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In addition to being Japan’s manga/anime god, Osamu Tezuka was a licensed physician, an abandoned calling that he channeled into one of his later comic series, “Black Jack,” about a hard-boiled, unlicensed doctor who possessed amazing surgical skills.

On Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Nihon TV starts a newly animated series based on the 1973 manga and directed by Tezuka’s son. In the special one-hour premiere episode, Black Jack is traveling on a ship that makes a stop at remote Nishi Iriomote Island. A hunter boards the ship with a captured wild cat protected by law. The hunter plans to smuggle the cat back to Japan.

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