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.

8 Responses to “Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 7”

  1. jun Says:

    I seriously need to read the rest of this. I read the first volume and I own 2-7, it’s just a matter of finding the time!

  2. MayoChuChu Says:

    I’m so frustrated I can’t get anyone to read this! It’s like the best (somewhat lighthearted..ish) death related manga out there! And it’s the only one that makes death hilarious!

    But according to most people I know, the bodies are too disturbing. One friend didn’t even get past the first page of vol. 1! Eh. I am doomed to failure.

    On the other hand, I really hope they will continue or reference back to the events in vol. 6, it was a torture for me to wait and see what happened to Karatsu, but they totally dismissed it. Gah! Other than that, can’t wait for the next volume!

  3. Connie Says:

    Yeah, I was really blown away that they chose to ignore that whole thing with Karatsu. I was really expecting an explanation as to the whole… ghost hanging out behind him thing. It is kind of funny it managed to avoid the subject yet again, though.

    It can get kind of gross in parts, which I always sort of gloss over because it’s not the sort of thing that bothers me, and I tend to forget what the bodies look like because of all the other weird things going on. It’s kind of impressive that the bodies look so graphic when the art is otherwise fairly plain.

    Jun: Well, you do have the volumes, so at least you’re supporting the series, and that’s always a good thing. I kind of felt bad that you were turned off by the rotting corpses, I had forgotten to mention them at all, ever, when I was talking about the series. There was another at the end of this volume, but he wasn’t as gross as one or two of the others that pop up every now and again.

  4. jun Says:

    Actually, the only stuff that really bugs me are people who are still alive, but who have been mutilated. That’s a big “ICK!” The reason I haven’t read the rest isn’t because I was grossed out or anything. It’s just a lack of time.

  5. jenn Says:

    Hi! I was googling Kurosagi Corpse Delivery to see what others thought of it. I first picked up volume one on a whim a year ago — I’d liked the Uzumaki movie, and a friend said, oh, read Junji Ito then, and voila! horror manga Amazon.com explosion — and it was just so sharp-witted, so clever and so obviously well translated, I couldn’t put it down.

    Incidentally, I actually got into Kurosagi because I liked how grisly the illustrations were in ‘Mail’. Of course I was surprised to see it was really very much a creepy comedy, but the balance works SO WELL.

  6. Connie Says:

    I… ought to read Mail. I think it was Mail I wanted when I ordered Kurosagi instead, but after I read three volumes of this, I forgot about the other.

    The jokes the characters make while dealing with… everything they deal with are always absolutely perfect. I’m not sure how this series can get humor to suit any situation, but I love it dearly because of it. Especially since it is always balancing narrowly on the cusp of good and bad taste. It probably tips over to the latter without my noticing, but it’s still funny.

  7. Miru Says:

    haha honestly i was attracted to this series ( among the mass of mangas at kinokuniya ) by its cover. It is just unique among the swarms of cliche =P. It got me into the horror genre too XD!! But i thought mail had rather bland stories =/ im so glad he got a writer for kurosaki ^_^ although i was amused at the crossover story in one of the vols

  8. Connie Says:

    Yeah, he seems to be fond of crossovers. The police officer the characters often speak to is a character somehow warped from the reality of MPD Psycho. I’m curious about whether he’s ever going to somehow incorporate a Madara crossover. That would be awesome and weirdly doable in Kurosagi, where it seems like many things can happen.

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