Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail

24 08 2012

Japanese title: ブラック・ラグーン
Number of episodes: 5

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) ANN
3) Official Site (Japanese)

A short series, spanning a mere 5 episodes. But if you consider the length of the episodes, it’s probably closer to 8 regular anime episodes, though that still makes it shorter than either of its prequels. This is a sequel, as also clearly seen from the episode numbering, which continues from where it left off from the 2nd season.

To be honest, I couldn’t really remember all the finer details from the previous seasons, partly due to it being some time apart since the previous season, which is made “longer” because I waited for this series to finish its release (took about a year to finish). There are some special content that covers some memorable scenes from previous seasons, though it didn’t help me much since I only watched them after I’ve finished the main OVA series this time.

Well, storyline wise, this OVA series covers an arc which not surprisingly, involves Roberta. There is a fair amount of action, violence and blood and style wise it pretty much remains the same. This time, Black Lagoon is invited into this potential huge war and conflict between Roberta and her desired targets of revenge. So, the aim this time is to resolve the conflict, or more accurately, preventing the conflict from escalating into a full scale war which will cause much damage to parties, on both sides of the law.

There are a number of tense moments which are quite good in setting the mood, though I wonder what it feels like waiting a few months for the next episode if people stuck to the release schedule. I wouldn’t want to spoil too much of the flow of the story, since it is an important part of enjoying this fairly short series. So, if you have watched the previous 2 seasons, be sure to check this out as well. If you haven’t, I think you should catch the first 2 seasons to get a feel on the characters and how they arrived at this stage as some previous events have affected the way they act and think.

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