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Iryuu - Team Medical Dragon  
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Dr. Katou is an ambitious woman who seeks to revolutionize the corrupt and inefficient Japanese medical system from within by becoming a professor in a teaching hospital. She enlists a maverick surgeon, Dr. Asada Ryuutarou, to help her with research that would catapult her to a professorship should they succeed and publish. However, Asada's refusal to conform to the system soon threatens to destroy not only her plans but her entire career. Katou is prepared to do anything, including going along with the system, in order to achieve her end goal, but she begins to question whether she has gone too far as Asada's actions bring many of the system's shortcomings to light.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 2005.


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Associated Names
อิริว ทีมดราก้อน คุณหมอหัวใจแกร่ง
醫龍Team Medical Dragon
Team Medical Dragon

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v.20 c.161-162 by Outerworld Scans 3 months ago
v.20 c.160 by Outerworld Scans 6 months ago
v.20 c.159 by Outerworld Scans 8 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (516 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.48 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 24th 2016, 10:00am PST



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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #450 increased(+111)
Monthly Pos #1028 increased(+76)
3 Month Pos #1207 decreased(-268)
6 Month Pos #931 decreased(-138)
Year Pos #837 decreased(-32)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GuardianPL
October 2nd, 2009, 3:43am
I would never expect in a million years that some medical manga I took only because it's a seinen will blow my mind away so much.
It's just perfect. It's beautifully drawn, dark, serious and convincing at the same time. Main guy never cease to amaze, yet things he's doing are plausible, nothing from the over-the-top superman crap that is a sad standard in mangas.

One of the best mangas I've ever read, another title on my "list of pain" - mangas so good that I have to force myself to not think about them hoping to forget and come back year or two later. Berserk, Vinland Saga, Vagabond and Team Medical Dragon (Claymore is great too) - it's soooo hard not to think about them and wait, and wait, and wait... If you have any suggestions for similar stuff to the listed above I'll be grateful for PM smile

...Jack Black was good, but Iryuu just blew me away.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by o0James0o
July 4th, 2008, 2:09pm
this is among one of the most awesome realistic serious manga ive ever read.... but the thing that sucks is that i started readin this since like 8 months ago... yet theres only been like 4 chapters or so released durin that whole time.... i wish the group would get to work.... but o beggars cant be choosers... anyways.... this manga is awesome.... highly recommended...
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Not too bad   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
June 2nd, 2010, 7:17pm
This series isn't too bad. It's the epitome of a medical drama. Medicine, ethics, politics, money, the system, it's all mixed in there with some unique and sometimes unpredictable personalities.

The different personalities of all the doctors is what makes this interesting to me. You have Asada, the genius doctor, will remind you a lot of House: arrogant, self-assured, nasty, brilliant. He and the nurse, Miki, are the only ones who don't go through ethical crises on a regular basis. It's actually refreshing because half the main cast is extremely angsty to the point of being annoying.

Don't put too much stock into the medical accuracy. Certainly a lot of the details and explanations are correct, but the batista procedure has been discredited for some time. It works here because you have a genius doctor who rarely fails (in fact, he hasn't yet) and some interesting technobabble which justifies the use of the procedure.
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great medical depth   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tran_genesis
August 13th, 2009, 9:14pm
i really have to give it to the scanlators for doing such a good job for this series. the technicallities of this series is really up there. story wise, its pretty awesome, points out flaws within the politics of hospitals, keeps you on edge, and yeah i really like the art.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
July 4th, 2014, 6:01pm
Only reason I stopped reading this 7 years ago was that the scanlations were too slow bigrazz
The criticisms of Japanese Hospital Medicine are the usually the most interesting parts. It's just...fucked up at times.
The medical detail is another highlight, the mangaka knows when to listen to his consultants. It's kinda different, starting reading this when I was around 11 years old and now re-reading when I'm 20 and have some actual medical knowledge. Still, just reading the notes back then almost never left me too confused as to what's going on. The mangaka explained things well in those marginal notes and text boxes/narration.
The election is adding another almost equally intriguing part to he mangaka, though it's not as medically focused (a bit more on relating it back to the Japanese Medical system would be better)
Reading this renews my interest in medicine.
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Rating: N/A
by canucks
May 25th, 2009, 11:26pm
Actually, the later volumes (16+)reveal much more characterization as each of the original "bad guys" become much more rounded, each with their failures, their lives, their ideals. Redemption might be too strong a word, but at least they incorporate much more than "refusal to do good". In fact, the simplest way to show such development is by showing their lives outside of the politics and pressures of work - which in my opinion were brilliantly shown. This manga lost my interest in the mid volumes but has came back with a vengeance by filling up all the holes and much more.
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Not too bad...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
April 26th, 2009, 11:40am
TMD has a decent amount of medical background and information, mixed with a certain level of comedy. The characterisation is okay, it's neither intense or shoddy, just somewhere in between.

While the over-the-top dramatization might turn some off, the pacing is pretty decent and stays quite even. The art is quite good and stays fairly consistent. The various characters, even the surgeries and other medical issues are drawn quite well.

My problem, though, is that it's still fairly flashy and tends to jump to conclusions by impressions like "I'm the hero of this story. 'Cos someone's goals are in collusion with me, he's the evil baddie. And oh... anyone else who disapproves of my methods is an evil baddie too unless it's some character who'll turn to my side sooner or later." But that's not how medical conundrums come about or are solved, though.

Note: For those who're looking for a light medical drama with some comedy, this should cover your needs. However, if you're looking for a manga which has an in-depth and gray-faceted approach to the many moral conundrums of medical issues, you might want to try Say Hello to Black Jack.

... Last updated on April 26th, 2009, 12:01pm
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don't judge by the first chapter   
Rating: N/A
by kichiX
May 9th, 2010, 10:42am
Don't judge this by the first (couple of) chapter(s). I'm reading both saijou no meii and this. TMD gives a more realistic and gritty approach to the japanese medical system than the other and explores the politics that drive the system. I can only hope that this continues as it has for the past 60 chapters and does not become another disappointment...

... Last updated on July 24th, 2012, 7:28am
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Really good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
March 4th, 2013, 5:53pm
The plot is addictive. I rather liked how the human aspects of being a doctor is shown here. It's full of goody stuff that seinen should have: the pain, the aspirations, struggle against the system, drama, love, jealousy, human weaknesses, etc.
I thought the character development is kinda slow... But it's there, alright. Just takes some times.
Each character has their moment of fame: their past actions and motivations, why they are the way they are now. It's real cool. Asada's character however remained mostly a mystery.

The only thing I have a problem with is the art... It really scares me sometimes. It's rather rough looking and sometimes monstrous. I don't like looking at it, but well... Once in a while, when the content is good, I'd endure it.

... Last updated on March 5th, 2013, 2:43pm
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Great but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by YukikoKudo
November 15th, 2012, 4:23pm
It was a good enough manga to force me to read 13 volumes in Chinese. I like the two main character's personalities. (I'm always a stickler for geniuses who go about their own way, following their ideals, breaking through conventional barriers, etc.)

Now for the parts I didn't like, note spoilers:
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The ending was too open ended. It finished with a bomb striking the tent that Asada was working in. Asada lies on the ground... Did he die? What about the lingering relationship between him and Sato?
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