Review : Mail.

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 about 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, saving lives and burying the dead.

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 plots and urban myths are very original and unique. The stories manages to grip you enough that you feel genuinely scared, if not for yourself, then for the victims in the story. The only real downside is that each really ends the same, with Reiji showing up and taking the ghost down. Except for a few of the stories, which gives us a view of 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 a slightly more mature manga reader would enjoy it any less.

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. It's a real pity there's only three volumes, as it's probably one of the best serious seinen (mature reader) titles available to an english reader, as typically they don't make it out of Japan.

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