Black Lagoon is an action junkie’s wet dream and one of the finest anime TV series that Studio Madhouse has ever put together. Based off of the manga from Rei Hiroe, Black Lagoon follows a group of modern day pirates called Lagoon Company. The group consists of Dutch, the leader and driver of the group, Benny, the resident tech head, “Two Hands” Revy, the firearms expert and Rokuro “Rock” Okajima, a salaryman that the team kidnaps for ransom but ends up becoming a member of the crew. Together, the four of them go up against other pirates, throw down in gunfights and always manage to find themselves in a situation that they can always shoot their way out of. This rerelease of Black Lagoon by Funimation is an upgrade to Blu-Ray and is something that any anime fan should have in their collection.
Black Lagoon comes out swinging from its very first episode and manages to stay fun and invigorating all throughout its 24 episodes. The cast is extremely charming and manage to balance each other out extremely well, that you always feel like you can’t get enough of the Lagoon Company. Many of the minor characters are also a sight to behold and do a fine job at posing as either intense opposition or some great back up for the crew. From the the scarred Balalaika, to the gun toting Roberta, each and every one of the minor characters are extremely memorable and sometimes even manage to steal the show from the main characters. While there are a few slow arcs in the series, particularly the one about the Neo-Nazi’s and the sunken U-Boat, the show presents plenty of great action that’s incredibly well animated by Madhouse.
The Blu-Ray of Black Lagoon is a very nice upgrade from the initial DVD’s that Geneon Entertainment put out a few years ago. The video on the discs boast a 1080p, AVC encoded transfer, with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Since this series references things like John Woo, The Terminator and plenty of other great action films, it has no choice but to look amazing. The audio on the disc is in presented in an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and a Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Stereo track. Both tracks sound flat out amazing, with the English track getting a little bit more love due to its wider mix. All of the explosions and gun fire are presented in astounding quality and even made me jump up a little from time to time. There’s not many extras on the set, only a few promo videos, textless intro and outro songs and a short interview video with the English cast members.
Even though it’s light on extras, there so much damn awesomeness contained in Black Lagoon, that things like extras don’t even matter. With its eclectic cast of bad asses and invigorating action, you’ll find yourself wanting to watch Black Lagoon over and over again! Highly Recommended!