Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, v.2

by Eiji Ohtsuka and Housui Yamazaki
Published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Manga

Slugline: If the victim is already dead, is it murder?

This is a strange and compelling horror story, well written, well drawn, and complete within the volume. I'm going to have to track down v.1.

Kurosagi Delivery Service is made up of people with unusual abilities who try to make a living helping the dead fulfil their final wishes. It's not a very profitable line of work. Between their attempts to get paying jobs, they are drawn into the strange goings-on at a funeral home that involve a young girl who can raise the dead -- sort of. Mostly.

The author does not feel the need to make the reader laugh much -- this is a straight-up, dark and uncensored thriller. Which is not to say that it does not have its lighter moments, or that it doesn't end on an hopeful note. It's a nice change of pace: a horror story that doesn't involve ongoing, grim situations.

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service vol.2 is available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda

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