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Black Lagoon OVA Series 1 Review
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
ブラック・ラグーン (Burakku Ragūn)

Synopsis

Roberta's benefactor, the patriarch of the Lovelace clan, is murdered during a political rally. The assassin's trail soon leads back to Roanapur—so now she has returned on a mission of vengeance! However, close behind her is the new patriarch, Garcia, as well as Roberta's apprentice (and maid), Fabiola Iglesias. As the body count of Roberta's bloody rampage mounts, forces from within the corrupt island (which includes the Lagoon Company), as well as overseas converge on what threatens to escalate into all-out war!

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Overview

A five-volume original video animation series, titled Roberta’s Blood Trail, was released from July 2010 to June 2011.

The first OVA was broadcast edited on television in two different versions — a long version that was aired on MBS on June 27, 2010, and a short version that was aired on seven other stations between June 27 and 30.

Alternative title

– Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
– Пираты «Черной лагуны»
– Burakku Ragūn
– ブラック・ラグーン
– 企業傭兵
– 블랙라군
– Black Lagoon 3
– Black Lagoon OVA
– Juodoji Lagūna: Kruvinas Robertos Kelias
– Черната Лагуна: Кървавият път на Роберта
– مرداب سیاه: رد خون روبرتا

TL;DR Review

The animation is on par, or perhaps better than the TV episodes.

The OVA used a remixed version from the TV opening theme. “Red fraction IO drive mix” by MELL is just as catchy as the TV version, just slightly different. The two ending themes were rather forgettable. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” by EDISON is a cover song with just the instrument track. The original song was a popular song from the American Civil War. The last song from episode 5 (eps 29) is another acapella song, “This moment ~prayer in the light~” by Minako “mooki” Obata.

The OVA series Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail give us more of what we love from the TV series, Roberta. Hey, you like battle maid right? Here are some more battle maids for you. More actions, more gores, and a better animation production.

Highly recommended for the Black Lagoon fans. The anime contains strong graphic violence, suggestive themes/dialogs, alcohol consumption, and foul languages. Intended for mature audiences.

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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Season 1-2

  1. “Red Fraction” by Mell

Closing Theme

TV Season 1-2

  1. “Don’t Look Behind” by Edison
  2. “The World of Midnight” by Minako “mooki” Obata (ep 15)
  3. “Preach Headz Addiction” by Breath Frequency (ep 24)
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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Rock
"Hey, boss... Don't you remember? Well, you should! I'm already dead. You said it, remember? And by the way, my name is Rock now!"
Dutch
"Ugh... Er. Well, feels like my head's still attached, my sunglasses aren't broken... Amen, hallelujah, and peanut butter."
Balalaika
"Justice. I can't think of another word more loved by the people. It does have a nice ring to it. However, without ever exercising your own strength, you seek the death of others at the hands of someone else. Well, the justice you refer to smells pretty rotten to me."
Revy
"Whether we live or die isn't a big issue. If you focus on being alive, you develop fear. Your eyes get clouded. But if you have no such feelings... you are capable of fighting right to the end of the world."
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