In the 1960s, a gifted young medical student tries to make a name for himself. Kuroo Hazama is a reserved young man with unusual black-and-white hair, a body covered with scars, and a dark past. Despite only being a medical student, his surgical brilliance starts to attract attention after he completes a seemingly impossible operation. Together with the spirited and honest intern Maiko Okamoto and Yabu, a close friend with a troubled life, Hazama devotes himself to the world of medicine.
However, his path to becoming a respectable surgeon is a difficult one as student riots, war, and corruption are consuming Japan. Hazama quickly finds himself caught up in a series of nefarious circumstances that challenge his integrity as a person and his path towards becoming a surgeon. Young Black Jack chronicles the story of a man capable of performing unthinkable feats of medicine, and the journey that leads him to become the legend known as Black Jack.
- Type: TV
- Episodes: 12
- Status: Finished Airing
- Aired: Oct 2, 2015 to Dec 18, 2015
- Premiered: Fall 2015
- Broadcast: Fridays at 02:16 (JST)
- Producers: TBS, Grooove, Being
- Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
- Studios: Tezuka Productions
- Source: Manga
- Genres: Historical, Drama, Seinen
- Duration: 24 min. per ep.
- Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Being a sequel there are some limitations, you must tie this to the original, but as an origin story YBJ is really great. Set in the Vietnam war, in a convulsed Japan, Hazama goes through a lot in order to become the dark character we know. Maybe a 24 episode anime would have been better, but in 12 episodes they manage to show Hazama’s transformation.
It’s easier to draw a magical utopia than a realistic Vietnam era anime, trying to be accurate with technology and clothing, but that doesn’t seem like a problem in YBJ. The series itself has a dark tone, neccesary for the character, but it’s easy to watch.
For me, the best opening this season. The BGM helps, it’s nicely chosen and adds a lot to the different settings and places the anime takes.
Again, making a prequel about an iconic character with a very disctintive personality is hard. You are tied. You can’t discover gunpowder again. There is some character development, that’s the core of everything, and the darkening of Hazama is clear.
Not a standard anime, it’s a medical drama, it’s a prequel, it’s something you know how it’s going to end and despite all of the above, you actually want to watch Hazam’s growing. Maybe a bit of a light of hope, maybe because you love the original character, but it’s easy tow atch the anime.
It was a great anime. I’d recommend it for anyone working on the health area, from nurses to morticians. It’s finally an anime you can connect with, and maybe use it to confront your own ideals about medical ethics.
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