When a person dies, their soul does not enter the land of the dead alone; a Companion must lead them to the gate that leads to the afterlife. Existing in a space between life and death, Aya and other such Companions will help carry those who have passed on to their final destinations, even if they refuse to accept their fates.
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.
Companion and Honey Comb deal with people who are involved with those affected by death, with plenty of drama to go around. Definitely a good recommendation if you liked the topic of death workers, per se.
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?
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 Companion star protagonists who must shuttle the souls of the dead in some way to their peace. Kurosagi is darker and has more humor, but fans of one will definitely appreciate the other.