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Shueisha Apologizes For Description of Risk Behavior in Manga Sket Dance

by dtshyk
Sep 16, 2009 10:14 AM | 18 Comments
According to J-Cast, readers of Weekly Shounen Jump vol.42 pointed out that the descriptions of the inhalation of helium gas in manga Sket Dance chapter 105 is extremely dangerous. Shueisha made an apology in the Weekly Shounen Jump official website that they were unaware of the safety.

The apology comment by the Weekly Shounen Jump editors

In the chapter, Bossun and Himeko change the pitch of their voices by inhaling helium gas directly from the gas tank. Vendors of helium gas warn that such an action can result in suffocation. In 2007, a high school boy inhaled helium gas from a plastic bag and died of asphyxiation. The toy gas cylinder used for changing the voice pitch contains 20% oxygen, but the normal helium tank used for blowing balloons doesn't contain oxygen.

Source: J-Cast

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Why did they apologize? What about when characters get their heads chopped/torn off in several other anime? I would think that's pretty risky behavior which shouldn't be re-enacted.

I'd like to believe that people don't try things they see on anime/tv/movies... I'd really really like to believe that.

Sep 17, 2009 9:03 PM by Malware

Xenzio said:
So what does the apology actually say, it would be nice if it got translated for us people who don't read japanese.
Google Translater said:
Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 42 "SKET DANCE" Representative had inhaled helium gas directly from the bottle in作中.
Such actions are very dangerous could cause a choking accident. Thank you everyone for your readers do not never be imitated.
I deeply regret that I have such representation on the editorial staff due to lack of awareness, we apologize.

"Weekly Shonen Jump" Editorial
But, really, does it matter?
Offtopic: Crappy translation is crappy. It sounded even more awkward translated to Latvian, though :D

Sep 17, 2009 11:46 AM by royalpanda

I've always wanted to suck helium out of those balloons that everyone has one their birthdays X)

Sep 17, 2009 10:24 AM by Squirrelpaw4970

If anyone had done it nothing of value was lost.

Sep 17, 2009 7:14 AM by Hybrid00

Good that the publishers posted a prompt, suitably contrite reply

Sep 17, 2009 5:49 AM by tanjx

I've heard inhaling too much helium is the best way to kill yourself

Sep 16, 2009 10:57 PM by Neverender

xD

Sep 16, 2009 10:55 PM by Corpse69

When they apologized, had the helium worn off or did they still have the squeaky voices?

Sep 16, 2009 6:19 PM by BadLuckTuck

someone from my previous school died of it too. i think he committed suicide, inhaling helium...

Sep 16, 2009 6:14 PM by katzenjammer

shinkeikaku said:
Let nature take its course and take out anyone stupid enough to suck gas out of a compressed gas cylinder.


This.^

Sep 16, 2009 2:09 PM by Kira01

So what does the apology actually say, it would be nice if it got translated for us people who don't read japanese.

Sep 16, 2009 2:03 PM by Ilyaoh

I learned something new, thank you.

Sep 16, 2009 1:59 PM by master-ling

shinkeikaku said:
Let nature take its course and take out anyone stupid enough to suck gas out of a compressed gas cylinder.


It's a magazine aimed for kids [8-16, I think that's the main demo of WSJUMP] too.

Even with some sex and violence.

Sep 16, 2009 1:40 PM by qwertybr

shinkeikaku said:
Let nature take its course and take out anyone stupid enough to suck gas out of a compressed gas cylinder.


Well, children can be ignorant of its dangers. Adults, on the other hand.....

Sep 16, 2009 1:12 PM by wakka9ca

That's some crazy stuff x.x

Sep 16, 2009 1:08 PM by MaroonedRainbow

shinkeikaku said:
Let nature take its course and take out anyone stupid enough to suck gas out of a compressed gas cylinder.


some might get stupid by sucking gas.maybe.

Sep 16, 2009 10:59 AM by DingDingDong

Let nature take its course and take out anyone stupid enough to suck gas out of a compressed gas cylinder.

Sep 16, 2009 10:24 AM by shinkeikaku

But it's also fun.

Sep 16, 2009 10:15 AM by JadeMatrix

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