4.309 out of 5 from 138 votes
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!
Franken Fran, creation of the absent Professor Madaraki, has a true gift when it comes to the scalpel: she can give you the perfect body, bring the dead to life or stitch people together so that they will never again be apart. Join Fran and her boy-headed cat as they learn about the human soul while carving up the human flesh. But ethics aside, can something beautiful come out of such ugly work, or is it doomed to remain ugly until the end? On the other hand, does it matter?
Franken Fran and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service are both episodic/arc-based manga with plenty of gore and some nudity (Franken Fran's is more explicit). Both are about a group of (bizarre but well-meaning) characters that find themselves in various morbid scenarios, and try their best to fix everything (with varying results), dark comedy ensues. While both rely quite a bit on shock value, ultimately they're each rather entertaining.
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Franken Fran both involve a lot of severed limbs. Occasional eviscerations. Plenty of blood. Some disturbing nudity underlying intense graphic violence.
And they’re also both funny.
The characters in these manga are quirky and hilarious--from a pansy guy who channels a potty-mouthed alien through a hand puppet to a dog with a man’s head who gives friendly advice--and frankly I can picture them all sharing tea one afternoon and getting along famously. On a more technical note, both series also follow an episodic formula and juggle the odd genre mash-up of horror and comedy nicely. If you can handle the gore in one, you can handle the other--and should find a similiar enjoyment in doing so.
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…
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.
Hikari Hamura, nicknamed Picasso by his peers, always has a pencil and sketchbook in hand. Though he used to spend most of his time with his only friend Chiaki by the river's edge, things changed for the boy forever when a helicopter crashed on top of them, killing Chiaki and leaving him virtually unscathed. Upon awakening, Hikari is told by Chiaki's spirit that he is alive because she prayed for his safety, and in return, he must help classmates in need with the power of his sketchbook, or his body will rot away. Now, with the help of his angelic partner and his artistic skills, Hikari must help save his fellow students, gaining plenty of friends along the way.
Both center heavily on the themes of death and helping others. While KCDS is much more grim in places, both series have a comedic streak and can be very heartwarming at times. If you enjoyed one there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Helen ESP are about characters who can communicate with non-humans (corpses and similarly creepy beings, for instance). Both manga have pretty similar atmosphere/mood.
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.