Triage X Vol. #08 Manga Review

Triage X Vol. #08 Manga Review Will Yuuko and Arashi be forced to kill the mindless destroying machine that is Sayo?!

Creative Staff
Story & Art: Shouji Sato
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say
Black Label has always been glad to have Sayo Hitsugi’s fearsome strength on their side, but as she rampages through their high security wards, they’re starting to appreciate just how much! While Sagiri is prepared to stop her comrade by any means necessary, is Arashi on the same page…?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Contains nudity.

This is another great book from Yen Press. Where most releases from U.S. publishers have lost the inclusion of color pages over the last few years, Yen Press continues to treat us to glossy color inserts. This is an awesome inclusion when it comes to Sato’s beautiful artwork.

Sayo barely survived her battle with the twins from the Syringe outfit. Luckily, because she is inhumanly strong, she is able to recover quickly from injuries that would have easily killed a regular person. Unfortunately, Sayo does succumb to the berserker she normally keeps tucked down beneath the happy-go-lucky mask she wears for everyone around her. But before, she can tear down the walls around her, the author treats the reader to a flashback that not only shows how Sayo became a super human, but also how a young Yuuko first met and nearly killed her.

Now that Sayo is loosed on the facility like a rabid animal, Yuuko is likely going to have to kill Sayo to stop her. But Arashi isn’t having it. Sayo was his nurse during his recovery and she pushed him to learn how to walk again and he made her a promise back then that he isn’t about to give up on. Arashi manages to lure Sayo into a dead end and lock them in to protect her from the others, but who is going to protect Arashi? Sayo already tried to kill Yuuko, so Arashi better have a masterful plan to end all this.

The rest of this volume continues the development of Syringe’s mysterious plan. We know they stole part of the super powerful drug from a Yakuza group and they seem to be trying to steal data from a computer database that the police are monitoring. Although, we don’t know what this data is or why Syringe wants it and how it is part of their “master plan”. The police have been monitoring Syringe’s manipulations of the data, but not as covertly as they thought. Syringe knows about it and tracks it back to Detective Tatara and his partner Suzue.

Syringe sends the psycho twins out to kidnap Suzue so they can learn just how much the police know about them. But the Yakuza end up in the mix and make off with Suzue. The news of this makes it back to Dr. Mochizuki and he sends in both Ampule units to retrieve Suzue. Now we have Arashi and the others, the Yakuza, and Syringe all in the same place. Be ready from some serious ass-kicking!!

In Summary
I continue to enjoy the steady stream of background information on the various characters in this series. Arashi’s memories of the tragedy that nearly killed him and formed him into the man he has become was examined in the last volume, while this volume sheds light on how Sayo became so physically strong and how she met Yuuko. All great character development that helps the reader form an investment in the characters of Triage.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: November 18th, 2014
MSRP: $14.00