Reviewed by: Priss
Released by: Manga Entertainment UK
Age Rating: 15
Region: 2 - UK
Length: 600 minutes
Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital Surround
Okajima Rokuro is a Japanese businessman...in a town full of Japanese businessmen. His normal day consists of social drinking with clients and being kicked around by his bosses. He finally gets a break though, as he's sent by his company to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc...only his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries that were hired to steal it. "Rock" (as he is newly dubbed by his captors) catches the interest of the only female merc "Revy" as she thinks he's worth a ransom, taking him hostage. However, the disc turns out to be more trouble than its worth, and complicates things both for Rock, and the mercenaries known as Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon is the highest calibre of action anime. It outstrips the competition - a masterful montage of homage and parody that never loses itself thanks to a cast of memorable characters and remarkable stories and sequences. In many ways the experience is akin to an excellent blockbuster with all the great and gaudy elements that made stars of Schwarzenegger and Stallone but this time with the most beautiful badass babes you could ever hope to cower before. It is certain that the manga writer and creator Hiroe Rei has an ardent appreciation for Western cinema and his series is laced with a hundred winks to some of the greatest writers, directors and live action moviemakers. It has the kind of cinematic synergy that films such as Kill Bill aspire to, capturing and all the best elements of Hollywood and Hong Kong action cinematics in an impeccable anime package.
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