Black Lagoon is a 24 episode Japanese anime series animated by Madhouse and based on the manga series created by Rei Hiroe. The series was directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by Geneon Entertainment, it consists of two seasons and one 5 episode original video animation series. The two seasons, each twelve episodes in length, are titled Black Lagoon—which was co-produced by Shogakukan—and Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage. The OVA series, titled Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, consists of only five episodes.
The first season premiered on Chiba TV from April 8, 2006 through June 24, 2006, the second from October 2, 2006 through December 18, 2006 on Sendai Television and Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting. All twenty-four episodes were then released in Japan on DVD across twelve volumes from July 26, 2006 through June 27, 2007. Blu-ray Disc releases—eight volumes in total—followed from December 23, 2009 through March 25, 2010.
In North America, these seasons were first released across six DVD volumes with English and Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles from May 22, 2007 through October 28, 2008. The first three of these were distributed by Geneon Entertainment itself before Funimation Entertainment took over distribution of the series in mid 2008, and released a hybrid DVD and Blu-ray Disc collection of both seasons on December 4, 2012. The English dubbed version of the series premiered in the U.S. on the Funimation Channel on February 15, 2013. The series began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block on March 22, 2014.
|Color||Season||Episodes||Toonami Season Premiere||Toonami Season Finale|
|1||12||March 22, 2014||June 7, 2014|
|2||12||June 14, 2014||September 6, 2014|
Black Lagoon (2006)Edit
|01||01||"The Black Lagoon"||April 8, 2006||March 22, 2014|
|Mild-mannered Rokuro’s business trip to South East Asia takes an unexpected turn when he’s taken hostage by modern-day pirates Revy, Dutch, and Benny.|
|02||02||"Mangrove Heaven"||April 15, 2006||March 29, 2014|
|The Black Lagoon is pinned down by an attack chopper, and Rock devises a risky plan to turn the tables. When it’s all said and done, the disk is delivered - and the Black Lagoon gains a new crew member.|
|03||03||"Ring-Ding Ship Chase"||April 22, 2006||April 5, 2014|
|A gangster isn’t pleased with Dutch’s decision to throw in with Balalaika. Later, the Black Lagoon is attacked by a small navy of attack boats, and it might be a set-up.|
|04||04||"Die Rückkehr des Adlers"||April 29, 2006||April 12, 2014|
|The crew is out to retrieve a painting from the wreckage of a sunken Nazi U-boat. As Revy and Rock take to the depths to claim their prize, the Black Lagoon falls under missile attack on the water’s surface.|
|05||05||"Eagle Hunting and Hunting Eagles"||May 6, 2006||April 19, 2014|
|Just as it seems that the painting is secure, Revy and Rock fall under attack in the sunken U-boat. The Nazis unload with everything they’ve got - but Dutch is already formulating a plan.|
|06||06||"Moonlit Hunting Grounds"||May 13, 2006||April 26, 2014|
|Under the cover of darkness, Dutch and Revy board the Nazi vessel to reclaim the painting. While he searches the ship, she takes extreme measures against the crew.|
|07||07||"Calm Down, Two Men"||May 20, 2006||May 3, 2014|
|Dutch sends Revy and Rock into town to run errands - and to make them face the tension that’s boiling between them. Unfortunately, Revy’s more accustomed to settling her problems one bullet at a time.|
|08||08||"Rasta Blasta"||May 27, 2006||May 10, 2014|
|The Black Lagoon is hired to transport a young hostage whose wealthy family is in trouble with a South American drug cartel. The crew is growing uneasy with the mission - it seems violence is inevitable.|
|09||09||"Maid to Kill"||June 3, 2006||May 17, 2014|
|The Lovelace family’s maid arrives to rescue Garcia. However, she’s no ordinary housekeeper; she’s an experienced warrior, and unfortunately for Rock and the crew, she’s cutting down anyone who gets in her way.|
|10||10||"The Unstoppable Chambermaid"||June 10, 2006||May 24, 2014|
|Roberta’s rampage comes to an end, but before she can return Garcia to his family in South America, the maid’s still got one mess to clean up: an unfinished fight with Revy.|
|11||11||"Lock'n Load Revolution"||June 17, 2006||May 31, 2014|
|After the crew is hired to deliver documents to the CIA, the terrorist group featured in the intelligence reports unleashes an attack. Revy and Rock try to escape on dry land - but one of them is captured.|
|12||12||"Guerrillas in the Jungle"||June 24, 2006||June 7, 2014|
|Rock is interrogated at the terrorist camp, and if he doesn’t come clean about the documents, there’s a good chance his captors will resort to torture. Revy’s putting together a rescue mission - but time is running out.|
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (2006)Edit
|13||01||"The Vampire Twins Comen"||October 2, 2006||June 14, 2014|
|A string of assassinations has the underground on edge, and the local kingpins are teaming up to deal with the problem. The mystery and carnage multiply when the hunt for the killer (or killers) begins.|
|14||02||"Bloodsport Fairytale"||October 9, 2006||June 21, 2014|
|The strange saga of the twin killers continues - and so does the bloodshed, after Balalaika discovers the horrific truth behind the insanely cruel actions of the young assassins.|
|15||03||"Swan Song at Dawn"||October 16, 2006||June 28, 2014|
|The twisted tale of Hansel and Gretel comes to an end. With entire criminal organizations closing in, the twins split up. After one meets a violent demise, the other encounters the crew of the Black Lagoon.|
|16||04||"Greenback Jane"||October 23, 2006||July 5, 2014|
|A fugitive counterfeiter named Jane arrives at the Church of Violence, hoping to find shelter. When the bullets start flying, prayer probably won’t help - but Revy and Eda might.|
|17||05||"The Roanapur Freakshow Circus"||October 30, 2006||July 12, 2014|
|The crew of the Black Lagoon is still tangled up with Jane, and the situation is growing more dangerous. The gang is used to dodging bullets. However, escaping burning buildings is another matter entirely.|
|18||06||"Mr. Benny's Good Fortune"||November 6, 2006||July 19, 2014|
|The Black Lagoon arrives at the dock just as the burning building collapses. Luckily, Rock and the gang are able to board the vessel. Unfortunately, so are the killers on Jane’s tail!|
|19||07||"Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise"||November 13, 2006||July 26, 2014|
|Rock and Revy join Balalaika on a trip to Japan, where she agrees to take sides in a feud between warring yakuza clans.|
|20||08||"The Succession"||November 20, 2006||August 2, 2014|
|Balalaika continues making waves in the Japanese underworld. Meanwhile, Rock has another encounter with Yukio - and learns that she is heavily involved with one of the clashing yakuza families.|
|21||09||"Two Father's Little Soldier Girls"||November 27, 2006||August 9, 2014|
|Rock is caught in the middle of the escalating yakuza feud. He hopes to persuade Yukio to give up her new life of crime, but before he can convince her, she is abducted by her enemies.|
|22||10||"The Dark Tower"||December 3, 2006||August 16, 2014|
|Revy and Ginji unleash on Chaka with brutal force, allowing Rock to grab Yukio and escape. The next day, Balalaika begins the next stage of her plan to violently eliminate the Washimine Group.|
|23||11||"Snow White's Payback"||December 10, 2006||August 23, 2014|
|Yukio takes action to stop the systematic destruction of the Washimine Group. Later, after Rock confronts Balalaika about her ruthless campaign of violence against Yukio, he suddenly finds himself at gunpoint.|
|24||12||"The Gunslingers"||December 17, 2006||September 6, 2014|
|The body count rises as Rock takes desperate measures to force Yukio into giving up on crime. But with so much blood already spilled, it might be too late for her to return to a peaceful, normal life.|
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (2010-2011)Edit
|01||"Collateral Massacre"||July 17, 2010||August 6, 2013 |
|When Diego Lovelace is killed, his maid - ex-terrorist Roberta - sets out for vengeance. Her pursuit of those responsible takes her to Roanapur, where the crew of the Black Lagoon gets involved in her murderous quest.|
|02||"An Office Man's Tactics"||September 30, 2010||August 6, 2013|
|After accepting the task of tracking Roberta, Rock gathers information that might expose her whereabouts. Meanwhile, Mr. Chang consults with a CIA operative to learn more about recent NSA activity.|
|03||"Angels in the Crosshairs"||January 7, 2011||August 6, 2013|
|Rock and Revy manage to track down Roberta, but it’s too late to stop the war. Later, Garcia is severely traumatized by witnessing the brutality of his beloved maid in action.|
|04||"Oversaturation Kill Box"||March 11, 2011||August 6, 2013|
|Garcia emerges from a state of shock to seek revenge against the Americans, Revy is injured during an attempted ambush, and Rock continues pulling the strings that lead to a bloody final showdown.|
|05||"Codename Paradise, Status MIA"||June 22, 2011||August 6, 2013|
|The violence reaches a fever pitch as Roberta stalks the army through the pitch black jungle. Rock has a plan to forever silence the criminal underworld of Roanapur, but it may prove deadly.|
- ↑ "Funimation Agrees to Distribute Select Geneon Titles ". Anime News Network. July 3, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-07-03/funimation-agrees-to-distribute-select-geneon-titles. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- ↑ "OVA Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail Animation [DVD] ". . Neowing. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=GNBA-7695. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.
- ↑ "Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA DVD/Blu-ray (Hyb) ". . Funimation. http://shop.funimation.com/Shop/ShopProductDetail.ss?itemid=71796. Retrieved on March 16, 2014.
- ↑ "OVA Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail Animation [DVD] ". . Neowing. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=GNBA-7696. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.
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- ↑ "OVA Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail Animation [DVD] ". . Neowing. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=GNBA-7698. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.
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