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Description
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Ray was bred and raised to be a living, breathing organ donor. After her own eyes were taken from her, a stranger bestows upon her the gift of sight and something extra - she has X-Ray vision! Ten years later, Ray works as a nurse and moonlights as an underground medical doctor performing for-profit, off-the-book medical procedures. But her daily routine is interrupted by a chance encounter with an old friend that triggers Ray's memories of her hellish childhood. Ray will begin a search that will lead her back to the people who stole her eyes-and her childhood!

Type
Manga

Related Series
Black Jack (Adapted From)
Ray+ (Sequel)

Associated Names
レイ
怪醫美女RAY
레이

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 by Manga-Sketchbook (3157d ago)
v.2 by Manga-Sketchbook (3400d ago)
v.1 by Manga-Sketchbook (3403d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (36 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 22nd 2013, 8:54am PST

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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Champion Red (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
ADV Manga (3 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #855 increased(+417)
Monthly Pos #2110 increased(+685)
3 Month Pos #4112 increased(+642)
6 Month Pos #5909 increased(+288)

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On 155 reading lists
On 200 wish lists
On 28 completed lists
On 19 unfinished lists
On 71 custom lists

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French manga translations 988 days, 13 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Finished... in the native tongue.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Shad
September 23rd, 2007, 4:01am
***Please note, there are actually 8 volumes for Ray - 7 sequential volumes and one "+" volume with several sidestories, an appearance from Black Jack, and a test run chapter of the author's Gate Runner. I have adjusted the volume list accordingly.***

What to say about Ray? I finished the last of the 8 volumes last night in the original Japanese, and as there are currently no comments (likely due to the lack of a complete scanlation) I felt obligated to say something.

First, a caveat, despite the gas-mask baddie on the cover holding a pistol, there is little to no gunplay in this manga. Ray centers around "Rei" (in JPN), a young and highly skilled surgeon at a very unusual hospital who just happens to have x-ray vision.

The first ~3 volumes all primarily feature unrelated vignettes in each chapter, such that the real overarching plot does not begin moving until probably book four. While the grand scheme does have some nice twists, in my opinion it builds up too slowly, and then wraps up far too quickly - resolving itself almost entirely in only book seven. Looking back I feel the isolated mini-stories were more entertaining than the main conspiracy.

It should also be said that unless you are an indecisive 13 year old girl, Rei will frustrate you immensely as she hems and haws over a love triangle that isn't resolved until virtually the last page when any sane person could have chosen the appropriate outcome almost immediately. (note that I'm 24 as I write this, adjust your viewpoint accordingly...)

The art style is what I'd call stylishly realistic. These are not your normal manga characters, backgrounds are well-detailed depictions of daily life in Japan (I should know, I lived there for 2 years...) and the characters look like, well, real people. You will not find any of the standard manga conventions such as bloody noses and the like used to explain emotions here.

I enjoyed Ray (Rei), and the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end, but if I ever revisit it it will likely only be for the short stories in the first few volumes.

Weak sci-fi meets hospital meets love triangle,

6/10

-Shad

PS - if you have any questions about Ray I would be happy to discuss the series, so please drop me a line via private message...

... Last updated on September 23rd, 2007, 4:47am
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