Story & Art: Shouji Sato
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
Black Label continues its investigation into the distribution of Platinum Lily, a dangerous mind-altering drug that has hit the Tobioka black market. But its efforts so far have drawn the attention of a dangerous new enemy…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Another strong packaging release from Yen Press, who continues to treat us to glossy color foldout posters. The foldout also includes a very nice character relation synopsis, which is much appreciated at ten volumes into this series. While the connections between characters in Triage X is not complicated, enough time passes between volume releases that it helps the reader jog their memory as to what characters are doing and why.
This volume begins with some background on Miki, as we learn that she used to be in love with Arashi’s mentor and former Black Label member, Shinichiro. But he left Black Label years ago, so now, for Miki, it has just become an unrequited love. From here, the story splits the main characters apart as Miki and Mikoto travel to a rural area that has a high school and research lab with connections to Mochizuki General Hospital. Both girls are going undercover so they can be near the dangerous D99 chemical while storing it in the highest level hazmat lab at the research facility.
This time apart doesn’t have an end date, and it may be the last time that Arashi and Mikoto ever see each other, given the dangerous jobs they have. This was just when the two were really clicking as partners and young romance was starting to blossom. It also quickly becomes evident that Arashi’s reckless style of combat had only worked up to this point because Mikoto always had his back. So, who is more at risk of dying, Arashi on a standard mission or Mikoto protecting the D99 that Syringe is so intent on stealing?
Triage X continues to be a highly entertaining series, especially for fans of great art, beautiful women, and fanservice in the form of motorcycles and guns. I continue to enjoy Sato’s effort to give each of the main Black Label characters a chance to develop by revealing parts of their past that were important moments and then allowing them to undergo a current challenge that grows them as a character. It is a great thing to see with a relatively large cast, considering most series don’t put in this character development effort beyond the protagonist and antagonist, and maybe one other character.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015