And now, for our Halloween special, I give you horror manga review #2!
Being formulaic can be deadly, and if your cast of characters rely on simple powers, then it’s almost a given your story will follow a formulaic pattern. Here we have the cast of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: one who can find all sorts of information, one who can find corpses with a dowsing rod, one with a puppet channelling an alien on his hand, one with amazing embalming skills, and our hero who can talk to the dead. So, this thing will be boring right?
I’m glad to tell you this isn’t the case. The writing of this manga is really enjoyable, from the plight of the dead to the sarcastic alien, there’s never a boring moment in this manga.
But wait, what is the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service? Their job is to search for the dead, and with the team’s powers, they ask the dead for any of their final wishes like where they want to be buried or if they want to be someplace else(they can’t move, of course). Sometimes they just want to be buried somewhere near, but others have unfinished business so most of the time the team ends up visiting a killer. There are even times where they go overseas. The team gets the payment from the corpses themselves, giving their earthly possessions and other stuff. After all, this is a business.
If you think there’d be tons of repeating cases where you’ll say “Isn’t this like that case?”, well, again, you’re wrong. Just like Detective Conan(I’m assuming here, I’ve never read past volume 1 of that manga), this manga has unique cases for the team to solve in each volume. Most of them are just one issue long, but some span accross an entire volume.
Also, even if the manga is about corpses, and there is a wealth of gross corpses illustrated for the reader’s behalf, the tone of the manga is light. I often laugh out loud while reading this manga.
The only caveat I find for this manga is it’s still not finished. I hate waiting. 😦
Haha. Anyway, read this one for yourself. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂
(This review covers Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volumes 1 to 6.)