BLACK LAGOON #1 -- Retro Review

Topic started by No_name_here on Oct. 14, 2010. Last post by whiskers 1 week, 5 days ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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I never got to watch all of this, and that always bugged me. What sense does it make, letting Sam make our site’s statement on this manliest anime? We’re correcting that, now.

When I first checked out BLACK LAGOON, it struck me as what WANTED might’ve looked like if Joel Silver produced it. The parallels are hard to deny. You have a nebbish, dumped-on officer jockey getting whisked into a tough and mean high-octane world of gray morality - - steadily learning how to be an alpha male. No doubt, his character arc will include with some very cynical observations about who’s really on which end of the stick in the modern world. Revy fills the Angelina Jolie role rather easily, too.

That’s all consistent with my first viewing. What does stick out in this re-visit, however, is that pilot seems to kind of skip over a number of plot beats you’d expect (or need?) I actually had to check the streaming window to make sure I hadn’t accidentally loaded a later episode. Expediency is great and all, but it’s a little… odd to get to Rock and Revy chumming it up at the bar so quickly when we never actually saw that much of his humdrum office life before the kidnapping. Maybe there’s not much to get. He’s a salary man. You get his deal. But still, I figure the eventual transformation would be that much more striking with a lowly “larval state” to compare it to.

Maybe it comes down to dub vs. sub. There’s an added level of awkward, unintentional comedy here. Either tough characters using the well-chewed “You just don’t get it, do you?!” cliché no less than three times, or the F-bombs they get crowbarred into Revy’s dialog like this is a Manga Ent. release 15-ing its way to the adult section of the video store.

I’m going to watch more of this, but maybe the edge has dulled some over the years?

Watch "the Black Lagoon" and decide for yourself.

Post by Kino88 (256 posts) See mini bio Level 7
If you have not seen it you should definitely Keep watching, this show was da bomb!, Also I would rather compare it to the works of Quentin Tarantino, you'll see why later,
Post by zaldar (1,312 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Yes agree on Quentin Tarantino reference. Also are you trying to say Sam is not manly...? That might be a little defamatory. I would not call him unmanly ....

What I saw of this show I enjoyed it not worth watching all the way through for me but was fun for a bit.

Post by animehunter (16 posts) See mini bio Level 9

@Kino88 said:

If you have not seen it you should definitely Keep watching, this show was da bomb!, Also I would rather compare it to the works of Quentin Tarantino, you'll see why later,

^ this

also I've seen it in both in Dub & Sub and I will say I enjoyed it more in Japanese with subtitles than I did dubbed.

Post by YotaruVegeta (627 posts) See mini bio Level 12

If there's any anime where rampant profanity feels welcome, it's Black Lagoon.

Maybe it's not the anime that's changed, but you who has changed? You may not be into a show that's o foul-mouthed.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,758 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Always described this anime as Sin City on pt boats. It has a level of action noir that shifts in style an sorrow as the season progresses. It has helped me get a few friends into anime as a introduction anime of sorts.

Post by YotaruVegeta (627 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@Marshal Victory: I would describe it as The Losers of anime.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,758 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@YotaruVegeta: Kinda, yeah I can see that. Never read the comic nor got to see the movie. But from the movie commercials I can sorta see the comparison. Usually use it on friends who like movies like Sin CIty styled stuff or Die Hard etc. Keep expecting Rock to say "yippee ki yay" at some point in Black Lagoon.

Post by whiskers (259 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Just wanted to add that anyone who has indulged in the 80s and 90s action flicks such as A Better Tomorrow, Desperado and Predator, to name a few, would enjoy this :)

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