Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 6

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.

7 Responses to “Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 6”

  1. jun Says:

    Yeah, I was sad to hear that about its performance. I have volume 1, but now I don’t know whether it’ll be worth it to invest in the rest of them or not, if it will eventually get discontinued.

  2. swanjun Says:

    Hm, this is a test comment to see if my avatar works.

  3. Connie Says:

    Hmm, that’s odd. Let me try this to see if this random account works.

    – Connie

  4. Connie Says:

    Hmm… that one seems to work, that’s a comments-only wordpress account. Does it have the blue/gray bar across the top of the site when you log in that offers a link to the dashboard or a dropdown menu that has links from “your account” that stays in the upper left hand corner?

  5. jun Says:

    I didn’t actually try logging in to wordpress and then navigating here. That might be a little too much effort just to get a little picture in the corner. :)

  6. Truly~Wished Says:

    This is such an amazing series, I can’t believe it is under-performing! That makes me a little crabby since I own the entire thing and bought it for my sis too. There just aren’t many funny stories out there that are as original and good for a gross-out as well as a laugh.

  7. Connie Says:

    It’s true. It looks like volume 7 is on the schedule right now, which I think catches us up with Japan. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see the rest of the books come out when the release schedule slows down after that.


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