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The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 1 (The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service #1)

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'Your body is their business! Five young students at a Buddhist university, three guys and two girls, find little call for their job skills in today's Tokyo... among the living, that is! But all that stuff in college they were told would never pay off - you know, channeling, dowsing, ESP - gives them a direct line to the dead... the dead who are still trapped in their corp ...more
Paperback, English Edition, 208 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Dark Horse Manga (first published 2002)
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Melki
Hundreds of people die in this country every day. How many die the way they wanted to...with all their wishes fulfilled?

If you're dead and need some tending above and beyond the usual after-death requirements, this service is for you. A gang of misfits will help you get what you need, be it vengeance on your murderer, or burial in the field of your dreams. I'm still not completely sure how they turn a profit, but they all seem to be decked out in the latest fashions, Jack Skellington barrettes a
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Emma Sea
This was fine. A nice idea and the art was OK without being amazeballs.

The translator hasn't shown the sound effects on each page, they're in an appendix at the back, and this was slightly frustrating. However I do like very much that there are FX for: "PORO: parts coming off face," "DO: an organ hitting floor,"and "GEBOBOBO: vomiting blood."

Image is for Steelwhisper and Kyn only. NSFW!
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Kate
Karatsu is a student at a Buddhist college, looking for a job now that he's graduated. For some reason one flyer jumps out at him from the job postings board, one that reads, "Let's go look at some dead people!" Little did he know what he was getting into. With Karatsu's ability to hear the wishes of dead people, the volunteer group meant to pray over the corpses of murder victims is now able to do so much more, and the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is born.

Karatsu tells the group what their
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Charles Dee Mitchell
What do you do if you are about to graduate from a small Buddhist college but do not come from a priestly family and therefore have no job opportunities open to you. If you have the proper skills, and a strong stomach, you might join The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. This group sees to it that corpses abandoned in garbage dumps or found in the woods or the trunks of cars make it home to where their remains truly belong. But special skills do come in handy. One is a computer hacker; one is a ...more
Aoife
A van these meddling kids may have, Scooby Doo this is not. Graduating from a Buddhist university with no practical skills suitable for employment a group bands together in hopes of turning their unusual skill set into something profitable (Or at least, that pays the rent)

The problem being that their skills comprise of such esoteric talents such as corpse-dowsing, ESP, channeling the restless spirits of the dead....Resolving to help the dead with their unfinished business (for a fee naturally) O
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Chibineko
Are you dead on your feet? Do you find yourself struggling to voice your wishes to others? Then check out Kurosagi Corpse Delivery!

This manga follows a group of college graduates around as they struggle to put their talents (such as they are) to good use by discovering what the dead want & trying to fulfill their wishes. The group is mixed with one guy who can actually speak to the dead (and sometimes animate them), a woman who is a top rate hacker, a guy who can use a pendulum to discover d
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Mon
Not to be confused with what Michael C Hall does in Six Feet Under (that's all I know about funeral practices), the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service doesn't bother itself with the conventional world of undertakers and those other people who dress in black in funeral homes. It's an odd mix of CSI and the Ghost Whisperer, minus the hot girl. The characters can be described as weird, and nothing much beyond that. It's a bit like a competition of 'draw the quirkiest character you can think of', and ...more
Anne Barwell
I enjoyed this manga - sadly the library only has the first vol, and apparently there are 11 to date so I've asked them to purchase more *crosses fingers*. It's offbeat, gothic humour and the banter is great. The characters are a bit different and that's a lot of the appeal of it. One can talk to the dead, another communicates through a glove puppet on his hand who he says is an alien, another has studied embalming, another is a dowser, can't find water but great at finding dead bodies.

I enjoyed
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Melissa Chung
This is the perfect paranormal gross-fest with nudity and cussing.

Kuro Karatsu is a 4th year student at a Buddhist University. One day he decides to volunteer with a bunch of weirdos. The Manga didn't say but I think it was Suicide Forest where the first body is found.

The Weirdos just so happen to be special in a paranormal way. You find out that Karatsu and speak to ghosts, that Numata can find dead bodies, that Makino is a excellent embalmer, and Yata is a channeler by way of hand puppet.

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Rebecca

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is a Manga series about a group of students from a Buddhist University who have realised that there is little call for their job skills.

Within the first volume four deliveries are described, there is graphic violence throughout and its art work is simple, yet detailed.

I really enjoyed this book, the story is really interesting and incorporates some Japanese Tradition aswell.In the book Dendera Field is mentioned which is a place when the japanese used to cas
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Nick Tramdack
Pretty neat manga recommended to me by the staff of Chicago Comics... a little short for my taste but any buddhist mystery story is going to get a good ranking in my book.
Rosie
If you love creepy and messed up things this is the book for you! It was just a tad to creepy for me.
Amelia
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Arminzerella
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Suzie
This is the story of five Buddhist university students (and one foul mouthed puppet) who serve the needs of the restless dead. Episodic format. Character development, if any, is for the dead. This covers some of the same subject matter as Mitsuhara Mikazu's 'The Embalmer.' I would say the storylines are less trite, though the art is not quite as nice (though, it must be said, my taste runs towards the positively florid). I think the audience here is presumed to be male, where 'The Embalmer' is c ...more
Colleen
With Halloween so close by I picked up the first 5 volumes of a manga series called the "Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service" at the library. The premise is that this group of students who recently graduated from a Buddhist studies college have no job prospects (which feels very very familiar...). They gang up together to form the "Corpse Delivery Service" using their "religious" skills - one can dowse and locate bodies, one can speak to the lingering spirit to hear their last wishes, and they team ...more
Nick
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: Your body is their business! From writer, Eiji Otsuka, and artist, Housui Yamazaki, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is a manga that combines horror, and humor. The surprising thing about the series is that it does a good job at both. The story follows five Buddhist college students as they start up a unique service, one that serves the dead. Using unique skills, like dowsing and speaking to the dead, they find the dead and help them free their souls for reincarnation.
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Jennifer Iriye
If you aren't a fan of blood, gore, and dismembered bodies coming back to life, then this series is definitely not for you. Probably (no, definitely) not a good one for the kiddies either. This manga has a really intriguing storyline and I appreciate the artwork. The story is about a group of college kids attending a Buddhist school and how they come together to form the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery service. One of the members is an itako, a kind of psychic, that can talk to the dead to determine wh ...more
Charles
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Robert Beveridge
Eiji Otsuka, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 1 (Dark Horse Books, 2002)

Eiji Otsuka's best-known work by far is MPD Psycho, adapted into a successful TV miniseries by Takashi Miike in 2000. I was always more intrigued, though, by The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. I mean, how can you not be intrigued by a title like that? Took me years to finally track down a library in my network that actually has the books, but the first two finally came in for me last night, and I tore into them
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Bob Dobbs
I read the first two volumes. Bleh. It's sort of like a crime procedural comic with a gimmick. You know how there's this massive amount of TV police procedurals centered around some gimmick? Like in the show Numb3rs, the gimmick is that every case is solved with... numb3rs. Or the show Lie to Me, every case is solved with facial expressions. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is like that, but with weird Buddhist college students.

The guy with a puppet that receives messages from aliens just feels
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Ape
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I quite enjoyed this one - I think I will have to read some more of the story when I can. It's a bit of a macabre story, with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. It's classed as horror - for the odd graphic image thrown in, but its not that scary really. It's about a group of uni students who set up this corpse delivery service - basically people who have died, but their spirits haven't left their bodies yet because they want their bodies put elsewhere, or there's some
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Nicole
Very cool manga. A team of students at a Buddhist college in Japan decide to put their unique skills to good use - getting justice for dead people who haven't crossed over yet while also reaping some financial reward through their karmic good will. The cast of characters includes a psychic who can speak to the dead; a "dowser" that can track down the location of dead bodies with a pendant; an embalmer who helps to preserve the bodies until justice is met; a channeler who speaks with an "alien" t ...more
Andrea
At first I was kind of turned off at how cliché the characters appeared but once I started to read it it phased me less. It's a murder mystery book and each chapter is different from the next. It case is unique, sort of. *Warning* 95% of the victim's were female. I also have an issue with how much lady breast, mons pubis, and labia majora is in the book but no male shaft etc.; I like to keep things at an equal balance. The artwork is appealing. It's a fun read if you like murder mystery.
Georgina
Feb 12, 2011 Georgina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dark fantasy
Recommended to Georgina by: Lily
An interesting if only morbidly so, manga about people who help corpse's find peace for money. They are able to find out what the corpse wants because of the main characters ability to converse with the dead.

The structure of the stories are so far individual with absolutely no sign of any overall arc for it to follow and the start of the 'delivery service' itself feels quite abrupt and unnatural.

The characters are ok though none of them particularly stand out as they mostly feel like cardboard
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Baal Of
I'm on the fence about this one. The premise has potential, but the implementation is wanting. The characters, described as weird by other reviewers, are just barely that, because they are so paper thin. I picked this up because I've been desperate to find a good new horror comic, but this just doesn't fit the bill. Even though there are a few mildly gruesome images, I never felt the slightest since of dread that I can get from the best horror comics, such as those by Junji Ito, so for me this d ...more
Joy
Seemingly episodic horror series about five students at a Buddhist university who put otherwise unmarketable skills-- such as conversing psychically with the dead, embalming, dowsing, and channeling alien voices through puppets--to use in delivering corpses with unfinished business to their final rest. I liked the black comedy of the series (seriously, the puppet that speaks for aliens?!), which made me laugh out loud at several points. However, after just a few chapters, I was already becoming ...more
Stephanie
It started out as a volunteer project for credit at the Buddhist University. It turned out to be a profitable business aptly named "The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service". The staff is comprised of 5 students with special powers suited to the business: Numata is a dowser; he can find dead bodies with his dowsing pendulum: sweet demure Makino studied embalming in America (a subject not offered in Japan): Yata channels aliens through his hand puppet: Karatsu can hear the voices of the dead: and Ao ...more
T S
Very cool straight-up horror with a fair amount of humor. The premise works, and the settings are great. I appreciated the linework. Lots of delicately rendered backdrops make the stories more engaging. Recommended, just not for the faint of heart. Imagine a buddhist version of Evil Dead meeting up with Scooby Doo by way of Twin Peaks and you're headed in the right direction.
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Social anthropologist and novelist. Graduated from college with 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. One of his first animation script works was Maho no Rouge Lipstick, an adult lolicon OVA. Otsuk
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