|Posted by Anna H. on March 1, 2015 at 1:40 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Yesterday, I mentioned sharing a link to 1 of the ending theme songs to Black Lagoon in a Metal thread on Adult Swim's forum. "Preach Headz Addiction" by Breath Frequency was used as the ending theme song for Black Lagoon's series finale. Today I want to explain more about this Seinen Action Anime.
Throughout last week, not only was I doing my usual routine and dealing with my designated hater on Adult Swim, but I also talked to an Adult Swim Helper about Black Lagoon. He posted a thread in the Black Lagoon sub-forum asking:
"If you were kidnapped and your boss didn't pay to get you back would you join with your kidnappers rather than go home? I think the fact that Revy was there had something to do with it. I think if it were just Benny and Dutch, Rock would have been long gone."
I repiled to the Adult Swim Helper:
"I would've rather gone home. Rock claims to suffer from 'Stockholm Syndrome,' but he really wanted belong to a group. I personally can't stand Revy. I'm Team Roberta. Watching Roberta kick her ass was fantastic because Revy met her match."
As a Black Lagoon fan, I can't stand Revy. I've always found Revy to be sickening. She's that eternal victim, who had a hard life and she overcompensates for it by acting like a sociopathic bitch and begrudging everyone. This is along with Revy steady denying her feelings for Rock.
Meanwhile, I like and can somewhat relate to Roberta MUCH better than Revy. I may not have lied, backstabbed, and killed people. However, I can definitely identify with people underestimating me because of my physical appearance, living a double life, and having physical strength. Roberta tries to be polite, but she is NOT opposed to using brute force.
While maintaining a conversation with the Adult Swim Helper, I automatically noticed his justifications for Revy acting like a misanthropic, bipolar bitch to the protagonist, Rock. Supposedly, he has friends EXACTLY like her and being a rape survivor is an excuse to act like a bitch to everyone. I explained to the Adult Swim Helper:
"Being raped most definitely will harden anyone and make it difficult to maintain relationships with people whether it's a friendship, or a romantic relationship. Revy has streets smarts but at the same time, she spends more time trying to act tough and being a bitch to everyone. Dutch and Benny don't treat everyone the way Revy treats people. Every rape victim doesn't treat everyone horribly because of it. She may be physically strong, but she's emotionally weak and commitment phobic. Revy begrudges anyone, who lives and has lived a much better life than she did. She falls under the category of what would be considered the stereotypical 'low class lowlife' because she doesn't come from living a wealthy lifestyle and acts classless."
I am NOT in the slightest trying to minimize sexual abuse. It is a horrible experience to endure. Sexual abuse is something extremely difficult to recover from.
Not knowing who to trust, after a traumatic experience such as sexual abuse is much harder. Although, NOT every rape victim becomes a paid criminal and believes, that he/she can abuse others. Therefore, I believe that Adult Swim Helper's statements are mostly bullshit.
Reading his justifications constantly made me roll my eyes behind the screen. It is his right to like whichever character(s) he wants. At the same time, I refuse to co-sign his bullshit.
Since we are on the topic of Black Lagoon, it is best to give a recap summary. Black Lagoon was actually based off piracy cases in the East China Sea, during the mid to late '90s. The Mangaka, Rei Hiroe was inspired by the works of James Ellroy, John Woo, Quentin Tarantino, and Stephen King.
Black Lagoon opens with the protagonist, Rokuro Okajima (a.k.a. "Rock"). He is a businessman (who would also be considered a "salary man" in Japan) for Asahi Industries in Tokyo.
Rock is sent by his company to deliver a disc in the East China Sea. In the process, his boat gets hijacked by pirates/mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company, who were hired to steal it.
Revy (the only Chinese American female mercenary in Lagoon Company) chooses to hold Rock hostage, hoping he will be ransom worthy. Eventually the disc becomes useless to them. In order to hide the smuggling operation, Rock's department chief, Kageyama, declares Rock as "dead" and abandons him.
Because Rock no longer works for Asahi Industries, he chooses to work for the Lagoon Company as their negotiator/translator, while suffering from "Stockholm Syndrome." Gotta love the smell of bullshit in the morning.
Just to inform you, I signed into my Blogger account. Blogger, Google, and YouTube are all merged together and I was able to access Black Lagoon uncensored.
Hopefully, you will be able to still watch episode 1 on YouTube without signing into Google. Most viewers already watched Black Lagoon on TV, video, or online. If you have never watched Black Lagoon, you can try watching it in the following link:
Anyway, here's Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: Episode 1 (2006)
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