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Book Title: 黒鷺死体宅 10|
The author of the book: Eiji Otsuka
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Date of issue: September 1st 2010
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Read full description of the books 黒鷺死体宅 10:Stuff I Read – Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 10
So here is the second of my birthday haul of manga, and volume 10 takes a rather large departure from most of the previous volumes, or at least from volumes 8 and 9, which were made up of at least three stories a piece. Instead, volume 10 breaks up into only two stories, each fairly long but the second story definitely being the main star of the book. The first story has to do with a man who can bring people back to life so that they can get revenge, and the second involves the group helping another film-type group, this time involving a missing body and Numata’s past. It is a rather refreshing change to have only two stories, and the volume does its best to share importance between the two, but the first one is a whole lot more ridiculous than the second, which relies on the traditional tropes for the series. Not saying that the first story is bad, but it does some rather interesting things. The ending is also a bit corny, though the twist towards the end is good. In any event, it was rather nice to get the space to explore these two stories in this volume.
The first story, as stated before, was kind of ridiculous, as the group starts to encounter instances where dead bodies disappear before they can reach them. So, in effect, Numata senses a corpse but then it goes away. The premise for this is that there is a man with a modified AED that he can use to bring people back from the dead, but only really to a state of half death so that they can get revenge of the people who killed them. It is an interesting concept, because this is much more about revenge than anything else. And it does seem rather hypocritical that the group would turn down such work, as they do in this story, because so much of their work is getting back at murderers by animating their corpse. So it seems rather odd that they would turn their noses up at it, but so it goes, I guess. There is a new guy in town, though, that seems to work solely so that the dead can get revenge on the living. His story isn’t that heavily explored, but it does seem like his idea of how to do things is to bring people back long enough for them to murder their killers. Which I guess is much more specific than the Kurosagi group, who take on any final request from the dead.
What ends up being more interesting about this story is the part with the father whose son was put into a coma and who wants revenge so badly that he kills his son in order for the AED man to bring him back. Which is rather twisted, because it means that the father is the real killer. And so the twist comes that if it hadn’t been for the accident that put him in a coma, the son would have killed his father for being too controlling, which is a rather interesting message, because we do see that the father is really the one in the wrong here, The ending comes as a bit of a let down, though, as the father and son manage to reconcile and all is well. Except that, you know, the guy who has been bringing back corpses to murder people is pretty much unfazed and is out to do it some more. Which, you would think, would be a bad idea seeing as how people brought back from the dead might want to kill people other than their murderers. And, really, that idea really isn’t dealt with, which is unfortunate. It remains a good story, but it could have been better.
The second, slightly longer story, involves Numata’s back story, though not really much of it. We get to see how Numata learns to dowse, and we get to find out that his family was murdered and buried under a building. So, like most everyone else, he lost his family at a young age, and by that seems to have been touched by death, which in turn gave him the special affinity for finding dead bodies. But that is something that is slowly revealed throughout the story, that is teased out little by little instead of simply handed out like Yata and Makino’s story in the previous volume. So this one comes out as being relevant to the story, which is a bit more satisfying, more like Sasaki’s back story and how it was revealed way back in volume 2. In any event, the story involves the group being attached to a show that is looking for the body of a missing person. The production calls in Numata’s master, the man who taught him how to dowse, to find it. Only his master is killed and it becomes up to Numata and the rest of the gang to figure out what happened.
Really this is much more an excuse to get more Numata, and have him more central to the story, and building the mystery more around that. Because the mystery aspect of the story is a bit light. This is much more a character piece, which is nice as I’ve been waiting to learn more about Numata for quite some time. Which is not to say the mystery is bad, though it does become rather predictable. Still, it builds nicely towards the ending, which is rather par for the course. But the seeing Numata as a child, seeing the origins of the sunglasses and things like that, make this story stand out. The rest of the story could have been stronger, but this was the Numata story, and it worked for that.
And, all told, the two stories worked quite well. They weren’t the finest stories in the series, but they were satisfying and, again, gave more insight into some of the characters, something that has been called for. And the stories were paced well and had room for some twists. Which is a bit preferable to very short stories that are over before they can get complicated. I mean, having only two stories in a volume is rather rare for this series, but I’m not complaining. Indeed, I like that these are given extra space, because I can settle a bit more, get a bit more into the stories. So it was a good volume, and continues the positive trend the series has had over the last few volumes. So I give this volume an 8.5/10.
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Social anthropologist and novelist. Graduated from college with degree in anthropology, women's folklore, human sacrifice and post-war manga. In addition to his work with manga he is a critic, essayist, and author of several successful non-fiction books on Japanese popular and “otaku” sub-cultures. One of his first animation script works was Maho no Rouge Lipstick, an adult lolicon OVA. Otsuka was the editor for the bishojo lolicon manga series Petit Apple Pie.
In the 80s, Otsuka was editor-in-chief of Manga Burikko, a leading women's manga magazine where he pioneered research on the “otaku” sub-culture in modern Japan. In 1988 he published "Manga no Koro" (The Structure of Comics), a serious study of Japanese comics and their social significance. Also as critic, Otsuka Eiji, summarized the case of the Japanese red army's 1972 murders as a conflict between the masculine and the feminine principles as they were both embodied by women and against women (Otsuka,1994).
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