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Black Jack

Black Jack

Alternative Titles

English: Black Jack
Synonyms: Black Jack OVA, Black Jack Final
Japanese: ブラック・ジャック

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 1993 to Dec 16, 2011
Genres: Drama
Duration: 50 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.881 (scored by 2780 users)
Ranked: #7112
Popularity: #2448
Members: 8,280
Favorites: 76
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

action drama medical

Synopsis

In the medical profession, there is a name spoken in hushed tones, of an unlicensed genius physician who can save lives—for a price. His name is Black Jack, and he is a dashing, moody figure, caped in black, a Harlock of medicine, a man who lives by no rules other than his own—and the Hippocratic Oath. A man who would defy the will of God himself in the name of preserving life.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Black Jack
Side story: Black Jack the Movie
Alternative version: Black Jack (TV)
Character: Bremen 4: Jigoku no Naka no Tenshi-tachi
Other: Black Jack: Heian Sento

Characters & Voice Actors

Hazama, Kuroo
Hazama, Kuroo
Main
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese
Ootsuka, Akio
Thornton, Kirk
English
Thornton, Kirk
...
Pinoko
Pinoko
Supporting
Mizutani, Yuuko
Japanese
Mizutani, Yuuko
Maddalena, Julie
English
Maddalena, Julie
...
Dr. Kiriko
Dr. Kiriko
Supporting
Scarabelli, Mario
Italian
Scarabelli, Mario
Yamaji, Kazuhiro
Japanese
Yamaji, Kazuhiro
...
Ham Egg
Ham Egg
Supporting
 

Staff

Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Script, Storyboard
Kudo, Eiko
Theme Song Performance
Sugino, Akio
Character Design, Animation Director
Seymour, Kevin
ADR Director



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Dec 15, 2007
IAmZim
The importance of BlackJack


Black Jack is an iconic figure in Japan. The original manga was created by Osamu Tezuka, creator of Pheonix, Buddha and Astro boy. Tezuka was often called the god of manga, or Japans Walt Disney, and he derserved these titles. After all, Tezuka's creation of the sci fi Manga epic "Metropolis" is what convinced Japan that comic books could be just as mature an artform as novels.

So when Osamu Dezaki (Who had worked under Tezuka) was asked to direct the new Black Jack series, he had a daunting task ahead of him. Osamu Dezaki decided, quite wisely, too create his own read more
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Sep 25, 2008
Retro8bit
Well as you probably already know from reading the above summary, this anime is all about the unlicensed surgeon named "Black Jack."

While this anime does show its age when compared to other series, its story is something that is truly a breath of fresh air to say the least. The surgeries themselves are pretty detailed and will especially appeal to those that have an interest in the medical field, yet are not overly graphic like you would expect. (though it does still stay true to its mature rating to be sure)


The character design is good and well detailed, you can tell the artists really read more
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Apr 8, 2009
TrenchKamen
I have learned to be skeptical of OVAs derived from manga. More often than not they are simplistic and do no justice to the source material. I am glad to say that Black Jack is an acceptation to that. While each story is a stand-alone with an entirely new supporting cast, humanity and depth is given to the characters and their circumstances with only forty-five minutes to tell their story. This is impressive, and I am glad for it. Black Jack and Pinoco stay true to character while showing a shockingly human adaptability and capacity for fault. This has always been one of my favorite read more
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Mar 24, 2009
ArtRodriguez
OSAMU TIME! Pardon the short review, but honestly all I can say for this anime is go watch it.

Black Jack is one of Japan's most loveable anime characters, simply because he sounds like a House rip-off on paper, but he's arguably one of anime's best characters. The anime is a series of standalone episodes. Each episode is amazing, as the diseases sound real, but are simply fake. What else did you expect from Osamu Tezuka? The story is adampted from a selected few shots from the manga, and I have to say he the studio made the right choice on selecting. There is read more
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Recommendations

Both series have very similar subjects and characters. Both involve doctors that get caught in the middle of serious humanitarian situations. "Monster" has an overarching storyline, where "Black Jack" is episodic (unless you watch Black Jack 21).
A quote from my review:

"The best way for me to explain the series to someone totally in the dark is to use Mushishi; a very popular, totally episodic title, with very little development for its lead and few recurring characters. Like the lead of Mushishi, Black Jack is always on the move, attempting solve mysteries in order to save the lives of his patients. Each episode focuses on a different problem, and Black Jack often finds himself in a race against time to save lives. There's isn't much in the way of greenery, the stories mostly taking place inside towns, and there isn't any relaxing music that soothes the soul, but the basic premise of both titles are very, very similar. There are even a number of supernatural cases included, meaning there's no realism/supernatural divide separating the two. Black Jack does try to stick closer to reality, with its lead using the power of science rather than information about supernatural life-forms, though."
Both are cerebral shonen that have little to no fighting in them. Both have a stylistic darkness in the art style. Both involve excellently executed melodrama.
These OVA feature the need of a doctor in a society filled with corruption and evil.
Both have the same kind of moral ambiguity in the characters. Both ask philosophical questions(Fullmetal Alchemist: What is life? Should mankind imitate God? Black Jack: Is it right to give up on life for the sake of ending pain? Is it right to operate above the law?). Both can be very sad at times.
Black Jack tells the story of the perfect doctor. There is quite a similar story with conspiracies, amnesia and other joys of life.
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Opening Theme

#1: "Just Before Sunrise" by Rhodes (eps 1-3, 11-12)
#2: "Kioku no Kimi e (To You in My Memory)" by Another Moon (eps 4-5)
#3: "Moon Shadow" by The Orange Vox (ep 6)
#4: "Rebirth" by Kudo Eiko (eps 7-10)

Ending Theme

#1: "I'll Be Back Again --- Moonlight" by Rhodes (eps 1-3, 11-12)
#2: "Kono omoi tsutaerareru (I Thought I Could Convey This Feeling...)" by Another Moon (eps 4-5)
#3: "Black Jack" by The Orange Vox (ep 6)
#4: "HOPE --- Not to be defeated, not to cry, and not to be daunted" by Kudo Eiko (eps 7-10)

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