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Black Lagoon  
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Lock n' load with the baddest soldiers of fortune ever to hit the high seas of Southeast Asia! Aboard their World War II era torpedo boat, the Black Lagoon, Dutch the Boss, Benny the Mechanic, Revy Two Hand, and Rock, the salaryman from Japan, deliver anything, anywhere. In the dangerous underworld of the Russian Mafia, Chinese Triads, Colombian drug cartels, crazed assassins, and ruthless mercenaries, it's hard to know whom to trust. But if you've got a delivery to make, and you don't mind a little property damage along the way, you can count on the crew of the Black Lagoon.


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Associated Names
Чёрная Лагуна

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Akatsuki Manga
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Latest Release(s)
c.101 by MangaStream 28 days ago
c.100 by MangaStream 2 months ago
c.100 by Hyakuro Translations 2 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1.
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 76

User Reviews

14 topics, 104 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (702 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.51 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 18th 2018, 5:33am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Sunday GX (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #299 increased(+138)
Monthly Pos #471 decreased(-26)
3 Month Pos #450 decreased(-150)
6 Month Pos #401 decreased(-56)
Year Pos #349 increased(+37)

List Stats
On 3475 reading lists
On 1314 wish lists
On 159 unfinished lists
On 460 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Rei Hiroe Resumes Black Lagoon Manga about 1 year ago
It has finally come to an end over 4 years ago
Scanlators over 5 years ago
Any Info - Black Lagoon over 5 years ago
Chapter 77 over 7 years ago

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A Unique Read   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by scorcher
March 11th, 2017, 11:52pm
At first, I thought Black Lagoon was gonna be like one of those Shounen manga with lots of "plots" and "justice" when there is actually no plot and justice. After reading it, I realize that Black Lagoon is quite unique. Its uniqueness stems from the way it is conceptualized more so than the story itself. Just by reading it, I can tell that the author had to do a whole host of research in order to get the setting of the manga right. Things like the Cartels and Hotel Moscow didn't just pop up in his head. Not only that, he's able to tie all these real mafia together into a single fictional story and make it work. That takes both a lot of hardcore researching as well as a good creative mind. I dear say that this is probably Hiroe's best and last best work. He won't be able to create a manga like this again. That is how unique Black Lagoon is.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2018, 10:55pm
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LOVED it, but where is the progress?!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
March 4th, 2015, 7:29am
This used to be one of my 10/10 rated manga and with good reason. Great story, gritty art and characters along with some decent dark humour. But with the 1.5 year long hiatus (that one chap in 2014 does NOT count) and no news from Hiroe Rei as to what the hell is going on with the series production, I'm starting to think he's just taken his money earned so far and just buggered off to early retirement, leaving his fans dangling in the wind with no clue as to what to expect.

That he's done nothing but sporadically promote the upcoming tankubon of vol 10 just adds to the feeling that he's just milking his fans for what money they have not given him yet. "Hey I know you want more story, plot progression and such but why don't you buy (again) a collection of old chapters I did nearly two years ago instead?!"
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Pretty Fun, and I personally liked Rock...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 18th, 2014, 9:08pm
There are many who don't seem to like the main character, Rock. But for me, the best part of the manga is seeing how the violent town affects his personality. Like, he changes into a darker person while still somewhat retaining warped version of his former ideals. That's really interesting for me.

The other characters are also pretty interesting, and the action scenes are dynamic for a comic book. I didn't even mind the random fanservice --- the plot was engaging enough that I didn't notice them. The only downside would be an overall lack of character development--I didn't feel connected to many of them

... Last updated on July 25th, 2014, 11:29pm
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who is Rock   
Rating: N/A
by breezingsorrow
January 9th, 2014, 3:48am
The series exceptionally good. It can keep up to readers every expectations and a definite read for fans of the genre. as for ftfchris comment about Rock. Rock doesn't need to do anything there! Rock is there for the reader to compare. you can not understand how dark is the Black Lagoon world, unless there is a piece of normal world to compare it to. and Rock plays that part in Black Lagoon. The way Rock react to different situations makes it understandable for the reader how abnormal and cruel is the situation.
this is made clear in conversations between Rock and Revy.
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How I Met Your Mother   
Rating: N/A
by ftfchris
July 30th, 2013, 12:07pm
Fun Manga all around, except Rock. Like Yamaken mentioned, Rock does absolutely nothing, can do nothing tbh but somehow his opinion is the one that matters to people.

He's basically Ted from How i Met Your Mother. No one watches the show for Ted. They watch it for the other cast members. That's basically Black Lagoon. You'll love everyone and everything else except the main character.
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If only it moves...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yamaken-dono
May 7th, 2013, 5:44pm
I finished this in about a day since I have absolutely nothing to do. It's good! It's refreshingly humble and funny. I really liked that the minor characters show complexity and spunk, especially Shenhua with her threats and Balalaika, who's vicious(ly awesome). Revy is my favorite but the mangaka really needs to stop being such a tease about her past.

Downside is that the plot just *doesn't* move, period. Oh, minor characters get their resolutions, but never the main characters. A tease here and a tease there may seem like progress, but it's getting less and less frequent and what little of it comes out of nowhere and goes nowhere. Benny and Dutch are members of the main crew and we hardly know anything about them, even their personality.
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The progress and resolution of the latest finished arc are especially unsatisfactory. Balalaika says some completely contextless and meaningless things which look important but have no actual effect on anything.

And Rock is kinda Gary Stu-ish in that his words somehow have more of an effect than guns and his naive wishes almost always come true, while in terms of work he prances around talking but does absolutely nothing. Most boring person getting the focus is possibly the biggest injustice in the manga.
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Not bad   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 27th, 2012, 9:34pm
It is an alright manga - I did expect a bit more prior to beginning the series.

It is quite violence/dark heavy, with plenty of random mayhem (And sexual fanservice for the guys, thanks to Revy. Sure, she kicks butt, but the regular crotch shots and bare boobs sort of defeat the purpose) which can be meaningless if there is really nothing more beyond that. There is some philosophical parts, but they may feel a bit one sided or make being gun tolling maniacs a good thing, or, demean other aspects of life.

Some of the characters are great: Like Balalaika. a real strong, female character, with a military past, able to lead a group of tough men, intellectual, overall pretty badass. And it is nice, since she didn't have to wear skimpy clothing, be purty, be in random catfights or be nekkid to achieve what she wanted. She was really refreshing.

Otherwise, everyone else might be a bit over the top, have the same basic traumatic past, or purely a bit too bland, thus make characterization limited. The plot is decent, but for whatever reason it didn't engulfe me. It doesn't feel...creative? for the lack of a better description. Other things feel exagerated too. And who knows where everything is actually going.

I only bought and read the first three volumes, so maybe I am missing something later on. Nevertheless, just wasn't interested enough to continue. Maybe I'll start up again someday, but until then I'll focus on other series.

It could all just be me. To another, it is a good series if you just want to indulge in a mindless-style-overthetop-action read, with plenty of character arguments and missions.

And of course, there are some dark twists on the side. And I do mean dark (Example: There is reference of certain child characters involved in "Snuff films" and beyond, and it's not the only thing going on in the series, nor the worst depending on what you percieve) so be warned if you are not too keen in reading that sort of stuff.

I've never tried the anime, and there have been claims that it is better - so maybe my opinion would be different for that version.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2012, 9:35pm
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Not much here to dislike.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
December 27th, 2011, 3:55pm
Modern day pirates. Russian mafiya, triads, yakuza, lawlessness, guns, explosions, Nuns with guns, hot chicks, hot chicks with guns, a psychopathic Mexican maid. And a Japanese salaryman abandoned by his company after they wouldn't pay for his ransom, who eventually has to get by with sharp wits and balls so large it's a wonder that the boat he's on doesn't sink.
It's an action movie in manga form. Character development is done just enough, but not too much to get in the way of the next bar-gun-fight. Very high-tech and modern in technology at times, take it as a Michael Bay/Tarentino manga and enjoy the ride.
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The true nature of human kind...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SimonFearless
September 1st, 2011, 6:55am
A manga with a really high pace and indigestible art-work. Cruel and somtimes grotesque.
This is really dark stuff! A story that shows much of the true evil nature of human kind.
I would understand that many would not be able to read it because of it's extream violence and sadistic humour.
However, the characters is good and makes the story go on. It has really good actionscenes.
For us readers who like this kind of genre, it's like christmas eve full of adrenline and gunfire.
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Its a powderkeg of fun and action   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
March 20th, 2011, 10:52am
Black humor, John Woo type action, gangsters, drug dealers, mercenaries, pirates and the most dangerous women on the planet all in one city. Its pretty awesome. The first time I started reading it I didn't take too it as it seemed a bit over the top, then I realized where it was coming from with obvious influences from Robert Rodriguez and John Woo.

Its only weakness is that the battles can sometimes run several chapters and seem to drag on a bit. There has been some character and relationship development but not tons. There's been about 81 chapters put out and it still feels like we are early into the series as there are still many unanswered questions and character history left to fill out. The author really dialed up the level of action with the Roberta arc, it felt like more action than story but hopefully he can bring it back down and concentrate on the characters once again.

The anime is great and I recommend it too. I own it, so go out and buy it and support the Mangaka.
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