There is something about vigilante shows that satisfy a primal need for justice to be dished out. Too bad “Triage X” does it wrong. Or at least a wrong presentation of things.
The story starts out simple enough: Arashi Mikami (that helmeted dude) works for Mochizuki General Hospital. However, underneath that gleaming exterior of helping people to heal resides the vigilante organization known as “Black Label.” The team, made up of select hospital staffers and local teenagers from nearby Mochizuki High School, task themselves with killing undesirable people, dubbed “cancers” of society, and to stop their spread of infection into the ‘body’ of the populace.
Now, these criminals are, hands down, guilty, guilty, guilty. They cannot be brought to justice through normal channels, as they will use their money and influence to prevent that from happening. Mikami and his support team are tasked with taking care of business. The problem is the support (or lack thereof).
EVERY woman in this show is tit-tacular. And I’m not talking boobs, I’m talking BOOBS. Or maybe BOOBS! Or possibly BOOOOOOOOOBS!!!!!!! I mean, it’s a miracle some of these women can stand up. I had a shot that showed two of them….as there wasn’t any room left to see the rest of the cast! And they wear revealing or provocative or abbreviated garments so you always have your female anatomy lesson right at hand. They thrust and they bobble and they loom like something ominous. This really hampers the show, unless we want the drooling perversion to show how depraved the criminals are, and those guys are depravedly depraved. At some points, it skated close to hentai, or at least something soft-core. It’s edgy for the wrong reasons.
The concern for this show’s plot is that nature abhors a vacuum and every time the team offs one piece of wretched scum and villainy, another piece of wretched scum and villainy takes the place immediately. They are constantly in a pitched battle with these felons with no way to get a handle on it all. One confusing aspect was this little boy (Ryu) who tags along with Mikami. That gets explained, but it sets you to thinking beforehand as to what is a small child doing amid a field or carnage and death, until it is all defined. It is a nice trick that they use to try and rationalize that what the ‘good guys’ are doing can be seen as murder, but since it is being done for a real purpose and reason, it’s acceptable.
I am sure you can find a site that lets it all hang out, but some of those ladies are deformed, much like the Boob Babes that populated “Dragonaut”. It really is pointless fan service and I find myself distracted from the story line with all the naked perversion. Yes, bad guys are bad, but I don’t need to see how bad they really are as they showcase their drooling perversions (and I do mean drooling and I do mean perversions). Also, a lot of plot devices seemed to be thrown in, just to stir things up, but without any genuine purpose for it. It seemed that we completely forgot about Platinum Lily (some really brain-killing drug) and use it when we need to, but it’s not part and parcel of the whole driving force.
I have seen this idea done better elsewhere. I feel that if they focused less on the boobs and more on a cohesive story line, this would have been a better series than it is. As it stands, it’s merely an exercise in physical therapy. Oh, and the last episode (“How’s the Water?”) is the all-too-familiar hot springs show, where all your dreams can come true. And it’s another 10-episode run. You could have used the last two episodes to bring something to a conclusion or fruition or the payoff pitch, but I guess that will await another season. Calloo callay!
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 8 (If you’re showcasing boobs….)
Plot 7 (Good idea, weak execution)
Pacing 7 (Moves along consistently)
Effectiveness 8 (Interesting use of Ryu)
Conclusion 5 (It reaches a ‘coupler’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service 6 (A similar show would be “Mahoromatic”)
Overall 7 (Less fan service)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. You have committed countless vile deeds.