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Hijacked for some more info ~ Drmke
Hey guys, I've started this thread to try and stir interest on a not-so-new series that's recently been added to the site. The series is Soil, by Atsushi Kaneko:
The story revolves around the strange disappearance of a family living in a seemingly idyllic town. It's a crime-solving mystery/psychological thriller, but with a definite hint of the supernatural. If you're into any of that stuff, or are just looking to read a mature seinen series, this one definitely deserves a shot.
I found the artwork to be particularly striking. I was strongly reminded of Japanese kirie pictures when I first began reading. The ink lines are extremely crisp and clean, but also grotesque at the same time. Even when he's just drawing flowers, or smiling faces.
I have read through the first 2 volumes so far, and I must say I am hooked. 8 Japanese volumes have been released as of July 2009, and Nomad Soul of Kotonoha has translated and scanlated Vol. 1 by himself. I will be translating from Vol. 2 forward with Kotonoha scanlating. English chapters are already available on Kotonoha's group page:
I hope more people will get to know this series.
Last edited by Drmke; February 28, 2010 at 03:44 PM.
Thanks for pimping this series, Meriken. SOIL has been one of my personal favorites for years. Atsushi Kaneko is not just an accomplished artist, his story telling also has a Lynchian quality to it that is simply irresistible.
Just think of SOIL as an X-files episode where Mulder and Scully have been replaced by a foul-mouthed, sexist old geezer and a female nerd. The two main characters actually work great as a manzai couple and their dialogues, even though cringe-worthy at times, are priceless.
In any case, I look forward to continue working on this series.
@all: Soil will rock your world!
It's a great manga with a very interesting style and some snarky dialogue. I'm glad it's getting picked up again.
I love the art, I'm gonna have to check this one out!
Chapter 8 and 9 are out. Thank you, Meriken, for the great translation.
If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, you better do it now, because it only gets crazier from here on out.
Here's the only English review (translated from French, but still) that I found:
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The next two chapters are out. Things are starting to unravel in Soil as the town's dirty secrets become exposed one after another. But the most pressing question still remains: What the hell happened to the Suzushiros? Well, I'm afraid you'll have to wait a bit longer to get the answer.
Check out this interesting interview with Atsushi Kaneko conducted by du9 in 2007. In it he revealed that he had the whole story of Soil mapped out.
Last edited by Nomad Soul; July 26, 2009 at 07:28 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
It is about time I discussed other things than shounen
I am also hooked at this manga, even if I do not like the art (the author did not break any panel, they all have a square form) and dialogues do not impress me.
What interests me is this strange story taking place in one place and what is going on in very particular and unusual circumstances. Things begin to go out of control and everything is falling apart and an unhealthy curiosity pushes us to follow how the story unfolds.
I am actually really fond of this kind of story. I already enjoyed the end of Monster by Urazawa or books like The Plague by Albert Camus or Tempête sur la ville by Gorki (did not find the English title). There is always this oppressing atmosphere that reveals a lot of things about people and in Soil the author abuses of graphical details (e.g. sweat) to make the reader feel it.
About the surnatural thing, I have read 14 chapters, except the first chapter I do not have the feeling the story has much surnatural in it. There are still some unexplained things where I am, but I see them solved with a rational explanation. I will see later how that turns out. Perhaps other weird events will happen.
Last edited by Meromorphe; November 01, 2009 at 04:22 AM.
I love that this was picked up again.
this manga is the best mystery manga I've read in a while ... after reading it (up to the latest-chapter 36), I get the impression the author is a more talented version of J.J.Abrams (the philosophy of some mysteries aren't meant to be solved)
the pace and the depth of mystery and chaos only steadily increases. You might think of also X-files after you read some if it, but the detectives are way outclassed when faced with these undecipherable mysteries (however, they are not really as likeable as one would hope). Some mysteries are solved in time (the ones that are meant to) but others continue to be left unsolved (the ones you really want to know the answer to!)
TV Drama green lit.
Too bad I despise dramas. Love to see this as an anime, though.
I read everything up to the end of Block 2 over the last few days. It wasn't that hard getting back into itdespite it being more than a year since I read Block 1. This manga is all about the mystery though, not a lot of room for character development and all that. But what it does, it does excellently.
Now we play the waiting game for Block 3 to be completed.