Posted by psgels on 2 January 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



Black Jack is a medical thriller, and one of the most popular characters that Osamu Tezuka created. For this movie, one of his stories was adapted by Osamu Dezaki. The combination of these two makes it into quite a unique movie, which is actually pretty good.

This movie can boast well-drawn surgical operations (and quite disturbing ones at that!) that really show a significant amount of medical knowledge. It’s also got great characterizations for every character involved. Even the smallest side-characters stand out with their own character-designs, role and personality, which really is typical of Osamu Tezuka. The lead villain’s story is also well explored, and she feels complete at the end of only 90 minutes.

The story itself has quite a few interesting ideas thrown into it. The concept of super-humans was fascinating, and it’s well developed throughout the movie. My biggest complaint is that it doesn’t always flow too well. Some events in the movie feel forced, and just there to keep the story going. One particular plot twist involving wine is just downright stupid.

Overall, I like this movie a bit more than the Two Doctors of Darkness, but the difference isn’t large. This one just has a better direction (courtesy of Osamu Dezaki), but they’re both pretty interesting movies. The one thing that I’m not sure about is whether Black Jack really needed this many adaptations. I mean, he’s gotten three movies, 14 OVA episodes and 78 TV-episodes. Isn’t that a bit overdoing it?

Storytelling: 7/10 – Good direction, though a tad forced at times.
Characters: 8/10 – Good characterization.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Great art and visual effects.
Setting: 8/10 – Very nice amount of medical knowledge for the creators to work with.

3 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    ummm what’s up with that red guy? Black Jack always had incredible character design.

  2. estellise says:

    I LOVED the movie. I have watched it twice and it is still amazing!!!!!!! XD

  3. C’mon. This is silly. Who likes this kind of stuff? I saw a part of this movie and think its made for a very small audience.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Aug 27. 2015 09:28 PM)
    There was a manga based on one of the 3d castlevanias but its terrible and theres some weird image comics graphic novel that was pretty poor too.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Aug 27. 2015 09:27 PM)
    Now that was unexpected, we’re getting a castlevania animated series I loved castlevania 4, sympathy of the night, castlevania bloodlines, lagacy of darkness and dracula x. This ones going to be based on castlevania 3.
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    @Aasa I don’t think it’s from any series, it’s OC from some banner artist called Rel
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    Hi there, just wondered what series the picture in your header is from? Thanks!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 27. 2015 12:43 PM)
    @RetroWaffle, Thanks…I suppose. Not sure if that’s intended for Psgels or myself. Quite honestly this creative blogger thing sounds more like a chain letter seeing as every person nominated for it has to nominate 15 other people. Doesn’t seem like anyone actually wins the thing.
    Thanks but no thanks, I ain’t going to toss around some award nominations. Or check that link cause anything with a URL like that is bad news.
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    Caught up with gate but its only alright, I dig otherworld fantasy premises but the action is only passable, its okay but I keep feeling how much better it could be if only the art, animation, visual direction was a bit better and the comedy wasn’t so lame. Characters are alright though.
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    (Wednesday, Aug 26. 2015 02:21 PM)
    Been reading the most recent English release for Kurosagi corpse delivery service, one of the stories really shows Yamazaki Housui’s diversity as an artist, changed his art style for that one chapter to emulate a more cartoony/American cartoon style one. The volume itself was a mixed bag.

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