February anime challenge – Black Jack

Our challenge this month is the medical anime, Black Jack. A young boy, born into a happy family, loses his family in a horrible accident. Facing certain death, he survives countless hours of surgery and goes through long, torturous rehabilitation. Orphaned and disfigured, the boy vows to become a surgeon because the kind old doctor stood by him through every operation.

Years later, the miracle worker Black Jack is born. A doctor of unfathomable skill that performs the impossible on the operating table. A doctor who charges his patients’ unbelievable fees. And do these surgeries without a license.

People turn to Black Jack, the doctor when they have no hope left. Even animals like a killer whale… yes a killer whale…. He likes dealing with medical cases not very well known, which can be strange, dangerous, or not known at all… He rarely gets recognition; often curing the poor and destitute for free, or teaching the arrogant a lesson in humility. He is actually the good guy anti-hero type because he is a modern-day Robin Hood with a scalpel, that charges his rich patients enormous fees, that really hurts their pockets, but treats the poor for free.

There are many Black Jack OVAs and movies but this month we focus on the first 12 episodes of the Black Jack anime which ran from 2004 t0 2006 and is an adaptation of the manga. The full series is 61 episodes long.