Discussion of Manga “Soil”
Take deep dive into Soil! Soil is not just your ordinary manga- This manga has some elements that make it stand out from the rest. While reading Soil, Different is the word, most will use to indicate this manga. While this manga is not as unique as Uzumaki but this manga is worth your time.
Soil Manga Information:
Alternate Name: ソイル
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural
Authors: Kaneko Atsushi
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Something strange is going on in “Soil New Town.” The sudden disappearance of a seemingly normal family leads the two detectives Yokoi and Onoda to the idyllic town in the middle of nowhere. What looks like a routine case at first quickly turns into a complex and deadly riddle where nothing is what it seems to be. Will the two desperate investigators manage to solve the mystery before it’s too late?
Japan with its bizarre horror style has captivated the hearts of the million worldwide. May it is the world famous movie series Grudge or Junji Ito with his best-selling work Uzumaki, Japan has made its presence felt by holding your heart and urging you not to blink. Carving its own niche with horror, thriller, and crime fans, Soil by Atsushi Kaneko is sure to open a whole new world of freakish experiences that shake you to the core and make you question the existence of reality.
Set in Soil New Town, a seemingly peaceful and tranquil suburb, two detectives of the Tokyo Metropolitan Department- vulgar Yokoi and persistent Onoda, are sent to investigate the disappearance of the Suzushiro family. The city built on a deserted land has its own secrets, each household clutching theirs as tightly as possible. The disappearance proves only to be the tip of the iceberg, as more and more bizarre happenings peel away at the layers of the mystery to unravel a very new perspective that probes the theory of existence
The first thing that catches your eyes with this manga is its art style. The paneling of a scene throughout the page creates a beautiful sense of eeriness that complements the manga throughout. The flowers on the streets or teacups on the roof create tension sets a mood for the reader by adding an unearthly vibe to the entire story. All in all, the work is done by Atsushi Kaneko in illustrating the story has yielded results that would not have been possible with only words and dialogues.
The characters introduced in the series have their own nuances to add to the high-octane suspense thriller. Each of them has their own peculiarities that make them likable and inexplicable, both at the same time. They mold the story in such a manner that it engrosses and amuses the reader and goads them to continue further.
This eleven-volume series creates a variety of mysteries that are interconnected creating a web of perplexing phenomena that crescendo towards a gut-wrenching finale that no one could see as expected. There is a twist at every turn of the way that augments the story and carries it further along the way. The story canvasses the past and the present through the point of view of different characters, each one of them giving us a personal insight into their narrative.
As is expected from a Japanese suspense manga, the strange incidences that are happening around the town are not your run-of-the-mill jump scares that are typical, or tropes that have been overused throughout the world. Soil brings out the ingenuity in each of the incidences that collate together to create a larger-than-life tale that lingers even after you complete the series.
The pace of the story changes quite constantly, creating periods of a lull where there is not a lot happening. The art that I acclaimed before can sometimes make the scenarios confusing as the mangaka tries to convey more than space allows him to. Also sometimes the courses of crescendo mentioned before, have a continuous series of events happening in quick succession that may cause confusion that leads to uncertainty and ambiguity. There will be a few who may consider the ending to be a blanket explanation for all the bizarreness in the series, but it would be a disservice if I list it as a major con to the series.
I would recommend this Soil series to anyone who is interested in philosophy, psychology, and suspense. It takes us through a different mindset and leaves a lingering sense of precariousness with its ending. The inevitability of the entire occurrence proves to be a wondrous fate of its participants giving us this amazing manga that makes us revisit the first page as soon as one completes the last one.
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