Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thoughts: Sometimes it's just inappropriate

Oh, Black Jack you scoundrel...uh what? I was reading volume 9 of Black Jack when I came across this panel which made me literally laugh out loud. Out of context this is pure comedy gold. “A family suicide? Exactly what I've been waiting for!” Just what every doctor has ever wanted! Did Black Jack want his family dead? Or someone else's family dead? How often do you get a full family suicide?

I'm not going to say it was translated wrong, because hey I don't know Japanese, but this just seems so...well wrong. Didn't someone translating it or editing it go “Hey maybe this isn't a good idea?” This had to pass though a few hands before print.

Even in the context of the story it is pretty fucked. Black Jack plans to show someone up by fixing a child's illness. To fix said illness child needs a full skin transplant. Conveniently after Black Jack shows up and states he will stay for how ever long it will take he gets the call. After which he fixes said child and said person is like OMG! Black Jack you so awesome! I understand in a short story sometimes a plot convenience is needed since the idea is the moral of the tale, but this is to way over the top into brokenly unrealistic. I mean at least make it seem like Black Jack had to wait a while for appropriate skin to show up. This was like fucking magic, really terrible magic...

Ack, this weekend ended up being a bit more crazy then I thought it would be. While I started work on a review for another title last week, I didn't have time to do it. It's something that I want to be awesome when done so it might be a couple weeks before it surfaces. As next weekend I will be at PAX East playing the video games, so most likely I won't be posting.

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