Black Lagoon 16-18: This ain’t no Miami Vice

I have mentioned that I’m watching Black Lagoon when the arc is complete so I don’t have to languish for the next episode. As soon as I got episode 18, I lined up all three episodes and got ready for some fun. And oh, how fast they flew by. If the last arc of Black Lagoon with Hansel and Gretel is a horror/drama, this arc is an action packed who’s who of Roanapur. It is none stop action from the first minute to the last, sprinkled with a good portion of character development.

Summary:

This arc is about Jane, a perfectionist counterfeiter who got into trouble with the mafia from Florida. By good or bad fortune (your pick), landed on the laps of Revy and Eda, who decided to help her… kinda. Eda, being the money-loving nun that she is, wanted more from Jane, so she did some plotting and scheming, Roanapur style. Eda first told Jane a hotel she could stay at for the night, then sold the information to people who were after Jane. Naturally, Jane would be attacked at the hotel and a very desperate Jane will seek further help from Eda and therefore would allow Eda to ask a prohibitive price. Revy and Rock were skeptical about the whole thing, but Jane fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. At this point, a few dozen killers-for-hire were gunning for Eda and co., with various results. The Battle Damage Assessment reports showed levels from very dead to almost dead with a high percentage of dead dead. Unfortunately for Eda and co., the Black Lagoon was on a pleasure cruise, and the high tango to good guys ratio forced them to hole up at the Lagoon Company HQ.

Being surrounded by the Bad Guys, Eda and co. did the only thing they could: shoot first and ask question later (if you have a gun that is, and if you don’t, run into a corner, bend over, and… scream like a little girl). The bad guys were of course not going to wait for Eda and co. to starve to death, so they stormed the place, guns blazing. Of note were the three points, Shen Hau, Mr. Pyromaniac, and Ms Ghost Lady. Shen Hau, the twin kukri toting Chinese lady, had worked with the Lagoon Company before, while Mr. Pyro and Ms Ghost Lady were unknowns. Oh, and how they stormed the HQ!

Overwhelmed by the three pronged attack (with the extras adding stray bullets into the mix), even Rock had to go mano-a-emo against Ms Ghost Lady, chainsaw vs. storage-rack. Meanwhile Mr. Pyro started burning down the house, and Shen Hau took advantage of Revy’s distraction over Rock to rush at Eda. With Revy’s help, Rock and Jane managed to escape to the roof, and Shen Hau and Eda exhibited some excellent fighting, but Shen Hau got a slight upper edge over Eda, and Revy had to help her, allowing Ms Ghost Lady to chase after Rock and Jane.

On the roof, a cornered Rock and Jane desperately tried to form a plan against Ghost Lady, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Eda and Revy faced off against Shen Hau, and they managed to shoot her off the sidings. Back on the roof, Ghost Lady started muttering about chopping people up, and how it was her turn getting the glory, and totally freaking Rock and Jane out. Fortunately, Ghost Lady drops her electrolarynx, and began to exhibit symptoms of withdrawal and nervous breakdown, curled up into a ball, and went all emo. Revy and Eda met up with Rock and Jane, just in time for the fuel in the dock to explode and the building began to collapse. After they all landed, they began to scramble to the docks, and it was at this time (great timing!) that the Black Lagoon returned to pick them up.

The bad guys of course did not give up and a number of them threw themselves onto the Black Lagoon. Most of them were quickly dispatched by Eda and Revy (one even with a hammer), and none but Mr Pyro and Mr Cowboy managed to survive the Bull Ride. Mr Pyro and Revy had a fun cookout, with Mr Pyro talking about how much he like cooking people, but Revy won the day when Butch executed a second Bull Ride, and threw off Mr Pyro. Since Mr Pyro annoyed Revy so much, she sent a bullet as a parting gift and promptly turned Mr Pyro in to Mr Fireball. Meanwhile in the engine room, Eda and Mr Cowboy had a little private shootout, but Mr Cowboy lost when they were both off balanced by the second Bull Ride, but Eda regaining her balance (and gun) first. Unfortunately for Mr Cowboy, he saw Eda without her ever-present sunglasses and remember seeing her in Washington DC once. Eda confirms his suspicion, and tell him that, “I’m from Langley, Virginia.” Of course, once she told him, she had to kill him.

Intermixed into all that Revy and Eda action, Benny managed to get some of his own as well. When Jane was safely on board the Black Lagoon, she found that she lost her laptop, and thought all her work was lost. Benny disabused her of that notion with his computer skills and hacked into what she thought was a secure database in record time and with “a more elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” Overjoyed and overpowered by Benny’s 1337ness and hawtness, Jane began kissing Benny and professed her love for him, much to Rock’s bemusement.

Impression:

As I said at the beginning, this Black Lagoon arc is filled with almost nonstop action from the beginning to the end, and even Rock got to do some fighting. As predicted by many RevyxRock shippers, this arc showed us more Revy and Rock moments. Like the jealousy Revy exhibited when Eda got too close to Rock and how Revy worries over Rocks well being when the Lagoon Company HQ was attacked. However, the most talked about character development in this arc is Eda, with the revelation of her blue-eyed beauty and her past. There are profuse speculations about her past and most of them are related to the CIA. Personally, I don’t think she’s currently working for the CIA nor does she want revenge on them, but I won’t be surprise by either of these scenarios either. I find the idea of her being an ex-CIA agent and current CIA mole (with Infernal Affairs way of thinking) to keeps taps on the happenings in Roanapur more appealing. And since this is the Black Lagoon world, it’s not too farfetched to imagine Eda as a ex-CIA hit man who was left when she was reported as unreliable. Hopefully Black Lagoon will show us more of Eda and her past in the future stories.

As for the action, episode 17 is aptly name “Roanapur Freakshow Circus” with all the colorful antagonists for Revy and Eda to shoot at. Of note, of course, are Shen Hau, Ghost Lady, and the Pyromaniac. Shen Hau, of course kicks ass, the Pyro a pleasant surprise (why do Flamethrower pryros also blow up in the end?), and we went from SAW (squad automatic weapon) toting cute loli to chainsaw emo-goth. Rotton the Wizard, however, won the day with his lol moment (doing a soliloquy while people are shooting is a Bad Idea(TM)) and him hitting on Shen Hau. It’s too bad that Shen Hau got wounded so badly she professed that the wound probably spelled the end of her current career, but I hope to see more of Shen Hau. For one thing, her throwing kukris are pure winage, and her over-the-top Chinese accent kept me very amused. One thing that slightly piqued me was how the Americans (more specifically the Floridians) were invariably depicted as dumb and arrogant, not that I don’t think a lot of them are (being an adopted one myself), but the overtness and cheesyness of it was both a little annoying but very funny to me.

I can’t wait for the next episodes, since looking at the previews, it’s going to be even more RevyxRock moments.

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1 Response to “Black Lagoon 16-18: This ain’t no Miami Vice”


  1. 1 Αγγελος February 27, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Could Rei Hiroe(he’s the creator of Black Lagoon)explain us what exactly happened to Rock’s parents? Are they alive,or something horrible has happened to them?Their absence gives me the odd feeling that Kageyama might have orderd their murder,and that should look as “accident” just for a cover-up.Whatever happened we have to know,if the latter did will Rock find the truth?Will Revy stay on his side cementing and admitting her love for him?I want nice developments between Revy and Rock.Revy and Rock!I love them.
    Questions we ought to think,and Hiroe has to answer for:Were the Okajima’s told their son “was dead”?If so what was their reaction?Did they demand explanations about Rock’s “death”,and compensations as well?About how much far would the unscrupulous (and maybe trickster!)Kageyama go just to ensure the dirty deals and cover ups of Asahi industries?!Even ordering a murder that would seem as “accident”?! Hm,will the Iranians enter Roanapur?I don’t think Balalaika would be pleased to encounter Qassem Suleimani.He’s so Tough,so tricky!


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