Posted by psgels on 9 August 2011 with categories: Black Lagoon - Roberta's Blood Trail



Apologies for this late impression. I just didn’t have the time to check it out. I’ glad that I did, though, because this is an awesome conclusion. It was far from the all out war that I expected: because of the first Roberta arc, I really thought that this OVA would try to trump that. Instead we got something much more character-centric, dialogue focused and horror-like. It worked really well: the build-up paid off wonderfully with this episode.

There were pretty much two major things going on in this story: first of all there is Garcia trying to get Roberta back, and then there is Rock. Their conclusions were very different, but very satisfying, and in a way bitter-sweet. Garcia did a great job in maturing and getting Roberta back to her senses, while Rock’s story ended with a great anti-climax, after just one phone call of Balalaika threw his plans in the water. This is what I consider to be a great pay-off after a lot of build-up.

I do wonder why there were no repercussions for Roberta: I mean, she killed a ton of the soldier’s comrades, but after the fight ended none of them seemed angry about it, and they just let her go. I know that they were in the wrong and all, and that they acknowledged their responsibility, but to me they felt a bit too cold towards Roberta. In the same way Rock went a bit out of character during the first half with his scary faces (his voice was like… totally different from usual). Those are mere details though: the continuation of Black Lagoon was really excellent from beginning to end.
OVA Episode Rating: 8.5/10

6 Responses

  1. kaza says:

    I really hope there’s more episodes to come, as soon as possible. Black Lagoon is a wonderful show!

    and, yeah, Rock was pretty scary this episode…

  2. alt says:

    This series is actually really disturbing to me, simply because I realize the reality of pirates. Having said that I do like this series, its in my “top 25″. But. There were two things that seem to me to mark this as “the end of the story”. The first is that we actually see why Rebecca seems to “hate all men”. We see it. It was only hinted at before. The second is that in this ep out of desperation Rock “falls to the dark side” for “all the right reasons”. Something that both “fry face” and “the king of the triads” both told him was going to happen. Hell, Rebecca warned him about it also. So did “the school girl”.

    The story is really all about Rock and his “purity”. Now that he has become “the same as everyone else” the story is “over” in a way.

    • Αγγελος says:

      @”he has become “the same as everyone else”… way”.No fella,the case is different.You see Rock was compelled(or sentenced)by the results of fate to effectivelly pull the Snake out of it’s place.
      Rock just had to think and act like a Strong Iranian Strategist to save Roanapur from destruction.And if there is one who we should never trust it’s Eda.Earlier in episode “Goat,Jihad and Rock and Roll” we saw Lagoon’s mistake to trust the US government for it’s “fight against terrorism”.And who’s going to save Roanapur-and the rest of the -from unscrupulous government organisations and their agents like Eda?
      I’m afraid that we’ve seen only a glimpse from Eda’s real horrible attitude.Don’t forget:Revy and Rock have only seen Eda’s cute facade!!
      I guess Rock’s right for suspecting her,Eda I mean.
      As for Revy,what will happen if suddenly she recognizes the policeman who raped her?I guess she would kill him,and I am OK with that,but if he’s under the protection of the US government for “a great cause”.”Don’t you dare touch him,Revy!He’s an asset for the US interests”,Eda might say.
      Hm,will the Iranians enter Roanapur?I don’t think Balalaika(or Eda) would be pleased to encounter Qassem Suleimani.He’s so Tough,so tricky!

    • Αγγελος says:

      What do I mean for the US agencies in Black Lagoon?Because they assassinated Garcia’s father and created one-without any good reason for-fracas that could end in Roanapur’s sheer Decimation.It certainly gave strains to Revy and Rock,and I love them.
      I suspect that the reason for Rock’s estrangment from his parents has to do with his older brother.The older,as I suspect,must have abusing Rock by various means.Could‘ve he discredited him openly,while taking all the applause for the one,or other work? “Rokuro,why don’t you do it like your brother?When are going to learn something usefull from him?”!
      If yes then these must have been a great pain for Rock,and therefor never got over with.He’s such gentle soul.He’s not holding a grudge to them.
      Any one might say that all these I’ve written(my suspicions)are mere speculations.Well we‘re waiting to see what’s coming.

  3. Mushyrulez says:

    I’m pretty sure that was Eda talking to her superiors, not Balalaika.

    Although I agree that the build up to the climax was great, the anti-climax didn’t /feel/ like an anti-climax to me – it felt like a failed climax. Which really brought the entire quality of the show down a notch – it’s not that I want to have giant letters shoved in my face telling me ‘THIS IS AN ANTI-CLIMAX’, but this anti-climax just didn’t feel /tasteful/ at all.

  4. mastermyotis says:

    The ending was very cheap and not very lagoon. Roberta lose a limb and eye, but goes back home with her master in the end. very cheap and anti-climatic.

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    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:39 PM)
    Part of the reason I bring this up is because I recall speaking to a Negima fan that told me I didn’t give the series enough of a chance because I dropped it 7 volumes in and because it hadn’t even begun.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:35 PM)
    The four/five episode rule maybe it doesn’t really apply to long running shounens? Because they don’t really get started till much much further in
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:33 PM)
    *until long
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:32 PM)
    The point is I feel that really I didn’t try, didn’t really give the genre any chance really before hating on it, not enough of one. Especially given how most of these don’t get going, long past the points where I stopped.
  • Emma
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    This literally was me at 12 watching dragonball Z, not even complete episodes, merely a few and deciding “This is shit” and for years after hating an entire genre based on that.
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    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:28 PM)
    Apparently I never actually gave the genre a chance even at the very beginning I encountered it…given that those few dragonball z episodes were watched when I was young…
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    Naruto is pure Shonen and never pretended to be anything beyond entertainment for a younger male audience, so I don’t see why anyone would go out of their way to bash it. SAO was fun to take apart just to hear the cries of the dedicated fanbase, if nothing else, but that also loses its charm pretty fast since for every head you cut off two more take its place.
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    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:16 PM)
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    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:13 PM)
    Really a case of taking just a glance t something.
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    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:11 PM)
    Eight episodes of sword arts first season, then skimming the bit where Asuna gets humilated, then maybe watch one episode of season 2, then skimming two of them, then watching some of the ending.

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