Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 8

Written by Eiji Otsuka
Art by Housui Yamazaki

Eight volumes in, it's hard to describe how much I love The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service in a new way, but my affection for this book remains undiminished.

In this issue, the crew, who usually busy themselves delivering deceased bodies to where they want to go, address a couple of social issues in modern-day Japan.  The first story is a pretty simple one about the group trying to recruit new members so they can maintain their status as a school club.

After that, though, they become embroiled in a story about 'afterlife weddings' - marriages conducted between two people who are deceased, as a way of placating their souls.  Things turn a little weird though, when a company that offers this service start marrying the dead to the living, with the end result being that both bride and groom end up dead.

The next story has to do with the practice of 'baby drop boxes' at Japanese hospitals - a way for women to safely deposit unwanted newborns without facing criminal charges or public shame.  Of course, this being Kurosagi CDS, the babies keep turning up dead, and there is a supernatural explanation.

This series always blends humour and horror perfectly, and I find that I like the characters more with each new volume I read.  There's not a lot of individual development in this volume, aside from the introduction of a possible love interest for Karatsu, but this is still a very enjoyable read.

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