Monday, December 25, 2006

Manga Monday 20

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! This Manga Monday I'm going to be reviewing one manga: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Volume One), but please check out my review of Ode To Kirihito if you missed it a few days ago. Also, with the end of the year comes end of the year lists, and I've selected my favorite twenty-five comics of 2006, which I'll post in two parts, the first of which will appear tomorrow in the late afternoon, with plenty of manga ranked among its numbers! Check it out!!

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Volume One)
Eiji Otsuka & Housui Yamazaki

First off, I must commend the designer of the cover, Bunpei Yorifuji, for the unique package of this book. One of the best comic covers I've seen recently. The interior art by Housui Yamazaki is really nice as well, amid the corpses and bloody stumps and knives. This thriller follows five young Buddhists who put their unusual talents to a collective good use as they form The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, where their clients are the deceased whom they assist in delivering their final requests in hopes of a karmic reward. Most of the stories are seen through the eyes of Kuro Karatsu, a young man with average grades at a Buddhist University. When he's asked to join a group of students praying over the dead in a nearby forest, he didn't expect to be roped into such morbid adventures with a group of strangers, but his gift of speaking with the dead certainly is essential for what the group hopes to accomplish. Also included in the great cast of characters are Numata, a dowser who's able to locate corpses in place of water, Makino, an embalmer who has studied in the states, Yata, who channels an alien being through a sock puppet, and Ao Sasaki, the brains of the operation. With an ecclectic cast of characters and such an interesting premise, this manga promises something unusual and delivers with intriguing plots and grotesque murder scenes. A great debut for the series. A

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