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The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Volume 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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Dec 29, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, manga
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
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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Caro M.
Sep 05, 2015 Caro M. rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, 2015-reads, horror
Quite not bad for the first volume in series, but so far packed with many cliches - corpses with stories, quirky "everyone is special" characters, the idea of a group of students working on something - we've been there, we've seen that so many times, ah. And (view spoiler)? But I know Otsuka can create pretty crazy and paranoid stories with many surprises. I've read his MPD Psycho series 多重人格探偵サイコ 1 till I could recognize who was who (if you read it ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Aoife rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, horror, age-adult, 2011
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
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
Dec 21, 2010 Mon rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2010 Anne Barwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, manga
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
Kristina Robbins
Sep 11, 2016 Kristina Robbins rated it really liked it
That was all sorts of strange. I wasn't sure about it at first but it's growing on me. Will probably get Vol. 2 from the library.
Jun 05, 2016 Sorcered rated it really liked it
Cinci ciudati indeplinesc ultima dorinta a celor morti. Premiza e suficient de generoasa pentru a permite autorilor sa amestece in acelasi volum critica sociala, drame familiale, povesti de groaza si o doza sanatoasa de umor. Personajele sunt memorabile (favoritul meu e ventrilocul a carui papusa e un extraterestru cu gura spurcata), povestile sunt cel putin OK, doua chiar remarcabile.

1. less than happy - Romeo si Julieta, doar ca Julieta e abuzata iar dragostea lor merge dincolo de moarte, la p
Derek Parker
Oct 01, 2015 Derek Parker rated it really liked it
Reread in preparation for the September manga episode of The Comics Alternative: This is one of the first examples of manga I really got to know, so I have a fondness for this series. It's like Scooby-Doo meets Rockford Files meets Stephen King.
Mur Lafferty
I liked it. Could do without the frequent naked dead female bodies though. Or at least give us some naked male bodies for balance.
Jun 25, 2016 Ari rated it liked it
"Great potential for the volumes to come"

A continuous series of stories following the interesting theme of a few young individuals, whom among themselves having respective talents related to the deceased, working together on a business of bringing the dead (due to unnatural ends) to their desired destinations. The manga started out flipping between boring (sorry, I have to be honest!) and horror (glory depictions). Fortunately, it got way more interesting when it came to the third stories or so.
M. A. P.
May 15, 2015 M. A. P. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The first volume of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service compiles the first four chapters of this still ongoing Japanese comic. The story follows a group of five recently graduated Buddhist university students working in a company dealing with delivering/disposing the dead according to the deceased's own wishes.

I started reading this due to finding the overall concept interesting, as well as for enjoying the cultural differences in funerary practices. Without any prior knowledge of the funerary
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
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
Alex G
May 13, 2015 Alex G rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
light-hearted read on horror. the murderers get their just desserts. irony abounds but seems to lose steam near the end. wish it was a full story rather than episodic.
Jul 16, 2016 Eleni rated it really liked it
A great first volume and I'm going to be reading more of this manga.

The main story is quite self explanatory in this first volume: a group of bhuddist students play paranormal detective and look for the dead to give them their last wish, which is usually either a trip home or revenge.
No character building just yet, but with these kinds of stories you don't tend to get to know main characters on a deep level.
Art style was good, and I appreciated the attention to detail on the rather morbid scenes
Melissa Chung
Oct 10, 2014 Melissa Chung rated it it was amazing
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.

Sep 09, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing

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
cEe beE
Think of a Japanese version of the meddling kids from Scooby Doo meets CSI intersected by Supernatural. The artwork is good, but not too creepy. Over all okay but lacking in atmosphere and tension.
Nick Tramdack
May 09, 2011 Nick Tramdack rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 06, 2016 Joyce added it
Shelves: librarybook
Being sick is a great excuse to try totally left-field reading material, like this cheerfully deranged Japanese manga series about a clique of Buddhist students who decide to start a side hustle to capitalize on their... very PARTICULAR talents involving death. Basically one dude can find dead people, one can talk to them, and the rest... I'm not even sure what they do! But imagine sort of a... gory death-obsessed Japanese version of Scooby-Doo? They even have a dope-looking van with a black her ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Rosie rated it liked it
If you love creepy and messed up things this is the book for you! It was just a tad to creepy for me.
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
Jun 26, 2015 Christiane Evaskis-Garrett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fiction, undead, manga
So good. The plot point is brilliant: an unemployed Buddhist monk-in-training who has psychic powers gets hooked up with a group of other odd folks and help spirits move on to the afterlife by dealing with their corpses. More often than not, the spirits have been murdered and even if that is not the case, the spirits have been through traumatizing experiences. The artwork is vivid and very detailed. (Don't read this while sitting next to a small child; don't ask why I know that.) For a quick, su ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Amelia rated it it was amazing
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Feb 01, 2009 Suzie rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-manga
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
Nov 02, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
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
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing
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.
Jennifer Iriye
Mar 21, 2010 Jennifer Iriye rated it it was amazing
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
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大塚 英志

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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