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The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: Book One Omnibus (Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus) Paperback – September 8, 2015
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"One of the ongoing series I most look forward to, in all its goofy, gruesome glory." -Shaenon Garrity, Anime News Network --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Eiji Otsuka is a social critic and novelist. He graduated from college with a degree in anthropology, women's folklore, human sacrifice and post-war manga. In addition to his work with manga he is a critic, essayist, and author of several successful non-fiction books on Japanese popular and otaku sub-cultures. He writes the Multiple Personality Detective Psycho and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series. One of his first animation script works was Mahō no Rouge Lipstick, an adult lolicon OVA. Ōtsuka was the editor for the bishōjo lolicon manga series Petit Apple Pie. In the 80s, Otsuka was editor-in-chief of Manga Burikko, a leading women's manga magazine where he pioneered research on otaku sub-cultures in modern Japan. He has published a host of books and articles about the manga industry. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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One of my favorite things about the manga is its willingness to go from comedic to horrifying at the drop of a hat--a story featuring a possessed space monkey is immediately followed by one about WWII-era human rights atrocities. It makes it a little hard to classify, but in a good way; is it horror? Black humor? Something else entirely? Despite the dark turns the story line often takes, the manga as a whole actually comes off as pretty lighthearted thanks to the central cast; they're all charming and quirky and very deadpan about the weird situations thy get themselves into.
Another thing I love is the translation quality. The translator's notes at the end of each book are packed to the brim with historical information, explanations of Japanese pop culture, and even personal anecdotes. Sounds dry, maybe, but it's actually immensely fun to read.
I devoured the first omnibus for this manga and had been eagerly awaiting the second ever since. It definitely did not disappoint! The only thing I'm sad about is that it ended on a cliffhanger--it feels like it's going to take forever for three to finally come out.
(Fair warning, though: I am NOT KIDDING about the strong stomach thing. This one's actually less nasty than the first volume, but it still has tons of drawings of gore, decay, insect-infested bodies, open wounds, etc. It's not for the squeamish.)
As with the first collected volume, the editor's notes are a huge added bonus that helps bring a deeper understanding to what is happening throughout. It gives a look at Japan's culture and history for those who might be unfamiliar with it. Even though I studied Japanese language, history and culture in college the editor still manages to educate with tidbits of information that isn't commonly taught or known.
Even though this is a 'horror' manga and not for the squeamish, the story is multi-dimensional and while each 'volume' within is it's own story arc, the entire series has an overarching story that keeps you wanting more.
The thing I was expecting from this book and the thing I received were two different things. I say this happily, too, because i was skeptical about the venture when it came to this book. The descriptions made this sound like it was going to be a tutoring lesson on how bodies are dealt with - not exactly the excitement I want when I read a little horror - but it turned out to be so much more. When I read it the first panels I saw the nature of the business that the characters were delving into, and when I read the stories here I saw that it had a bleak overtone being installed and that the characters were going to be oddly fixating. All in all that meant I was in for something different, and different normally means that I am in for a real treat. That made me happy, and happier still when i noticed how the art and storylines combined to make something really dark and twisted.
I also like the things that could be learned from this book in a cultural aspect - even though the book is about dealing with the dead, Buddhism has certain laws pertaining to that. I had never really thought of a Buddhist school until now, and having a B.S. in buddhism seemed almost alien to me. The book made me done some research into that topic, and learning is always a good things. On top of that, the book explains some of this outright and allows novices to the culture to understand other things by watching what is presented to the viewer, making me a happy camper when everything was said and done. It didn't make me feel stupid or talk down to me, but it did not treat me like a complete fool and leave a lot to over-examination.
This is a book that reads the correct way and gives translations when they are needed. That is a great thing in the world of books that oftentimes do not do what we need done, and it makes for a better set-up when everything is said and done. If the book itself sounds interesting to you, check out the first volume and be surprised by some of the story set-ups. i certainly was one of the people who waited around until I finally needed something new to try out, then found myself happy with what I saw emerging from the backdrop.
This manga is definitely refreshing, combining traditional/supernatural Japanese culture with modern and contemporary. Filled with dark humor and even darker "villians". This volume does its job at introducing the characters in an organic way and fleshes them out through the volume.
The stories contained are very dark, though tend to have a lighter ending, so if your looking for a light hearted manga, this isn't it. But if you want something different that isn't way out there (or full of kids, which as an adult reader can be tiring) then this is a really great read.
Unlike the first volume, this one is a single story that introduces a few new and potential recurring characters as well as developing a couple members of the gang.
This story is great in that it makes you question the morals of the living and rights of the dead.
There is also gore galore and explicit images, so definitely keep out of reach of kids, the squeamish, and anyone you think will find this disturbing (and you for owning it lol).