I hope you love the smell of Napalm in the morning because the latest episode of Young Black Jack finds Hazama right in the middle of the Tet Offensive. For those of you not up on your history, this was a major offensive by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Not exactly the best time to take a trip there.
Turns out Hazama’s friend Yabu, in an effort to harden himself as a Doctor, sets up shop in Saigon. Hazama travel there only to find Yabu’s clinic in shambles and Yabu nowhere to be found. Hearing Yabu is now practicing in a small village, Hazama journeys there with a group of American soldiers, only to have the transport come under attack. In the ensuing crossfire, one of the American Soldiers is shot. Hazama has no choice but to perform surgery in the firefight to patch up the Soldier’s artery. Hazama can save the Soldier’s life but is immediately captured by the Viet Cong. A perfect place to leave the viewer with the “To Be Continued.”
The action and drama are spot on with this series. It’s questionable though if Hazama needs this type of reinforcement to hold a hatred for war. His scarred appearance came from accidentally stepping on a landmine when he was a child which also put his mother into a coma. The man obviously would have distaste for any military combat. Still, this episode and the next one will help cement just how far Hazama is willing to go to save lives, no matter the hell he has to endure to operate.
Young Black Jack is being simulcasted at Crunchyroll.