Shinjuurou Mamiya is an embalmer, a profession seen as "unclean" in Japan. Shinjyurou has accepted the life of an outcast amongst most people; to him it is a job and nothing more. He has gained an exceptional understanding of death and its consequences, as well as what it means to live.
Mitsukazu Mihara brings us another psychological masterpiece in several thought-provoking volumes, the first alone of which explores the meanings of beauty, love and loss.
Shigeshoushi had four volumes published in English as The Embalmer by Tokyopop from August 8, 2006 to August 1, 2007, before the license was dropped and the publisher went defunct. It has also been published in Polish as Balsamista by Hanami from 2008 to 2013.
Being in a country where embalming is a practice, I could probably relate to the thought where "the family members would want the deceased to look how he/she usually was when he/she's still alive"
Before I go straight to my review, let me just tell you something to further prove my point. Just recently, my grandfather died. He died of an illness so he was really thin when he died. After the embalming process, my grandfather looked more fat (not totally but the healthy kindof fat) than he was when he died. He didn't look like he died of an illness and he does look like
he was actually sleeping. He even has this little smile in his face. So, we thought: "He was probably happy now that he's not suffering anymore."
before, I didn't really care about those people who worked as an embalmer. But, after reading this manga, I thought, this is what they actually do. Ease the burden of the family members who were left by the deceased.
Stories are captivating and at times, heartbreaking.
The art is okay. It really does exceeds my expectations whenever it reveals how Shinjyurou embalmed the corpse (I know that sounded weird)
Characters is an okay as well. I actually understand Shinjyurou's need to hold something warm after embalming a corpse. It's more of a psychological effect. It seemed like the trauma of seeing his mother being embalmed by his father in front of him kind of retained in his subconscious mind and that it resurfaces via sexual drive. I love how the characters were portrayed in every chapter.
It's a weird kind of manga imo, but overall, it is entertaining and of course, it does after all teaches a lesson or two :)
this is the first time i shed a tear for several times in every different chapter.
if you ever experienced the feeling of loss of your loved one, you will realize how much hard it is to see them one last time. and for me, this manga is really close to me. i've experienced loss 4 times, and i realize how fragile a human can be. the only thing we can do is to make sure our last goodbye is counted, and keep on living for the sake of your loved ones.
every chapter tells you about what it feels like to be with someone you
love, and how much you taken them for granted. the conflict in every story always gives us a message that somehow bittersweet but captivating to keep us reading it.
the art is really good, its enough to convey every single things that the story needs to deliver
despite the main character attitude of being "jerk", he have his own reason to acted that way. and reading it more will make us realize how hard it is to be like him, and how suffered he is just to make other people smile.
i really enjoy how the things turns out in the story, for the better or worse. the explanation in the story is always simple, no need to thinking hard about everything in the story because the message is always delivers very well. and i enjoy every single chaper of it.
it's a good simple read (only 42 chapters.) i thought it would be dealing with a lot of gore and sadist stuff, but i just realized this is a Josei manga, but it's a good read nevertheless.
the theme of the story may be very odd for some people, but if you fine about it, the manga will give you something more than just corpse.
This manga is not to all tastes because some people can consider gloomy, creepy or boring.
It's about a guy who becomes an embalmer and his daily routine with his "customers". The stories are all emotional and beautiful. Part of his personal story is also told, why and how he became an embalmer.
It's a very different manga but it worths to read.
I started reading The Embalmer with high hopes and (as cliche as it is) with great expectations.
Only to be disappointed.
So, I thought maybe it was because I expected a lot from the story that it turned out the way it did; so I slept on it; and after finishing the fourth volume the next day, I dropped it.
It wasn't a BAD story but even some (not all) of the gooey-ist stories I've read so far out-shined it.
I felt cold, there was no interaction with the reader, not that the story was not interesting...
It was just...
I guess that's the word I was looking for.
Nothing is quickly moving, it is just the steady exploration of the main character and I don't mind that kind of story but the fact that it was slow-paced, I dunno, fake and unreal really bummed me out.
I think if the writer just added some suspense, and one idea happening through out the chapters would have made it much, much more enjoyable but, I don't think that will happen.