Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Osamu Dezaki gives his father Osamu Terzuka's wildly popular Black Jack comic book series a slick, 1990s look for this feature-length animé production. Black Jack, sporting a shock of black and white hair, a scar on his cheek, and a long flowing cape, is an ace doctor who never got around to getting a license. During the 1996 Olympics, a group of athletes smash records so resoundingly that the press start calling them a "super race." At the same time, Blackjack is summoned to help a dying young girl, a prodigy whose art is prized throughout the world. In spite of his reputed skills, he cannot save the lass from her mysterious affliction. During her autopsy, he learns that she had the physiology of a 90-year-old woman. Later, Jo Carol Braine, a brilliant manager of the St. Joel Research Center gets Black Jack to visit the company to heal the "super race" athletes who are suffering from the mysterious "Moira Syndrome" -- the same disease that struck his previous half-sized client.
anti-hero, assistance, bad-guy, conspiracy, cure, disease, doctor/nurse, good-guy, hermit, kidnapping, medicine, outlaw [Western], plague, rescue