What They Say:
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.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a two part storyline that unfolded in previously, it was one that was a real mixed bag depending on what you were looking for. The focus on Oriha and idol girls with plenty of gratuitous nudity in how they were dealt with by the terrorists was like it was playing by the familiar and lazy playbook of how to do such stories. These stories can be done well, but it just didn’t engage here in the first half since Oriha feels like barely a supporting player and not capable of leading a two part storyline. While we got some of the main Black Label characters making their way in during the second episode, it was one that was hard to maintain interest in. With just a few episodes left in the series, it’s easy enough to keep checking it out though in the very minor hope that there might be some fun in it as they figure out the best tone and approach overall.
With this episode, things move quickly with the introduction of Dr. Inunaki, who makes it clear that he’s definitely a skilled individual with how he deals with Arashi and Mikoto, while also complimenting them on their skill. He’s got the information they need on the Platinum Lily and provides it, noting that there’s a lot of it on its way, and that the man behind everything is a powerful man named Jotaro. Of course, there are clingers as well in power, and we get a nod towards them and their pervy little aspects as well. This man, Kyoji, is a twisted little sort that’s managing the ship and is at least paying attention, even though his activities distract him a bit. Suffice to say, we get a significant info dump in the first few minutes, including that the Platinum Lily drug is more than what Kyoji thinks it is, which we’ve gotten a taste of so far with the way it impacts people.
Since people aren’t watching for the dialogue here, the show shifts to the action side fairly well with the Black Label push on the docks, which gives us a good range of people to work with in skimpy outfits and completely covered men that are orchestrating their defeat, to the point where they wear full masks as well. This makes for a decent first half, one that doesn’t end well for the Black Label side, but it at least presents the stakes and then works on engaging the real draw of the series. Of course, the second half has to shift back to more exposition, which I normally like, but this is not a series that has presented itself as wanting to be a deep thinker or working complex stories, so it feels very off that we get so much more background, so seriously, as the man behind Black Label explains how it all came together. It’s such a loosely defined organization that providing its back story just makes it seem like it’s more than it is, because as seriously as they present it, it just comes down to killing people while wearing skintight clothes.
Triage X goes a long way towards explaining aspects of what’s going on in the series and some of the origins of Black Label, but is anyone actually watching for that? The show has been light on plot since the start, and even lighter on character, that trying to hit that up now just feels forced and out of place. When the moments that feel like the show being true to itself involves the perverted nature of Kyoji, well, the show has pretty much gone around the bend by then. The thing with him is that even though he’s a twisted little bastard, he at least has personality and is fun to watch because he chews up the scenery. Everyone else just kind of exists as paper thin things. I’m still in it to finish it, but if the show had provided this kind of material earlier on, it likely would have worked better for keeping people interested in the story.
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