Black Lagoon is a manga written and drawn by Rei Hiroe. It has been published since 2002 in Shōgakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine, and twelve volumes have been released as of August 2022. The circulation of the first nine volumes amounts to 5,600,000 copies as of December 2012. After a hiatus, the author resumed writing in the spring of 2017. A twelve-episode anime television series adaptation aired weekly from April 8 to June 24, 2006 on Chiba TV. A second season was then aired between October and December 2006, and a third season was released in OVA format between July 2010 and June 2011. The third OVA season ended eleven years ago and in this article, we are going to tell you whether you can expect the fourth season of Black Lagoon anytime soon.
The fourth season of Black Lagoon still hasn’t been confirmed or canceled yet. The third season premiered a total of eleven years ago, and while the manga is still ongoing (albeit with many hiatuses), the future is very uncertain and we cannot predict whether a fourth season will happen or not. Still, Black Lagoon was a very popular series, and based on all the known facts, a fourth season is not impossible, although it is not very likely.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season four of Black Lagoon. You’re going to find out about its release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, the basic cast information, and much more about this popular anime series.
What do we know about Season 4 of Black Lagoon?
A pilot chapter was published in the April 2001 Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine, before the series debuted monthly in the May 2002 issue. The first bound volume was published by Shōgakukan on December 12, 2002. The series enjoyed a hiatus between April 2010 and January 2013. The manga is also published in North America by VIZ Media. A reissue of the 11 volumes of the series, as well as a collector’s box (volumes 1 to 10), have been published as of the summer of 2018.
The series resumed with the release of volume 11 at the end of 2018 in Japan, as well as the announcement of the continuation of the manga. A spin-off titled Sōjiya Sawyer – Kaitai! Gore Gore Musume, signed by mangaka Tatsuhiko Ida, screenwriter of the manga X Blade, has also been released. This new manga will be dedicated to the secondary character of Sawyer, a “cleaner” of the criminal underworld of Roanapur who always uses a chainsaw to get rid of bodies. The first chapter of this spin-off was published on September 19, 2019.
The anime television series adaptation was announced in June 2005. Consisting of twelve episodes, it aired between April 8 and June 24, 2006. A second season, announced in July 2006 and also consisting of twelve episodes, aired from October 21 to December 18, 2006. These two seasons were compiled into six DVD box sets each and then released in Blu-ray format. A third season was then announced in July 2008.
Named Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, it was composed of 5 episodes released between July 2010 and June 2011 in OVA format. So, what does all of this tell us about the future of the series?
As you can see, the future of the Black Lagoon anime is quite uncertain, but not because there’s no interest or lack of material. The series was fairly popular back in the day, but it’s been eleven years, and while anime series usually run while there’s a need to promote the written materials, and the manga is still ongoing, it’s been a while since we’ve had any news on the show, which makes the chances of a return slimmer.
The original manga series is still ongoing, but has been through a lot of hiatuses, which makes it difficult for us to predict anything properly. Now, this doesn’t completely exclude the possibility of another season, but the chances are a bit slimmer so we’ll just have to see whether there is enough interest for a continuation to make any proper predictions about the potential continuation of the series. The first three seasons received solid reviews, but we simply don’t know enough to make any predictions on the show’s future.
In any case, the earliest we could see a potential fourth season is late 2023, but we’d have to get some confirmation on the future during 2022 or easily 2023; 2024 is also a strong possibility. The fans are demanding a new season, but we’ll just have to see how it goes; as far as things stand now, a cancelation has not been confirmed, but we cannot rule it out either. It all depends on the future so we’ll just have to wait.
What could Season 4 of Black Lagoon be about?
At this moment, we do not know how far the fourth season of Black Lagoon could take us because we don’t know how many additional chapters of the manga series the season could potentially adapt. Namely, due to a lack of information in general, we have absolutely no clue how far the fourth season might go if it even happens. What follows is an overview of the original material so you can get a rough idea of what you could expect from the series.
Rokuro Okajima is a Japanese guy who works for Asahi Industries. One day, while traveling on a boat, he is kidnapped by the Lagoon Company, a group of mercenaries consisting of Dutch, Benny, and Revy. Rokuro is in possession of a compromising record for holding him. When his superior, Kageyama, learns of the affair, he orders Rokuro to be killed. A group of killers thus sets out on the trail of the Lagoon Company, which manages to escape.
Kageyama phones Rokuro and tells him that he must die. Rokuro, distraught, feels sick just as a helicopter equipped with machine guns looms on the horizon. To escape the helicopter, the crew of the Lagoon Company reaches a dead end. The situation appears to be tragic, but Rock has an intuition: to use a sunken ship as a springboard to launch a couple of torpedoes at the helicopter. Dutch agrees and the helicopter is destroyed.
The crew of the Lagoon Company thus delivers the disc to Balalaika, head of the mafia organization Hotel Moscow. This gives the disc to Kageyama who proposes to Rock to return to Tokyo with him. But Rock accepts Revy’s offer, which proposes him to completely change his life and become a member of the Lagoon Company. Dutch is contacted by Chin, a Chinese gangster who tells him not to work for Balalaika anymore.
Dutch ignores the threat and Chin hires Luak, the leader of a gang of pirates, and orders him to kill all members of the Lagoon Company. The Lagoon Company boat is attacked and Dutch, Benny, Rock and Revy are saved by eliminating all the pirates. Balalaika later kills Chin. The Lagoon Company must find a mysterious painting, entitled “The Twelve Horsemen Led by Brunhilda”, which is found at the bottom of the sea in a German submarine dating back to World War II.
Dutch assigns Revy and Rock to the recovery mission, so the two enter the submarine but are attacked by a group of neo-Nazis. Inside the submarine, Rock finds the painting but Revy insists on looking for medals and other valuables to resell. This provokes Rock’s disapproval and the two have a long discussion, in which Revy talks about his tragic childhood of theft and violence.
The two are attacked by neo-Nazis and Rock loses the picture. The neo-Nazis retreat and take the painting into their boat. Revy tries to reach them but Rock drags her away to prevent both of them from being hit by the neo-Nazi machine guns that shoot everywhere on the water in an attempt to kill them.
Revy and Rock return to the boat of the Lagoon Company, where Dutch devises a plan to attack and surprise the neo-Nazis who are unaware of their intentions. Dutch and Revy leave the Lagoon Company boat and head for the neo-Nazis, who are drunk and celebrating the discovery of the painting. Revy goes wild and kills all the neo-Nazis, but his fury is also about to hit the crew members, who are civilians.
Dutch uses force to bring her to her senses and, once her concentration is restored and Revy’s subtle streak of madness is eliminated, Dutch and Revy manage to track down Rachman, the commander of the painting recovery operation. Rachman is on the phone with Sir Alfred, the head of the Aryan Socialist Union.
Dutch talks to him on the phone and discovers that the man has ordered the recovery mission knowing that the Lagoon Company was also on the trail of the painting thanks to the request of a Spanish firm owned by him. After the phone conversation, Dutch and Revy kill Rachman after unsuccessfully trying to see if he at least on his deathbed had the courage for his actions. Dutch sends Revy and Rock to run errands.
Revy is very upset about this, because she can’t stand being with Rock. The two arrive at the “Church of Violence” and meet Yolanda and Eda. After a tense moment, in which Revy and Eda point guns at each other, Rock manages to earn Yolanda’s respect and resolve the situation with his diplomacy.
Subsequently, Revy and Rock have a violent argument in a restaurant: he makes it clear that he knows what it means to be helpless against those stronger than them, but he no longer intends to submit to his bullying, nor does he intend to repent of declaring himself disgusted by the behavior held by the woman in the German submarine a few days earlier, and only the intervention of the Roanapur police chief, Watsup, manages to resolve the situation, getting the two into a police car.
Eventually, Revy and Rock make peace. The Lagoon Company is contacted by the Colombian Manisarela cartel to kidnap a child. Dutch entrusts him to Rock and he learns that the child is Garcia Lovelace, the sole heir of the Lovelace family, one of the once richest families in South America and now in decline. Meanwhile, a mysterious girl dressed as a maid arrives in Roanapur and begins looking for little Garcia. Arriving at the Yellow Flag bar, the girl starts shooting, just as the members of the Lagoon Company and Garcia are there. Garcia in tears recognizes Roberta, his nanny.