'Black Jack - Collection 2'
(Animation, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1993) 2007 / US Manga)
Overview: In this collection of the BLACK JACK Animé series, doctor-detective extraordinaire Black Jack must protect mankind while roaming the earth in search of a cure for the world's social diseases. Osamu Tesuka (ASTROBOY, KIMBA THE WHITE LION, and METROPOLIS) has created another engrossing Animé adventure with this thriller about the world of medicine. This volume contains episodes 7-10 of the series.
DVD Verdict: Ah, Black Jack is back! Tezuka’s powerhouse character - a most gifted and great surgeon - is also a doctor blessed with near supernatural abilities. He sells his services to the highest bidder and practices medicine without a license. While he’s developed a reputation for being greedy and lawless, Black Jack instead thinks that parting the rich and their money and avoiding the social status of licenses and rules are the way to go. If you replace the bow with a scalpel, this guy is Robin Hood!
This DVD box-set made me so happy! I am a HUGE fan of Tezuka Osamu's work, and although the style of the animation in this set does not reflect the style original manga (Japanese comic(s)) work of Tezuka Osamu, it is still beautiful and very well-done. In addition, the episodes in this set are not chronological, so they can be viewed in any particular order, which is handy for you because you won't miss any plot lines in-between episodes or have to watch boring fillers! If you love medical dramas and mysteries, 'Black Jack' will find a place in your anime-lovin' heart!
This DVD set contains four (4) second season OVA episodes from the 1993 anime production spread across 4 discs. Drama is the focus, as the show’s “ER"-style plotlines aren’t very action heavy. Indeed, the only complaint I have about this animated series is that it does not explain much about Black Jack's past, and so some viewers may become a bit confused about, for example, the little girl who follows Black Jack everywhere (Pinoko), or why Black Jack himself charges so much money. So, if you are going to watch these episodes, I recommend being a little familiar with Black Jack's storyline, which you can find out about by reading the manga or doing a quick internet search! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Director's Commentary by Osamu Dezaki (Ep. 10)
Anamorphic Widescreen Format (Episodes 8-10)
'Black Jack' Trailers
English & Japanese with English Subtitles