Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 13
December 15, 2012
Eiji Otsuka / Housui Yamazaki – Dark Horse – 2013 – 16+ volumes
I’m having a hard time believing my good luck! Two volumes of this in one year! Magnificent. This is still one of my absolute favorites.
The cover story in this volume involves an ancient tradition of Goddess worship, where sacrifices were made to ensure a bountiful harvest. The gang finds a body cut up into pieces and buried in a field, where many strangely bountiful harvests grow in the center of the city. There’s also an ancient dogu statue buried with her, and the whole thing leads back to an archeological society, and to a whodunnit from there. It’s the setting and method that makes these stories interesting, though. While I do like Case Closed, rarely are the murder cases as tied into bizarre pop culture and ancient traditions as this. They are usually a bit more… material in nature.
There are two other stories in the volume. One actually lays a little plot down on us, which I was not expecting. When was the last time that happened in this series?! I could read this series forever and not care about running across an overarching plot, but the bits we’ve gotten are tantalizing. Especially since it will potentially offer an explanation for Karasu’s powers. This story touches on that in the most minimal way possible, but the hint of more will keep me looking for volume 14 every week. The plot-related story is inside another investigation that involves creeps that pick up girls looking… well, to stay overnight, except they also murder them sometimes. This one has an unusually tense and bloody ending.
The middle story was a court case that mostly involved Sasaki and nobody else. It (and the generous end notes) look at the Japanese judicial system pretty closely, and Sasaki and one of her fellow jurists feel their case isn’t quite as open-and-shut as it first seems. The fellow jurist bears an uncomfortable resemblance to Kazuo Umezu.
Basically, everything that I’ve loved about the series all along is still here. The black humor, the way the group’s strange powers work together to solve the murders, the awesome climaxes where the dead come back to life to torture their killer (in one odd case here, another re-animated corpse), and the plentiful end notes that provide pages of details on whatever is going on in the story. This still is one of my very favorites, and I’m still so happy that Dark Horse decided to continue it.