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Black Lagoon Scores 3rd Season OVA, Gia Dies Happy

No, really, I have no fear of death from today forward.

If you've been keeping up with VIZ's releases of the Black Lagoon manga, then you know the arc we're in: El Baile de la Muerte, the Dance of Death, featuring the return of deadly maid Roberta. I won't say more for fear of spoiling.

But it's a really cool, extremely violent and angry arc. And now it's going to be animated! Word from Moon Phase is that this third season of the Black Lagoon anime, to be titled BLACK LAGOON: Roberta's Blood Trail, will be released on five DVDs/Blu-Ray releases, the first of which is due out on July 17th.

I am a huge huge huge fan of Black Lagoon, so you bet your modern-day pirate booty I'm excited for the series. Here are several reasons why.

1. The Opening. Seriously, the bad Engrish combined with the really catchy but edgy style is awesome.
  
  
2. Revy + Rock forever. Yeah, I ship them. You want to fight about it? I'll sic Revy on you.
 Rock, Revy
 Rock, Revy
3. Sawyer the Cleaner. I don't think she has a big role in the arc, but any Sawyer is better than no Sawyer. This chainsaw-wielding gothic lolita mercenary-slash-meatpacker speaks through an Ultravoice because during some gig gone bad, her throat was slit. Man, Sawyer is awesome.


4. Roberta. View this image. It is all you need to know about Roberta.


If you want a jump start on this OVA, pick up volumes 6, 7, and 8 of the Black Lagoon manga, and then twiddle your thumbs until July 13th, when VIZ releases #9, which concludes the arc. Yum. And if you're not familiar with the show at all, but you love a good action series with some dark humor (and dark drama, for that matter)-- a little more adult and dark than, say, Bleach --you should really consider picking up FUNimation's box set (Right Stuf still has some of the individual releases too, but it'll be a lot more expensive that way).

Share your Black Lagoon love in the comments!    
Hartson March 18, 2010 at 12:24 p.m.
Black Lagoon is one of my favorite series, just a little time ago I bought the box set and re-watched it, it was as awesome as I remembered. I knew that the third season was announced a while ago but somehow it was stuck in a development hell and I was loosing hope that it would ever be made. So this is great news for a Black Lagoon fan like me:)
pathogenon March 18, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
One of my favorite anime's ever. Lightens up this sad day.
wwfunderakeron March 18, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.
Yes i cant wait.
Oneeyedjackson March 18, 2010 at 2:03 p.m.
Nice!  We finally got a release date confirmed.  Now I wonder if Funimation will pick this up?  I hope Black Lagoon sold well for them.
Count_Zeroon March 18, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.
This is very awesome. I did [Where I Watch] threads for seasons 1 & 2 on RPG.net* and... I don't recall if I reviewed them here or not - maybe I reviewed them on my blog elsewhere and forgot. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to watching this.
 
*How is Black Lagoon related to RPGs, you ask? Well, combine Black Lagoon with Blade Runner and garnish with Magic and you get Shadowrun. 
 
EDIT: I did review them here. Season one is here. Season two is here.
 
EDIT^2: Oh, and for the record, I too am a Rock & Revy Shipper.
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 18, 2010 at 4:31 p.m.
I certainly have not been keeping up with VIZ's release of Black Lagoon. lol I was tempted, but I realized if they are altering other series, what the hell are they going to be doing to a series as violent and gritty as this? Considering Hansel and Gretel were the product of snuff films and child porn. Not to mention their fates.
 
If you don't like that Black Lagoon opening theme. There is something wrong wrong with you.
I heard news about this OVA a while back.

I do love Roberta. She's a cool character with an interesting back story. If you like Roberta and Black Lagoon. You may like this AMV. It's one of my favorites.
Lydian_Selon March 18, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.
I've never seen nor cared about Black Lagoon but reading that description of Sawyer just now makes me think I have to.
N15PCAon March 19, 2010 at 12:48 a.m.

I can't wait for the new season of Black Lagoon.  I seen the first 24 episode at least 10 time all ready.   
 
I thought the english Dub was top notch.  All the pop western culture stuff was in the japanese verison so their wasn't a problem their. 
 
If you don't like Black Lagoon english dub then you must not like most english anime dubs then. 
 
Thanks again for the news gia.  Now all I need is for someone to pick up the right to the Golgo 13 show and give it a english dub.   
 
He my favortie AMV from Black Lagoon.  Enjoy. ;)  
 
Adult content in this video so you have been warned. 
 
  
  
 
 
darkcyderon March 19, 2010 at 9:54 a.m.
Why would anyone read the manga. Viz is releasing it and therefore it's terrible.
NeoKunon March 19, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.
OMG, Black Lagoon is my favorite manga! I was a little worried when they announced back then that this saga would turn into just a movie. Really nice to see that the best saga yet is getting an OVA release (no censoring! better quality!)!!!
Chibi_Kajion March 19, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.
Rock and Revy <3  How can you not ship them after a scene like that?
Luffyon March 19, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.
wait...there was a season 2?
Sonata moderator on March 19, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
The More Roberta the happier I become!XD
giaon March 19, 2010 at 1:44 p.m.
@Chibi_Kaji: That "cigarette kiss" was, frankly, sexier than most hentai I've seen, and I also think cigarettes are gross. Amazing stuff.
Addfwynon March 19, 2010 at 2:59 p.m.
Never seen it or even heard of it, apparently I am getting too old for these things *shakes cane* 
Looks like something I may check out though, I'll pick up a few volumes from a book-off or something, give it a shot.
LouGILLESPIE23on March 19, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
I think that to receive the loans from creditors you should have a firm reason. Nevertheless, once I've received a short term loan, because I wanted to buy a car.
Lyaloveon March 19, 2010 at 3:31 p.m.
Is anyone else desperately hoping that if they do license the third season and dub it, they will bring in the original cast? I mean seriously that dub was beyond awesome.
 P.S. I completely agree. That "cigarette kiss" had to be the sexiest thing ever. Revy+Rock = <3
N15PCAon March 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.
@Lyalove said:

"Is anyone else desperately hoping that if they do license the third season and dub it, they will bring in the original cast? I mean seriously that dub was beyond awesome.  P.S. I completely agree. That "cigarette kiss" had to be the sexiest thing ever. Revy+Rock = <3 "


@gia said:

" @Chibi_Kaji: That "cigarette kiss" was, frankly, sexier than most hentai I've seen, and I also think cigarettes are gross. Amazing stuff. "


To me it was like when Hollywood was under the  Motion Picture Production Code  of the 1930's (that code lasted to the 1960's) where they couldn't let men and women kiss in the movies for long period at a time so in stead they sometime light a cigarette with another cigarette between men and women to have a symbolism of sex feel to it. 
 
Great move on Black Lagoon part.
ComradeCrashon March 20, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
Awesome! This is one of my top animes. I can't wait for the third season.... I kinda want to read the manga but how is it? Any good?
Vigorousjammeron March 21, 2010 at 11:08 p.m.
fuck yes, awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome!!!

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