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Anime - Blackjack 21

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I saw the first episode of a Japanese cartoon called "Blackjack 21" at a friend's house. The premise is that the greatest surgeon in all of Japan operates as an independent agent, and refuses to get medical certification because the government limits what he's allowed to charge and won't allow him to perform some procedures.

An officer who's been on the surgeon's tail relents and takes the surgeon's side when the surgeon is able to cure the officer's son of a sickness that's confounded other doctors. Later, the head of the Japanese medical board asks the surgeon to help his own son and offers a medical license in exchange. "Blackjack" tears up the license, restates his complaints against price controls, and insists on performing the life-saving surgery illegally.

I'm not usually one for anime, and the plot is a bit heavy-handed (all of the above happened in just 20 minutes or so), but this looks promising. Is anyone else familiar with the series? Can you say whether the rest of the episodes hold up to the first?

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