Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 4Posted: November 21, 2007
So I was traveling for the past two weeks and forgot to mention it in my last post. Actually, I was supposed to be in Florida for only a little over a week, but then I wound up in Indianapolis. Selling books on the road is a totally awesome job, and I love being in different places, but the traveling to and from wears me out a bit after awhile. I’ll be in Ohio again the next few days, but I should have internet access from there.
Anyway! Somehow, this series got much better in this volume. I was immediately impressed with the first story in this volume, which made fine use of the puppet-boy’s powers finally. He channels another… alien through his hand in a totally over-the-top story about aliens. I don’t want to spoil too much by telling you more of the details, but it involves monkeys as well as Russia and awesome X-Files-like UFO conspiracies/fake conspiracies, and I think I liked it a lot better than most of the other stories I’ve read in this series so far. Plus Kereellis (and they use his name, which I don’t think they have since volume one) really stands up for his host at one point in a really cute way.
The other stories are pretty gruesome, slightly more so than I remember some of the other volumes being. The last story stands out in my mind since it involves really freaky snail-parasites deforming humans and getting eaten by birds, but it was more weird than gruesome. Actually, it was gruesome just because bugs and maggots were discussed at length. Another story involved a “Body Worlds”-like show in Japan and the method by which the bodies for the show were procured. That one wasn’t so gruesome, but it was fairly in-depth and involved compared to some of the other stories. There was another story which introduced a character similar to the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (a detective for hire by spirits) who has a power of his own and finally brought into question the spirit that periodically appears with the scars across his/her face. I’m interested to see who that spirit turns out to be, but I’m perfectly content waiting through these awesome one-shots to find out.
The end notes in the back of this volume were better than they have been in previous volumes. There was one about springtime flower viewing that I was surprised to see, because I figured most people would be familiar with that custom. But this particular explanation was necessary, because not only did it plug the Dark Horse series “Hanami,” it also told me about what brand of cigarettes Lupin III smokes. Neither of these two things had anything to do with what was going on in the manga at the time (“Hanami” was marginally related, but it was definitely a far stretch). It was one of the longest and best translation notes I’ve ever seen in a manga, and there will never be another like it.
I’m sad that the chance to discuss Rowdy Roddy Piper in a translation note was passed over, though. I searched desperately for it when the reference came, but it just wasn’t there. I cried a little. Maybe it would have been too much after the Lupin III discussion. I can only have so much awesome riding on the back of an already overwhelming manga.