MAIL by Housui Yamazaki
4009 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
30 / M / Australia
Offline
Posted 9/25/08 , edited 9/27/08

Title: MAIL (Volume One)
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Dark Horse
Author and Artist: Housui Yamazaki
ISBN: 1593075669
Age Group: 15-18+

Being able to see dead people looked like it was pretty tough for that poor kid in the sixth sense, but in MAIL, the real issue is when the dead people see you, seeing them.

MAIL is the story of detective Reiji Akiba, a somewhat eccentric private eye, he has the signature waistcoat and tie of anyone who's in the 'bizz'. What makes him different from your average detective is what it is exactly that he investigates. Reiji tracks down wayward and harmful spirits, which he then exorcises with the help of his sanctified handgun, often saving lives in the process.

The graphic novel is in the story-per-chapter format. Each one introduces us to a new group of characters who find themselves in the midst of an urban myth or somewhat gruesome problem.
All the mini-plots and urban myths are quite original and unique. The stories manage to grip you enough that you feel genuinely scared, if at least not for yourself, then for the victims in the story. The only real downside is that each ends the same, with Reiji showing up and taking the ghost down. Except for perhaps the last story, which actually gives us quite interesting information about Reiji's past.

This manga is by the same artist as the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. And thus has the same art style. Mail was however drawn at a later date and thus Yamazaki's art is a lot more consistent and clean throughout the entire volume than it was in the first volume of Kurosagi.

The plots and themes themselves are obviously for more mature readers, but besides a very small amount of partial nudity, I don't see any reason why someone fifteen years or older would enjoy this book any less than that of someone older.

MAIL is a great read, if you like the horror-mystery genre, then this book is certainly for you. If you've never read a horror manga before this would be a great title to start with. I'm already looking forward to getting my hands on the next one.


--------------
I'd like to thank the people in the Kurosagi thread that told me to check Mail out, I'm really glad I did, I'm just annoyed I didn't buy all 3 volumes at once.
16324 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Bangalore,India
Offline
Posted 9/26/08

riavan wrote:





I love this series. :D
many stories are genuinely scary
1542 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / F / in my bf's arms
Offline
Posted 9/26/08
It seems kool
16324 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Bangalore,India
Offline
Posted 9/27/08 , edited 9/27/08

riavan wrote:

I'd like to thank the people in the Kurosagi thread that told me to check Mail out, I'm really glad I did, I'm just annoyed I didn't buy all 3 volumes at once.


You're welcome :D
I read MAIL first and then KCDS. MAIL is scarier, while KCDS is not as scary but is really, really cool
6982 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / F / Kuala Lumpur, Mal...
Offline
Posted 9/27/08
I've read a review of MAIL in a newspaper before but i haven't try reading it yet =)
16324 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Bangalore,India
Offline
Posted 9/27/08

shabutarou wrote:

I've read a review of MAIL in a newspaper before but i haven't try reading it yet =)


read it, it's genuinely scary and you won't regret it :D
switch off the lights and play horror music for ambiance too :D
www.manga-yomi.info
6982 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / F / Kuala Lumpur, Mal...
Offline
Posted 9/27/08

h4x0rz wrote:
read it, it's genuinely scary and you won't regret it :D
switch off the lights and play horror music for ambiance too :D
www.manga-yomi.info


uwah.. XD alright! *play fatal frame ost and read*
4009 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
30 / M / Australia
Offline
Posted 9/27/08 , edited 9/28/08

shabutarou wrote:


h4x0rz wrote:
read it, it's genuinely scary and you won't regret it :D
switch off the lights and play horror music for ambiance too :D
www.manga-yomi.info


uwah.. XD alright! *play fatal frame ost and read*


You can see influences from Japanese horror films in it :)







You must be logged in to post.