Young Black Jack’s Yūichirō Umehara Tours Tezuka Museum

Tries out coloring, animation

Yūichirō Umehara, who plays Kuroo Hazama (Black Jack) in Young Black Jack, toured the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture, which honors the manga artist Osamu Tezuka, the original creator of Black Jack, among other famous early anime and manga. The museum is currently holding a special exhibit on Young Black Jack called Hazama Kuroo no Roots wo Saguru (“Explore the Roots of Kuroo Hazama”). He carefully examined each of the exhibits, which include materials like anime scripts and storyboards. He also tried coloring in an illustration, took a picture at a Black Jack purikura (photo booth), and attempted to draw pictures and animate them at an animation booth. He found the last exercise “most compelling” because it made him “painfully feel the exorbitant labor and passion needed” for animation.

Umehara says he was “moved” by the exhibit and felt he gained a “deeper understanding of the world of Young Black Jack through the anime materials like screenplays that I can’t see in the recording booth.” He thought that the exhibit strongly suggested that Tezuka had based Black Jack on himself due to his wartime experiences and his knowledge of medicine. He recommended that visitors take their time to enjoy the exhibit, since it would make them appreciate the world of Tezuka and the era he lived in and perhaps even change the way they see his works.

Exhibits are presented in capsules based on the life preservation chambers from Phoenix: Future.

The Jungle Cafe evokes another famous Tezuka work, Kimba the White Lion.

The Young Black Jack exhibit will be held until February 21.

[Via Moca]