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Saturday, April 4, 2009

FREE MANGA!!! (The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service)

In a confined, shared living environment, there comes a point when you have to choose between beloved comics as "only a few" can hold their own on the shared bookshelf. I also confess to purchasing copious amounts of comics. I've decided today, dear readers, to generously (yet, slowly) start gifting them to the public, should you be so interested.

Today's present hails from the land of Japan, a Dark Horse translated version of 黒鷺死体宅配便 (Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin) or The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. It's written by one of the coolest writers...Eiji Otsuka (Maho no Rouge Lipstick, MPD Psycho) . He graduated with degrees in anthropology, women's folklore, human sacrifice and post-war manga. !!!! Housui Yamazaki (Mail) is the illustrator - and, not going to lie, he has made some of the creepiest drawings I've ever seen.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, it's a horror comic that follows five university students running a company to fulfill the final wishes of the dead (and figure out what to do with their bodies)... BUT their determination to find out the desires of the dead often turn into Scooby-Doo-like adventures. Hey nowwwww.

So even if you haven't read earlier volumes, you can pick up the idea pretty quickly. Volume 8 follows the group as they undercover a group advertising meikonshiki (an ancient, hillbilly afterlife marriage ceremony!!!!!) to wealthy families of the deceased who want their loved ones to live happily "ever after". In true manga fashion, most of the ugly dead are married to well-endowed, beautiful naifs. In order for the marriage to be consecrated, the innocents must be drawn into a marriage image (think wedding photo). This drawing curses them to be haunted, and eventually killed by their undead bethrothed! Of course one of the Scooby gang is drawn into a marriage, and all hell breaks loose!

The book also contains a section called "Disjecta Membra: Sound FX Glossary and notes on Kurosagi V.8 by Toshifumi Yoshida." At first I thought this was some "Manga for beginngers" by Dark Horse, but it actually is pretty funny and informative.

Anyway, let us know if you would like me to ship it (S&H free!) to you. Although I've read it - I don't break bindings. It's pretty much brand new.

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