This was a post that I had in my drafts for over half the year, lol. Life took over and I was not able to post it until now. This is a pretty interesting post to be coming out for the new year. Whilst searching for something new to watch before the Spring Line-up came out for last year, I stumbled across this anime called Young Black Jack. I thought it was good enough to share with you guys, so here goes…
The world was rife with inequality and corruption. It was during the time of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement in America and the Student Riots in Japan. Hazama Kurou was a medial student on his way to get his license, but he was an undiscovered genius in the medical field. He also is indebted to a debt collector for borrowed funds. When he is faced with risking his license to save a life, he quickly chooses to save them due to his struggle with his abandonment issues.
Many of these same scenarios come into play during the anime where Hazama must fight against normal protocol in the interest of saving someone’s life. This is one of the first anime I have seen that has a couple of episodes actually dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement in America.
The anime is based on a really old manga, with the Japanese animation style of the 60’s and 70’s. Remember the old cartoon Inspector Gadget? The style of this anime strongly resembles that, but only certain characters have the strange, obtuse features that shares the style of those older cartoons. The main characters take a more modern-style approach to the animation.
I really did enjoy the anime, though I had to get used to the opening song, as the music seemed slightly out of place and the artwork also took a bit to get used to.
Young Black Jack is a very dark anime. Parts of it seem upbeat with a normal amount of darkness for the plot, but the more you watch, the darker it gets.
I’m not gonna lie, there were times during the anime where I thought the main character was going to find a happy ending and things were finally going to pan out in a bright way, but more darkness ensued. I was actually surprised at the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but just fasten your seatbelt for a wild ride!