|Mindless Action with Hot Girls||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
I read a few of the GN but I lost interest real quick. Black Lagoon is a series that relies on mindless action with little in the way of plots and lots of hot and insane girls wielding guns and other assorted weapons and some fan service as well.
If John Woo had been writing and drawing a manga series, it would probably look like Black Lagoon or something similar. It’s fast paced, gritty, filled with military hardware, graphic violence, loud explosions and stunts; but little in the way of plot or character development. It might be fun for a single afternoon, but overall it becomes a bit wearying to read over and over again.
The artwork is undeniably excellent with highly realistic character designs and items like guns, boats, etc. I do think they skimped a bit on the backgrounds, but otherwise the artist is an expert in action sequences and believability. You can feel the recoil of the chattering machineguns and sense the air rippling with pressure waves as grenades explode off the pages.
However, what breaks down the entire series for me is the fact that none of the characters are all that interesting or charismatic. Frankly, they’re all rather dull and have little in the way of personality. The main protagonist, Rock seems to be the only halfway decent guy in an entire island nation of sociopaths, criminals, and deviants but he simply just allows himself to be pushed around by the stronger and more immoral personalities and drifts aimlessly as part of the Black Lagoon company much like his old position in the Japanese corporation, not because he doesn’t have anywhere else to go but simply he can’t seem to muster the will to do so.
It’s the lack of any real charismatic personalities or characters that killed the series for me as I can’t really invest myself in any of these characters. Sure, there’s plenty of action and stuff; but I just couldn’t bring myself to really care about them.
There’s also plenty of mature stuff from tons of gunslinging and sadomasochism. One of the early chapters involved a pair of children who were sexually tortured by pedophiles and used in snuff and torture films until their minds snapped and they became a pair of murderous psychopaths which was around where I decided that this series wasn’t for me. I also wouldn’t recommend it for young kids but adults with a taste for extreme violence films will undoubtedly appreciate Black Lagoon which definitely would appeal to them.
RATING: 1 and 1/2 STARS.