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Black Lagoon, Vol. 1 (Black Lagoon #001)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,292 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Lock n' load with the baddest group of mercenaries ever to hit the high seas of Southeast Asia! Aboard their World War II 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 ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC
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Jul 06, 2008 Kati rated it really liked it
This is a real seinen manga. No cute girls, no romances, just men and women kicking major butt! I love the whole team of the Black Lagoon but mostly, Rock and Levi. They defy all the stereotypes that say that the girl has to be the understanding, empathic one and the boy has to be the protector. Levi is awesome, just the way I like heroines to be!
Mar 28, 2011 Angel rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa-etc
A very good and entertaining action read. This is the story of the crew of the PT boat the Black Lagoon. They will transport anything anywhere for the right price. Working in Southeast Asia, they face the mob, hitmen, and other assorted folk trying to kill them. The first volume introduces Rock as the new crew member, and one very lethal maid. You'll have to read it to learn more. This had a good pace; it was entertaining, and overall I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the next volume in the ...more
Quentin Wallace
May 03, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it liked it
Decent action anime. A lot of manga art looks similar to me and this was no exception, so the art was good. The sexy female in the Daisy Duke shorts made the book. Basically the story of a group of mercenaries on a souped up PT Boat, "The Black Lagoon", and the dangerous missions they undertake. There are several volumes of this series, and it's popular. It's more straightforward than some manga I've read, so it has that going for it. However, this volume didn't impress me enough to seek out oth ...more
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
This one I have not read, but have watched the anime. I know, I know, I probably shouldn't rate based on the adaptation, but assuming that the manga is at least as good (but likely better) than the adaptation, this one kicks ass. Super strong women, too. Lots of ass kicking by every character.
Richard Morgan
Feb 13, 2015 Richard Morgan rated it really liked it
I think there's something to be said for enjoying pulp. No, it's not a sophisticated existential drama -- it's not trying to be anything high-minded, and it's not trying to be anything more than what it is. And yet, by refusing to presume itself to be anything more than what it is, it ends up becoming something rather special.

Yes, it's largely a riff on classic action movies. Yes, the artwork is fantastic, the action is thrilling (and the way Hiroe frames the action only gets better as the mang
Sep 18, 2012 Jordan rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Definitely good, but I prefer the anime because the action scenes just do much better in that format. The huge shoot-outs, barfights, and uh flying torpedo boat just look better on screen. The two are pretty much the same so far, so there's not much extra to be gained from the manga. Black Lagoon is one of my favorite anime series though, so it would be pretty hard to surpass it. I always feel like I should go become a pirate after watching/reading Black Lagoon. If Rock can do it, so can I.
Mar 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Revy= One of my favourite 'heroines', if you will, of all time!!
She is killer, smart, sassy and bloodthirsty all of this leads to BADASS!
I saw the anime, of the same title, first. Loved the voice acting and the animation. I had to get this, and let me tell you! I will never regret buying this amazing manga. I also love the kinda/sorta underlining romance between Rock and Revy.
Filled with violence, great one liners and witty repartee!
Yoda Bor
Jan 10, 2016 Yoda Bor rated it it was amazing
Le Black Lagoon est une entreprise de transport qui travaille essentiellement pour l’Hôtel Moscou, même s’il leur arrive de prendre des contrats ailleurs. Trafics en tout genre, kidnapping, vol, ils touchent à tout.

Black Lagoon est sans aucun doute un de mes mangas préférés.
J’adore les personnages, Rock en tête, et ce n’est pourtant pas le genre que j’apprécie d’habitude. Mais il est absolument adorable et il faut le voir tenter à tout prix la manière douce alors que les autres membres d’équipag
Mar 06, 2015 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm a big fan of the television adaptation of this Manga series of books. While I did enjoy this, I think the action can get muddled too easily. The gun battles, fist fights, sea battles, all get confused (at least to me) in this format. I much prefer the moving color action of the screen version, but this is still fun. It would be better if it were larger, drawn better and colored. But, this is manga after all.
Vuyisile Sibeko
Jun 16, 2015 Vuyisile Sibeko rated it it was amazing
Black Lagoon is heaven on earth to read as a manga. This is one of the first Manga I had ever read in my early Otaku years and it was one of the best introductions to manga I could have ever had. It's tongue and cheek, gritty and uses smart ideas wrapped tightly in stupid fun. One could easily make the argument that other Manga/Anime have done the same but very few have managed to balance it so well without being annoyingly self referential to the point where you feel like the plot has come to a ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
My husband and I watched the anime, and I got him this for Christmas. If you like badass characters and a good dose of the good ol' ultraviolence then check this out. There's a reason B&N sells it in shrink wrap.
Feb 11, 2016 ula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
~~~ Review 8 Oktober 2015 ~~~
baca ulang untuk kesekian kalinya, karena di Jepangnya juga hiatus tak berkesudahan.
Dari volume ini nasibnya Rokuro bisa dibilang beruntung atau malah sial. Tapi karena orangnya menikmati jadi mungkin beruntung lebih tepat.
tingkah laku Rock yang ketakutan membuat tersenyum :D
Revy sexy sekali, bukan hanya dalam penampilan tapi juga kemampuan dan tingkah laku.
adegan paling lucu divolume ini yaitu waktu Revy percaya waktu Roberta bilang kalau tali sepatunya lepas, ke
Dec 02, 2008 Trip rated it liked it
It's Hong Kong action cinema in manga form!
Aug 30, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every one 16 and up
Shelves: reviewed
Black Lagoon Vol 1 Information:
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story and art by:
Rei Hiroe

My thoughts:
Black lagoon, is one series whether it be the manga or anime, that I would recommend to anyone.
but since I am doing a review for the manga I would have to say that the art and the action of the book are very well crisp and detailed, which is something that I could picture seeing as a live-action.
as for the story I will admit it started out slightly bland at first but as
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
Feb 03, 2015 Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-manga
When he's assigned to deliver a disk with unknown contents across the South China Sea, Rokuro Okajima's life takes a turn for the worst. That morning, it would've probably been a routine business delivery--that afternoon, he finds himself kidnapped by a group of mercenaries in a torpedo boat (couriers who 'sometimes' break the law to put food on the table), attacked (twice) by more mercenaries in a bar and then in an attack helicopter (which is taken care of in one of the most creatively stupid- ...more
Nov 23, 2009 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
gagal numpuk Review di Elex T__T
daripada terbuang sia2, posting di sini saja...


Black Lagoon adalah organisasi ‘jasa pengirim’ yang beroperasi di perairan Thailand dan Laut Cina Selatan. Beranggotakan Dutch, Revy, dan Benny, pekerjaan mereka biasanya mencakup penculikan orang, perampasan barang, dan menghadapi mafia yang merasa terganggu dengan kehadiran mereka.

Rokuro, seorang salaryman biasa, hanya punya harapan kosong untuk kembali ke Jepang dengan selamat ketika kapal perusahaannya diba
Apr 15, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I absolutely love this series. Although character design with the ladies does focus a little too much on huge assets, Revy is a true badass and no kind of stereotype, not to mention Balalaika and others. Rock somehow manages to be an interesting character despite being a stereotypical salaryman. Anyway, it's great!
Astrid Midnight
Jan 02, 2016 Astrid Midnight rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to a badass series! The first chapter definitely shows promise with an exciting premise, interesting characters and badass action sequences.
Feb 09, 2016 Rahma rated it it was amazing
Girls with Guns, need I say more? ^-^

This is the first time reading this genre, its so action packed and intense.

Keeps you on edge
Logan Simpson
Jan 18, 2016 Logan Simpson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I didn't know for sure if I would like this series or not, but just from going by the first volume, it was really, really cool!
Mike Uscroft
May 07, 2015 Mike Uscroft rated it it was amazing
Freaking love this series, and the manga's almost as good as the anime. Though, perhaps unsurprisingly, the action looks better in proper motion!

Greg Smith
Sep 06, 2011 Greg Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
I'm pretty selective about the anime series I invest my time and money into. And this is definitely worth both, several times over.

I'm not going to review each of these individually, but as a whole, it is worth the five stars.
If your a little unsure if you wish to read, check out the anime series or just hangout at the bookstore and begin reading. If your like me, you will be hooked.

FYI: This is definitely meant for mature audiences so be aware there is a lot of language, shooting, etc...but I t
Jul 21, 2015 Abel rated it liked it
Entretenido comienzo, aunque me marea tanto dibujo de acción algo enredado para mis inexpertos ojos
Oct 07, 2015 ula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~~ Review 8 Oktober 2015 ~~~

baca ulang untuk kesekian kalinya, karena di Jepangnya juga hiatus tak berkesudahan.

Dari volume ini nasibnya Rokuro bisa dibilang beruntung atau malah sial. Tapi karena orangnya menikmati jadi mungkin beruntung lebih tepat.

tingkah laku Rock yang ketakutan membuat tersenyum :D

Revy sexy sekali, bukan hanya dalam penampilan tapi juga kemampuan dan tingkah laku.

adegan paling lucu divolume ini yaitu waktu Revy percaya waktu Roberta bilang kalau tali sepatunya lepas, ke
Jun 07, 2015 Lyra rated it really liked it
A decent start to what I hope will be an entertaining series.
Oct 26, 2011 David rated it it was ok
This manga was recommended to me by a well-meaning student in my Japanese/American noir class, but whoever the audience is for this stuff, it's definitely not me. The most amusing thing to me about these action-heavy stories of couriers-for-hire is the fans who give them credit for breaking down stereotypes. Apparently, in the world of manga, if your buxom heroine in her Daisy Dukes with a terminal case of camel toe is fearless, bloodthirsty, and good with guns, you've made a feminist statement. ...more
Blue Caeruleus
May 18, 2014 Blue Caeruleus rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not bad for my first manga!
Yukanatha Svanidza
May 15, 2015 Yukanatha Svanidza rated it liked it
Shelves: mangas
Epic moment: Revy vs Roberta XD
Kellie hoff
Jul 03, 2014 Kellie hoff rated it it was amazing
loved it
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Violent, full of expletives and lots of gun fighting.

Pretty cool.

Gonna have to check out the anime.
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