History Manga / TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService

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* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Appears in an early-twentieth-century flashback chapter, in which [[spoiler:the Ripper's ghost haunts a coin-operated telescope and possesses voyeurs who use it to spy on sexual activities in a brothel, causing them to kill the brothel workers]]. The story is notable for its acceptance of the theory that the Duke of Clarence was the killer: he isn't mentioned by name but a very well-known photograph of him is clearly reproduced as a manga panel.
17th Nov '16 3:02:50 PM LordB
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Twenty volumes have been released in Japan so far; as of July 2015, the first 14 have been released in the States through Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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Twenty Twenty-one volumes have been released in Japan so far; far, completing the series; as of July 2015, the first 14 have been released in the States through Creator/DarkHorseComics.
18th Oct '16 11:46:28 PM ProfessorDetective
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As Karatsu decides that he doesn't really want to get mixed up with these weirdos, he turns to leave...and finds a corpse has crawled up behind him. His secret's out -- he can talk to the dead and listen to their last wishes. Sometimes, the dead come to him. When the events caused by the dead man's testimonial have all finished, Sasaki gets an idea: There's not much demand for what the group can do amongst the living, but there's ''always'' dead people. Some are bound to be grateful, in the folding-cash way, for what they could do for them--generally by giving the group permission to sell their belongings (after all, it's not like they'll need them anymore).

Thus is created the concept of the {{Psychopomp}} For Hire, and so begins a dark, gory, {{squick}}y, yet frequently funny exploration of death and dying in Japan, and quite a few horror tropes as well. It's interesting for its episodic style; apart from the characters' back-stories and the arc regarding the origin of Karatsu's powers, most chapters are self-contained. The realistic art style and top-notch translation makes it something definitely worth reading, for those with a strong stomach.

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As Karatsu decides that he doesn't really want to get mixed up with these weirdos, he turns to leave...and finds a corpse has crawled up behind him. His secret's out -- he can talk to the dead and listen to their last wishes. Sometimes, the dead come to him. When the events caused by the dead man's testimonial have all finished, Sasaki gets an idea: There's not much demand for what the group can do amongst the living, but there's ''always'' dead people. Some are bound to be grateful, in the folding-cash way, folding cash kind of grateful, for what they could do for them--generally by giving the group permission to sell their belongings (after all, it's not like they'll need them anymore).

Thus is created the concept of the {{Psychopomp}} For Hire, and so begins a dark, gory, {{squick}}y, yet frequently funny exploration of death and dying in Japan, and quite a few horror tropes as well. It's interesting for its episodic style; apart from the characters' back-stories and the arc regarding the origin of Karatsu's powers, most chapters are self-contained. The realistic art style and top-notch translation makes make it something definitely worth reading, for those with a strong stomach.



* TheResenter: One of the villains in Vol. 7. [[spoiler:The villain is Koyama, an assistant film director who wanted to make his own career, but due to Japan's seniority system in filmmaking, he was stuck in his current role because his mentor, a famous film director himself, had not retired yet. He killed one of the actors who was going to star in a film his mentor was making because he hated how his choice was passed over, so after the actor left production, Koyama cut the breaks of his car so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident his death will be ruled as a car accident]]. Later he killed the film's makeup artist and another actor to invoke EnforcedMethodActing. He was eventually exposed by the Kurosagi team and killed by his own victims]].

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* TheResenter: One of the villains in Vol. 7. [[spoiler:The villain is Koyama, an assistant film director who wanted to make his own career, but due to Japan's seniority system in filmmaking, he was stuck in his current role because his mentor, a famous film director himself, had not retired yet. He killed one of the actors who was going to star in a film his mentor was making because he hated how his choice was passed over, so after the actor left production, Koyama cut the breaks of brake lines on his car so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident his death will be ruled as a car accident]]. Later he killed the film's makeup artist and another actor to invoke EnforcedMethodActing. He was eventually exposed by the Kurosagi team and killed by his own victims]].



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Karatsu was about to do this in the beginning of Vol. 1 when he heard about Yata's alien-channeling hand puppet, but then the puppet exposed Karatsu's talent. The rest is history.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Karatsu was about to do this in at the beginning of Vol. 1 when he heard about Yata's alien-channeling hand puppet, but then the puppet exposed Karatsu's talent. The rest is history.
5th Oct '16 2:30:02 PM Randomfan11
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Practically a requirement to be part of the group.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Practically a requirement to be part of the Kurosagi group.



* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:One chapter in Vol. 8 had a young girl who applied for the Buddhist college the Kurosagi gang is attending, and later becomes a member of Kurosagi. The gang later discovers that she is actually a ghost, who committed suicide out of shame of failing her studies and being unable to get into a good college. The Kurosagi gang [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming offer to take the girl back to campus, and she cries knowing she finally found a place where she was truly accepted]]]].

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:One DeadAllAlong:
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chapter in Vol. 8 had a young girl who applied for the Buddhist college the Kurosagi gang is attending, and later becomes a member of Kurosagi. The [[spoiler:The gang later discovers that she is actually a ghost, who committed suicide out of shame of failing her studies and being unable to get into a good college. The Kurosagi gang [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming offer to take the girl back to campus, and she cries knowing she finally found a place where she was truly accepted]]]].accepted]]]].
** Vol. 13 had a girl who hunted down men suspected to be online pedophiles [[spoiler:because she was the victim of one, killed via a blow to the head when she tried escaping him. She hid her wound with a hat, but when she takes it off the wound is full of maggots, revealing her true status as a resurrected corpse]].



* DeathByFallingOver: One of Kurosagi's clients in Vol. 8 was a woman who tripped and fell down a staircase. [[spoiler:She was subject to a marriage ritual that weds two spirits after death, and the ghost she was supposed to "marry" killed her by pulling on her leg as she was climbing down]].

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* DeathByFallingOver: One of Kurosagi's clients in Vol. 8 was a woman who tripped and fell down a staircase. [[spoiler:She was subject to a posthumous marriage ritual that weds two spirits after death, and the ghost she was supposed to "marry" killed her by pulling on her leg as she was climbing down]].



* HarmfulToMinors:
** [[spoiler:Makino watched her mother commit suicide by train and had her mother's blood splattered all over her as the train ran her over. The train workers gave Makino a bag containing her mother's head so carrying the body will be easier]].
** [[spoiler:Sasaki discovered the mutilated corpses of her parents and one of her sisters when she was eight, and was so traumatized that she's still taking therapy and antidepressant medicine even as an adult]].
** [[spoiler:Yata was the SoleSurvivor of his parents' MurderSuicide, due to having his window slightly open while his family's car was running and spouting toxic exhaust fumes. Because he didn't know what a corpse was at the time, he thought his parents and sister were sleeping and [[PleaseWakeUp tried waking them up]]]].



* HotScientist: A [[PhenotypeStereotype stereotypical blonde American]] entomologist, wearing a bikini, in the fourth volume. Still didn't compensate for the BodyHorror in the same chapter. For bonus points, said bimbo scientist is named Reina {{Gorn}}.

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* HotScientist: A [[PhenotypeStereotype stereotypical blonde American]] entomologist, wearing a bikini, in the fourth volume.Vol. 4. Still didn't compensate for the BodyHorror in the same chapter. For bonus points, said bimbo scientist is named Reina {{Gorn}}.''{{Gorn}}''.



** The mummies in one chapter for Volume 5 play it completely straight. [[spoiler:They're victims of Makino's history teacher who runs a scam by tricking people, killing and mummifying them against their will, and dressing them up like authentic mummies so he can make enough money to fund an expedition for ''real'' mummies. Once he's outed by the Kurosagi gang, his mummified victims kill him. Complete with shambling]].

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** The mummies in one chapter for Volume 5 play it completely straight. straight, complete with shambling. [[spoiler:They're victims of Makino's university history teacher who runs a scam by tricking people, killing and mummifying them against their will, and dressing them up like authentic mummies so he can make enough money to fund an expedition for ''real'' mummies. Once he's outed by the Kurosagi gang, his mummified victims kill him. Complete with shambling]].him]].
* MurderSuicide: [[spoiler:This happened in Yata's backstory; his parents drove him and his sister into an isolated part of a forest and intentionally left their car running so the whole family will die from breathing toxic exhaust fumes. Yata was the only survivor due to having his car window slightly open]].



* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Vol. 8 had a popular female idol whose nice and cuddly persona hid how bitchy and insensitive she is. [[spoiler:Her {{Jerkass}} behavior and her rejection of one of her fans caused him to commit suicide, and the deceased fan's sister, wanting revenge, stole some dolls left at a temple and sent them over to the idol's apartment as part of an urban ritual as payback for her brother's death. Kurosagi later aided the sister in fulfilling her brother's wish of spending time with his favorite idol by sending the idol a bunch of dolls containing his spirit, creeping out the idol enough to do a change in career]].

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* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Vol. 8 had a popular female idol whose nice and cuddly persona hid how bitchy and insensitive she is. [[spoiler:Her {{Jerkass}} behavior and her cruel rejection of one of her fans caused him to commit suicide, and the deceased fan's sister, wanting revenge, stole some dolls left at a temple and sent them over to the idol's apartment as part of an urban ritual as payback for her brother's death.ritual. Kurosagi later aided the sister in fulfilling her brother's wish of spending time with his favorite idol by sending the idol a bunch of dolls containing his spirit, creeping out the idol enough to do a change in career]].



* OffingTheOffspring: A couple of cases had a mother murdering their child. [[spoiler:However, in one of those cases it turned out that the dead child's mother was killed by her former friend for having an affair with her husband, but the woman was initially unable to kill the baby due to its mother's spirit possessing her. One day the woman gained control over the spirit and suffocated the baby, hiding it in a train locker where the Kurosagi gang found the body]].
* OffWithHisHead: One chapter in vol. 14 revolves around a form of [[WetwareCPU organic computer]] created from people's severed heads. [[spoiler:Sakaki narrowly averts having this happen to her; the politician she was working with wasn't so lucky.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: A couple of cases had a mother murdering their child. [[spoiler:However, in child.
** In Vol. 4
one of those cases it turned out that the dead child's mother case had a child who was killed by a woman [[spoiler:who was possessed by the spirit of her former friend for having who had the baby from an affair with her husband, the woman's husband. The woman succeeded in killing the baby's mother, but the woman was initially unable mother refused to kill stay dead so she possessed her killer so she can look after the baby due to its mother's spirit possessing through her. One day the woman gained control over the spirit and suffocated the baby, hiding it in a train locker where the Kurosagi gang found the body]].
** [[spoiler:In his backstory, Yata's parents tried doing this to him and his sister via MurderSuicide. While Yata barely managed to survive, his sister did not]].
* OffWithHisHead: One chapter in vol.Vol. 14 revolves around a form of [[WetwareCPU organic computer]] created from people's severed heads. [[spoiler:Sakaki [[spoiler:Sasaki narrowly averts having this happen to her; the politician she was working with wasn't so lucky.]]lucky]].



* OverprotectiveDad: In the Kurosagi gang's very first case, a father of a teen pop idol who committed suicide greatly disapproved of her boyfriend, who he believes "stole" her daughter away from him. Since this is ''Kurosagi'', the truth is ''far'' more sinister. [[spoiler:The father is actually in love with his daughter in a [[ParentalIncest not so very platonic way]], and even hid her corpse in his house when it was time for her to be cremated so he will love her forever. Numata [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by calling the father the "[[SarcasmMode World's Greatest Dad]]"]].
* ParentalAbandonment: All of the Kurosagi crew, except possibly Karatsu, suffer from this in one form or another. [[spoiler:In volume 11, it's hypothesized that having your parents die violently when you're a small child increases your chance of developing odd abilities.]]

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* OverprotectiveDad: In the Kurosagi gang's very first case, a father of a teen pop idol who committed suicide greatly disapproved of her boyfriend, who he believes "stole" her daughter away from him. Since [[spoiler:Since this is ''Kurosagi'', the truth is ''far'' more sinister. [[spoiler:The sinister - the father is actually in love with his daughter in a [[ParentalIncest not so very platonic way]], and even hid her corpse in his house when it was time for her to be cremated so [[ILoveTheDead he will love her forever.forever]]. Numata [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by calling the father the "[[SarcasmMode World's Greatest Dad]]"]].
* ParentalAbandonment: All of the Kurosagi crew, except possibly Karatsu, suffer from this in one form or another. Other minor characters have either dead or no-show parents as well. [[spoiler:In volume 11, it's hypothesized that having your parents die violently when you're a small child increases your chance of developing odd abilities.]]abilities]].
** [[spoiler:Yata's parents committed a MurderSuicide by driving him and his sister to a deep part of a forest and leaving the car running so they can all die from breathing exhaust fumes. Yata survived due to his window being slightly opened, but his sister and parents did not]].
** [[spoiler:Numata's parents and older brother "disappeared" (i.e. murdered and buried somewhere) when he was young, so he took up dowsing to find closure. His dowsing teacher knew where the bodies were buried, but was bribed to keep him quiet. Numata found this out ''after'' his teacher died, but while he was able to find his lost family, he couldn't retrieve them]].
** [[spoiler:Sasaki's father was killed by a man who he got into a financial disagreement with, while her mother and one of her sisters was killed by someone else. While Sasaki later forgave her father's murderer after finding out he was [[FrameUp framed]], she had deep psychological trauma that required constant therapy and consumption of strong antidepressants that left her TheStoic]].
** [[spoiler:Makino's mother committed suicide when she was young by letting herself get run over by a train]].
** [[spoiler:The nurse Kikuchi's mother died from severe injuries during a plane crash in her childhood]].



** A young girl [[spoiler:who was adopted by Nire]] had Karatsu's ability to raise the dead. [[spoiler:Unfortunately they come back as savage {{Revenant Zombie}}s]].

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** A young girl Mutsumi [[spoiler:who was adopted by Nire]] had Karatsu's ability to raise the dead. [[spoiler:Unfortunately they come back as savage {{Revenant Zombie}}s]].



* TheResenter: One of the villains in Vol. 7. [[spoiler:The villain is Koyama, an assistant film director who wanted to make his own career, but due to Japan's seniority system in filmmaking, he was stuck in his current role because his mentor, a famous film director himself, had not retired yet. He killed one of the actors who was going to star in a film his mentor was making because he hated how his choice was passed over, so after the actor left production, Koyama cut the breaks of his car so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident his death will be ruled as a car accident. Later he killed the film's makeup artist and another actor to invoke EnforcedMethodActing. He was eventually exposed by the Kurosagi team and killed by his own victims]].

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* TheResenter: One of the villains in Vol. 7. [[spoiler:The villain is Koyama, an assistant film director who wanted to make his own career, but due to Japan's seniority system in filmmaking, he was stuck in his current role because his mentor, a famous film director himself, had not retired yet. He killed one of the actors who was going to star in a film his mentor was making because he hated how his choice was passed over, so after the actor left production, Koyama cut the breaks of his car so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident his death will be ruled as a car accident.accident]]. Later he killed the film's makeup artist and another actor to invoke EnforcedMethodActing. He was eventually exposed by the Kurosagi team and killed by his own victims]].



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Karatsu was about to do this when he heard about Yata's alien-channeling hand puppet, but then the puppet exposed Karatsu's talent.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Karatsu was about to do this in the beginning of Vol. 1 when he heard about Yata's alien-channeling hand puppet, but then the puppet exposed Karatsu's talent.talent. The rest is history.



* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Kikuchi from Vol. 8 was the only survivor of a plane crash, except that while seven people survived the initial crash, only Kikuchi was physically well enough to survive the aftermath. This childhood incident led to her developing similar powers as Karatsu's]].

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* SoleSurvivor: SoleSurvivor:
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[[spoiler:Kikuchi from Vol. 8 was the only survivor of a plane crash, except that while seven people survived the initial crash, only Kikuchi was physically well enough to survive the aftermath. This childhood incident led to her developing similar powers as Karatsu's]].Karatsu's]].
** [[spoiler: Yata was the only survivor of a MurderSuicide that claimed his parents and sister. His parents tried to kill them all by driving their car into a forest and letting it run so they can all die from breathing exhaust fumes. Yata managed to live because his window was slightly open]].



* SunglassesAtNight: Numata. [[spoiler:This being ''Kurosagi'', there is a genuinely tragic explanation for why.]]

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* SunglassesAtNight: Numata. [[spoiler:This being ''Kurosagi'', there is a genuinely tragic explanation for why.]] When he was a kid, Numata's parents and older brother were murdered and their bodies were buried in a construction site. Numata, who didn't understand death at the time, thought they "disappeared" and took up dowsing to find them. He later revealed his reasons to his old dowsing master and started crying while doing so. His dowsing master gave him a pair of sunglasses, telling him that a man should always hide his tears, no matter what]].
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Yata still wears his felt puppet Keerellis even while attending university and helping Kurosagi because it's his last reminder of his dead sister, who was killed in a MurderSuicide and liked Keerellis]].



* VerbalTic: The attractive blonde American [[HotScientist entomologist]] often rolls out the 'r's a lot.

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* VerbalTic: The attractive blonde American [[HotScientist entomologist]] often rolls out the 'r's a lot.
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* AmateurSleuth: The Kurosagi gang are young adults fresh out of a Buddhist university, but thanks to Karatsu's ISeeDeadPeople ability and Numata's dowsing, they often get roped into investigating situations that are usually left to professional authorities. Their only ally is [[Manga/MPDPsycho Sasayama]], a former police detective who's now a social welfare worker.

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* AmateurSleuth: The Kurosagi gang are five young adults fresh out of a Buddhist university, but thanks to Karatsu's ISeeDeadPeople ability and Numata's dowsing, they often get roped into investigating situations that are usually left to professional authorities. Their only ally is [[Manga/MPDPsycho Sasayama]], a former police detective who's now a social welfare worker.



* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:In Vol. 8, a group of men ran a company that specialized in arranging posthumous marriages, sometimes against the bride/groom's will by murdering them. They hired a StarvingArtist to paint the portraits of the people who are supposed to be wed, and these portraits summon the dead long enough to kill their bride/groom]].



* BaldOfAwesome: Karatsu.

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* BaldOfAwesome: Karatsu.Karatsu, who is bald due to being a student of a Buddhist university, and has PsychicPowers.



* BetweenMyLegs: [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s3GPna0oeH4/V4ipEpCDgAI/AAAAAAABHN0/qQKPcPWg2ZMSWifyzhOr_JFSTSUW3gMhACHM/s16000/0040-006.png This title page]] for a chapter in Vol. 8 features this shot.



* BittersweetEnding: Due to the nature of ''Kurosagi'',some of the endings echo this trope. Most of the Kurosagi gang's clients were murder victims who, thanks to Kurosagi, were able to find closure. [[spoiler:One case in Vol. 8 had a girl who committed suicide out of shame of failing her studies and not being able to please her parents by getting into a good university. When the Kurosagi gang accept her into their fold and offer to show her around, she cries TearsOfJoy knowing she finally found a place where she belonged]].



** In one case in Vol. 7, [[spoiler:the body of a dead female model was used as an ear transplant farm, which resulted in ears growing all over her body. The ears themselves were used in ear transplants, which resulted in a part of the model's soul possessing the receiver of the transplant and manifesting in the form of a face. The Kurosagi gang was horrified to discover this.]]



** [[spoiler:Numata's dowsing master, when he confesses that he knew where Numata's parents' corpses were all the time and didn't tell him for fear of the killers.]]

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** [[spoiler:Numata's dowsing master, when he confesses that he knew where the corpses of Numata's parents' corpses and older brother were all the time buried for years and didn't tell him because his employers at a construction company [[EveryManHasHisPrice offered him a huge sum of money]] in exchange for fear of keeping quiet, and he accepted, something that the killers.]]dowsing master later came to regret. Numata found his family using his master's directions, but he couldn't retrieve the bodies because the site was already built over, resulting in a HUGE loss of respect for his master]].



* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:The 'ghost member'.]]

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:The 'ghost member'.]][[spoiler:One chapter in Vol. 8 had a young girl who applied for the Buddhist college the Kurosagi gang is attending, and later becomes a member of Kurosagi. The gang later discovers that she is actually a ghost, who committed suicide out of shame of failing her studies and being unable to get into a good college. The Kurosagi gang [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming offer to take the girl back to campus, and she cries knowing she finally found a place where she was truly accepted]]]].



* DeathByFallingOver: One of Kurosagi's clients in Vol. 8 was a woman who tripped and fell down a staircase. [[spoiler:She was subject to a marriage ritual that weds two spirits after death, and the ghost she was supposed to "marry" killed her by pulling on her leg as she was climbing down]].



* DysfunctionJunction: [[spoiler:So far we've one whose entire immediate family, save for one sister, was murdered (Sasaki); one who lost his sister and both parents to a murder-suicide and barely survived; one whose mother committed suicide in front of her; one whose parents and older brother 'disappeared' (and later discovers where their corpses are buried, but is unable to retrieve them) and the BlessedWithSuck entry above (Karatsu). [[WildMassGuessing His parents are probably dead too]].]]

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* DysfunctionJunction: [[spoiler:So far we've one whose entire immediate family, save for one sister, was murdered (Sasaki); one who lost his sister and both parents to a murder-suicide and barely survived; survived (Yata); one whose mother committed suicide in front of her; her (Makino); one whose parents and older brother 'disappeared' (and and later discovers where their corpses are buried, but is unable to retrieve them) them (Numata) and the BlessedWithSuck entry above (Karatsu). [[WildMassGuessing His parents are probably dead too]].]]too]]]].



* FunnyAfro: The guy from Vol. 10 [[spoiler:who carried a MagicalDefibrillator with him]] had an afro.



* {{Geek}}:
** Yata loves science-fiction and ''Franchise/StarWars'', and has lots of related merchandise. But [[InsistentTerminology he prefers to be called "nerd" since they're smarter]].
** In one case, the Kurosagi gang meet a trio of engineers who developed a [[PoweredArmor power suit]] that's designed to help disabled people. Turns out, one of them likes ''Manga/AstroBoy'', the second likes ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', the third likes ''Anime/MazingerZ''. They have... differing opinions on what defines "robot".



* TheGlassesComeOff: Numata -- who is normally [[SunglassesAtNight never seen without his shades]] -- takes them off once to identify himself to his old master.

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* TheGlassesComeOff: Numata -- who is normally [[SunglassesAtNight never seen without his shades]] -- takes [[spoiler:takes them off once to identify himself to his old master.master]].
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:Vol. 14 involved WetwareCPU - a politician was trying to create an efficient political system by [[OffWithHisHead taking the heads of people]] with some of the brightest minds, storing them in canisters and hooked up to electronics, and programming them to only serve Japan]].
* GrayRainOfDepression: [[spoiler:In Vol. 10, when Numata finally finds the burial site of his murdered parents and older brother, he starts crying due to being unable to retrieve their bodies and the fact that his old dowsing master (who knew all along) had lied to him for years. At the same time, it starts raining in a downpour]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Vol. 13 featured a young girl who fought against sexual predators [[spoiler:because she was killed by one. After she was revived by the Shirosagi Corpse Cleaning Service, she went back to her killer (who was a brilliant inventor) and used his prototype mind-control device to kidnap and take control of men who targeted vulnerable young girls. Yata and Numata end up as her victims for investigating her and nearly killed but Karatsu managed to save them. The girl later dies at the hands of the men she "punished" thanks to Karatsu's powers]].
* HauntedTechnology: [[spoiler:One case involved a "helper robot" built by a trio of engineers who stole a corpse of a fanatic video-gamer and used it as their base, while the "brain" was supplanted using a game console and cartridge. The robot, controlled by the spirit of the body inhabiting it, went on a rampage in an anime convention. Karatsu had to expel the spirit so it can gain closure]].



* ISeeDeadPeople: {{Pun}} aside, Karatsu is an ''itako'' who can hear the voices of the dead just by touching their bodies. [[spoiler:The nurse Kikuchi has similar powers, except she only hears the last words of the deceased before they move on. She was later kidnapped by a member of the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) so she can make another member who's dead spill his secrets]].



* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Vol. 8 had a popular female idol whose nice and cuddly persona hid how bitchy and insensitive she is. [[spoiler:Her {{Jerkass}} behavior and her rejection of one of her fans caused him to commit suicide, and the deceased fan's sister, wanting revenge, stole some dolls left at a temple and sent them over to the idol's apartment as part of an urban ritual as payback for her brother's death. Kurosagi later aided the sister in fulfilling her brother's wish of spending time with his favorite idol by sending the idol a bunch of dolls containing his spirit, creeping out the idol enough to do a change in career]].



* PoweredArmor: In one case, a trio of engineers developed a powered suit designed to aid those with crippling physical disabilities.



** A young girl [[spoiler:who was adopted by Nire]] had Karatsu's ability to raise the dead. [[spoiler:Unfortunately they come back as savage {{Revenant Zombie}}s]].
** [[spoiler:Vol. 11 featured a young girl who was adopted by Sasayma who had the ability to conceal things and see invisible "rats", which are the evil and murderous intentions inside people's hearts]].
** [[spoiler:The Shirosagi Corpse Cleaning Service had a young girl among their ranks whose abilities are similar to Karatsu's and are sourced from a female spirit possessing her]].
** Vol. 9 featured "Listening Ears", {{Seers}} who can predict the future by using their ears. [[spoiler:Most of them were children used in Japan to predict the outcome of the war, and were killed because it was blasphemy for someone to have an ability that is usually associated with the Emperor. The killer of the children was also a Listening Ear who survived his suicide attempt, and was used by politicians as a tool to help them stay in power]].



* RevenantZombie: Karatsu's strongest use of his power can temporarily raise them.

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* TheResenter: One of the villains in Vol. 7. [[spoiler:The villain is Koyama, an assistant film director who wanted to make his own career, but due to Japan's seniority system in filmmaking, he was stuck in his current role because his mentor, a famous film director himself, had not retired yet. He killed one of the actors who was going to star in a film his mentor was making because he hated how his choice was passed over, so after the actor left production, Koyama cut the breaks of his car so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident his death will be ruled as a car accident. Later he killed the film's makeup artist and another actor to invoke EnforcedMethodActing. He was eventually exposed by the Kurosagi team and killed by his own victims]].
* RevenantZombie: Karatsu's strongest use of his power can temporarily raise them.them long enough to finish their UnfinishedBusiness. [[spoiler:The girl adopted by Nire also has this ability]].


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** {{Seers}}: Vol. 9 featured people called "Listening Ears" who can foretell the future by "listening" with their ears. [[spoiler:Most of them were young children used in Japan to predict the outcome of World War II, but they were killed by their handler because it was considered blasphemy in Japan for someone other than the Emperor to accurately foretell the future. But their handler was also a Listening Ear, so after he buried the children and cut off their ears, he tried to commit suicide, but he ended up surviving and was used by political parties]].


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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Kikuchi from Vol. 8 was the only survivor of a plane crash, except that while seven people survived the initial crash, only Kikuchi was physically well enough to survive the aftermath. This childhood incident led to her developing similar powers as Karatsu's]].


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* StarvingArtist: In Vol. 8 one case had a young man who despite being an arts major was homeless and unable to apply for a steady job, instead staying overnight in internet cafe booths. [[spoiler:He was eventually hired by a company that specialized in posthumous wedding ceremonies, and was made to draw portraits of people who would die when the spirit of their "bride/groom" attacked them so they can marry. Eventually the artist had enough, but [[HeKnowsTooMuch he was killed to prevent word from spreading]]. With Kurosagi's help, the artist was able to earn his posthumous revenge by drawing portraits of his killers with their intended brides, who killed them so they can "marry"]].


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* ThisCannotBe: Occasionally uttered by the villain of the chapter due to disbelief that the dead really can come alive.
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-->'''Numata''': H-How are you able to walk in and out of their ''party headquarters''?
-->'''Sasaki''': Lies. Couture. Forgery.
-->'''Numata''': I ain't gonna visit you in prison, you know.

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-->'''Numata''': H-How are you able to walk in and out of their ''party headquarters''?
-->'''Sasaki''':
headquarters''?\\
'''Sasaki''':
Lies. Couture. Forgery. \n-->'''Numata''': \\
'''Numata''':
I ain't gonna visit you in prison, you know.



** From Volume 1, [[spoiler:Kei Tsutsui, Makino's classmate when she was studying embalmment in America overseas, was misusing his skills to create what he called "perfect corpses" by taking parts he found desirable and stitched them together into one body. Makino, who looked up to him, was devastated to learn this]].

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** From Volume 1, [[spoiler:Kei Tsutsui, Makino's classmate when she was studying embalmment embalming in America overseas, was misusing his skills to create what he called "perfect corpses" by taking parts he found desirable and stitched them together into one body. Makino, who looked up to him, was devastated to learn this]].
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*BavarianFireDrill: Sasaki pulls one off in volume 9.
-->'''Numata''': H-How are you able to walk in and out of their ''party headquarters''?
-->'''Sasaki''': Lies. Couture. Forgery.
-->'''Numata''': I ain't gonna visit you in prison, you know.
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* AmateurSleuth: The Kurosagi gang are young adults fresh out of a Buddhist university, but thanks to Karatsu's ISeeDeadPeople ability and Numata's dowsing, they often get roped into investigating situations that are usually left to professional authorities. Their only ally is [[Manga/MPDPsycho Sasayama]], a former police detective who's now a social welfare worker.



** [[spoiler:Nire employs a girl]] who can bring back the dead.

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** [[spoiler:Nire employs a girl]] who can bring back the dead. [[spoiler:Except they come back as savage, angry zombies]].



* {{Badass}}: Numata.

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* {{Badass}}: Numata.Numata, who once punch-stopped a ''cargo truck''.



* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Numata's dowsing master, when he confesses that he knew where Numata's parents' corpses were all the time and didn't tell him for fear of the killers.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: BrokenPedestal:
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[[spoiler:Numata's dowsing master, when he confesses that he knew where Numata's parents' corpses were all the time and didn't tell him for fear of the killers.]]]]
** From Volume 1, [[spoiler:Kei Tsutsui, Makino's classmate when she was studying embalmment in America overseas, was misusing his skills to create what he called "perfect corpses" by taking parts he found desirable and stitched them together into one body. Makino, who looked up to him, was devastated to learn this]].



* CaptainObvious[=/=]{{Understatement}}: The MadDoctor, surrounded by the animated (and angry) corpses of his victims: "No... This isn't right."

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* CaptainObvious[=/=]{{Understatement}}: CaptainObvious: The MadDoctor, surrounded by the animated (and angry) corpses of his victims: "No... This isn't right."



* CoolOldGuy: Sasayama.

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* CoolOldGuy: Sasayama. His age doesn't stop him from lending aid to the Kurosagi team even though they drive him up the wall sometimes.



* DarkIsNotEvil: The Kurosagi gang associates itself with death and corpses all the time, and its name even means "black heron", which in Japanese folklore is a {{Psychopomp}} who takes the dead into the afterlife. Their outfits are mostly colored black . That being said, the kids' job is to help corpses find closure in fulfilling their last requests, even though they don't get paid ([[PerpetualPoverty which is often]]) and/or [[BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie the requests aren't very clear]] (which is also often).



** Numata's pendulum, which works either on a ring or hanging from the rearview mirror of the Service's vehicle.

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** Numata's pendulum, which works either on a ring or hanging from the rearview mirror of the Service's vehicle. It can find hidden corpses, [[spoiler:dead tissue and organs, and even people who are going to die]].



* DrivenToSuicide: Several of the service's clients are suicides, including their very first.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Several of the service's clients are suicides, including their very first. One case involved a [[BrownNote suicidal song]] that causes people to kill themselves in train stations. [[spoiler:Numata and Sasaki nearly kill themselves after hearing it, only to be saved at the last minute. When Makino suggests using the song as a marketing device to help suicidal people who are unsure, they [[WhatTheHellHero chew her out]] for being so insensitive]].



* DysfunctionJunction: [[spoiler:So far we've one whose entire immediate family (except one sister) was murdered, one who lost his sister and both parents to a murder-suicide and barely survived, one whose mother committed suicide in front of her, one whose parents and older brother 'disappeared' (and later discovers where their corpses are buried, but is unable to retrieve them) and the BlessedWithSuck entry above. [[WildMassGuessing His parents are probably dead too]].]]

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* DysfunctionJunction: [[spoiler:So far we've one whose entire immediate family (except family, save for one sister) sister, was murdered, murdered (Sasaki); one who lost his sister and both parents to a murder-suicide and barely survived, survived; one whose mother committed suicide in front of her, her; one whose parents and older brother 'disappeared' (and later discovers where their corpses are buried, but is unable to retrieve them) and the BlessedWithSuck entry above.above (Karatsu). [[WildMassGuessing His parents are probably dead too]].]]



* EvilCounterpart: The Shirosagi Corpse Cleaning Service, which performs the opposite service of the main characters and appear to have hostile intentions towards them.

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* EvilCounterpart: The Shirosagi Corpse Cleaning Service, which performs the opposite service of the main characters (Kurosagi helps the dead find closure so they can move on; Shirosagi just gets rid of everything including the corpses, forcing their souls to be stuck in the physical world) and appear to have hostile intentions towards them.them. It's even referenced in their names - ''kurosagi'' means "black heron", the {{Psychopomp}} who brings the dead to the afterlife, while ''shirosagi'' means "white heron", who brings souls to the living.



* HumanPopsicle: One chapter is devoted to cryogenics, and feature a few of these.

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* HumanPopsicle: One chapter is devoted to cryogenics, and feature a few of these. [[spoiler:A cryogenic scientist was able to swindle people out of their money by offering to put their heads in frozen capsules with the promise that they'll be richer after they're revived, when he actually abandoned them in a cave. When the people found out they were fooled thanks to the Kurosagi team, they were ''pissed'']].



* UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan: Referenced frequently. As the Kurosagi gang specializes in (literal and figurative) skeleton-digging, some of their cases turn out to be connected to Imperial Japan or its fall in some way. Two of such cases mention Unit 731 and the Rape of Nanking, which are big taboos in Japanese media.



* JapaneseRanguage: Karatsu mishears Nire as Nile, but is quickly corrected.

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* InfantImmortality: You wish. Given the manga deals with dead bodies, not even children are safe from becoming corpses.
* JapaneseRanguage: Karatsu mishears Nire as Nile, will occasionally mispronounce a Japanese word, but is quickly corrected.



* KubrickStare: Karatsu. When he does this, it's a sign you're gonna get an ass-kicking from the (often very angry) dead.



* LaserGuidedKarma: After helping their first suicide victim and (with his permission) taking a lottery ticket from his corpse as 'payment', the group discover it's a winning ticket. It turns out to be just enough money for starting capital for the service, and the group continues to do their good deeds for promises of karmic payoff. Almost all the villains also get defeated in a very karmic manner.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After LamePunReaction: During a case involving a [[BrownNote suicidal song]], the Kurosagi gang find an ear in an erotic magazine. Makino questions if they should play the case ''[[{{Pun}} by ear]]''. Sasaki's reaction is to tell her "NeverSayThatAgain".
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** A rare heroic example with Kurosagi - after
helping their first suicide victim and (with his permission) taking a lottery ticket from his corpse as 'payment', the main group discover it's a winning ticket. It turns out to be just enough money for starting capital for the service, and the group continues to do their good deeds for promises of karmic payoff. Almost payoff.
** In a more played-straight example, almost
all the villains also get defeated in a very karmic manner.manner, usually by the corpses of their victims (with Karatsu's help). The ones that survive such an ordeal are turned in to the police.



* MagicPlasticSurgery: The criminal conspiracy in Volume 12's MMORPG arc specialises in this. Just don't ask them where they get the replacement faces from...

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* MadArtist: One chapter from Volume 1 had this as the main culprit. [[spoiler:The "artist" in question was Kei Tsutsui, a hair stylist and Makino's fellow classmate and embalmer-in-training overseas in America. Bothered by how people's bodies decay after death, he kidnapped women who came into his salon and stole their body parts he found desirable and stitched them back together into one body to create what he called "perfect corpses"]].
* MadDoctor: [[spoiler:One chapter involved a man whose family and ancestors participated in Unit 731, and the tradition of conducting illegal experiments continued with each generation. The man in particular tested various viruses on the male subjects, while the female ones are dissected and turned into plastinated corpse exhibits]].
* MagicPlasticSurgery: The criminal conspiracy in Volume 12's MMORPG arc specialises specializes in this. Just don't ask them where they get the replacement faces from...



* MamaBear: [[spoiler: One chapter had a pregnant woman who was [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdered by her friend]] for "stealing" her husband's love away from her. When the killer discovered she managed to give birth, she was going to kill the child, but the woman's spirit possessed her and raised the baby while in the killer's body. Eventually the killer briefly gained control and killed the baby, which caused the mother's spirit to go on a rampage and dragged both the Kurosagi gang and the protagonist of ''Mail'' into it]].



* MeaningfulName: Mr. Shinuhe the embalmer and suspected mummy, whose name is composed of the kanji for 'death' and 'door'. As the translation notes, '[[SarcasmMode not foreboding at all]]'.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
Mr. Shinuhe the embalmer and suspected (suspected) mummy, whose name is composed of the kanji for 'death' "death" and 'door'."door". As the translation notes, '[[SarcasmMode not foreboding at all]]'.



** "Makoto" is Japanese for "truth" or "sincerity". Numata Makoto just so happens to find hidden corpses by dowsing, [[spoiler:along with dead tissue and people who are going to die]].



* MotiveRant: Usually when the culprit of a case is revealed, they will go off on a tirade that reveals why they killed the Kurosagi gang's "clients" (i.e. corpse).



* {{Mummy}}:
** Shinuhue may be an aversion as he's revealed to be a man covered in severe burns who really knows a lot of Eygptian rituals, though he also might play it straight.
** The mummies in one chapter for Volume 5 play it completely straight. [[spoiler:They're victims of Makino's history teacher who runs a scam by tricking people, killing and mummifying them against their will, and dressing them up like authentic mummies so he can make enough money to fund an expedition for ''real'' mummies. Once he's outed by the Kurosagi gang, his mummified victims kill him. Complete with shambling]].



* OffingTheOffspring: A couple of cases had a mother murdering their child. [[spoiler:However, in one of those cases it turned out that the dead child's mother was killed by her former friend for having an affair with her husband, but the woman was initially unable to kill the baby due to its mother's spirit possessing her. One day the woman gained control over the spirit and suffocated the baby, hiding it in a train locker where the Kurosagi gang found the body]].



* OverprotectiveDad: In the Kurosagi gang's very first case, a father of a teen pop idol who committed suicide greatly disapproved of her boyfriend, who he believes "stole" her daughter away from him. Since this is ''Kurosagi'', the truth is ''far'' more sinister. [[spoiler:The father is actually in love with his daughter in a [[ParentalIncest not so very platonic way]], and even hid her corpse in his house when it was time for her to be cremated so he will love her forever. Numata [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by calling the father the "[[SarcasmMode World's Greatest Dad]]"]].



* ParentalIncest: The villain of the very first chapter.

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* ParentalIncest: The villain of the very first chapter. [[spoiler:The villain was the father of a teen pop idol and his relationship with his daughter ''far'' surpassed the OverprotectiveDad trope. After she killed herself as part of a suicide pact with her boyfriend, her father stole her corpse and substituted it with someone else when it was time to be cremated, so she'll always be under his protection forever]].



* PerpetualPoverty: They're good at what they do. They aren't that good at doing anything else, which means they have to resort to odd jobs when the bodies dry up.

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* PerpetualPoverty: They're The Kurosagi team is good at what they do. They aren't that good at doing anything else, which means they have to resort to odd jobs when the bodies dry up. It doesn't help that dead people can't really pay in cash for their services.



** Yata, who is a channeler.

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** Yata, who is a channeler. [[spoiler:Keerellis may or may not be an alien who's possessing him via Yata's sock puppet]].



* PsychicPowers: Quite a few in this series. [[spoiler:It's suggested that childhood trauma (usually ParentalAbandonment) increases the chance of someone developing psychic powers]].
** Karatsu is an ''itako'' who can talk to the dead by touching their corpses and [[BackFromTheDead temporarily reanimate them]] so they can finish any UnfinishedBusiness. [[spoiler:He's actually possessed by a benevolent spirit who's doing the real work]].
** Yata, as mentioned above, is a channeler where aliens can talk through him via his sock puppet Keerellis. [[spoiler:Keerellis is implied to be an actual alien who's using Yata as his current mouthpiece]].
** Numata can dowse for hidden corpses [[spoiler:along with dead tissue and people who are going to die]] using a pendulum that's either hidden in his ring or hanging from something. [[CripplingOverspecialization Unfortunately, dead things are all he can find]].
** Numata's old dowsing teacher can do the same things he can, but uses bent metal coat hangers.



* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:The female spirit possessing the girl in Shirosagi]] is ''pissed'' at [[spoiler:Yaichi]] for some reason, and their scheming is mainly to trap him so she can avenge herself on him.

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* {{Revenge}}: {{Revenge}}:
**
[[spoiler:The female spirit possessing the girl in Shirosagi]] is ''pissed'' at [[spoiler:Yaichi]] for some reason, and their scheming is mainly to trap him so she can avenge herself on him.him.
** [[spoiler:This is Nire's entire motivation for starting his company in his debut chapter. His wife and daughter were attacked by someone during a walk. The daughter died, while the wife bled just enough to be rendered clinically brain-dead. Their attacker was tried and executed, but to Nire it was as if the man got only a slap on the wrist]].
** Usually, the corpses found by the Kurosagi gang are murder victims looking for some kind of compensation. And by the case's end they receive it.



* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:One disturbing case referenced the Rape of Nanking - a former soldier who participated in it went mad from the atrocities he committed, so he went back to his birthplace in Tumani Village and murdered everyone there, including the children. One survivor, later revealed to be the Kurosagi gang's "client" for that case, killed the soldier to put an end to his rampage. The Japanese government later engineered a dam accident to flood Tumani village to quell rumors of soldiers going mad from PTSD and erase evidence of the country's war crimes]].



** The anime/manga ''Magical Maid Girl Mumume-tan'', whose lead character Makino sometimes {{cosplay}}s for pay.

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** The anime/manga ''Magical Maid Girl Mumume-tan'', whose lead character Makino sometimes {{cosplay}}s {{Cosplay}}s for pay.



* TheStoic: Sasaki. It's often lampshaded sarcastically by the others, and may be justified due to the medication she is taking [[spoiler:to suppress her childhood trauma]].

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* TheStoic: Sasaki. It's often lampshaded sarcastically by the others, and may be justified others. [[spoiler:Justified due to the medication she is taking [[spoiler:to to suppress her childhood trauma]].trauma of finding the corpses of her murdered parents and one of her sisters when she was eight]].



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Sasaki is still going to therapy for [[spoiler:finding the corpses of her murdered family when she was eight]]. She's one of the saner members in the service.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Sasaki is still going to therapy for [[spoiler:finding the corpses of her murdered family when she was eight]]. She's As a result she's one of the saner members in the service.



* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Karatsu's ability doesn't last for long, but usually long enough for the dead to do what they need to do to set things right.

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* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Karatsu's ability doesn't last for long, but usually long enough for the dead to do what they need to do to set things right. [[spoiler:Mutsumi, Nire's adopted daughter, ''tries'' to avert this by using her powers to bring people back permanently, but they always result in CameBackWrong]].



* VerySpecialEpisode:

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* VerySpecialEpisode: VerbalTic: The attractive blonde American [[HotScientist entomologist]] often rolls out the 'r's a lot.
* VerySpecialEpisode:



* WaxMuseumMorgue: A very disturbing example. [[spoiler:Makino almost becomes a victim.]]

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* WaxMuseumMorgue: A very disturbing example. [[spoiler:Makino almost becomes a victim.]]victim if it weren't for Karatsu pulling a BigDamnHeroes by reanimating the preserved corpses to save her (and kill the MadDoctor responsible)]].



* WhatTheHellHero: Makino suggests marketing the suicidal song to people who aren't quite ready to take the final step. Sasaki is not amused.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Makino suggests marketing the suicidal song to people who aren't quite ready to take the final step. Both Sasaki is and Numata [[spoiler:who nearly died from hearing the song themselves]] were not amused.
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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Except for his scar being on the lower half of his face, Sasayama's cousin looks exactly like him, down to the glasses, cheapness and using a cane.

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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Except for his scar being on the lower half of his face, Sasayama's cousin looks exactly like him, down to the glasses, cheapness and cheapness, using a cane.cane, and ''having a peg leg''. Numata even jokes that peg legs must run in Sasayama's family.
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** A similarly bandaged character [i]also[\i] named Shinuhe shows up in the side story at the end of volume 6, which is set in 1901.

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** A similarly bandaged character [i]also[\i] ''also'' named Shinuhe shows up in the side story at the end of volume 6, which is set in 1901.
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