Black Jack (1996)

Title:Black Jack (1996)
ブラック・ジャック (1996)
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Notables: Original Concept - Kodansha Manga Award Winner
Original Concept - TEZUKA Osamu
R1 License - Manga Entertainment
Based on the manga of Osamu "God of Comics" Tezuka, this movie follows the exploits of Black Jack, the infamous renegade surgeon who sells his remarkable medical skills to the highest bidder. He gets called upon to do research connected to a disease contracted by Super Humans, a new breed of humanity who have potential both physically and intellectually beyond the normal capabilities of ordinary humans.

93min Movie.

[edit] The ↗Black Jack franchise:
  • (2004) _ Black Jack (TV, 61 episodes, parent story)
  • (2000) _ Black Jack: Sora kara Kita Kodomo (OVA, 1 episode)
  • (2003) _ Black Jack Special: The 4 Miracles of Life (TV, 4 episodes)
  • (2001) _ Black Jack: Internet-han (Web, 12 episodes)
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Rent 9 10 9 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:300#1552]
This is a decent adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's dark medical drama. In this film, Black Jack finds himself looking into what is causing a mysterious virus amongst powerful athletes and intellectuals called super humans. In terms of plotting, Black Jack doesn't disappoint as the mystery surrounding this problem slowly unravels as more facts become clear about a possible conspiracy concerning both this mysterious disease and what led the super humans their talents. The biggest problem about the film though is that I'm left wondering just what type of people Black Jack and his 'assistant' Pinoko are away from mysteries and surgeries. I would like to know more about that and how the two came together considering Black Jack was just Pinoko's guardian.

The biggest visual eye candy for me in this film were the surgery scenes. Movements were precise and internal organs were realistically detailed to the point where the sight of seeing them would be disturbing and shocking. This realistic detail also went into the character designs who were filled with realistic facial features and dimenions. Dark color was implemented in many of the settings to go along with the intense mood of this movie. About the only character design that felt out of place was Pinoko's. While made that way as a homage to Osamu Tezuka's artwork style, the way she was made looked weird compared to how the other characters were designed.

Overall, Black Jack made for a thrilling medical mystery-drama. While I did enjoy the animated details and mystery for this movie, I was left wondering just what type of fellow Black Jack was beyond his unlicensed surgeries and medical mysteries.

Last updated Tuesday, July 22 2008. Created Tuesday, July 22 2008.
Buy 10 10 7 5 10 10 manganime [series:300#1633]
Haven't really seen another anime like this one. It's just great original and the story just gripped me.
Not in Tezuka's style of art thou; which in fact I prefer as I personally do not go for his style and thought the style here suited this sort of animje.
A definite buy.

Last updated Thursday, February 10 2005. Created Thursday, February 10 2005.
Buy 7 8 7 10 Midnighter [series:300#94]
Wow. That was the first thought I had after finishing Black Jack. In the tired, stagnent world of DragonBall Z and Slayers here was a new anime that was intelligent and unique. It was a breath of fresh air.
Let's start with the character design. Interesting. Not nearly as "big eyes and speed line-y" or cartoony as the usual fare, think along the lines of "Ghost In the Shell." While it was certainly a nice change of pace, it takes some getting used to.
Animation, one word: Beautiful. Smooth, crisp, natural. Nice detail, the little touches like tiny blood drops welling up along an incision instead of quarts pouring out, capilary action of fluids, things like that caught my eye. Unfortunatly Black Jack falls prey to a classic anime short-cut, the still painting. With such gorgeous animation, it really jolted the flow when all of the sudden it turns into a still painting.
The story was smart, with enough twists to keep me guessing reasonably well into it, and the dialogue was good. I'm not a Doctor, so I have no idea of the accuracy of the medical terms, but from my knowledge of anatomy, it seemed OK. I also liked how they threw in a little environmentalist message at the end without becoming patronizing.
This one comes highly recommended if you want something differrent and intelligent. This is a good example of sophisticated animation. Watch it subbed though, lousy dub.

Last updated Monday, July 23 2001. Created Monday, July 23 2001.
Buy 8 7 7 7 9 Barry [series:300#122]
Here's an interesting little series. BLACK JACK is a nicely done medical drama about a very mysterious and shady (but also brilliant) surgeon who travels the globe working miracles and collecting huge bills. While not too ashtonishingly great in the visual or sound departments, BLACK JACK usually carries a very subtle and subdued mood... until the good doctor enters the operating room. Then, everything becomes very intense and suspenseful as Dr. Black Jack tackles some really interesting and imaginative health problems, most of them deadly, all the while spouting off that complicated medical jargon that everyone thought sounded so cool on "ER." Another thing I must point out is that this series possesses one thing that I find much of anime sorely lacking these days: a good English dub. Big props go out to the translation team and the English voice cast (and especially to the actor who voiced Black Jack himself, who did an excellent job). So, in conclusion, all I've got to say about BLACK JACK is that it sure beats the hell outta "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."

Last updated Tuesday, July 09 2002. Created Monday, July 02 2001.

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