A manga by Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki, ''Embalming'' is set in a turn-of-the-century Europe where a number of people are using the notes left behind by one Dr. Victor Frankenstein to do their own crazy monster-building experiments. The resulting creatures, called Frankensteins, come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and mental states: from grotesquely monstrous to seemingly human, and from slightly nuts to batshit insane.

Instead of one main character, ''Embalming'' features an ensemble cast: revenge-driven Fury Flatliner, who wants to destroy all Frankensteins; happy but dumb Frankenstein girl Elm and her misanthropic human companion Ashuhit Richter, who belong to a secret society dedicated to Frankenstein research; John Doe, a mysterious and dangerous Frankenstein, and others.

The full title is ''Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein'', but that's both too long and too {{Engrish}} to be used in real life. The title was placed on hiatus in March 2012 until the fall, while Watsuki works on a limited run [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. The series is based on a one-shot story Watsuki wrote that appeared in the final tankoubon of ''Manga/BusouRenkin''.

!!The manga provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Wraith's alcoholic father
* AncientConspiracy: Polar Route, a secret society of Frankenstein creators
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Fury's friend Wraith is killed then revived as a Frankenstein within the first chapter. [[spoiler: At the end of the first arc Fury realizes that he too had been turned into a Frankenstein by Dr. Peabody, having died in the same event that killed Wraith.]]
* AntiHero: John Doe, Ashuhit Richter, Dr. Peaberry...
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Fury Flatliner? Wraith Allen? Elm L. Renegade? Come on...
** It doesn´t help, that Elm is supposed to be German.
*** The name "Ashuhito" consists of the English word "ash" and the Japanese word "hito" (person). The character is German. Of course it is a cool complex meaningful name, but...?
* TheBerserker: Fury ''hates'' Frankenstein, and goes into a homicidal rage whenever he finds one. [[spoiler: Given that he's a Frankenstein designed specifically to destroy other Frankenstein, it very likely that this a function built into him, and possibly one he can't control either.]]
** Though when he's not in his "''Kill all Frankenstein!!!''" mode, he's a pretty nice guy.
* {{Bishonen}}
* [[spoiler: BrokenPedestal:]] [[spoiler: Shade the man that raised and trained Fury and Wraith and Lord Weiss who took them in.]]
* CameBackWrong: Even if a Frankenstein is created using nothing but the original human's body, they will not come back as the person they used to be. At best, they will develop a different personality but at the worst, they will become AxCrazy with both memory loss and personality change.
* DeathIsCheap: Once at least. A dead human can still live on as a Frankenstein but Subverted once it's found out that they will not come back as the same person.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Elm, who has the body of a 13-year-old
* {{Expy}}: Edel is very similar to Mahiro from ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', both in design and personality.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Fury is revealed to have been turned into a Frankenstein at the end of the first arc.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Duh!
* ShockAndAwe: [[spoiler: As a Frankenstein, Fury]] can wield his artificially boosted galvanic current as a weapon, inducing malfunctions in other Frankensteins.
* GenkiGirl: Elm
* GratuitousEnglish
* GratuitousGerman: A LOT. Examples include ''"Eisen der Arm"'', ''"Panzer das Bein/Bain"'', the obligatory ''Baumkuchen''-joke and don´t even get me started on the use of the word ''Frankenstein''.
** It's borderline BilingualBonus in the second oneshot, when the German word for "liar" appears written on two signs, and of course it turns out [[spoiler:that Kiefer is lying and it's all a trap.]]
* HarmfulToMinors: Fury and Wraith watch their parents get murdered by a Frankenstein when they are 13. And Ashuhit [[spoiler:is attacked and crippled by John Doe, who also kills his friend Elm right in front of him...]]
** Well, in typical Watsuki fashion, half the characters have horrible childhood traumas.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, and knowing Watsuki, many will follow.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: [[spoiler: Fury Flatliner]] was created by Dr. Peabody to destroy other Frankensteins.
* IdiotHero: Elm, of course.
** Fury has also been called a "Country Hick" more than once.
* KnifeNut: Fury's weapons of choice, usually one in each hand.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Frankensteins are brought to life when struck by lightning. Lightning, however, cannot bring them back the way they were.
* MadnessMantra: When Fury enters combat with three other Frankensteins, he continues to yell 'Kill All Frankensteins!' while he tears them to piece.
* MadScientist: In spades
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Robert Weiss adopted Edel because she looked very much like his lost daughter. So he gave her the same name. And planned to transplant her eyes with the right eye colour. And turn her into an undead Frankenstein so he would never lose her again.]] Also [[spoiler:Elm, who was revived by Ashuhit's father after Ash begged him to do it. Ash, however, is not content with the Frankenstein Elm and will do anything to have the real Elm back, even if it means killing the Frankenstein Elm's personality in the process.]]
* {{Revenge}}: Fury's drive. Partially due to the death of his parents, and partially for the events of the first arc.
** Interestingly, despite his hatred towards all Frankenstein he gets along quite well with Elm.
*** Most likely because he is unaware that she is one.
* ShoutOut: A little more than that, actually. Upon arriving in London, Ashuhito meets with a man called [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Mike Roft, who then sends his younger brother]] to search for Fury and Dr.Peaberry. On the next page Peaberry suggests going to a [[Literature/SherlockHolmes famous detective on Baker street]]. The silhouette of whom then shows up with the signature [[Literature/SherlockHolmes hat and pipe]].
* TheDitz: Elm
* VictorianLondon
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Wraith ]]