REVIEW: Young Black Jack ‘Gruesome Chronicle’ – Jumping the Cyborg Shark

Marou Hyakki, a man who has lost all his limbs in an accident, visits Hazama’s university. It turns out that Hyakki was in attendance at the surgery that saved Hazama’s life when he was a child. Now he wants to get his limbs back in an experiment surgery with Hazama’s help.

There is a bit of a stretch here with the limbs that Hyakki gets after surgery. Yes, it’s anime and boundaries are always pushed but the prosthetic limbs Hyakki gets are things which aren’t even available with today’s technology. There is no way they would actually be able to exist in the time period Young Black Jack takes place in. For a show which keeps using the time period and events in it as a plot device, this storyline borders on going too far with suspension of disbelief.

It’s also become apparent just how many of Hazama’s actions have been illegal in nature. Every surgery he has taken part in during the series has been in shadows with few knowing what he is doing. At this point there really isn’t much reason for him not to become the unlicensed doctor he is destined to be. The show really may have benefited from an episode or two were following the rules actually helped a patient instead of glorifying the, “I know my way is right and it will save the day” storylines prominent in the series.

Interesting plot, but a bit slow and nearly jumping the shark with the elements introduced. Hopefully things will pick up in part two. With a bit more grounding in reality.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.