kill Box" - March 11, 2011
  • Black Lagoon: RBT Vol. 5 - "Codename Paradise, Status MIA" - June 22, 2011

Novels

Black Lagoon Novel 1 JPN (Jul 2008)
Black Lagoon Novel 1 JPN (Jul 2008)

The Black Lagoon novelizations are based upon the original Black Lagoon manga by Rei Hiroe. The novels are authored by Gen Urobuchi, creator of the Fate/Stay Night series. The series is published by Shogakukan and were labeled as the GAGAGA Paperbacks (ガガガ文庫, GAGAGA bunko). The first edition was released in January 19th of 2008 and had 320 pages.

Story Arcs

Black Lagoon

Rock joins the Lagoon Company
Rock joins the Lagoon Company

Okajima Rokuro was just an average office worker of the Asahi Heavy Industries when he was given an assignment that required him to sail through the South China Seas. The vessel was boarded by pirates, a large black and a violent, tattooed woman. At gun point, they the crew was held and the disc he was given by his boss was taken. Just when he thought it was over, the woman named Revy took him along in their escape as a side job they could hold hostage from his company. Her boss and leader of this small band of pirates, Dutch, put an end to this idea, he gave him the nickname "Rock", and brought him back to their home port of Roanapur. While at the local bar he was contemplating his next move but a bunch of mercenaries that were hired mercenaries by his own company began a slaughter, gunning down all they could. Here he watched as Revy made short work killing these violent thugs and was enjoying herself. Rather than sit here to die, he ran off with Ducth and his Lagoon Company.

When they thought they were safe out to sea and heading for the drop off, they were chased at by the mercenaries who had an armored helicopter. They were chased into a mangrove and the sadist pilot waited for them to try and escape. When he was contacted by his boss, he was told that the data held the evidence of the companies illegal activities and that he would have to die out there with the evidence. Not willing to roll over, Rock came up with a wild plan to use the Lagoon Company's boat to attack the chopper. They launched them self off a sunken ship into the air and launched the Black Lagoon's torpedo right into the chopper. The insane plan worked and they made it to the drop off point. To Rock's surprise the person picking up the data was his own boss. He had bought back the evidence from the person who originally hired the Lagoon Company, the head of the Russian Mafia, Balalaika. He was offered to return home, but he rejected the idea since he was already considered dead. With no where else to go, Revy invited him to join the Lagoon Company.

Rasta Blasta

Roberta comes to Roanapur
Roberta comes to Roanapur

After dropping off a shipment of weapons for the local cartels, they were given a package to deliver to Roanapur. This package was a young South American boy who said his name was Garcia Lovelace. He claimed to be the son of Diego Lovelace, the leader of one of largest thirteen families in South America. Rock was skeptical but the kid knew his information. If the cartel was lying about who this kid was. It meant they were worried about something. As Rock talked to Garcia, he would talk about the kindly maid named Roberta that he knew was far stronger than he truly knew. So confident in her strength, he boasted that she could defeat Revy. While at the Yellow Flag Bar, a gunfight broke out with the Colombian cartel that hired them, but the one who started it was the maid Roberta. She had come to rescue Garcia had armed to the teeth with guns. Her skill was so incredible that she made short work of the cartel gun fighters, and her fury turned to the Lagoon Company when she noticed them with Garcia. Revy tried to attack first, but was knocked unconscious in the battle. The young boy was terrified by her rage and asked Rock to escape with them. They escaped the Yellow Flag when the cartel distracted Roberta. She no longer needed them so she dropped several grenades and blew up the bar. Still, Rock had a feeling that she was still alive and coming for them.

Rock's predictions were right when she walked out of the flaming rubble unharmed. She rushed the car and climbed on top as they drove away. She began firing into the car's cabin and Benny crashed into the shipping port. Roberta was knocked off and a shipping container, but quickly got up and was ready to fight. Revy was soon awake and she face Roberta in a gun fight. This battle was cut short by Balalaika and her men with military like efficiency. It was then that she revealed Roberta's true past as a former terrorist of the FARC. She had left that life when she discovered she had been used as an attack dog by the cartels. Garcia came to her defense and wanted to return home with her. Unsatified by this happy ending, Revy wanted satisfaction. Their fight was settled with fists. The fight when on till daybreak and ended in a draw, but only Roberta was still conscious. With everything settled, Roberta returned home with Garcia.

Das Wieder Erstehen Des Adlers

The Lagoon Company has been hired on a salvage mission to find a sunken WWII Era U-Boat that was sunk in 1945. Their target is a painting titled the "The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilde", a painting from a little known artist but was being carried as precious by an SS solider who died with the rest of the crew when the submarine was sunk. The U-Boat had already been discovered by a phone company a year ago. Now, all Rock and Revy have to do is dive down and find the painting. All seemed like a easy job, but as Ducth and Benny waited above water. A research vessel approached and gave warning for the Black Lagoon to move away. The crew had been taken hostage by a Neo-Nazi group called the Aryan Socialist Union, and they are after the painting, as well. Going to far as to fire TOW missiles at the Black Lagoon that barely missed as they ran.

Underwater, Rock and Revy discover evidence of a shootout in the sunken sub. The tension between the two grows when after finding the painting that Revy also wanted to claim some medals from the dead to sell. Rock tries to convince her that these bodies shouldn't be desecrated and be allowed to keep these small treasures. Revy points out to Rock that a skull or medals are all nothing but objects. Only difference is that the medal can bring in money. While growing up in New York there was no God. It was the lack of money and corrupt cops that kept her in a horrible situation as a child. All she had faith in was money and the gun. She tells him to never being up those Goody-good ideals again or she'll have to kill him. The Neo-Nazi's broke this tension when their own troop broke into the sub. In the fight, Revy and Rock lose the painting and give chase. Upon surfacing they barely escaped being gunned down from the boat. Back on the Black Lagoon, Revy and Dutch plan a bloody party for the Nazi Party.

Under the cover of night, Revy and Dutch board the ship and Revy goes on a killing spree, gunning down everyone she sees. When this includes the hostage ship's crew, Dutch confronts her. He tells her that she's a hired gun for him and not some serial killer. After their confrontation is settled, they go after the leader, Ratchman. Dutch finds him on the phone with his boss who wants to speak with him. Putting on speaker, Dutch learns that the man who hired him also sent Ratchman's troop. It had all been a set up to claim the last key of a code needed for a lost sum of money and a way to get Ratchman's group killed for the incompetent. Revy shows up and tosses Ratchman one of her pistols to give him a chance and offer a bet with Dutch. Rather than attempt suicide, he aims at Dutch and pulls the trigger. Only that the gun was empty. Back on the Black Lagoon, Revy talks to Dutch that she doesn't think she can work with Rock any longer.

Calm Down, Two Men

Rock and Revy, The Cigarette Kiss
Rock and Revy, The Cigarette Kiss

To let these two work out their issues, Dutch sends Revy and Rock out into Roanapur to settle some of the grunt work across town he needs done. Rock keeps trying to talk and she shuts him down at every turn. First it's to Rowan Pigeon's strip club to settle the bill on the liquor they are holding at port, second it to see Balalaika about her late shipment as she's miserable editing porn movies for sale, and finally to the Church of Violence to check on an issue with a firearms purchase. Guns get drawn and hostilities rise when some rocket launchers are missing from their order and the Lagoon Company is keeping. The stand off is cut as Rock calmly talks with the leader, Sister Yolanda, about the matter of drugs had been stolen and Hotel Moscow was searching for, and Rock is certain that's what he saw Sister Eda offloading when they arrived.

Later back in town, Revy tells Rock he should go back home. She's even noticed a ruder tone from him. He surprises Revy when he tells her that he'd done with apologizing. Standing proud, he tells her he wasn't wrong at the sub and he's not apologizing. She pulls her gun and aims it at his head. She pulls the trigger and only grazes his head when Rock grabbed her gun. He grabs her, calling her a greedy thug. She yells that he knows nothing about her, and he fores back she she doesn't know anything about him. He tells her that even if there is no Robin Hood there to become one. Try and live with some level of honor. Enraged, she threatens to kill him and swings a punch to his face that he doesn't even try dodging. He was cast away by people who were obsessed with greedy. He tells her that she was the one who inspired him to live his new life, and he can't stand watching her act like the people who tossed him away. The blows have now become more lighthearted name calling when the police chief shows up. They are taken in for show for the commotion they caused. In the back seat, Revy asks Rock what side he's on. He simply says that he's got nowhere else to go. She asks him for a light for her cigarette, but he got one form the cop. She presses her smoke to the tip of his and they lean in closely to lite her cigarette. For these two, it's been one hell of a day.

Bloodsport Fairy-tale

The Twins: Hansel and Gretel
The Twins: Hansel and Gretel

The streets of Roanapur have become more tense in the days following the ruthless murder of several men from Hotel Moscow and some from the Chinese Triad. It's gotten so back the the leaders of the four biggest criminal organizations have gathered together. The only one who hasn't lost a member is from the Mexican drug cartels. Verrocchio from the Italian Mafia suggests these killings are from someone from outside the city. Balalaika isn't here for an alliance but to give warning. She intended to find and kill the culprit, whether they be enemy or ally. The danger in the dark streets has spread across town and everyone is packing heat at the Yellow Flag Bar. A bounty has been put out but the fact no one can find this outsider means someone is hiding the killers. Eda soon shows up and invites Revy on a hunt for the bounty and has some information. Rumor has it, the killers are a pair of children, twins in dark clothes and carrying deadly weapons. The only tip to their identity is the phrase, "Buona Sera" and the odd way they talked to each other. The one's hiding the brother and sister pair are the Italian Mafia. Tired of their games, Verrocchio sends is men to send them a warning to finish their mission and get out of town.

Balalaika calls Rock to see if he recognizes the phrase she has learned and he soon realizes that it's Romanian. With this information, she sends her second in command, Boris, to bring Rowan Pigeon's illegal videos in. She believes that someone created these killers. After confiscating Rowan's child porn and snuff films she found her targets. Twins called Hansel and Gretel, orphans who were sold on the black market and abused for illegal movies. They killed for snuff films to survive and slowly descended into darkness to become true psychopaths. She takes the evidence she aquired and meets privately with Mr. Chang, the leader of the Chinese Triad. As Balalaika prepares for war, the twins arrive to meet with Verrocchio.

After killing off Verrochio, the twins face off with Mr. Chang, who had come to confront him. He only escapes because their target is Balalaika. Elsewhere, Eda and Revy are stuck with a lot of people after the bounty when Eda notices that Balalaika and her men are nowhere even near this part of town. They slip away in the chaos and meet with the twins in the street. They try to pay Eda and Revy off with more than their bounty is worth, but Revy wants to to keep their money and the bribe. This plan ends when troops from Hotel Moscow arrive and start opening fire. The twins split up on their separate parts of the mission. Gretel hires their getaway, and Hansel confronts Balalaika alone by the town's fountain. On her ordering him to kneel before her to apologize, a sniper's bullet rips through his right knee. When he raises his axe, his arm is shot down. Slowly he bleeds out, claiming that he can't die. Balalaika only sits and watches as he sobs in a pool of blood and passes away in front of her.

Gretel has managed to escape by hiring the Lagoon Company to transport her out of town. She performs a song for Rock and talks with him. She can tell that Rock is a good kind of person. From inside the cabin, she regrets not being able to see the blue sky or the sea. All her life she's only seen dark skies or grey walls, never seeing the sun. She tells Rock of how she had her brother had become just like the people who abused them. If was for her sake that her brother died. Though, she removes her wig to reveal that she is both Hansel and Gretel at the same time. Death and killing is the way of their world. Rock shocks her when he embraces her, crying; and tries to tell her the world is meant to give them joy. Rock storms out in frustration that the world could create such a child. Benny tells him that it could of been different if someone had been kind of them in the past, but she's too far gone for any of that. Hansel climbs off once they reach port. She says goodbye to Rock and hopes they will meet again. Any chance for a reunion is cut as a person hired by Balalaika pulls a gun and shoots her in the back of the head. Her last view in the world was the blue sky.

Goat, Jihad, Rock'N Roll

Revy is woken one day because Mr. Chang has hired them for an important mission. He wants the Lagoon Company transport documents who aquired that detail a terrorist plot against the United States. He already tried selling them back to the owner, but they didn't like the high price. This group is extreme and launch a full scale attack on this meeting. Revy and CHnag lead the escape to the fire escape and he gives her the password for their driver when they reach the destination. Though, once out to sea, Chang contacts them with a change of plans. Revy and Rock moved alone into an abandoned town once the crew made it to land. She pulls her gun on the driver of the car that suddenly approaches. It's being driven by a Japanese man named Masahiro Takenaka. He gives the password, but didn't hear that the password was changed mid way. There is a shoot out and Revy yells at Rock to run with the case. He's captured and Revy is only saved by the appearance of her real driver and his partner, a Taiwanese assassin for hire named Shenhua. They pick Revy up and run. She wants to go get Rock, but these two aren't interested in getting involved in a battle. She has t point out that without the documents Rock has they could get killed for showing up at the meeting empty handed.

Being held in the terrorist training camp nearby, Rock meets with Takenaka, who is one of this extremist-Islamic's co-leaders. Revy and the blade-wielding Shenhua stage an all out attack on the camp and rescue Rock for a frenzied escape with a whole band of terrorists in hot pursuit. It wasn't made any easier thanks to their driver being doped up. Once at the drop of with the CIA, Shenhua asks Rock for the data but he tells them the case he has was empty. Revy shocks everyone when she pulls the papers out from under her shirt and hands them over to the agents. Though it's Revy's turn to be surprised when the CIA know Revy's real name and that she's wanted in New York on a warrant from some crime.Rock thanks Revy for the rescue, and she decks him for being stupid enough to get caught, telling him that next time he'll need to pray for help. The price for his life will be coming out of his pay.

Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise

Greenback Jane

El Baile de la Muerte

The Wired Red Wild Card

Merchandise

Black Lagoon - Original Sound Track

Black Lagoon: Original Soundtrack cover
Black Lagoon: Original Soundtrack cover

The soundtrack of the Black Lagoon series, Black Lagoon: Original Soundtrack ( 「BLACK LAGOON ブラック・ラグーン」 オリジナルサウンドトラック ), was released by label Geneon Entertainment on August 30, 2006. The price was ¥3,000, plus tax. Much of the music was produced by the anime series music composer EDISON and consists of music that can be heard in the first two seasons of the Black Lagoon anime.

No.TitlePerforming ArtistLength
1."Red fraction (Opening version)"MELL1:32
2."Tear Drops to Earth"EDISON1:26
3."Asian Comfort"EDISON1:29
4."Don't Stop!"EDISON4:25
5."Samara Samanda"EDISON1:23
6."A Cold Wind in My Mind"EDISON1:26
7."Make A Bet"EDISON2:15
8."El Sol se Recuesta"EDISON4:15
9."Seasonal Wind"EDISON1:20
10."66 steps"EDISON2:25
11."The World of Midnight"Minako Obata1:48
12."Dark Side of the Moon"EDISON2:06
13."Tadpole Dance"EDISON1:32
14."Let Me Know Your Name"EDISON4:17
15."After the Rain"EDISON1:27
16."It's an Easy Afternoon"EDISON1:24
17."Behind the Clouds"EDISON1:36
18."The Anthem of the Aryan Socialist Union"EDISON1:32
19."Melting Brain"EDISON3:24
20."The Way to Last Night"EDISON1:44
21."Peach Headz Addiction"Breath Frequency3:14
22."Don't Look Behind (Requiem version)"EDISON2:06
23."Father's Chest"EDISON1:58
24."Don't Let Me Join Now"EDISON2:02
25."Foxy Doll"EDISON2:07
26."Rock the Carnival"EDISON2:53
27."Mad Club"EDISON1:27
28."Don't Stop! (Guitar version)"EDISON3:41
29."Don't Look Behind (Ending version)"EDISON1:39

Figures

Revy figure
Revy figure

The Black Lagoon series has inspired a wide variety of figures to be created and are based upon mainly the female cast in a variety of poses directly from the manga or other art by Rei Hiroe. Some are designed to be adjustable, but the majority are fixed. Revy has had the largest number of figures that have her in her standard clothes, one with her in the outfit she fore during the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc, a pink bikini, and in an elaborate cowgirl, bikini outfit with chaps that she was drawn in for a special advertisement.

Balalaika has had two figures. One is based on the cover image of her from Volume 3, and the other is one of her sitting in a black chair and legs crossed. Shenhua has one figure of her based on her cover appearance on Volume 4.

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail - Roberta figure
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail - Roberta figure

Roberta has two figures based on her appearances. The first is based on her cover appearance of Volume 6, though it added her well known items of the umbrella and suitcase. The second was from her clothes from the El Baile de la Muerte story arc that was seen at the end of Volume 7 CH. 55.

Replica Guns

Revy's Sword Cutlass replicas
Revy's Sword Cutlass replicas

As the Black Lagoon series is mainly based around gunfights, much of the replica merchandise is of model guns. There are models of Revy's customized Beretta 92FS Inox called the Sword Cutlass and are popular among Revy cosplay fans. The KSC Corporation has even manufactured a working model of the Sword Cutlass. The price for one is set at $308.00 USD.

Roberta's Imbel M911 replicas
Roberta's Imbel M911 replicas

Another pistol that was being sold directly from the official Black Lagoon website was the Imbel M911. The pistol is a Brazilian made model and the favorite of Roberta. In the series she has used duel M911s during both of her invasions of Roanapur. This model sold for ¥19,425.

General Information Edit
Name: Black Lagoon
Name: ブラック・ラグーン
Romaji: Burakku Ragūn
Aliases:
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