Triage X Anime Review

Triage X anime

I’m going to try something new with regards to reviewing anime. I’m not sure if it will work or not but it will certainly be worth a go. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

Mochizuki General Hospital has the most skilled nurses in town. Inside the hospital, the nurses heal their patients, but outside the hospital, they battle a different kind of “cancer.” These “cancers” are groups of mafias and other evil organisations who threaten the health and wellbeing or society. It is up to the well-trained nurses and recently recruited teenagers to remove these “cancers” once and for all…

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • School
  • Shounen[2]
  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I do like the concept of this show as I feel it has a deep meaning, especially the metaphors. Basically, I see it as a metaphor where society is often referred as the human body.

In the actual hospital, the nurses treat the patients on all levels. However, when they’re not in hospital they get sent on missions and work as assassins to take out the evil people who cannot be redeemed. These evil people are referred to as “cancers” as they are spreading the wickedness throughout society and it is up to the nurses to get rid of these “cancers.” If they’re coloured “black” then they are beyond redemption but if they are coloured “red” than they can be redeemed.

The nurses, Yuuko, Hitsugi and Miki, are all part of the Ampule Zero group. A new group was formed in the Mochizuki General Hospital in the form of Ampule One. This new group consists of young idol Oriha and high school students, Arashi and Mikoto.

Whilst I like the meaning and concept behind this show I did find it very confusing at times. There were even times when I didn’t know or understand what was going on. In some of the episodes I had to re-watch them a few times to grasp the situation. Sometimes I only understood what actually happened when I watched the latter episodes of the series.

The D99 drug was especially confusing. At first I thought Dr Mochizuki brought Arashi back to life with healing hands he just used the D99 vaccine to safe him. He added his dying son’s limbs into the mix to patch Arashi up. I thought Arashi was the only one who survived the D99 vaccine, but as it turns out, it saved the likes of Hitsugi as well. I think it said right at the end that the D99 could have saved the other children of the Triage, I.E., Mikoto and Oriha. I’m somewhat confused about that part.

I really did like the fighting scenes as they were among my favourite things of this anime. All the Triage fighters have unique and varied styles that could compensate for the weakness of their fellow companions.

One of my favourite fighters is Yuuko, and it isn’t because she’s a pretty face as all the girls in this show have pretty faces. Yuuko is my favourite because she is awesome and deadly. Her swordsmanship is badass and exciting to watch. My favourite moment was when she sliced that car in half. Then again, I also enjoyed the way she sliced the walls to escape. I actually think she’s probably the strongest fighter in the whole show as I didn’t see any weakness in her. I would have liked to see her fight Goryu as I reckon she’ll give her a good fight.

I can’t fail to notice the amount of female skin that has been exposed but what captivated me more was the development of the characters and their bonds. I think Arashi is an intriguing individual. I was confused as to why there was a boy standing next to him but I figured out eventually that it’s all part of his consciousness. It’s like he’s having a mental battle with himself. Does he decide his cause of action or is Ryu pulling the strings and dominating Arashi’s mind? So far it looks like Arashi is controlling his mind well. =)

I really liked Hitsugi’s development. Arashi is probably the ultimate main character of the show and so I figured all the development will focus on him, Mikoto and Oriha. For the first part of the series, I was right. However, I come to learn about Hitsugi’s sudden past which involved Arashi during his rehab. I learned that she had a beautiful bond with him. They share a beautiful bond due to their affection for one another and have similar experiences when it comes to being a “survivor”. It made sense why she was wearing that mask in fights, but, ever since her duel with Arashi she no longer veiled her face. She was already a durable tank when she was fighting, yet, as soon as she lost her mask it seemed like she grew much stronger. Hitsugi grew on me as a character from episode eight onwards.

The romance hints was a bit unexpected. I knew straightaway that Mikoto and Hinako harbour affection towards Arashi to the point of crushes and love, but I never suspected at all that Hitsugi would come to love Arashi. I certainly never expected her to kiss Arashi too. Even though I found that surprising I found it more cute and touching.

The bond and relationship between Mikoto and Chikage was unique. They were friends at school but had to be enemies on the battlefield. It was rather sad when Chikage threw herself into the flames as it would have been nice for Mikoto to have a friend outside of her assassin colleagues. Still, Arashi made everything better. He’s not the most romantic person you would ever come across but he says all the right things at the right time.

All the villains I think were appropriate for a show like Triage X as they were either supremely strong in battle or are insane. I thought Syringe and Kyoji’s family were associated with each other, but it turns out that they’re both separate organisations. I didn’t really like any of the villains from this show, but I especially didn’t like Kyoji. I didn’t like the way he treated the ladies, especially his own servants and bodyguard, Goryu. I thought Goryu was the honour bound type and did have some good side to her but my opinion of her did waver a bit when she interrogated poor Suzue.

Speaking of Suzue brings me appropriately to Inspector Tatara. In the first couple of episodes I thought Inspector Tatara was going to be an Inspector Clueso type of character when something goes wrong whenever he’s around. Haha. I couldn’t really take him seriously at first as I felt that he was just useless. However, I came to respect him more when he took a back seat and didn’t get involved in the serious missions.

I really enjoyed Triage X, so much so that I’m slightly tempted to purchase the manga books. I was engaged with certain parts of the show like the fighting scenes and touching scenes. However, there were also times where I felt slightly underwhelmed with the pace and flow. It’s always a challenge to try and squeeze all of the manga material into ten episodes so I try to look at the bigger picture.

If this show does get a greenlight for a second season I would like to learn more about Miki and Yuuko as I’m curious to learn how Ampule Zero was formed.

I need to make one final shout out to the video of the ending song. I really enjoyed watching Mikoto riding that bike. I know she’s wearing a bikini and all and the video highlights that but for some reason I find it relaxing to watch. Perhaps it’s because of the music? Whatever the reason, I just enjoy watching it. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

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THANKS FOR READING

Triage X Japanese Front Cover Volume One

I did wonder how this would work out by attaching the thoughts of each Triage X episode into this review. I must say that I actually like it. I’m not going to do this for every single anime that I watch but I would do this kind of system again. It’s a pretty fun system to get used to. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] The target audience of this anime is boys. Shounen means boy in Japanese.

Triage X Episode Ten Thoughts

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Well, that’s it for Triage X.

Admittedly I was expecting more of a conclusion to the current story/plot as it was the final episode. It was a fun episode to watch but I do feel slightly underwhelmed as I feel that there are still a lot of situations that haven’t been resolved. Arashi said it right at the end, when he said that nothing has been resolved. Is this a hint perhaps that Xebec are going to produce a second season in the future?

I wonder why this show had ten episodes. Producing half a season is one thing, but they didn’t even do twelve episodes, they did ten. The manga have sold more than ten books in Japan. I haven’t read the manga but I do imagine that with the amount of volume books that they released I reckon that at least 20 episodes could have been produced. I sort of get the impression by the flow of the episodes that a lot of materials from the manga have not been animated. I could be wrong but that’s what my instincts are telling me.

I’ll talk more about the show itself in my overall review, but for now, I’ll just focus on the episode itself.

I’m pleased to know that Suzue is not in danger. I wonder when she will recover. It was quite humorous when Hinako and co were talking about girls getting abducted. It’s as if they thought of them as horror stories. It’s interesting to see Hinako talking about the possibility of alien abducting beautiful women to create a harem. Of course it’s all fantasy within a fantasy but I do wonder how she would feel if Arashi decided to have his own harem. Would she “share” him willingly? For now I think that’s out of the equation as I don’t think Arashi is interested in romance, let alone a harem.

Speaking of romance, it was rather amusing to see Hitsugi banter with Mikoto about going after Arashi. Mikoto was very slow to understand what Hitsugi was talking about. I’m not sure if I should feel daft or not but I think I’m beginning to understand more things. It seems like Mikoto and Hitsugi both had the D99 drug in them as well as Arashi. Up until now I thought Arashi was the only one who had the D99 drug to survive death.

I would have liked to see what happened to Kyoji and Goryu afterwards. I really thought that they were going to be on the receiving end of those mind broken ladies. It appears that they’re running all over town and becoming urban legends. Plus, there’s that sudden situation with Miki and Inunaki. I’m a bit gutted for Miki as I would have liked to see more of her.

I’m glad I got to see Hinako. It was cute when that top part of her hair was swaying in jubilation at the thought of going to the cinema with Arashi.

I really liked that little skit at the end when Arashi chased down that dealer. The first thing I would have done to slow the man down was shoot the tires in his car. However, Arashi shot that gas thing which somehow managed to slow the car down. I don’t really understand the mechanisms of cars but I do know that Arashi managed to slow the car down through accurate shooting. Still, he looked really lonely when he was walking on that express runway. He must have been hot as well in that bike suit.

There was that part during the credits where, if I were to describe it, looks like a James Bond moment where a circle would follow him until he “shot” the camera. Haha. It looked like that. XD It looks like someone might be trying to shoot Arashi from a distance. I could be just reading into it but maybe that’s an indication of the next series, that is, if there is going to be another season of Triage X.

All in all I enjoyed watching this episode even if there are still things left to be resolved.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Triage X Episode Eight Thoughts

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I didn’t think that there was going to be a deep connection between Arashi and Hitsugi. I just assumed that Arashi just had a deep bond with Mikoto and Oriha as they’re all part of the Ampule One group and they’re similar age. I also assumed that Arashi and Hitsugi were merely acquaintances and that was that. How wrong I was. They go way back. Back to when Arashi was in rehab and that was when they first developed their bond.

Hitsugi had a pretty sad past and it makes a lot of sense why she wore that Shinto-type mask as it hid more than just her face. It shielded away her heart and emotions. As far as I can gather she went on that rampage because she was really upset and lost sense of herself. I kind of had an idea at the beginning that Arashi was going to be the one to stop Hitsugi’s rampage, and not Yuuko, who was the one that killed and saved her.

I was a bit shocked when Hitsugi locked lips with Arashi. I was somewhat spoiled before that there was kiss involved in this episode but I never would have thought that Hitsugi would be the one that steals Arashi’s first kiss. In a weird way I do think it was a sweet moment as it felt like Hitsugi has really let her troubled past go.

I’m actually pleased that this was a Hitsugi related episode as I felt like she wasn’t really that relevant despite being super strong. I actually feel that I know more about Inspector Tatara and Suzue than I did with Hitsugi. I learned in this episode that all the long she has a beautiful bond with Arashi. It makes me intrigue as to what Arashi’s relationship is like with Miki and Yuuko.

I get the impression that Suzue is going to be kidnapped soon. In the last episode Tatara mentioned that Suzue has been working hard doing some investigation. I wonder if Suzue’s investigation involves the Syringe group. Perhaps Syringe is planning to kidnap Suzue as she knows a lot about them? Perhaps they plan to kidnap Inspector Tatara. I’m not exactly certain what’s going on in that regard. I’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Seven Thoughts

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Hohoho, so it turns out that this D99 virus/vaccine thing that Dr Mochizuki created is the reason that Arashi is alive. If Arashi was in that village that Dr Mochizuki visited then I would imagine that Arashi would be the ‘chosen one.’ Mikoto was lovely when she comforted Arashi. I think she’s beginning to understand him bit by bit, but I think Hinako still provides a healthy competition to Mikoto as far as romance is concerned.

I wonder how the group, Syringe, knew about this D99 drug thing. In the flash back it showed 5 people in silhouettes, but one person was indistinguishable. I bet that person is the one who revived that medical drug, perhaps enhancing it in his/her unique way.

It turns out that that shooter was Inunaki. Good job he isn’t a villain. Or is he? How did he know about the whole cargo information thing? I have a mini speculation… Perhaps Inunaki is somehow the one who brought back the D99 drug? Then again, what would he gain if he was a double agent for the enemy?

It seems like there was a three-way battle to gain the Platinum Lily drug. Syringe got one of the briefcases whilst Black Label got the other and Kyoji is left with no drug. They seem to be more than a match for Ampule Zero and appear to be much stronger than the likes of Arashi and Mikoto from Ampule One. I quite enjoyed the fights in this episode.

I’m disliking Kyoji more, especially with the way he treats the ladies. It makes me admire Goryu a lot. She is taking his abuse without complaining. I wonder how she would feel if Black Label got their hands on Kyoji. Would she be sad or be glad if he gets killed? Having said all that she looked nice in that maid outfit with cat ears.^^/

I was a little sad to see Hitsugi being beaten down like that but I really like the way Yuuko cut the floors quickly in order to get Hitsugi out of that situation. I wonder what happened to her right at the end. It’s as if she woke up with a different personality altogether. Eep.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara,^^/

Ryan

Triage X Episode Three Thoughts

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Arashi and Mikoto go to excise the evil people but in this episode they’re beaten to the punch by someone else. Initially I thought the mysterious lady was Goryu, the ninja lady from episode one.

A beautiful new character appeared in the form of Chikage. When she was cornered by those students she struck me as the type of girl who could defend herself. She had that sort of aura about her. Perhaps it’s because she reminds me of Saeko from Highschool of the Dead in terms of appearance and attitude? It would make sense seeing as the artist also drew HotD.

I liked the chemistry that Mikoto and Chikage showed towards one another, especially when Chikage explored Mikoto physically. They both know the loss of a sibling and they both had special teachers who helped them when they were younger.

It was at that bench moment that I sort of figured out that Chikage is most likely the mysterious lady who keeps excising people before Mikoto gets the chance too. I’m more convinced it’s her as she casually walked away from Mikoto after she was advised to go home. Any average girl would probably be disturbed and be surprised by the things Mikoto said, yet, Chikage took on board what she said as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. I think this bond is blossoming into a nice friendship, which may make it difficult if Chikage exposes herself to Mikoto whilst on duty.

That nurse really is brutal. She’s like a tank. She can handle a lot of physical damage but she can dish out a lot of damage as well. I can’t decide whether I would want her as my bodyguard or stay away from her as far as I can. Haha. I have my suspicions as well that Chikage was the one who shot the dart at that mob fighter.

I think the big problem now is this new drug that’s been made. It’s driving people crazy to the point when they’re constantly in a lust state… I think. I wonder if it’s something to do with that cargo that’s recently been deported by that bad group of people? I’d be lying if I said that I knew what was happening at this moment. Haha.

Ah, Inspector Tatara appears again, and fails again… no more needs to be said!

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Triage X Episode Two Thoughts

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I started to wonder if Arashi was actually seeing Ryo’s spirit or if he was just imagining him. With the way Ryo keeps asking him questions made me speculate that perhaps Arashi was just having a conversation with himself but imagining having a conversation with Ryo in his mind. Perhaps he’s living with sad thoughts all the time and is constantly questioning his own personality and conscience. I’m glad he found his epiphany at the end. He believes that he does have a conscience and that is to survive every day without fear. I’m please for him.

Dr Mochizuki’s speech about excising Hideo and Taisei was intriguing. He mentioned that everyone in the Black Label group has died once. What does that mean? I thought Arashi survived that tragedy? Has everyone in Black Label literally died in the past or was he saying it as a metaphor? Then again I have been known to take things literally as its part of my Autistic quirk, and it’s one of the reasons why I don’t normally understand sarcasm. At this moment in time I believe that everyone working for the Black Label has been on the verge of death and experienced it as if they were dead. Perhaps Dr Mochizuki healed them all and they all have been brought up as assassins with each of them excelling in different areas. I’m sort of getting to grips with each assassin’s special areas.

Sayo, the nurse, seems to be pretty strong physically and can carry this huge barrier shield which stopped the car, making it crash. Initially I thought she was going to allow herself to be run over, but she didn’t. I’m glad she’s not that insane. Haha. Oriha specialises in explosives and charming the hearts of many men nationwide through her aura and singing skills. I think she will work well with Mikoto and Arashi in their newly formed group. Miki is a sniper specialist and can get a clean accurate shot every time. Arashi is probably the durable type and can shoot with accuracy without hesitation and as for Mikoto…hmm… she specialises in… riding the motorcycle and looking pretty with her silver-blue hair. =)

My favourite assassin at the minute, if I have any, has to be Yuuko. Her swordsmanship is very deadly and the show only displayed her sheathing her sword after she sliced car the and the enemy in half. To me, it goes to show that not even the anime producers could keep up with the pace of her deadly skills in swordsmanship. Haha. She seems to change her hair colour when she’s in battle mode. I wonder why. Yuuko seems to be a surgeon whilst Sayo is a nurse. I wonder if this means that each assassin actually has a specialise role in a hospital to cover their identity as assassins? I doubt Arashi, Mikoto and Oriha would have a role at the hospital yet as they’re probably too young and still at school. Well, I don’t know if Oriha is at school, perhaps she just works as an Idol and goes on tour?

I’ve only just cotton on to the fact that Dr Mochizuki’s Black Label organisation is actually based in a genuine hospital. I knew it was a hospital but I thought it was a specialised hospital like a mental health institute. I also just got that Taisei is related to the mob boss from the last episode, Hideo.

It’s all started to make sense to me now and I’m not as confused.

Inspector Tatara seriously needs to go home and have a cup of cocoa or something as he is making things worse. Haha. Well, before all that, he needs to go to the hospital and get his stab wound checked out. I didn’t anticipate that the gentle Fujino girl would stab him like that. I knew something was going to happen as that Jin chap drugged and manipulated her. In addition to this Tatara opened the door to find Fujino kneeling on the ground. I thought that there was going to be an ambush and all the baddies were waiting in the dark part of the room. It was like a horror movie moment when we’re waiting for something bad to happen or someone to get killed. Haha. I hope the Inspector chap has learned his lesson.

I’m looking forward to next week. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Hestia

I’m really pleased that Hestia, from Dungeon Girls, is being talked about. There was even an article written about her in the Daily Mail Newspaper. Here is the link below:

http://www.ricedigital.co.uk/uk-newspaper-believes-hestia-boob-ribbon-trick-real/

I must admit and say that I never anticipated that she would become this popular, and the show has only aired two episodes! I hope her popularity grows even bigger. =)
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.