Ranked #653

Black Jack

Alternative Titles

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


Type: OVA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 1993 to Dec 16, 2011
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.911 (scored by 3,553 users)
Ranked: #6532
Popularity: #2414
Members: 11,455
Favorites: 122
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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.

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Park, Romi
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Mizutani, Yuuko
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Holmes, Rock
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Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Dezaki, Osamu
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Script, Storyboard
Yamada, Chiaki
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Sound Director
Buchholz, Bob
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Script, ADR Director

More episodes Episodes(1/12)

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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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Dec 15, 2007
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
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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Nov 7, 2009
Every once in awhile, I stumble across an anime which manages to surprise me. Knowing nothing about what I'm going to watch in advance, I start viewing, ending up with this rare sense of...joy; as if I've unearthed a buried treasure. Whilst watching this OVA, based on the work of Osamu Tezuka, I ended up feeling this way.

I'm not experienced with Tezuka’s work. So far, I've only watched three or so anime adaptations of his numerous manga titles. However, going on what I've read, this OVA is darker, and far more realistic in its approach than the source material. The character designs, for example, are read more
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Apr 8, 2009
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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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  read more 
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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. 
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