Teenager Memori Fujieda is the top bodyguard in Japan. Not only is he skilled, but he’s handsome as well. This makes him the perfect face for his brother’s small bodyguard agency. As much as Memori enjoys his work, he is tired of doing it alone; but where will he ever find a partner as skilled as he?
As luck would have it, Memori happens to cross paths with a boy named Yuuki. Yuuki dreams of becoming a bodyguard and hopes that Memori will take him under his wing. While they talk, Memori spots a girl about to jump off a bridge. He manages to catch her, but he would have fallen to his death had Yuuki not been there to pull him up.
When the girl claims to have no memory of jumping, she admits that she believes someone is trying to kill her. Memori takes the girl under his protection and offers Yuuki the chance to work with him if he can pass the tests. Yuuki seems to have what it takes to be a bodyguard: strength, good reflexes, and a sharp wit…maybe too sharp. Much to Memori’s horror, he learns that Yuuki isn’t a bodyguard at all. He’s Japan’s top assassin.
The situation doesn’t turn into a thrilling cat-and-mouse game though. Yuuki won’t kill unless paid to do so. Without any clients to hunt, he spends his time hanging out with Memori. Though Memori thinks that Yuuki’s work is deplorable, he just can’t help but like the guy. When a potential new employer looks to steal Memori from the family business, Yuuki ends up taking the job instead. Will these two end up as bitter rivals, or will Yuuki always be the deadly assassin he was trained to be?
Game X Rush is one of those manga that has a great concept but could be so much better. Kusanagi attempts to cross action with lighthearted comedy, and it just doesn’t work in this case. It doesn’t have the endearing quality found in some of her other works. Are all the clients going to be cute girls? Are the villains all going to be so obvious in their guilt? Didn’t anyone tell Kusanagi that digital clocks don’t tick? Doesn’t it seem just a bit cliché that Memori is “Japan’s greatest bodyguard” and Yuuki is “its greatest assas