Triage X manga review (Nudity, Graphic Violence, NSFW)

Anime Reporter locks and loads for another manga review with Triage X volumes 1-4, the action-filled assassin series written and illustrated by Shouji Sato.

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Triage X Volume 2Some readers may have already recognised Sato’s name or… particular style as one and the same from High School of the Dead (reviewed here) and you’d be right. Triage X was created when HOTD was put on hiatus, though for casual readers, they might as well be the same series.

Sato’s style is noticeable from the very beginning with fan service being at the forefront of the entire series. Giant guns, flashy motorbikes and Sato’s signature overflowing boobs are in absolute abundance. Before even beginning to talk about the plot or the premise, it’s worth saying that if blatant fan service and over the top instances of nudity are something of an annoyance for you, then you definitely shouldn’t pick this series up. There are attempts at character development but they’re very definitely overshadowed by panty shots, group bath scenes and a hell of a lot of violence.

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Still with us? Triage X follows Black Label, a medicine-themed team of assassins who work on the basis that criminals are diseases infecting society. The team is led, in a passive sense, by Masamune Mochizuki, a sickly doctor who advises and leads the other members, pointing them in the direction of people who deserve death. He essentially serves as the “Professor X” of the group. The chief protagonist of the series is Arashi Mikami, a young high school student and the only male on the strike team. He’s the newest member of the group but is as determined as any, owing a life death to Masamune. His signature look is an iron motorbike helmet which obscures most of his face.

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The second protagonist is Mikota Kiba, a student in Arashi’s school, just one year older than him. Mikoto is driven by the death of her brother and she and Arashi clash regularly, both in terms of how to carry out missions and more than a few personal misunderstandings. Mikoto is a fierce and determined assassin, preferring to work with a pair of revolvers.

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Triage X Volume 3Also on the team is Oriha Nashida, the youngest member of the team and a famous pop star. Orika adores explosions and is happiest when firing grenades or missiles at unfortunate bad guys. We also have Yuko Sagiri, an accomplished surgeon who dispatches foes with great skill using her katana and Sayo Hitsugi, a nurse who dons a demonic mask and prefers taking care of business hand to hand. Miki Tsurigi is a stealth-expert and an efficient member of Black Label.

This is essentially where the series starts off, with the group taking care of crime bosses and drug lords, essentially anyone who is deemed beyond redemption. Things soon become more complicated however, when devoted detective Isoroku Tatara and his clumsy (and naturally, incredibly busty) partner Konomi Suzue take it upon themselves to investigate the series of gangland assassinations sweeping across the city. There are a few smaller storylines about Arashi’s school life and a pretty interesting plotline creeps in in the form of a ninja-esque pyromaniac who’s getting rid of criminals before the Black Label gets there.

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The storyline, such as it is, is set up well in the early chapters but there isn’t a huge amount of anything new to be found here. There’s plenty of action and some moments that are undeniably badass, if a little over the top, but the illustrations feel like if the artist has very little interest in anyone’s faces. The female characters are constantly posing unnecessarily or are portrayed from angles which really only serve to represent one aspect of their appearance.. or two I suppose.

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Tell me if I'm being too subtle.

Tell me if I’m being too subtle.

Breasts are not only constantly on display (and apparently worshipped by the writer/artist), but they seem to come up in conversation fairly regularly between characters. Exposition between story arcs is occasionally summed up via a long conversation between several women bathing together and playing with their boobs.

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Triage X Volumes 1-4 and quite a few more are currently available from Yen Press. For more updates and reviews, stick with us here at Anime Reporter.

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Plot:                             6

Characters:                  7

Originality:                  3

Action:                         8

Humour:                      7

Triage X Volume 4

62% – Service of Fans– Fans of intricate plots and character development should look elsewhere. This… is not highbrow storytelling, but if you like lots of boobs, it could be for you.

 

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9 comments on “Triage X manga review (Nudity, Graphic Violence, NSFW)
  1. arriacross says:

    My God. Those boobs.
    (ノ ̄ー ̄)ノ\。:・゛。

    • I know. It’s tempting to say that they’re shown devoid of any relation to the plot, but it’s more accurate to say that the plot is bent and twisted to incorporate scenes with copious amounts of boob on display.

      • arriacross says:

        Oh, definitely. As a woman, I ought to be offended but honestly, I’m already tired of it. It’s not they’re going to stop. Besides, if people are buying these, people are going to continue to create these “booby” stories.

      • I feel like with a lot of series, breasts are definitely put in to boost sales, but after HOTD, Triage X feels more like the writer/artist fulfilling his own fantasies

      • arriacross says:

        Oh well. That’s one of the perks of being a writer/artist. You can fulfill your fantasies and call it a masterpiece.

      • Though in this case it’s just one fantasy repeated over and over

      • arriacross says:

        True. But it seems that others are enjoying them.

      • True enough 🙂 As you said though, it gets pretty boring before long and shouldn’t be a substitute for good story

      • arriacross says:

        That’s so true. A good story is a good story whether it has crappy illustrations or not. But I also understand that these “booby” manga/anime are indeed visually appealing. That’s why people still consume them.

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