Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail DVD Review

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With an initial series which brought upon us a modern, grounded take on pirates with a plethora of strong female characters, Black Lagoon is back with an OVA which chronicles the story of one of the most interesting side characters; Roberta.

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail is five episodes long, set after Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage. It follows the assassination of the head of the Lovelace family; Diego Lovelace. This death in turn provokes former terrorist-turned-maid Roberta to go on a bloodthirsty act of revenge against all those who were involved in her master’s death.

With each episode lasting around 30 minutes you do get episodes which are longer than the traditional 20 minutes. However, with the fast paced editing and many action sequences we do get lost in time, and that almost seems to not matter to us. The editing in the episodes are quite crisp, and allow us to get immersed within the show. However, the pacing does seem to drag on in some places. We have smooth pacing when it comes to episodes 1-3, but episodes 4-5 felt as if they could have been compressed into one episode.

The storyline is interesting, because when we had Roberta in the original series she was a character which felt powerful and there was definitely more that could have been done with her. That is what we get with Roberta’s Blood Trail. We get to see Roberta when she is not subdued, and more so when she is at her wildest. We also understand why she gained the title the “Bloodhound of Florencia”.

The character development in this OVA is clearly there, and is one of the stronger aspects of this anime. We see the development of Garcia Lovelace, which is one of the traditional boy to man arcs as he learns to understand what is important. We also see character developments in Rock and Roberta, which are chilling to say the least.

The music was composed beautifully, it was synonymous with the action and was rather enjoyable to listen to. Normally intros and endings are something often skipped, but with Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail I was constantly hooked.

Overall this is a rather enjoyable set. It had character development, amazing music, crisp editing and an interesting story. The pacing can be a bit hit and miss, but it’s still something that all fans of the Black Lagoon franchise should purchase.

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail is available courtesy of Kaze from 2nd December on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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