Sentai Filmworks Adds Young Black Jack Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series premieres on Crunchyroll on October 3

Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed the Young Black Jack television anime series. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video.

The 12-episode series premiered on October 1 in Japan, and Crunchyroll will begin streaming the series in various territories on Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 a.m. EDT (Friday night).

Yū-Go Ōkuma and Yoshiaki Tabata's Young Black Jack manga is a prequel to Black Jack, Osamu Tezuka's classic series about a brilliant maverick doctor who practices without a license. The prequel follows Black Jack when he was still a young, unorthodox medical student in 1968.

Yuichiro Umehara will play Kurō Hazama, the titular character Black Jack, and Junichi Suwabe will join the cast in the fifth episode as the military doctor who will one day become Kurō Hazama's rival.

Mitsuko Kase (SaiKano, Ristorante Paradiso) is directing the anime at Tezuka Productions, and Armored Trooper Votoms creator Ryousuke Takahashi is supervising and writing the series scripts. Miyuki Katayama and Nana Miura are designing the characters and serving as chief animation directors. Minoru Nishida (Phoenix, Jungle Emperor Leo special, Thundercats) and Masato Shibata (Black Jack, Black Jack 21, Phoenix) are the art directors, and Megumi Arai is the color key artist.

Kazumasa Someya is the director of photography, and Tamami Watabe is editing. Toshiki Kameyama is directing the sound at Grooove, and Daisuke Ikeda (Golgo 13, Project ARMS) is composing the music at Being. The duo UMI☆KUUN is performing the opening theme song "I Am Just Feeling Alive," and Takuto is handling the ending song.

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