▷ Takashi from Black Jack
This adorable little boy named Takashi (half-African, half-Japanese) is the reason why the titular Black Jack has black skin on the left side of his face; after the accident which tore apart child Black Jack (then known as Hazama Kuroo), he needed a skin transplant for his face, but all of the other families refused to give their children’s skin and only lone Takashi remained, out of friendship and loyalty.
Black Jack considers it a precious gift from a close friend of his. Even after they’re separated for years, Black Jack refuses to have the skin graft be replaced by skin matching his own in colour. He won’t tamper with what he sees as a gift from Takashi without Takashi’s consent.
Takashi grows up to be an environmental activist. He considers himself a doctor, like Black Jack, but instead of treating and protecting people, he believes he’s treating and protecting the Earth itself. ^^
His story is shown in the Black Jack manga chapter Wherefore Art Thou, Friend? and the Black Jack TV anime Karte (episode) 56: The Donor of the Skin Transplant.
He’s sweet, loyal, and dedicated to his cause.
I’d rate Black Jack TV as PG, rarely PG-13 for some episodes in which there is death or a great deal of violence. Despite being a medical drama about a surgeon, it’s a very family friendly show, designed to appeal to younger audiences. It’s often happier than the manga in tone. Takashi’s story, while very moving, is tragic in both anime and manga, however.
The manga is definitely a PG-13 or higher, due to language, nudity (albeit in a strictly clinical context), some slightly sexually suggestive scenes in a few chapters, and for the more somber tone and scarcity of happy endings.
Type: TV Show (anime) & Manga