At a Glance: Black Lagoon
Intro & Summary:
Black Lagoon explores what happens when you take an average Joe white collar type and place him into criminal society. Our average Joe, nicknamed "Rock", is kidnapped by pirates, the modern kind. Known as the Lagoon Company, do a lot of smuggling and mercenary jobs in SE Asia. Their world is a colorful patchwork of deadly criminals from all over the globe, including Columbian, Italian, and Russian gangs. We follow Rock as he begins the story as a kidnapping victim, but he gradually comes to join the Lagoon Company and become a pirate himself. The thug life chose him!
Rock is a caring and good-natured everyman despite being on the business end of guns from friend and foe alike, and often seems surprised at the dangers of the Southeast Asian crime world. He still wears his tie, short-sleeved dress shirt, and dress pants because although now a pirate, he still retains his business persona.— Wikipedia, 'List of Black Lagoon characters'
Manga by Rei Hiroe
Light Novel, 5 OVA episodes
The show is exciting. It's similar to Cowboy Bebop in terms of pure entertainment value. And like Breaking Bad, it's interesting in this show to see how someone socialized as "normal" adapts to life among criminals, outside the comfortable society he was used to.
The show really plays with the idea of not judging a book by its cover - almost every character is more than they seem. For example, Revy has a real heart despite her tough gangster persona. Our main character Rokuro/Rock seems pathetic and weak at first, but is definitely on his way to becoming a badass. Entertaining and fun, nothing to not recommend here.