Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 6Posted: April 17, 2008
I was so bummed when I found out this series was underperforming. How is this not popular? It’s literally the most intentionally funny horror series I’ve ever read. It’s also good for a good mystery and usually a gross-out, too. My roommate isn’t quite as enamored of it as I am, but he’s got poor taste. Every volume I read makes me fall in love with it a little more.
While I liked the first story, it was totally forgettable compared to the rest of the volume. This is saying something, because they run into someone with abilities similar to Karatsu, and there’s a post office body-shipping kind of plot going on. There’s also a joke which alludes to the first scene in MPD Psycho, which is the best scene in that series so far.
The next two stories are tied together. Numata gets an apartment for cheap when the landlord can’t rent it out due to a body being left to rot for a month inside. He’s kind of scared by a human-shaped stain on the ceiling, and that’s fair, because it’s pretty freaky-looking. After awhile, another body shows up and needs special counseling in order to talk, which means they take it to a psychiatrist and use Karatsu to converse between the psychiatrist and the body. There is a Kaspar Hauser reference, which I thought was awesome, but not quite as awesome as the psychiatrist who was willing to talk to the body. It turns out that there is a man wandering around, possibly undead, who may be killing people and may bear a resemblance to the spirit that lives with Karatsu. Any hints about that spirit are very welcome, and we get several allusions to it in this story (via a flaming body, among other things), and the short stories in the back of the volume.
The short stories in the back are set far into the past, leaving the current storyline on a severe cliffhanger. We find out a lot about a boy with scars on his face, but it’s unclear about whether he’s connected to Karatsu’s spirit or the villain from the last story.
All I know is that I’m ready to find out some major plot points about Karatsu’s spirit.