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Black Jack, Vol. 16 Paperback – October 11, 2011

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“What makes Black Jack so great, in addition to Tezuka’s artwork and whirlwind narrative velocity (you can either breeze through these volumes or linger on the details), is his bottomless bag of stories. Tezuka effortlessly integrates scores of different surgical procedures into short, sharp tales that eviscerate the codified vicissitudes (especially reticence and duty) of Japanese society with, yes, surgical precision.” —Richard Gehr, The Village Voice

“Manga master Osamu Tezuka may be best known for Astro Boy, but this installment of Black Jack continues the adventures of a far superior character… With his shock of white hair and rock-star demeanour, Black Jack transfers well to the manga version of the operating room. The book is peppered with enough knowledge to hint at Tezuka’s fascination with the frailty of the human body. [I]t means he can avoid the clichés of most manga storylines.”—The Guardian (U.K.)

“Black Jack is a dramatic, nearly Byronic figure… With genre-spanning stories—horror, sci-fi, romance— and Tezuka’s signature blend of drama, bathos, and extreme broad comedy jammed together on every page, Black Jack is a wild but extravagantly entertaining ride that’s far more accessible than the author’s novel-length epics.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in an open-minded family exposed to comics and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects, which he would later as a grown-up incorporate into pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Osamu Tezuka aimed to become a physician and later earned his degree in medicine, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.

Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Osamu Tezuka lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8, 1989.

In all, Tezuka produced more than 150,000 pages of graphic storytelling before his death. Posthumously Tezuka's work have won a number of awards in the U.S., including the 2009 Eisner Award given to his series Dororo.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654018
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, who authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.

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Even here in th penultimate volume, Tezuka's stories about a morally imbalanced surgeon still come with quality (and this time, quantity). "Anaphylaxis" is a story about Lt. Dan's family being torn over th loss of their son's life, but not on th battlefield where they wanted it. An especially good ending action sequence leaves BJ in a smoky swamp dropping great one-liners. "Miyuki and Ben," which follows it, is another stand-out in this volume, showcasing a thug with a heart of gold who gives as much as he wanted, while giving more than he ever thought he could for someone not himself. "Gleamy Eyes" is especially Umezu-ish in its character presentation and execution, using horror to scare sympathy from a particularly cruel bully. "Bath of the Floating World" has a bath-house regular trying to woo Pinoko (?!) through the bath's dividing wall, lulled into puppy love through hearing only her voice. The story "Bad Stunt" tries to rectify all the racist imagery Tezuka had (sorta accidentally) used thru th years, giving us a story of a poor black boy (properly drawn and characterized this time) who is on the receiving end of a trick used to get BJ to shoot a surgery scene for a movie.

And finally, "A Passed Moment" shines the brightest. A 100 page story this time, and one that tells of memory erasure, Italian civil war, spiritual enhan(d)cement, eviscerated baby corpses and BJ's quest to find the one surgeon that could out-do even him! I think this is the story that they made into an anime. It covers all the feelings Tezuka has spread over other works, some ten times longer than this. If they had stopped here it would've felt like a proper finale as this is one of the best BJ stories Tezuka wrote. Amen.
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Okay, so anyone who has not yet read Black Jack should TAKE A LOOK. Yes, and accentuate it, too. Volume Sixteen contains one of the best Black Jack chapters, A Passed Moment, which was adapted into an OVA by Osamu Dezaki, pioneer of the Dramatic Anime Freezframe.

Aside from that, it also contains a chapter with our hero IN THE BATH, not only once, but TWICE.....am I right, fangirls and fanboys...?

So, quell your desire to witness nude grown men, and buy a copy of Black Jack vol. 16 today!
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By Citi on December 16, 2014
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good job.
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