Since 2010, the Black Lagoon manga has had a sporadic publication calendar, with only two volumes launched during the last decade. Recently, the creator of the Manga Rei Hiroe answered a question about why the series has not been a consistently serialized, to what Hiroe responded bluntly: "It is that my depression has not disappeared, so I can not work as much as I would like ».
The fanatics of the series have given him a great support on Twitter, wishing Hiroe the best and waiting for him to continue taking care of himself. Responding to some more questions in the answers, Hiroe mentioned that he has been fighting depression over the past ten years and that, although work is difficult, he is doing the best he can and advancing with his manga everything he can without hurry.
On the other hand, Hiroe began the publication of the manga in the magazine Monthly Sunday GX of the Shogakukan publisher in April 2002. The publisher published the eleventh collector volume in November 2018. The work inspired an adaptation to the anime of twelve episodes produced by the Studies Madhouse, under the direction and scripts written by Sunao Katabuchi, premiered in April 2006. A second season, also of twelve episodes, was released in October 2006.
Synopsis of Black Lagoon
History follows a team of mercenaries known as "Lagoon Company", who contradicts merchandise in the seas of Southeast Asia and its surroundings. Its operating base is located in the fictitious city of Raanapur in Thailand, and transport goods on the Black Lagoon boat. Lagoon Company does business with several clients, but has a particularly friendly relationship with the Russian crime union, "Hotel Moscow". The team assumes a variety of missions, which can involve violent shootings, body-to-body combat and nautical battles, in several sites in Southeast Asia.
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