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English: The Embalmer
Japanese: 死化粧師


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 42
Status: Finished
Published: May 8, 2002 to Apr 8, 2013
Authors: Mihara, Mitsukazu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Feel Young


Score: 8.301 (scored by 1961 users)
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Ranked: #3142
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Popularity: #1035
Members: 5,699
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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /42


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.

(Source: ANN)


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.


Mamiya, Shinjuurou
Mamiya, Shinjuurou
Natsui, Azuki
Natsui, Azuki
Kobayashi, Renji
Kobayashi, Renji
Lee, Chansoo
Lee, Chansoo
Wao, Kazuo
Wao, Kazuo
Koyuki, Shouko
Koyuki, Shouko
Natsui, Tsukimichi
Natsui, Tsukimichi

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Jul 8, 2010
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.
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Apr 8, 2010
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... read more
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Mar 3, 2014
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 read more
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Jul 7, 2011
"if you ever lost someone close to you, this book will really tug at your heartstrings, but also might become a treasured part of your bookshelf" -ign.com

I think it's true. I can understand this feeling of losing someone and this manga touched my heart, but of course not all the stories did. Some people might find it really boring because many of the stories are similar. Most stories involve people dying, their friends and relatives have similar feelings, and end with Shinjurou performing a small "miracle". He is embalmer. He does his work even though it's hard for him and sometimes it's hard because read more
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