At first glance, Arashi Mikami appears to be a normal, albeit socially awkward, 17-year-old high school student. He's actually part of a secret vigilante organization known as Black Label, a group dedicated to executing power-hungry criminals the law refuses to deal with; however, taking down a crime lord isn't always an easy task, and there are bound to be consequences for any action...
This is the action-packed story of the trials of Arashi and the people close to him.
Boobs, violence, guns, motorcycles, and detailed artwork. If this combination is enough to make a series worth reading for you, then you'll probably want to check this out. Otherwise, it's hard to say whether you'll enjoy this somewhat mindless pulp series by Shouji Sato.
Don't get me wrong. Personally, I love Triage X. It knows exactly what it's trying to accomplish, and doesn't hold back at all. Now, before I go into detail, let me do my best to explain the story. The head doctor of a certain hospital believes the only way to bring justice to certain crime lords
is by "excising" them from the city (in other words, killing them). To achieve this, he has a crack team of assassins, all of whom he apparently saved from the brink of death. This team includes employees of the hospital, the daughter of a yakuza family, a pop star, and the doctor's late son's best friend.
As of now, there's no explanation for why this ragtag team is so powerful and skilled with weapons and vehicles. But I get the feeling that if you're the kind of person to question "why", this is not the series for you. "Why are they so skilled?" Because it's cool! If you want to read the series, you shouldn't need any more reason.
Rating the story in this case is very difficult for me. On one hand, no, it's not cerebral at all and won't make you think after you finish reading, nor is it the most creative idea in the world. But on the other hand, again, it does exactly what it sets out to do, which is to provide a stage to display boobs and guns and motorcycles, and it does actually have some interesting turns that keep me wondering what's going to happen next. The story is not so far along as of this writing, so I guess it could end up in any number of directions, but for now, I'll rate it a 7. It accomplishes what it wants, but don't think too hard about it.
The art is the same distinctive style found in Shouji Sato's other recent series, Highschool of the Dead and Fire Fire Fire, so if you've read either of those, you should know what to expect here. It might not be as detailed as some other artists and maybe the boobs are unnaturally big, but I'll be damned if those guns and vehicles aren't incredible-looking... The female characters are all attractive as well, but if you're the type who's turned off by fanservice, then you won't like this. The art is great, but maybe not up everyone's alley. 9/10
As for the characters, well, they're a bit silly and exaggerated to take seriously most of the time, but they're all very distinct from each other and I don't find myself disliking any of the main cast. I feel like one of Shouji Sato's strong points is creating a likable cast, and he's done a great job here. There are a lot of characters and they all get a lot of screentime, so if you have a favorite character, you'll probably be seeing a lot of them. 9/10
As for my enjoyment, it gets a definite 10/10. There are a lot of series that try to place emphasis on action or girls but fail to keep interest. What sets Triage X apart from many other mindless series is that it seems very well aware of what it is. It's very tongue-in-cheek (you may catch some homages and references to other manga) and I'd go so far as to call it "shameless" in everything from the female character designs to certain plot threads. Once you see the pop star sing to the victims she's about to blow up with explosives or see the doctor cut a car in half with a katana then deliver a goofy one-liner, a definite flag should be raised in your mind. The series is silly and is probably comparable to a lot of B-movies in that respect.
So, what more can I say? If you want something absurd and mindless with lots of well-drawn action and fanservice, then this is your series! If you're the type who considers yourself to be an intellectual, then you should probably avoid this like the plague (and everything else by the author, for that matter). I hope this review will help you make an informed decision.
Triage X is an AMAZING MANGA, honestly this is one of the best i ever read, AND I WANT MORE! Who doesn't big boobs and action? even though it is alot fan service is definitely worth reading, and of course my favorite character is either Sayo Hitsugi or Mikoto Kiba. other then that all of them are likable. This manga should definitley turned into an Anime. i honestly think it would be better of HOTD
Story is a 9, the first chapter got my attention, and even thogh the girls have huge tits, it doesnt really focus on that.... sometimes lol
Art is 10! what else do
you expect from the creators HOTD, is very stylized.
Character is 10! i love Sayo Hitsugi and Mikito Kiba, there so badass and tough, but everyone else i also like.
Enjoyment is 10! i love everything and everything fits right.
(Sry for my bad English. I'm from Germany xD)
Triage X is a Monthly Manga by Shouji Sato. It was released in May 2009 and has in Japan 11 Volumes and its still ongoing. Its an Ecchi, Action, Badass Manga with everything you could love. I have all 9 Volumes that have been released overseas and damn I'm impressed.
Story: Its about a oranization called Black Lable. They want to "free" the city form the dark oranizations. Story is written in "Cases". Case 1: I, Case 1:II etc. The first 2 Volumes are introduction of the characters and a dangrous drug. From Volume 3 to now it
gets always better, better and better. Every Volume gets more interesting and with from Volume 6 shit is getting real!
Art: The Artstyle is amazing. The characters look awesome and the vehicles, guns and backgrounds are detailled as hell. Everyone who knows Shouji Sato knows that there is ecchi. I like it how its done by Shouji Sato. No disturbing Ecchi in serious moments (ok here and there some pantyshot or boobshot) and after big missions a nice fresh bathscene. Overall the Ecchi is done good. At the end i can only say that the artstyle is amazing, detailled and beautifull 9/10
Characters: There are 6 Main-Characters and seperated in 2 groups.
Ampoule Zero: Yuko Sagiri, Miki Tsurugi and Sayo Hitsugi (Yuko is love *__*)
Ampoule One: Arashi Mikami, Mikoto Kiba and Ohira Nashida
The "boss" of the organization is Masamune Mochizuki and his assistant is Fiona Ran Winchester.
Every character is interesting on its own and everyone has his own dark secret.
Enjoyment: The enjoyment is fucking amazing. Guns, vehicals, action, hot girls and a intersting story is all I need. If you love this factors too you will enjoy it. 9/10
Overall: I can recommend this manga to everyone. If you hate ecchi you will have here and there some problmes. Like i mentioned it gets better and better by each volume and I'm in love with this manga. Shouji Sato is doing an amazing job. 9/10