Young Black Jack Episode 2: Transplants

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Hitting the morals pretty hard that quickly, huh? I suppose the point of this week’s episode is to show Hazama’s limits despite the miracle he performed in the first episode. I’m really not sure how I feel about how this episode played out…the convenient plastic surgery at the end seemed a bit too much. I guess it’s somewhat acceptable because the man seemed to be the leader of some sort of cult…usually those guys tend to be fairly unquestioning of their leader.

I’m just making a guess based on the preview, but it looks like next week’s episode will put Hazama in a situation where he’s trying to save someone who is in hiding (the episode title is “Deserters” after all). It seems to me like an episode that is less morally questionable (in comparison to this episode), but I guess it depends on whether Hazama agrees with the deserter’s decision. Also, some parts of the preview made me wonder whether we’ll get a bit more background on Hazama and why he became the way he is. For the time being, I find this series interesting enough to keep on with it, though I admit it’s probably one of bigger unknowns of this season for me.

Young Black Jack First Impressions (1): Intense doctoring

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Given that I hadn’t read or seen anything from the original Black Jack series, I went into this series fairly blind. I was expecting something similar to Saijou no Meii, which is mostly what this first episode was, with the main difference being that the main character Hazama Kuroo displays more weakness that Saijou. I think it adds to the show. Also, it looks like the trajectory of the show from here is to show the weaknesses of the healthcare system through Hazama and question a lot of moral issues related to human lives.

Since healthcare is a field where I’m actually somewhat knowledgeable, I’m sure I’ll keep up with this series. However, whether I will continue writing blog posts about it depends on what else is airing. Music-wise, I thought the ending song was very good…opening song wasn’t too bad, but I didn’t like it as much. While this first episode was a question of viability (whether the kid’s arm could reasonably be re-attached), it looks like the next episode will focus more on a moral aspect of saving someone. I’m definitely curious about what will happen…