Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 7
November 13, 2008
I get a great deal of pleasure from every new volume of this series, which may seem sort of twisted since it mostly deals in rather morbid topics. But the fact it has great stories coupled with its bizarre sense of humor makes it absolutely my thing, probably more so than Skip Beat, which I will rave about momentarily.
My enjoyment is enhanced even more by the extensive notes in the back of the book. If I haven’t said it before, let me say it again: this series has the best translation notes you will ever see. Ever. There will never be anything else quite like them. I usually read them first. Not only do they comment on a variety of things that are probably not necessary, but the end notes go on for a long time with things like specific directions to stores that are mentioned in the story, etc.
I was disappointed that the story did not pick up where it left off last time, which was with Karatsu on fire. The characters act as if this never happened. The first story is about a robot suit made to be a cross between Astro Boy, Mazinger Z, and a Gundam suit. The robot suit is eventually powered by a zombie who loves to play Nintendo. It was pretty entertaining, if not all that… well, dark or anything.
The second story is about a plastic surgery clinic fixing people to look like a popular Japanese celebrity who bears a strong resemblance to Audrey Hepburn. The patients are apparently having problems… hearing voices, and having little faces that speak to them appear on their ears. The Shirosagi people are behind this, and they manage to catch Karatsu’s soul and his friend Yaichi for the purposes of the women who wish to curse the two of them. There are earmice, and eventually earmen. It is entertaining, to say the least, but I can’t say I was entirely comfortable with the implications between two of the characters. This was probably the best story in the volume.
The final story was based (yet again) on the story of the Inugami clan. I think I just need to read the goddamn book, it comes up so often in these series. I liked this one a lot, especially the ending, which went for humor even while it was revealed who was being murdered and why.
Despite what I say about not liking what’s implied between two characters, I do like the way everyone plays their part in the series. The two girls wind up getting odd jobs for easy work, while the three boys are hired out to do hard labor like haul heavy tombstones. This is commented on extensively, and I would probably dislike it in any other series, except the jokes they crack about it here are just too funny.
Please read this! I think the next volume is coming out in January, but it breaks my heart to hear that the sales are not going so well. It’s quite fantastic.