Hey there. Black Jack had a few controversial chapters that Tezuka sealed, a few of which were republished recently. I scanned the ones that were included in a recent Black Jack volume, and acquired scans of all but 3 of the remaining sealed chapters. The remaining 3 are included in the kanzenban editions, but those run $30 or so each, which I don't have the money for at the moment.
Anyway, I'm looking for an editor/translator. I think I have either scans or transcriptions for the chapters that Vertical put out, so those would just need an editor.
I'll dump the sealed Black Jack chapters in the meantime, and will take chapter requests. First up is Falling Object, chapter 209.
171 - The Wall
I wonder how Vertical feels about the fact that Tezuka Productions released more sealed chapters a short while after Vertical published their "complete" hardcover editions. Oh well.
The shit that Black Jack has to put up with.
>cat holding out fish bones to accompany the line
Ha, that's great. I know some modern audiences find Tezuka's comedy bits jarring in his serious works like Black Jack (for instance, the kangaroo tail in >>136215487), but there are times when it works really well.
What's the appeal of this? the art is horrendous, the characters make no sense, and the slapstick humor is aggravating.
Is this just for hipsters who want to feel good about reading manga drawn 2 decades before their date of birth?
Finger, Vegetable, and The Wall need to be translated. I think that's it. Hydrocephalus, Sinking Woman, and Won't Stop Bleeding whenever I scan them.
>finishing unheard of surgery successfully gets me high
I knew I liked blackjack for a reason.
I love chapters that feature Kiriko, since he and Black Jack have such a great dynamic. I kinda sympathize with Kiriko, though, since I believe in the right to die (when one is a consenting adult, at the very least).
I would find if strange if you did, but who knows.
Same reason why the chapters aren't in chronological order in the normal collections. He picked the best ones first, and some of them he wasn't pleased with.
I do remember one particular one which is the proto-version of a proper chapter that did make it into the normal collection. It was "sealed" just because it was an inferior version of the same story.
See, this chapter I definitely remember reading in Italian before. I mean you don't really forget the story of a child like that.
IIRC at the end the one that gets 'normalized' kills his brother because when they were united they had the ability to talk between themselves (while normally only one was awake at a time), agreed that the one with freedom of movement would do it, rather than allow his brother to live as a cavy-
Yeah, Vertical published this one as well.
I don't think he's ever used well, because he never gets to spell out his own motivations. He's adamant about euthanasia in a way that doesn't really show a positive side to it.
I love him in concept, he makes a great medical antagonist. But he never really gets to play the "it has been enough" part. He ALWAYS quits as soon as he starts.
I've never read BlackJack past the original end, the train chapter. I felt that was a nice way to close it. It was bittersweet but it was nice.
Should i read the rest? Any important events or a final chapter with more closure?
Whatever chapters I think of dumping next.
Plenty of the remaining chapters are still great. There's a lot of very early stories you're missing on, which are interesting.
I -think- there were a couple of chapters that continued the story of his vengeance on the people who failed to account for the bomb that killed his mother.
I agree totally. I love Tezuka, I love Black Jack, but I'll be the first to admit this manga can be a subtle as a punch to the face. So all the exploring of the nuance has been left for the Japanese fan artists. Too bad I can't read moon runes!
The stories that involve his sister are my favorites.
One because he has to prove he can walk the walk when he's the one facing a painful certain death.
The other one because of the drama of
killing his own father.
Vertical finally got around to releasing Black Jack via ebook, if you feel like
TL Note: Ramen means donut.
I never understood the point of this chapter. He just made it so that some random guy had to leave the country for no reason whatsoever.
Like, if he hadn't "helped" Nikula, the tailors would live together just fine.
This would make a very good ending for Black Jack imo.
Thanks OP for storytiming Black Jack, I read through all the books and I really love the story. Pretty much timeless storytelling.
I don't remember how the series actually ended, but this should've been the last sorted chapter. Not that it matters much, Tezuka and Kodansha shuffled chapters around all the time, but this is just the perfect "and the adventure continues" chapter. Has a dream about people he's met, his arch-nemesis, has a brief talk about his role as a doctor and how he might be trying to make up for his own life and debts, and then he wakes up. If it were a finale chapter, it could've been a little longer, but I like to think of this as the last chapter.
Well, since Tezuka threads are rare nowadays:
what's your favorite work? What do you wish was translated? Is anyone paying attention to DMP? I don't know whether or not they're doing a good job, as I haven't read their releases yet.
Black Jack probably just wanted to mess with the rich guy. He came hoping for easy money but instead cracked up the switcheroo since he's done it at least thrice anyway.
The real sick thing is that he let the other boy just die while taking his face. Last time some dude got switched with a mafia boss he was already dead.