The Embalmer
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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
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, PsychologicalPsychological, JoseiJosei
Authors: Mihara, Mitsukazu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Feel Young


Score: 8.071 (scored by 28252,825 users)
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Ranked: #5572
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Popularity: #1321
Members: 10,511
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Shinjuurou Mamiya works as an embalmer—a profession seen as "unclean" by Japanese society due to religious traditions and lack of demand for the service. Driven by his passion to preserve the dignity of the deceased, he has resigned himself to the outcast lifestyle that comes with his job. Though his clientele is lacking, he is exceptionally skilled. Shinjuurou does not shy away from opportunities to show off his ability to transform a corpse into a state that makes a loved one believe they are just sleeping peacefully.

Shigeshoushi explores the delicate psychological relationships between life, death, loss, and mourning. With each embalming, Shinjuurou brings the inner beauty of the deceased back to life to give their loved ones a chance to properly say goodbye.

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Shigeshoushi was published in English as The Embalmer by Tokyopop in four volumes 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 and in Chinese by DrComics Press.

The manga was given a live-action drama adaptation that ran from October 5, 2007 to December 21, 2007 on TV Tokyo, Aichi Television Broadcasting, and TVQ Kyushu.


Urara, Akihiro
Yamane, Saya
Mamiya, Nozomi
Wildberry, Tina

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Apr 12, 2020
abystoma2 (All reviews)
The Embalmer is one of those titles that really prove how full of various and unusual themes the medium of manga is. Really, where else would you find a fiction about non-Egyptian embalming?

Now, embalming isn't really something most of the readers would relate to. I too had my doubts about how someone could make a series based around it entertaining or meaningful, especially considering I didn't see any meaning even in the act of embalming itself. Lo and behold, it actually is good. The manga takes the readers doubt and responds to them. It explains and defends the utility of the profession of embalmer read more
Mar 3, 2014
Rei-chii (All reviews)
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
Dec 16, 2017
Inukanura (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 8, 2010
daniyagami (All reviews)
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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