Sunday, August 1, 2010

[OVA] Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

Currently finished: Episode 1

Like high power bullet flying blood spilling action animes? Well you're in luck, because the third installment of Black Lagoon is out. This time, instead of a TV series, it'll be sold as 5 parts OVA, which means it'll be dragged over a longer period of time. For slow dramas, that's usually not a big deal. But for a fast paced drama like this, it tends to work against the mood for the audiences depending on whether they end episodes with high climactic cliffhangers. Because OVA is usually on a 2~3 month release cycle, most excitement for the cliffhanger of previous episode tends to disappear by the time the next OVA gets released. So generally, I don't think it's a good idea to put a fast paced action anime on an OVA release.

Put all that aside, let's talk about the anime itself. From the title, you can probably tell, this OVA is build around Roberta, the crazy maiden of doom we came so familiar with from the first two seasons. If you have seen the first two series, this OVA feels exactly the same. So anybody who enjoyed the series up till now is probably going to keep enjoying the OVA as well.

On a side note, upon looking up the voice actress' profile for Revy, I notice that she's also the voice behind Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry (but not Brotherhood, apparently they changed Japanese voice actress for Winry in Brotherhood). I would never have imaged they're the same voice actress, because Revy sounds deeps and dark and Winry has a much lighthearted voice.

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