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The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service 1 by Eiji Otsuka
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Oct 24, 11

bookshelves: 2011, age-adult, horror, manga
Read from October 22 to 24, 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 "client" (corpse) wishes, after Numato "dowses" to find the bodies. Keiko will then often embalm the bodies. Sasaki is the brains behind the service, trying to find out ways to get compensation from the dead bodies. I'm not quite sure of the function of Yata and his puppet except to swear at people. In this first volume, 4 mysteries are solved and justice brought, often by Karatsu's strange ability to reanimate corpses when he's possessed by a spirit.

It's an interesting, quirky concept although very episodic in nature. The group dynamics are fun. There is, however, a lot of full frontal nudity (of corpses and generally not sexual in nature), gore, and language, and some disturbing images. There are moments of gruesomeness but overall the tone is kept light.
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