Posted on 17 October 2010 with categories: Black Lagoon - Roberta's Blood Trail, OVA Impressions



In terms of television series, Madhouse is currently having its worst season out of all of the seasons that I’ve been blogging, so thankfully Black Lagoon delivers one bright point for them this way. This episode was all about building up, but it did this really well.

Basically we had half an hour of dialogue, leading up to the inevitable clash between Roberta and the US Army, which will probably start on either episode 4 or 5. This episode established who the new maid was, it showed the implications that Roberta’s little adventure will have on Roanapur, while still keeping a few things a secret (for example why Balalaika and the favour that Dutch did to her, and what it had to do with anything here). It showed a lot of new stuff about the setting, like all of the different cartels that are operating in the city.

It’s clear that the creators are intending this to become a chapter in which all hell breaks loose. The previous episode explored how much of a monster Roberta had become, this episode did the same for the other fractions involved: the FARC and the US Army, mainly by not showing them and instead having all kinds of people talk about them.
OVA Episode Rating: 8,25/10

5 Responses

  1. Watcherzero says:

    Im confused, I always thought the church was a CIA front, but it seemed like the mother superior was a different agency if she was government at all.

    You would also think Levvie would be more careful with who she gossiped, Chang seems to know someone at the Church is CIA even if he doesnt know who exactly.

  2. thomas says:

    Felt more like a 8.26 to me

  3. Psycho says:

    Depressed Roberta is scare for sure. Actually I hoped this episode will also get some action. After watch it halfway, nah I give up. The action is saved for next ova.

  4. Watcherzero says:

    Naked Roberta wasnt enough action? Been a long time since mainstream anime did overt nudity like that rather than fan service.

  5. Anon` says:

    Have to love the ending sequence and reminder to “everyone else

    USA!

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  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:43 AM)
    @Ultimate Wow, fucking dumbass. It states in the wiki page that Dolly had a common form of lung disease called Jaagsiekte, Roslin scientists stated that there was no connection to her being a clone, and that her flock had shared a similar disease. Fucker, did you just read the part about the press speculating about the connection and warp the facts?
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:08 AM)
    @Emma I think society is too squeamish as it is. Morality is just an illusion, but people are so anal about everything.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:07 AM)
    @K-Off Case in point: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10784448
    and then on Dollys Death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_%28sheep%29#Life I told you, telomere degeneration which is a main cause of aging is a current issue with cloning. Why don’t you learn what you’re talking about.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:05 AM)
    Actually theres something to worry about =< Societies become pretty damn desensitized =<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:53 AM)
    On the hentai thing though…I mean I really do have no soul or heart to destroy. I feel absolutely nothing, blank at netorare for example .
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:44 AM)
    @Ultimate Yes, it’s modern cloning. Look this shit up.
    http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cloning/whatiscloning/
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:40 AM)
    @K-Off Are you familiar with telomere degeneration in DNA? A genetic clone only has the remaining lifespan, unless there is another process of cloning I am unaware of, this is scientific fact. Are you sure what you refer to is cloning? I’m partial to science, so I tend know a little bit about these things.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:39 AM)
    There is a Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro that wrote a novel dystopian novel about clones which were used solely for organ harvesting for “higher people”.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:36 AM)
    @Ultimate Shame on you, you have no clue as to what real cloning is. Clones aren’t grown in a test tube; the seeds are fertilized in a lab, then transferred to a surrogate mother who then raises the unborn fetus. The baby will have a full lifetime, but it’s father wouldn’t have had to have sex with it’s mother to have him.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 04:33 AM)
    Genetic engineering is the future. The only question is how it’s used. First of all, clones only have the remaining lifespan of those who are cloned, on the second, it would be easy to create a large army, relatively shortly. There really is no point for it. The focus should be on stem cell research and genetic enhancement and the like.

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