Plot details screwy since I forgot all about what happened, and can only rely on my notes.
Like master, like maid.
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“Is that a textwall I see up ahead?”
Well, no, it isn’t, because really, there’s not much to textwall.
Chang convinces Rock to help Garcia, or else Roanapur will get blown to pieces.
He complies, and then compiles quite a lengthy plan.
Once you start to think about mushrooms, you’ve /really/ thought about everything
They execute his plan, and things start rolling.
At the same time, various conflicts… conflict among the more powerful residents of Roanapur, calmed only by the addition of a common enemy – the establishment of civilized order.
“There is a spider in your soup.”
“This is incredibly displeasing.”
“I have removed the spider.”
“We appreciate it. My boss should get back to you regarding payment and other details.”
Various things are revealed, including Bao’s inability to reconstruct his bar Roberta’s overusage of antidepressants and subsequent hallucinations, Eda’s involvement in the CIA (which we /totally/ didn’t know from the Bounty Hunter arc), and Fabiola’s lack of raviola.
Personally, I’d rather not, y’know, get stabbed by a cue stick into a deep dark hole
On a more serious note, Chang learns of the groups involved in the assassination, as well as their current mission, from a totally unobvious CIA source.
Finally, Rock finds that at the last shop that Bao referred Roberta to, someone else went – Richie Leeroy
One of that bad (or good) things about Black Lagoon is that there are either too many plot details, or too little. You can just outline the basic, large, events, and you’d have a one-paragraph post. But, if you want to go the slightest bit deeper, you need to talk about /everything/ because everything’s so interconnected.
So, with all of the Black Lagoon posts from now on, they’re going to be stupidly broad, because the little things matter, yet don’t matter at the same time.
Plotwise this is moving along quite smoothly; one and a half more hours and this is done, so they might as well hurry up the intelligence part and get straight to the action. Richie obviously has some sort of connection with Roberta, be it deep or as shallow as some quick cash; one of the things Black Lagoon does extremely well is an action-filled plot, that actually doesn’t have much action. Reminds me of this book I’m currently reading, where the first 250ish pages is about a lawyer working at a firm, going about his daily life. Somehow, it manages to still attract the reader by adding variety to his workday, adding six murders, the FBI, a private detective, etc. etc. They don’t actually duel, fight, or even run away after being pursued; they just go to work, work, come back from work, and go to work again.
The latter 200 pages though, must be very interesting – hard to believe, if this still applies to Black Lagoon. What could be more interesting than Rock throwing darts at a map of SEA?
Actually, never mind.
It’s interesting to see how the action moves along, and it’s generally pretty well-defined – action at beginning to intice audience, no action to prepare for plot development, gradually leading to a climax. What would be sad though, is if at the end, Rock talks Roberta out of attacking the United States. What would be awesome, is after the CIA unit is severely wounded, the President calls in a nuke. What would not be awesome, would be if after the nuke, everyone somehow still survived.
Anywho, there’s no people surviving from nukes just yet, so I guess this is still awesome.
Oh, that’s why she wants to get poked by cue sticks
[First, an announcement: The Aniblog Tourney, which I mentioned briefly a really, really, long time ago (way back in the time of links and fillers... well, there's still fillers now cough cough), has finally ended, with the winner being Star Crossed Anime Blog!]
DO YOU SEE THAT? Yes, it’s A NEW OP with a remix of the SAME SONG! AND IT’S AS EPIC AS THE FIRST ONE.
BECAUSE ROBERTA’S BLOOD TRAIL IS AS EPIC AS THE PREVIOUS TWO SEASONS.
This OVA has to do with ROBERTA and her BLOOD TRAIL WOW HOW AMAZING
She decides to put RED MASCARA on when she was a child and became SAD. So when she became an adult, she put MORE MASCARA ON because what the hell am I saying
In all seriousness though, Roberta seemed to be captured by some US troops in 1969 of the Vietnam war. This hints that she in fact, isn’t Columbian to begin with – but was rather born in Vietnam and then moved to Columbia to kill people.
It then jumps to 26 years later; 1995. Roberta has returned from her… excursion over at Roanapur, when suddenly, DIEGO LOVELACE (the head of the family) IS SHOT TO FREAKING BLOODY DEATH
By who? Obviously by some suicidal idiot, because Roberta’s going to kill their whole organization. But it’s not just some suicidal idiot – it’s the FREAKING UNITED STATES SPECIAL FORCES. They had to assassinate an enemy general but Diego was on the platform at the same time when they BLEW UP A BOMB
She reflects on her past when Diego took her in because if he didn’t people would look at her funny
She tells us that there’s no reason why people kill other people – and so she doesn’t even say that killing the US forces will be vengeance, but rather that she just wants to kill them.
The people of Roanapur notice that ROBERTA IS BACK
AND THEN A MAID COMES INTO THE YELLOW FLAG
…And then she stabs some gangster in the balls with a knife in her foot.
AND THEN SHE USES A PAIR OF MAG-7S CONCEALED IN HER SLEEVES TO SHOOT EVERYONE
AND THEN SHE TAKES A PUMP ACTION CHINA LAKE NATIC AND SHOOTS EVERYONE
And then the bar collapses.
So the maid’s called FABIOLA and she’s looking for RAVIOLA
And she bursts into a hotel ROOM where she finds a BROOM
…actually she finds that Chang’s in there but whatever
So she takes a GUN and stops trying to make weird PUNS that are actually really bad RHYMES but CHANG is so awesome that he DISARMS her singlehandedly. Literally.
Anyways Fabiola reveals that ROBERTA is methodically KILLING EVERYONE, even American NSA COLONELS.
They ask Rock for his help, and only his help, not the rest of Lagoon. Nevertheless, Rock learned from his experiences that they would obviously and completely fail.
The oddly nostalgic ED then plays.
I’d expect a lot more fanfare over this, even though the next episode’s coming in September (the ⑨th, Cirno Day AND the first one year anniversary of this blog). There’s everything you need for a great OVA – Lots of action, even in the first episode, some odd bits of humour (Bao and that Cartel guy playing tug-of-war over the telephone), historical moments (foreshadowing? Or maybe just more background information we never knew before), and “a clear attempt to give more depth to Roberta.”
The latter is obvious with the large amounts of backstory and possible hints of insanity (I mean look at her eyes @_@), but I don’t know if it’ll be enough; it seems to me that Roberta’s “depth” is basically that she’s some insane bloodhound that wants to kill the United States. I, for one, would like to see her actual motives revealed; noone does something for no purpose. That’ll most likely happen at the very end when she slowly dies after killing the United States people but with a bullet in her [insert vital organ here] while rain falls slowly in the background.
“It’s hard for me to put a finger on, but something feels like it’s missing here.” I thought somewhat the same, and after some thinking, I realized – the characters are basically the same as what they are when the show started. Rock’s been in Roanapur for a year – if you were a businessman living in the world of normality and suddenly were plunged into the criminal underworld, stuff would happen to you after a year. The realizations he’s had during the previous two seasons aren’t really showing up much in this episode. The “frightened Rock of season 1 is back”, quite obvious especially with his reaction to Fabiola’s request.
Nevertheless it was still, a great opening to what should be a great OVA.
^ THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO FIREFOX WHEN IT CRASHES >:( USE CHROME
^ Yay for Pokémon physics :/
^ FREAKING MAPLESTORY HAS FREAKING K-ON IN IT. GOD JAPANESE MAPLESTORY IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN GLOBALMS :< Seems to be old news but :< :< :<
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