Mangakas who highly respect Osamu Tezuka worked together on a tribute book based on his many hit manga series titled Tezucomi. This magazine was released on 15th May 2019. Akihisa Tokimaru began a new serialisation titled Isekai Black Jack. Just like the name, it’s an Isekai series with Black Jack as the protagonist.
Examples of popular manga collaborations are “Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha”, “From now on, City Hunter” and “The head Knight: Shima Kosaku” which have gained popularity in recent times. You might think; how would Isekai Black Jack play out?
In this interview translation from Natalie, they interviewed the voice actress of Re:Zero Starting Live from Another World’s Emilia and KonoSuba’s Megumi, who has worked in many Isekai anime, Rie Takahashi. They’ve asked her to read the first issue of Isekai Black Jack and wrote down her opinions in this interview. They’ve asked her to tell us the appeal of Tezucomi from the standpoint of someone who hasn’t read that many Tezuka manga.
Black Jack is ORE TUEEE!
You’ve done a lot of Isekai works in the form of Re:Zero’s Emilia and KonoSuba’s Megumin.
Isekai has been very nice to me. (laughs)
This time, you were tasked to read the first issue of Isekai Black Jack but, before we talk about your experience, what was the impression you got when you heard the title Isekai Black Jack.
“What’s that? I want to read it!!” In normal cases, the base of Isekai works are from a Light Novel but this time round it’s based off a manga which led me to think “I may start instantly” or “this would be easy to pick up”. Also, for Isekai manga they’re either “transferred” or “reborn” so I was wondering which was this.
By the way, have you read the original Black Jack manga?
I’ve not read it properly…..Instead, I’ve had more opportunities to read Young Black Jack instead. It was even made into a Drama, I believe. Therefore I more or less know who Black Jack is supposed to be, but I’m not well versed on the finer details of the original stories. Regardless, I really enjoyed Isekai Black Jack.
How was Isekai Black Jack?
I was surprised to hear it was a “transferrance” plot. “It’s Black Jack as is moving to an Isekai world.” I assumed that maybe it could be a regular kid who read enough Black Jack manga, or he was Black Jack in his past life. That’s why I thought it was great that even in an Isekai, he’s ORE TUEEE! And I really enjoyed that. Is it okay to say Black Jack is ORE TUEEE? (laughs)
※ORE TUEEE is when a Japanese internet slag where a character is way too overpowered. It’s oftenly used in games when you begin a New Game Plus with characters at near maximum level stats.
(Laughs) To be fair, Black Jack is able to overcome any sort of difficult situation no matter the circumstances.
Also, there’s all sorts of Isekai but the setting of Isekai Black Jack based off of Japanese fairy tales. In a sense, Japanese fairy tales or nursery tales are also a form of Isekai.
In the first issue he stumbles upon the world of Momotaro. When you think of Isekai, you’d immediately assume a world of swords and magic however…
As long as it’s different from the original world, it’s considered Isekai. It’s as if you slipped through time to a different dimension. It’s really interesting.