Posted by psgels on 23 March 2011 with categories: Black Lagoon - Roberta's Blood Trail, OVA Impressions




I expected this episode to be full of action. It wasn’t. The action scenes were small and instead this episode was full of dialogue and build-up. And strangely enough it was just as good as I hoped.

Roberta’s Blood Trail shows the strength of OVAs. I mean, it really feels like Black Lagoon has matured even more since the I last watched it. In any case the pacing of this OVA allowed the creators to really take their time: the slow pacing is used quite effectively to give just about everything extra detail. Seriously, this episode was full of people talking about themselves and each other. This really feels like one of those arcs that would not have worked at all as a TV-series, and therefore it fits the OVA format perfectly.

What’s also very typical here is that the creators pretty much put Revy out of the picture for the climax here: with both of her arms shot she won’t be part of the big climax of this OVA. At first I really thought that Roberta’s Blood Trail would be much in the same alley as the first Roberta arc, which was very much hinted by the first episode. Instead the ending seems to be turning out much deeper than expected, with everything depending on whether or not Rock’s huge gamble turns out well. It goes without saying that if the creators play it right they can reach an amazing conclusion with that.
OVA Episode Rating: 8,5/10

6 Responses

  1. Nayrael says:

    I really wonder what Rock plans: will he become another Power Fighter… or a Chivalrous Manipulator? Can’t wait for next episode ^^

  2. Alec says:

    Rock is slowly descending to a certain path xD

  3. anon says:

    Just finished watching it.

    Not bad, it’s a major anime original plot change to make it fit into 4 ovas.

    I won’t say the new plot it’s bad, it’s pretty good. I just liked the manga alot better. There is actual closure in the ending in manga, as opposed to here where everyone just went their separate ways. I do recommend you read the story arc sometime in the manga. You will love it.

  4. Troyen says:

    Anon, there are five ovas in this arc. Stay tuned for May.

  5. signorRossi says:

    Seems I really have to check this out once I can sort out the sound playback issue I have on my WD-Live.

  6. Watcherzero says:

    Looks like I was spot on about the Church being an Agency front and pulling the strings of Chang. Their running the whole city for intelligence gathering, weapons smuggling and possibly raising funding for black ops (Iran Contra style). Rock was smart to figure out that the city is too loud and public and shouldnt exist and the fact it does means it has government backing.

    TBH Im still not sure why the Captain resisted the temptation to attack the Marines, sure she has a grudge with Chang and considers herself walking dead but was the child rescue and discharge for doing the right thing, but being caught doing it really such a key part of her psyche? I guess I feel cheated that theyve held that back so long.

    Im also unsure how does Roberta presence provide an opportunity for the Spetznaz to make a move on Chang such that Rock persuaded the Agency to get her out of town?

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:29 AM)
    *avoids
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:29 AM)
    Not a man who you’d try to get to read lgbt themed manga as he is cynical about the idea that manga/anime could respectably depict that. Avoid the whole political mecha genre finding the politics tacked on nonsense.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:27 AM)
    *In the sense he is a fan of gar anime
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:24 AM)
    He did manage to enjoy kill la kill though. And he loved the hell out of Eva.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:22 AM)
    Though I can see why he’d have a hard time enjoying persona 4. He’s into things such as perfect blue, Akira, ghost in the shell, legend of the galactic heroes, wants to watch monster along with Gar stuff, he has no time for anime comedies, most shounens bar jojo and full metal or anything girly, romcomish or melodramatic or anything with a lick of moe.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:17 AM)
    But then again, he tends to dislike “forced anime archetypal voice acting”
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:15 AM)
    @;(: I believe my brother also disliked the English voice acting for the game…and he probably hated Rise in Japanese especially, particularly because she was voiced by Rie Kugimiya.
  • jerkocaust
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 06:27 AM)
    None-sense? Is that what the kids are saying nowadays?
  • ;(
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 06:14 AM)
    @Jerkoff: can you please tell us when you’re done trying to look hardcore because no one in your real life cares to hear about your moronic none-sense? Thanks.
  • ;(
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 06:10 AM)
    @Emma: most of the games aren’t looked poorly upon (though for all my love for the series, it does have flaws), but the whole concept of the series and especially the original two go against Christianity and has a lot of stuff that bother censors. You don’t get much more touchy with judeo-Christian religions than fighting all angels and god. Like our god.

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