History Manga / TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService

24th Sep '16 10:39:13 AM Willbyr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


-->'''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.

to:

-->'''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]].

to:

** 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]].
24th Sep '16 10:28:24 AM LordB
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*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.
8th Sep '16 7:25:10 PM Randomfan11
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

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



* {{Badass}}: Numata.

to:

* {{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.]]

to:

* BrokenPedestal: 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.]]]]
** 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."

to:

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



* CoolOldGuy: Sasayama.

to:

* 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.

to:

** 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.

to:

* 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]].]]

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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...

to:

* 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]]'.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

** 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.

to:

* {{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.

to:

** 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]].

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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:

to:

* 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.]]

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.
19th Mar '16 7:07:47 PM octochan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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.
19th Mar '16 6:47:53 PM octochan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** 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.

to:

** 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.
19th Mar '16 6:47:24 PM octochan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** 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.
3rd Oct '15 8:10:03 AM Grudgeal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* StrawmanPolitical: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]].

to:

* StrawmanPolitical: Judging Fairly subtle by the standards of that trope, but judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, storylines it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]].
3rd Oct '15 8:09:03 AM Grudgeal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AuthorAppeal: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]] or is a big fan of nationalism/patriotism.


Added DiffLines:

* StrawmanPolitical: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]].
3rd Oct '15 8:05:32 AM Grudgeal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AuthorAppeal: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]] or is a big fan of nationalism/patriotism.

to:

* AuthorAppeal: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]] or is a big fan of nationalism/patriotism.
3rd Oct '15 8:04:36 AM Grudgeal
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* AuthorAppeal: Judging by the occasional foray into political storylines, it's a fair bet that the author doesn't [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem vote LDP]] or is a big fan of nationalism/patriotism.


Added DiffLines:

* SmugSnake: Practically every single villain.
This list shows the last 10 events of 71. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Manga.TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService