YMMV / Black Jack

  • Adaptation Displacement: The 90's theatrical movie and first 6 OAVs (or some form of them, anyway) were released in the US in 1996...three years BEFORE the manga got an English translation.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Almost every one of Pinoko's "comic relief" traits is the direct result of her ultra-creepy/tragic past.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/Harsher in Hindsight: Both instances of this involves Black Jack's Japanese VA:
    • In the Hilarious side: Akio Ohtsuka voiced Peter Benton in Japanese, a doctor who works inside the system rather than outside. Even more hilarious he's literally black.
    • Black Jack shares his English and Japanese voice actors with a Kingdom Hearts villain; in Japanese, he's Ansem, Seeker of Darkness (as well as Terra-Xehanort), and in English, he's Saïx. Coincidently, they are both members of the True Organization XIII, as revealed in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
    • In the Harsher side: One of the patients Black Jack attends (named Crossword) in the OVAs is voiced by Chikao Ohtsuka, who is Akio Ohtsuka's father in Real Life. And he dies at the end of the episode.
    • One chapter had the author of an extremely popular serial novel close to dying just as he's about to write the last chapter of the story. He winds up dying seconds after finishing the last page. Now go to Osamu Tezuka's page and look under 'Famous Last Words'.
      • Artists who die either during or just after their magnum opus show up a lot. Early in the series, there was Go Gan, a painter suffering from radiation poisoning who asks Black Jack to keep him alive long enough to finish his painting of the event that caused it. Again, look at Tezuka's last words.
    • And then there's Tenacity. Made all the more heartrending by the fact that Tezuka's Author Avatar is a major character.
  • Macekre: The dub scripts for the first six OAVs and the movie are sometimes dramatically different from the subtitles. This mostly manifests as an inexplicable rearrangement, alteration or deletion of several key lines, which can sometimes make the dialogue rather clunky. This is particularly evident in the fourth OAV, in which the entire point of the episode is subverted, and in the movie, wherein one character goes from being tragically misguided to downright Satanic, as well as rendering the movie's Green Aesop anvilicious. OAVs 7-10 are mostly exempt from this, fortunately.
    • OAV 1-6 were an unusual case. The Japanese license-owners, having seen Tezuka properties in the past handled very badly indeed, insisted that Central Park Media release Black Jack exactly as they received the materials from Japan. CPM agreed, but were surprised to find the materials included an already-produced English-language dub, and no original Japanese-language track. The Japanese license-owners had actually outsourced the dub on their own. It was not until several years later, when CPM licensed OAV 7-10 and the series was released on DVD, that the original JP track was made available in North America.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Pinoko.
  • Tear Jerker: Many, MANY stories are very heartbreaking. Special mentions go to Black Jack's backstory, Pinoco's backstory, the violinist Morozov losing his fingers despite Black Jack's efforts, the whole deal with Nadare the intelligent deer, and the case where a cute cashier with her eyes damaged by a bomb can only be operated to see again for five minutes so she can identify the man who detonated the bomb AND blinded her in the first place...
    • There is also the story with another teratoid cystoma like Pinoko. When you see him, you can't help but want him to also be saved like Pinoko, but then he was put in a jar to be an exhibit. That can make any fans wept.
    • Also the one where Pinoko's sister showed up at Black Jack's house and stayed there because of her amnesia. Seeing her and Pinoko getting along so well, you would want her to just stay there. But then, being Pinoko's sister, after remembering everything, she would just leave on her own and not before scowling at Pinoko's face. So Black Jack decided to call her personal doctor to get her, and didn't reveal anything. It was indeed both ironic and sad.
  • The Woobie: You WILL want to smother Pinoko with hugs and puppies at some point or another. Black Jack himself is something of a Stoic Woobie.