Black Lagoon Manga to Resume in September 2019

The official Twitter account for Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX magazine has announced that Rei Hiroe will resume the Black Lagoon manga in the magazine in September 2019, with “more surprises planned.”

Black Lagoon was initially announced to resume in Spring 2019. The manga had resumed in May 2017 following a hiatus that began in early 2014, but then went on hiatus again in August 2018.

Hiroe launched the Black Lagoon manga in Monthly Sunday GX in 2002.

Source: ANN

Black Lagoon Manga to Resume in Spring 2019

The December 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX magazine has announced that Rei Hiroe will resume the Black Lagoon manga in the magazine in Spring 2019. Hiroe is also launching the temporarily titled 341 Sentōdan (341 Combat Team) manga in Shogakukan’s Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine in Spring 2019.

Hiroe launched the Black Lagoon manga in Monthly Sunday GX in 2002.

Source: ANN

Black Lagoon Manga to Go on Hiatus

The September 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX has announced that Rei Hiroe’s Black Lagoon manga is going on hiatus so that the author can work on a compiled book volume.

Shogakukan will ship the manga’s 11th compiled volume in November 2018. The company also plans to release a limited special edition of the volume simultaneously.

The Black Lagoon manga had resumed in May 2017 following a hiatus that began in early 2014.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Two More Simulcasts

Crunchyroll has announced that it is streaming the Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis and the third season of the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime as they air in Japan.

Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis debuted on Crunchyroll on April 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, and the simulcast is available to users in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Central America, and South America, including the Caribbean.

The simulcast of the third season of the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime began on April 3, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. EDT. The series is available to users worldwide except in Asia.

The site also announced the streaming dates and regions for its stream of The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These anime, will debuted on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The simulcast is available for users in the United States, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Central and South America.

Crunchyroll also added the following catalog titles from FUNimation Entertainment:

  • Black Lagoon – available in the United States and Canada
  • Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail – available in the United States and Canada
  • Claymore – available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa
  • Snow White with the Red Hair – available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa

Source: ANN

Black Lagoon Manga to Resume on May 19, 2017

The Twitter account for Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX magazine has revealed that Rei Hiroe will resume his Black Lagoon manga in the June 2017 issue of the magazine on May 19, 2017.

Monthly Sunday GX had revealed in December 2016 that the manga would resume this spring. The manga has been on hiatus since early 2014.

Hiroe launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Sunday GX magazine in 2002. Shogakukan published the manga’s 10th volume in May 2014. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it released the 10th volume in April 2015.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Reveals Collector’s Edition Contents for the Tokyo Ghoul and Black Lagoon Releases

FUNimation Entertainment revealed the contents of its upcoming collector’s editions of Tokyo Ghoul Season One and the Black Lagoon anime at its Otakon panel.

FUNimation will release the collector’s edition of Tokyo Ghoul Season One on September 22, 2015. The set will include:

  • Premium Collector’s Box with Clear Sleeve Revealing Kaneki and Rize’s Transformation from Human to Ghoul
  • Complete Season 1 in Blu-ray/DVD Combo
  • Fabric Poster
  • 60-page art book
  • 40-page blank journal
  • 4 Art Cards

The set is retailing for US$129.98, but FUNimation is selling the item for US$97.49 on its website.

FUNimation will release the collector’s edition of Black Lagoon in November 2015. The edition will include:

  • Black Lagoon + Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage + Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail on Blu-ray – over 13 hours of content
  • Collectible “Ammo tin” chipboard box
  • 60 page full-color art book
  • Black Lagoon lighter
  • Black Lagoon dog tags

FUNimation has not yet revealed a price for the set.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Black Lagoon” Volume 10

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Black Lagoon Volume 10 is set in the early to mid-1990s and focuses on a team of pirate mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company. They smuggle goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia. The crew is made up of the African-American leader who goes by Dutch, a Chinese-American female fighter who is known as Revy, a university dropout from Florida named Benny who serves as a mechanic, computer specialist, and researcher, and a former Japanese salaryman named Rokuro “Rock” Okajima, who ended up joining the Lagoon Company when he became mixed up with them during one of their operations.

Black Lagoon Volume 10
Written by: Rei Hiroe
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Volume 10 focuses on introducing a new character named Li Xinlin, a hacker in the People’s Liberation Army. She’s given the assignment to infiltrate Greeback Jane’s group under the alias Feng Yifei. Jane, who is now Benny’s girlfriend, is aware of who Feng really is and ends up using her to tap into the PLA’s computers. Unfortunately for Li, the PLA now believes that she’s a traitor and put a contract on her life.

At first, the connection between Li and the Lagoon Company seems rather tenuous, since she’s brought into the story through Benny’s girlfriend. However, both Rokuro and Revy find themselves getting mixed into the situation when Li is trying to get revenge for what Jane did to her. At this exact same moment, some bounty hunters who are after Li see the three of them together and try to take them all out. This forces Rokuro and Revy to become involved with Li.

It’s interesting to see the parallels that exist between Rokuro and Li. They were both tossed out by their employers when their existence became a liability to them, and they both have to create new lives for themselves. I think Rokuro ultimately decides to try to help Li out because he sees enough of his situation with what’s going on with her. I think Hiroe may also be trying to potentially set up a love triangle. It’s already been hinted that Revy has feelings for Rokuro, and I get the impression that Li may also have her eye on him as well. I don’t expect a huge emphasis on a potential love triangle, though, since Black Lagoon is more of an action-oriented series.

Black Lagoon has been given a mature rating, and from what I saw in this volume, I would say this is due to the sheer amount of swearing and to the scenes with references to sex in them. While the series can be violent, it wasn’t depicted in a way to give it an “M” rating.

When it comes to Hiroe’s art, all of the characters have very distinct looks to them. But the biggest strength with the art in this series is in the depiction of the characters’ motion. Since Black Lagoon is such an action-oriented manga, this strength with motion works extremely well. Much of the art has a crisp look to it, which helps to add to the overall feel of the story being told in the Black Lagoon series.

Readers who have been following the series should enjoy what they read in Black Lagoon Volume 10. Li definitely adds an interesting new layer by the end of the volume, and there seems to be a lot of promise with her character going forward. The series as a whole should appeal to readers who enjoy manga with lots of action, a fair amount of violence, and don’t mind reading a lot of profanity in the dialogue.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Manga Review: “Black Lagoon” Volume One

Black Lagoon Volume 1 introduces and establishes a team of pirate mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company that smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia in the early to mid-1990s.

Black Lagoon Volume 1
Written by: Rei Hiroe
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 12, 2008

Volume 1 opens with a “Chapter 0,” which introduces the Lagoon Company to the reader, as well as a character named Rokuro “Rock” Okajima. “Chapter 0” is the story of how Rokuro, a Japanese salaryman, first became mixed up with the Lagoon Company and how he ultimately became a member of the group. This is by far the longest chapter in Volume 1, but it needed to be since it introduces and lays down the groundwork for the various elements of the series.

Once the volume gets going, Rokuro seems to be a primary focus for most of the remaining chapters. This makes sense, since he’s the new rookie. And by focusing on him and letting the reader see the story primarily through his eyes, this allows the reader to learn about various aspects of the Lagoon Company and their assignments in the same way that the rookie member does.

In addition to Rokuro, the Lagoon Company has a Chinese-American female fighter who is known as Revy, an African-American leader who goes by Dutch, and a university dropout from Florida named Benny who serves as a mechanic, computer specialist, and researcher. This group of characters may come from different backgrounds and may not always see eye-to-eye, but they somehow make everything work out.

After Rokuro joins the company, the group finds themselves being double-crossed by Mr. Chen because he doesn’t like the fact that Dutch is doing work for Balalaika, the boss of Hotel Moscow. The Lagoon Company finds a way to get itself out of the situation; however, let’s just say that Mr. Chen isn’t quite so lucky when it comes to saving his own neck.

The final three chapters are about what happens with the Lagoon Company is contacted by a Colombian cartel to deliver a hostage. It turns out the hostage is a boy named Garcia Lovelace, the heir to one of the wealthiest families in South America. The Lagoon Company finds itself embroiled in quite a situation when someone unexpectedly turns up to try and rescue Garcia.

I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely what to expect from this series before I started reading it. However, now that I’ve read the first volume, I can say that while Black Lagoon is on the violent side, it’s still a captivating read. Hiroe has given just enough dimensions to characters like Rokuro, Revy, and Dutch, that it makes the reader become interested in them and wanting to know what will happen to them.

Black Lagoon has been given a mature rating, but from what I saw in this volume, it wasn’t truly due to anything depicted in the art. While there’s a lot of fighting that includes violence, the violence wasn’t depicted in a way to give it an “M” rating. However, I have to say that there is plenty of swearing in the dialogue; this is probably how it was given the mature rating.

When it comes to the art, the characters all have very distinct looks to them. Hiroe’s strength with the art is in his depiction of motion with his characters. Considering how action oriented Black Lagoon is, this is a very good strength to have. And much of the art has a crisp look to it, which helps to add to the overall feel of the story being told in the Black Lagoon series.

Black Lagoon Volume 1 should appeal to manga readers who enjoy action-packed stories with a fair amount of violence and don’t mind reading a lot of profanity in the dialogue. Readers who enjoy films by Quentin Tarantino and John Woo will probably have a strong appreciation for this series.

The reviewer wrote this review after checking out a copy through the King County Library System

Toonami Sees Quarterly Ratings Increase

The basic cable numbers for the second quarter of 2014 have been released, and Saturday night’s Toonami block increased in all targeted male demos across the quarter. According to TV By the Numbers, this ranged between 6% and 10%.

For June specifically, Naruto (1 a.m.), One Piece (1:30 a.m.), and Blue Exorcist (2 a.m.) each ranked #1 in their respective time periods among adults 18-24 & 18-34 and men 18-24 & 18-34. Also, Black Lagoon (2:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot among men 18-34 & 18-49.

Attack on Titan Draws More Than a Million Viewers on Toonami

Last week, Attack on Titan debuted on the Toonami programming block of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim with 1,341,000 viewers and ranked as the night’s top non-NBA original with a 0.6 in adults 18-49. This week, Attack on Titan did even better, with 1,469,000 viewers tuning in.

Other Toonami wins for the week included:

  • One Piece‘s airing at 1:30 a.m. ranked at #1 in its time period among all young adults and men with 771,000 viewers.
  • Blue Exorcist‘s airing at 2:00 a.m. ranked at #1 in its time period among adults and men 18-24 with 766,000 viewers.
  • Black Lagoon‘s airing at 2:30 a.m. ranked at #1 in its time period among all targeted men with 644,000 viewers.