Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service MMF: Day 1

OK, for each day I’ll do a morning and evening roundup. If there are links waiting in my inbox in the mornings, I’ll post them straight away. Anything else will be posted up in the late evening! Good luck and keep those links coming!


Johanna Draper Carlson at Manga Worth Reading:

Terry Hong at Book Dragon:

Individual Volumes:

Russell Phillips from the Chuo – Dori Blog

Johanna Draper Carlson at Manga Worth Reading:

Terry Hong at Book Dragon:


Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service MMF: Call for Participation

Hello again to all my friends! August is finally here and so the Manga Moveable Feast has arrived. For those who do not know, the MMF is a monthly collaboration amongst manga bloggers from across the globe where we write for a week about a particular subject, author or series.

August’s MMF will run from Saturday the 25th to Friday the 31st and will cover the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. One of the darker and macabe manga series out there, KCDS is written by Eiji Otsuka and drawn by Housui Yamazaki. It’s been published in Japan since 2002 by Kadokawa Shoten and in America since 2006 by Dark Horse. The manga follows the adventures and travails of a group of newly minted former students from a Buddhist college. All of them have abilities that make them different from the average person. Karatsu can talk and temporarily reanimate the dead, Numata can find the dead using a pendulum, Makino can wrap up the bodies for proper disposal, Yata talks to the sock puppet on his hand, Kere Ellis and Sasaki runs the business and paperwork. They deliver people, animals and so on, that have recently died to their proper place of burial or to do their last wishes. Usually that last point involves a bloody, gory or otherwise disgusting end to either the corpse or another person. But it’s all in a day’s work for these people.

KCDS is one of the craziest, funniest, bloodiest and all round insane manga I’ve ever come across and I am thrilled to discover what other people think about it. It really has one of the original plot setups around and doesn’t shy away from presenting the full horror of what it is to be a dead person or to have to be around dead people for a living.

As the MMF kicks into high gear in the last week of August, I’m hoping to give overviews of the 12 volumes available in English (as of this writing) rather than straight reviews of each of them. But don’t let that stop you from writing as much as you like on the subject! Reviews, roundtable discussions, podcasts, I don’t mind if you don’t! No blog of your own? I can take care of that, just send your reviews to me and I’ll post them on your behalf!

I’ll be doing a more lengthy overview on the 25th to kick things off and I’ll also post the first submissions on the same date. The archive page will also go live on the same day so you can all see your works in one place. Oh, and if you have any written pieces, vlogs or podcasts already done, please email me at eeeper – at – eeeperschoice.com. Good luck to you all!

You can email as prescribed above or find me on Twitter. Please mark your tweets with #mmf and #kcds. The MMF Google Group can be found here.

Jiro Taniguchi MMF: The Ice Wanderer and Other Stories

I have noticed since I was a teenager, the disparity between man and nature. Man, overcomes nature through force of willpower. Nature, seemingly, has no comeback most of the time. But when it’s a man or men against nature, then the story is different. It’s in these situations that humanity, in its little oases of “civilization”, finds out how little it knows and also how pitiable its attempts to fight back are. After reading The Walking Man, I was delighted to discover more of Taniguchi’s work, this time taking place in the realm of nature rather than an urban environment. While the main title is its lead story, the book contains more tales to enthrall.

Continue reading Jiro Taniguchi MMF: The Ice Wanderer and Other Stories

Phillip, going by the handle Eeeper, reviews anime and manga from the post apocalyptic wasteland that is Ireland. Remember, it's all your fault.