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!