Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 9

I reviewed this volume for the weekly Manga Minis column at Manga Recon, so you can check it out over there.

In short: buy it.  Don’t make me come over there.  It’s genuinely quirky, but in kind of a disturbing way I could see turning some people off.  I mean, the jokes have to come at the expense of things like dead bodies, how bodies are found, dead people’s hobbies, or… you know, the characters themselves, who range from spirit-talker to embalmer to body finder.

There was no really long story in this volume like you’d normally find (when I say “really long,” I mean the format where there’s usually only two or so stories per volume), but I enjoyed the short stories immensely.  I touch on them all in that review, but I’ll say it here too: the chapter at the end between Yata and Makino is strange, inappropriate, and oddly touching, three things that don’t really go together in any series aside from this one.


4 Comments on “Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 9”

  1. Lissa says:

    “the chapter at the end between Yata and Makino is strange, inappropriate, and oddly touching, three things that don’t really go together in any series aside from this one.”

    Very well said and oh so true! I really loved the final chapter for this reason, plus it was great learning more about those particular characters.

  2. Connie says:

    I’m always thrilled when more is revealed about Yata, especially. Makino isn’t around very much, but she has a really important role in the group, whereas Yata mostly feels like extra manpower and comic relief with Kereellis. One of my other favorite chapters was when he got to channel another alien and play the star a few volumes back.

  3. Cyphomandra says:

    “Strange, inappropriate and oddly touching” is such a great description of the final chapter. Having Yata and Makino share any sort of moment would have seemed like such a bad idea before it actually happened.

    I do hope this series is selling better – I don’t know why there’s this reluctance to read it, although I say that as someone who is more nauseated by sparkles and sakura explosions than by maggots and lurching corpses :) Maybe I should try to convince people to read it just for the translation notes…

  4. Connie says:

    The translation notes alone are entirely worth it. I learn so many things from them, like little facts about Gore Vidal’s Lincoln and other totally unrelated subjects. I enjoy them almost as much as I enjoy the series.

    The grossness may be a factor, as I’ve tried to get two of my friends reading it at work and both of them were pretty grossed out. It’s a shame, as I revel in that sort of thing. :p


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