A few months ago, I wrote a review of Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamakazi’s horror manga: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. I have finally gotten around to the second volume. The same content warnings apply here. This is a horror manga that is not for the faint of heart.
Our main cast of characters is here once again and still trying to figure out how to pay their bills. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is taking living clients now. Karatsu and Numata fulfill a delivery for a nearby prison. Little do they know, there was a mistake while they loaded up the van. Without meaning to, the guards gave them a coffin that contains the remains of their next client.
In the first pages of this volume, we see a convicted murderer’s execution. It’s not as gruesome as the hanging death that starts the previous volume. It’s sterile and official, completely separate from the Aokigohara imagery from before. It’s interesting that both volumes started with hanging. I wonder if that is a theme that will continue through the rest of the series.
This volume has a different structure from the first. Rather than a series of self-contained vignettes, this volume only has one story. This isn’t bad, I liked that I got the time to follow a much more complex story this time around.
This time, the story gets personal. The only client in this volume is a man named Fuchigami. He confessed, served his sentence, and faced the noose. After his death, all he wants to do is apologize to the two girls that survived his crimes. After Karatsu and Numata bring his body back to school, they learn that they won’t need to look far.
At the same time, Yata searches for employment outside of the delivery service. He finds a job listing for a local funeral home: Nire Ceremony. At first, it seems like an average job. However, Yata finds that the company president’s daughter also has a special power. Mutsumi Nire can reanimate dead bodies.
As it turns out, Nire Ceremony is not just any funeral home. Mutsumi must use her ability to reanimate the executed bodies of murderers. Then, her father allows the victim’s family to get their revenge.
The themes of revenge and justice are interesting in this volume. The Nire Ceremony allows vengeance for living family. But, is it cruel to bring someone back to life only to kill them again? Mutsumi says it’s murder. Her father says it’s closure. Is either one completely right? I’m not sure, and I don’t think that the answer is supposed to be easy to come to.
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service got darker and more uncomfortable in its second volume. It deals with some difficult themes and asks uncomfortable questions. It’s not as flashy as the first volume. There isn’t as much gore, nor are the causes of death as extraordinary. No, this is one story of one family and how a man that did so much wrong tries to atone for his transgressions.