The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 9

by Eiji Otsuka, Housui Yamazaki | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1595823069 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/13/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I discovered this series after stumbling across Vol. 5 at a local used book store, and promptly fell in love with it; I picked up the first couple of volumes and am on my way to collecting the whole set. The TV Tropes page calls it a black comedy horror manga, which certainly fits, but the actual mix of emotional, spiritual, mundane, funny, and gruesome elements is hard to describe...

I also like the unusual cover design. For one thing, the covers have a matte finish rather than the typical gloss; for another, each one includes a stylized illustration showing one or more of the subjects from one of the cases in the book. (This can include some spoilers, so purists may want to avoid examining the covers too closely!) The covers also include pictures of each of the team members, with that of the "corpse-whisperer" always staying the same, while the others are presented in a different style on each book. (Here, they're drawn as puppets - even the actual puppet!)

The first case here mixes horror and whimsy, as an apparently-haunted doll triggers the gang's senses - but it takes puppet Kereellis to communicate with it. (Cue the gang rolling their eyes - that, after everything they've seen!) This leads to a temple for doll-funerals, but it's tied to necromantic rituals...

Another case deals with an urban legend, with the typical story-arc in which our heroes bicker, gather information, and eventually loose the bodies of the victims onto the killer for revenge.

Then we turn to a different type of story - one with a very old man whose effects link him to a truly horrifying period in Japanese history. This one features some bleak motivations, including a kidnapping in an attempt to have a dead man reveal his choice of successor - oh, it's a lovely, involved story, with a satisfying wrapup after a surprising revelation.

The final tale gets more whimsical - though, of course, still grisly. Yatta and his puppet/alien Keerellis are entertaining school kids, but since Keerellis apparently *is* an alien (or channels one), his remarks aren't suitable for his young audience. Hilarity ensues - until a chance comment from the team member who saved the day with her magical-girl act leads Yatta to tell her how he lost his sister and parents, and nearly died himself, in a murder/suicide. {shudder} But this tragic back-story, coupled with her own parental-death tale, doesn't lead to darkness: instead, they attempt to communicate with the dead - and find themselves introducing a bereft toddler to its lost goldfish!

So, yes, more grim deaths, ghastly deeds, gruesome corpses - and cheerful comrades with surprisingly upbeat attitudes.

As always, the "Disjecta Membra" notes at the end are wildly informative and entertaining in their own right.

The series continues with Volume 10.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 111 South Rd. in Bedford, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, October 30, 2016

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