Shiny New Releases: Hachi no Su

On July 25th, Minekura Kazuya will release a short story collection of her work, Hachi no Su.  Two editions will be available, including a limited edition that comes with a drama CD.

Hachi no Su is about two men who take care of the dead.  In a world rife with black market organ harvesting and sales, the dead are often given no respect and preyed upon.  The main characters are two not-so-ordinary government workers who prevent that by collecting the dead before they are snatched away.  Sometimes the job gets a bit.. difficult.  One man is a glorious, grizzled oyaji, which makes it even better.  While the content deals with death and has some weight, it’s not overbearing or overly dark–it reminds me a lot of Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin.

I’ve been a huge fan of Minekura Kazuya for over a decade now.  That in itself is amazing–I usually fall out of love with mangaka over time, but she consistently makes characters that I can’t help but love.  Given her serious health issues over the years and its sporadic (at best) publication, I wasn’t sure if/when Hachi no Su would be released in tankoubon form.  On the other hand, due to the fact it’s an episodic story, I’m a bit sad that this also is a likely sign that Hachi no Su will be utterly discontinued like Bus Gamer.  Not that it had been publishing recently, but it’s the final nail in the coffin, so to speak.  Hachi no Su had so much promise.  Regardless, I’ll be buying this volume and happily setting it next to her other 64 books I own.  So when do I get my Wild Adapter Volume 7?

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