Black Jack is an "unregistered" doctor with a clouded, mysterious past. He works with his little assistant Pinoko (who has a massive crush on the doctor), dealing with medical cases not very well known, which can be strange, dangerous, or not known at all. But he is a genius, and can save almost any of his patients' life (as long as they have the money for it, that is), and is known to many around the world, especially to those of medicine and science. He's a man of science himself, and does not believe much until he has seen it, yet it is many times he is surprised by love and nature often overpowering the science he bases his life in.
This anime has to be by far one of the best I have seen ever.The story revolves around a scary looking
half masked,black caped looking doctor(he does resemble Dracula in a way!),by the name of Dr Black Jack.
The doctor holds the reputation for being the world's best surgeon,but only works for the 'rich'.Though
initially you get a feeling that this guy is pretty greedy,but in reality he is a very kind hearted man.
The anime boasts of a very independant storyline.Most episodes remain independant of each other,with each story
touching your heart in a very unusual way.The animation is really good and if you are wondering why the style
is soo similar to Astro Boy's,then you should know that both the original Manga's were authored by Osamu Tezuka.
Overall the anime is excellent and I would reccommend everyone to atleast try watching the series once.read more
Black Jack is one of Mr. Tezuka's most famous works next to Astro boy of course. It portrays the medical world through the eyes unlicensed doctor, Black Jack, as he gets all sorts of unique and life changing tasks and surgeries he must perform to the best of his abilities.
The story follows Black Jack, a mysterious doctor that has sort of an unknown past as everyone only knows him because of his reputation. According to almost everyone in the show, this man is superb in his surgery abilities and is one of the best doctors in Japan. Each episode is it's own new case that I found to be always unique. Even though most of the episodes are stand-alone, each of them are well paced and do a good job explaining the story for that episode.
Now even if the design is a little childish and perhaps a little hard to look at, I found myself glancing more at the emotions each character depicts. Even if the characters are unsightly, the emotions they portray stand out to me the most. Tezuka knows how to make us feel for a character by creating emotions through facial gestures. What we can't get by looking at his art, we can get by looking at the emotional value of the characters.
The music in this show I just simply adored. From the intro, to the music in the show, everything I enjoyed to my heart's content. I'd have to say if I were to pick my favorite intro, it would for sure be "Here I am" by globe. The vocalist of the song was great, as were the instruments and such within the song. The only problem I had with some of the songs was that they got a bit repetitive sometimes. Some songs played multiple times in one episode and that got a bit bland for me. Thank God the music was actually good. Otherwise I wouldn't be giving it this praise right now.
I wanna say the only character I enjoyed was Black Jack. Pinoko got annoying as hell real quick, and I already knew I was going to hate her. As for the episode related characters, they were just there so you'd feel sad for them. I couldn't have emotional bonds with them because all episodes were only 1 parters. If an episode extended to 2 parts, then we could start talking characters. As for minor characters, they weren't stand out at all. I guess that's why they're minor, so that's only a nitpick.
I for sure really enjoyed this anime. My only problem: wayyyyy to long. Seriously, I'm all for making an anime long if it has a story to go off of, but it doesn't. This series would have worked as maybe a 24 episode series at best, but 61? That's a little much Tezuka.
Yeah I say for sure check this one out. If your a fan of House or doctor shows, do it. You won't regret it. And hey, if an episode seems awful 10 minutes in, just skip it. It won't matter. EXCEPT the Pinoko episode. Don't skip that one, trust me. Have a good day!read more
In short, this anime is excellent in the fact that it doesn;t revolve around guns and action, but it's not slow and dragging. The idea of a doctor saving lives is excellent, and the dramatic [and some times a little ridiculous] ways is more than entertaining. I've watched most of these episodes three and more times, and will probably continue to do so. The animation may seem a little too childish, but I assure you that the subject matter isn't really. And, it's generally accurate, so you may learn a little anatomy at the same time. I highly recommend this anime, both to first time watchers and die hard anime fans. read more
I'll be honest. I'm not much of an anime fan, but I really enjoyed Black Jack. I became interested because the main character is a doctor and I love medical fiction. Black Jack in a brilliant, but unlicensed surgeon. While he often charges exorbitant rates to the rich who seek him out, he also provides his services for free to the poor and animals. The anime chronicles his adventures as the mercenary doctor travels the world with his sidekick, Pinoko, a girl he saved from certain death. The interesting thing about Black Jack is his total contempt for the law when he's seeking to save the life of another.
The anime was written by a doctor named Osamu Tezuka. Using his extensive knowledge, he creates a dark, but engaging world of rouge medical professionals who both heal and kill. While the scenarios are often outlandish and teeming with fantasy and pseudoscience, I found Black Jack to be engrossing. Many of the more fantastical elements include easy transplants with no fear of rejection, unknown diseases that are mystical in nature and surgeries performed at the speed of light.
Each episode is self contained with little continuity. The nice part about this is you can watch one without having to have seen them all. One of the most interesting things in the series is the detailed aspects of the surgeries Black Jack performs. You learn about his character not through what he says, but what he does. While he's basically a lawless pirate, his personal code of ethics forces him to do his all in his pursuit to save the lives of his patients. This deep commitment to the Hippocratic Oath often puts him at odds with both God and man.
The most interesting secondary character is the Black Queen, another rouge physician that Black Jack falls in love with. She's arrogant and heartless, known for her penchant for amputation. It's obvious Black Jack sees her as his soul mate due to their many similarities. But her infamy causes her trouble and there's another issue, she's already engaged. During the course of her appearances, you see slips in her cold facade that hint of warmth in the block of ice she calls a heart.
It should also be known that I am VERY MUCH INTO medical thrillers as a whole. Big fan of house MD, and I even started a website based on my passion: http://www.hyannisdoctors.com
On the whole, I'd recommend Black Jack to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers. It's an extremely well written anime that keeps you guessing and engaged. read more
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