The funeral procession of K is a weird murder mystery with emphasis on the weird part.
Mikaya appears in this old building with the eerie spiral staircase and occupies the room of the deceased K. Dreams keep haunting him so he wants to try to learn more about K and especially the fact that his body is absent. He goes around asking all the queer tenants including a guy who always wears goggles, a girl fascinated by the decay of corpses, a butcher wearing a chicken for hat and retro European clothes and a guy who collects morkwalls –whatever these things may be. We even get an lgbt character, but I won’t say anything more as not to spoil.
The story is quite simple, but it’s a reading that keeps you turning the pages. The fact that each chapter is more or less 6 pages helps, too. For the curious ones, we do find out who did it by the end –just make sure you read the 3 extra chapters. Since it’s story-driven and only 2 volumes long, we don’t have character development or even much character exploration in general, apart from K’s and Mikaya’s back stories.
The character designs are what I’d describe ugly, with huge foreheads, pointy eyebrows, lips looking like thin flat hats and lanky angular bodies. Gothic fans, though, seem fascinated by them from what I gather from the few reviews of the series. I won’t disagree that for a series talking about death they are quite fitting. They give off an air of decadence and of distance. Their bizarreness and the absurdity of their lifestyles also add to what probably is a parody of criminal investigations –particularly at the last chapters of the manga where the characters toss around accusations.
Kusumoto’s style is generally minimalistic with ominous splashes of color occasionally. Her paneling is quite unconventional (see example of overlaping panels above), but she also uses panels the traditional way; though always creating unsettling emotions to the readers (see the four panels where a testimony about K is given by a tenant).
If you like murder cases and if you welcome oddball elements, this can be an enjoyable subway/bus reading.