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Black Lagoon Season 2

Black Lagoon, Season 2 Box Set
2009 TV Series (episodes 13-24). Director: Sunao Katabuchi. 300 minutes. DVD, bilingual, $49.98. Distributor: Funimation.

So, did you take my advice and get liberated with Rock, that is, the one-time Japanese salary man formally known as Rokuro Okajima? I hope so, because Dutch, Benny, Revy, and our reluctant mercenary are back for a second season.

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage basically picks up where the first season ended. The gun toting Lagoon Company is still causing havoc around the South China Sea. And between the sexual tension with the murderess Revy, a deadly pair of pre-pubescent assassins, and a voluptuous nun, Rock’s life is only getting better. Yes, the titillating bullet of Black Lagoon scores another bull’s eye.

But don’t let the smell of gunpowder and sex fool you. As the scene shifts to Japan, the crack-shot Revy trades in her short shorts for a skirt and tights. And when her legs go, a seriousness envelopes this otherwise action adventure.

Following their best client, the Russian outfit Hotel Moscow, the Lagoon Company soon becomes embroiled in a turf war between the Russian and Japanese mafia. Rock must not only deal with the fact that “you can’t go home again,” but also his unexpected relationship with the daughter of a Yakuza boss. As Revy repeatedly warned him, in the mercenary biz you’re either in or you’re out. Rock’s joyous liberation from the bootlicking world of corporate Tokyo finally comes into focus. Everything comes with a price.

Once again Black Lagoon successfully executes its mission. The barrels fire accurately, the girls catch your eye, and in the end you only want more. Hopefully a third season, which once was reportedly green-lit, will indeed appear.

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