4.335 out of 5 from 153 votes
In Japan, where tampering with the body of one who has passed is taboo, Shinjyuro provides a rare service: as an embalmer, he restores the body of the deceased to a beautiful state, giving the family a chance to say goodbye face to face during the funeral. Amongst those in the know, he is considered one of the best in his trade in Japan, showing exceptional technical skill as well as consideration for the grieving family. Embalming can be heartbreaking work, but on top of that, Shinjyuro also faces the prejudice cast upon him by the general public due to his misunderstood profession. It's no wonder, then, that he has a pathological addiction to physical affection…
Recently died and have unfinished business? The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is your ticket to a worry-free, eternal rest! Made up of spirit communicator Kuro; embalmer Keiko; leader Ao; body dowser Makoto; and Yuji, a boy who communicates with aliens through a hand puppet, the group handles everything from suicides to murders with ease. Whether you need a message delivered or want vengeance for your death, the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service can help you out - for a price. And while the team often has to end up working on a volunteer basis, they'll still get the job done with a sarcastic smile!
Kurosagi and Embalmer are PERFECT recommendations for each other. Each follows a person (or group of people) and their interactions with the dead - for Embalmer, embalming the dead; for Kurosagi, bringing the dead to their final resting place. While Kurosagi has more humor than Embalmer, each will DEFINITELY appeal to the same fans.
I find the Embalmer and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to be like two sides of the same coin. Both deal with death, and more specifically, those who work in the 'Death Industry'. While Kurosagi focuses on a group helping the dead after their passing, the Embalmer is more about helping the living after a love one has died. While there is more dark humour and you get to see more of the gory details in Kurosagi, I reckon that if you enjoyed one of these, you will like the other.
In the not-so-distant future, public order has broken down in Japan and 'Organ Invaders' hunt out recently-deceased bodies to sell their parts. To help retain dignity for the victims’ families, regional employees known as 'Funeral Welcomers' are dispatched to keep the bodies safe from harm; however, these workers are underpaid, have little respect, and risk their lives each day for the dead. Kaoru Jinnai and Yusuke Yamazaki are two such Funeral Welcomers who, from day to day, protect those who have died while also inadvertently helping out the living in the process.
When Akira Narikawa was a boy, he communicated with the spirits of the swords that passed through his house. The grandson of a famous sword smith, he has grown to be a young man who doesn’t want to inherit the family business, and attends school instead. But Akira soon finds himself in the company of swords and their spirits once more, and with his special talents and kindness he always is able to calm what evil lies in wait. In addition to meeting new friends, Akira will touch the lives of many – both the living, and the dead.
Katana and The Embalmer have a very similar feel. Both involve a character who interacts with the dead (or supernatural spirits) and is misunderstood by those around them. While not entirely similar in plot, both have a similar tone (not too lighthearted but not too dark - though Embalmer is the darker of the two) and will appeal to the same fans.
Black-clad, bespectacled Kuro wanders the land with nothing but a large coffin and bat named Sen at her side. During her travels Kuro finds Nijuku and Sanju, two abandoned experiments of a long-gone professor, and takes them along on her journey. Together, they move from place to place, experiencing the joys and hardships of life along the way - for the townspeople always tend to think Kuro is a witch, has bad intentions, or worse…
Embalmer is quite darker than Kuro, but both star a brooding lead who's misunderstood completely. Supernatural elements take a toll in both series; if you liked one, trust me that you'd probably enjoy the other.
All murdered souls arrive in limbo at the Gate of Grudges, where the Gatekeeper, Izuko, presents them with a choice: they may pass through the Gate into Heaven; they may cling to life on Earth and remain a ghost there forever; or, they may haunt and kill one person in exchange for eternal damnation. As each spirit passes before the Izuko she is bound to explain these options and impartially accept their decision; what will each choose? Peace, or spending an eternity in Hell?