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TRIAGE X (Episode 1 Review)

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Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But though these ladies spend much of their day battling sickness, their after-hours are spent fighting a very different sort of disease...under the leadership of the hospital chairman, a handful of staff members and local teenagers form a group of mercenary assassins, targeting the “cancers” of society and excising those individuals before their wickedness spreads.

I have never read or followed the Triage X manga prior to watching the first episode of its anime adaptation. But the first time I heard about it and saw some cover arts, I thought it looked interesting and well-drawn. Sadly, that's where the extent of my enthusiasm for this new show, ends.

Triage X is yet another ecchi anime intended for older demographic with lots of fanservice. Particularly, it seems the fanservice and sexual overtone takes precedence over the story in this new series. I enjoy ecchi shows as much as the next guy, however, there is a boundary on how ridiculously big you can make the characters' assets without it looking gross. I'm all for big boobs but Triage X goes to the extreme instead of settling with an attractive proportion. Instead of complimenting the action and story, the humongous boobs became an annoying distraction. Like I said, I don't mind enormous bosoms but it has to be more than a senseless eye-candy.

Triage X's animation is good and clean, but nothing off the chain. Whether an inspiration or simply a coincidence, I did notice that the style and overall feel of the show gave off a “Bubblegum Crisis: Toyo 2040” vibe. However, BCT2040 still wins in overall design. Even the motorcycle looks cooler despite BCT2040 being more than 15 years old. The action was okay, again, nothing sensational. The story suffers from cohesiveness as it fails to smoothly link multiple plot points. But, my biggest problem are the characters – they're just not that interesting. Even the main protagonist, Arashi Mikami is just alright. I am curious to know more about his mysterious past which was hinted briefly. A deep backstory that might prove more engaging later on. On a positive note, I did find the voice acting to be excellent. It didn't feel forced and none I found annoying.

Triage X: Episode 1 was just okay for me but who knows? Maybe the later episodes are actually fantastic! But as it stands, I'm not impressed. There are so many better ecchi series you can watch such as Kenichi, Ikki Tousen, Air Gear, or even Fairytail. All of which has a strong core story, better action, and the fan-service is done tastefully.
Rating: C-

BY: Jovanni Febrero
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