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Black Jack  
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Black Jack is a genius surgeon who never acquired his license due to his clashes with the medical establishment. He is hired out by anyone willing to pay his exorbitant rates and is perceived as a heartless rogue because of his enigmatic nature and antisocial manner but that is not the whole story.

Note: 8 previously-sealed chapters were republished and were never officially nor unofficially translated.
Won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award in the Shounen category in 1977 which was tied with Mitsume ga Tooru.


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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Complete, by Akita Shoten in 1974)
18 Volumes (Reprint, by Kodansha in 1977)
17 Volumes (Hardcover Bunkoban, by Akita Shoten in 1987?)
17 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Akita Shoten in 1993?)
17 Volumes (Shinsouban, by Akita Shoten in 2004)
22 Volumes (Reprint, by Kodansha in 2004)
12 Volumes (Reprint, by Kodansha in 2010)
15 Volumes (Reprint, by in 2012)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Chapter 242 (2004 Series)
Ends at Chapter 67 (2004 Series)

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (178 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.45 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 2nd 2017, 6:34pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Shounen Champion (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (17 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #470 increased(+207)
Monthly Pos #1174 increased(+398)
3 Month Pos #1975 increased(+600)
6 Month Pos #3104 increased(+219)
Year Pos #3592 increased(+74)

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On 293 reading lists
On 491 wish lists
On 242 completed lists
On 30 unfinished lists
On 195 custom lists

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by tehsdragon
June 6th, 2015, 2:01am
Ignore mystichead's review. For one, this was written in the 70s, where a LOT of things were different from now. So if you're trying to read a manga that's almost 50 years old, without suspending your disbelief, you're new to manga (and rarely will people recommend manga like Black Jack to those that aren't used to it).

The politics and darker themes behind the manga are there to drive the plot forward. Most of it is fictional, though it is a somewhat accurate (if exaggerated) depiction of what can happen in a world where... well, weird things happen. The author, Tezuka Osamu, even makes fun of his own reality-bending in another of his works, "Midnight", where Black Jack makes a cameo appearance. He says that a lot of the things he's done were rightfully impossible to do in a realistic setting - the only thing that made them possible is because Tezuka Osamu (yes, he broke the 4th wall) "didn't know what he was thinking" (paraphrased).
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Really interesting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by natsuharu
July 20th, 2013, 8:58pm
I mean,when I was young,about 5 or 6,I've already read this.
No matter how many times I read this manga,it's still as amazing as ever!!The characters are well-built and have individuality in each of them.
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pretty good...might wanna avoid if ur in healthcare urself   
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by mystichead
April 10th, 2012, 11:35am
its actually pretty good.............but if u know ANYTHING about how the medical industry works in a deep sense...the actual politics, procedures and true faces of the problems and issues, or the real solutions or complexities of an issue range..........this MIGHT get on ur nerves as it does mine....since i consistantly go in my head "Wait thts not how it works/goes"

I mean its still truly worth a read........but im only hanging on and ignoring those parts tht irritate me due to my patience for these misunderstandings done in works of art

Again pretty good...just that you might want to avoid it if ur in any position with decently high knowledge/understanding level in the healthcare industry or maybe even biology

... Last updated on April 11th, 2012, 7:36am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tarmie
November 16th, 2011, 9:31am
If you look behind the goofy 70's art style, this is one deep story.
You can never predict what outcome each chapter is gonna have, because Osamu Tezuka isn't afraid of themes such as death and exploring the grey side of the human mind. While each chapter is a "back to status quo" story, they stand just fine on their own due to Tezuka's extraordinary storytelling skills. Some chapters end with Black Jack reaching his goal and saving an innocent life, while others end in tragedy and leaves Black Jack fustated and angry with himself.
Black Jack himself is a facinating, he somtimes come forth as sympathic and kind, while other times he seems down right cruel. He's a classic anti-hero, and that I really like.

This is a really great manga. It's definetly not a kids manga though, there are a lot of tragedy, and graphic surgery scenes, also the grey morals aren't really somthing a kid would get.

: ) A great read!
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Great Manga   
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by kalocho08
July 28th, 2011, 1:53am
THis manga is probably one of the best medical mangas I have ever read. The art as can be expected from a manga from the 70's, is okay. Except for a couple 2 chapter arcs, there is no plot to speak of and that's what really annoyed me. There were several chapter that I felt were worth elaborating on but when the chapter ended it was never spoken of again. If not for the lack of plot(s) it might well have been a perfect manga.
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hyped too much?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Zantam03
June 30th, 2009, 7:23am
a decent Manga. Just got re-released by Vertical Horizon. Every volume contains roughly 300 pages of short stories (20-25 pages). Imo, they're fun but nothing more then that. Just fun.
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