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Creepy!Nov. 4 2009
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While there are other stories in the series I like more (see my review of vol 8), this volume really contained some nice creepy stories. There's a nice mix of humor & horror, which is always a bonus for me.
The stories in this volume are a dead otaku turned work robot, plastic surgery gone horrifically wrong & a murder on the set of a big movie. The movie murder is the biggest story of the volume, but it's the one about plastic surgery that really creeped me out. The surgery episode is about a clinic that advertises that they can make you look exactly like a famous celebrity, starting with her ears. (When you do discover how they're growing the ears, it's pretty creepy looking.)
I really did enjoy this volume overall & it was nice to see more development surrounding a rival/opponent group for the Kurosagi crew. (the Shirosagi group) As always, the volume showed quite a bit of my current favorite character, Numata- who often serves as the comic relief, something that is often needed in this series. The return of Shirosagi really does bring the story level up a bit, making this more than a one-off series & giving the potential for longer story arcs. So far though, the stories are still mostly one-offs with a few threads that loop over the entire series.
Fame, death, and gamer humorApril 3 2015
Johanna Draper Carlson
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Volume 8 is a better starting point, if you’re picking up the series in the middle, but I thought this installment had some interesting things to say about fame and the movies.
The first story by Eiji Otsuka in Volume 7 is a one-shot, about a robot powered by a zombie with a video game for a brain chip. It’s full of fan humor, making fun of gamers and other obsessive types. I found myself wishing for a refresher about the names of the core characters, but the personalities shone through in this adventure, and the black humor was a nice, light diversion from the more disturbing material to follow.
The rest of the book contains two multi-chapter stories touching on different aspects of the desire for and damages from fame. The first involves the investigation of a bizarre plastic surgery clinic, promising to give its customers the ears of Saori Kurotani. Saori is a reclusive, retired actress with an elfin appearance, much like a Japanese Audrey Hepburn, and the clinic claims to be licensing her face, in bits and pieces. Of course, the explanation is much more disturbing — after a digression into current science, growing ears on mice with stem cells, the story takes a turn into revenge and morbid fantasy. Carriers of the surgical changes grow jinmenso, a type of haunting where someone else’s face appears on their body. Did the girls bring this on themselves by trying to acquire famous beauty by payment? There’s also some talk about how far the desire to follow fashion trends might go in future, enabled by technology. It’s a fascinating blend of science fiction and poetic justice ghost story.
The art by Housui Yamazaki is distinctive and attractive, with expressive characters who seem like real people, in spite of their weird death abilities or fascinations. The images of some of the vengeance-seeking spirits are shocking, sure to stick with you in their potency, and well-chosen for their message.
The second story takes the team to a movie set. An older, respected director may be past his prime, being prompted by his assistant. Makino, normally known for her embalming, is hired to do special effects makeup, but more is going on than just a murder mystery on film. The tale winds up being about how some might be seduced into going too far for their craft, especially when they feel overlooked and “due” for more credit. It’s a cautionary tale, with an odd evocation of a Scooby-Doo episode (although with the opposite message — there really are ghosts in this world) and a nice layer of humor. I found myself thinking that while great art is important and inspiring, nothing’s worth going this far. (Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic, as usual, even if you're not into mangaFeb. 21 2010
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This is such a great series. I own all nine (soon to be ten) books in this series, and I've never been disappointed. I'm not planning on selling these anytime soon either; I enjoy going back and re-reading them, mostly for the quick humor and well-written dialog.
This is a series that's not so seeped in Japanese lingo and balley-hoo that you can't keep up with all the stuff they're talking about. Most of the story-lines occur in Japan, and there are plenty of little things to pick up here and there about Japanese culture and lore from this series, but for your average non-Japanese reader (like me), it's easy to keep up.
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is not for kids (there are corpses after all), but that's what makes it so good!
About #7 specifically: There are three major story arcs here. I'm always excited to read more about Karatsu's ghostly friend, so this one's definitely worth picking up!