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Soil  
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Description
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 disparate investigators manage to solve the mystery before it's too late?

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
ソイル

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.59 by Rocking Horse Scans (357d ago)
v.8 c.58 by Rocking Horse Scans (365d ago)
v.8 c.57 by Rocking Horse Scans (388d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (74 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.14 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 19th 2012, 10:31am PST

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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1156 increased(+106)
Monthly Pos #2180 increased(+199)
3 Month Pos #3031 increased(+273)
6 Month Pos #3510 increased(+236)

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On 383 reading lists
On 497 wish lists
On 21 completed lists
On 21 unfinished lists
On 145 custom lists

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Interesting   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by pararama
August 30th, 2009, 8:04am
I found this series intriguing from the very first chapter. The only way I can describe the story is by calling it the bastard child of the TV shows Lost and Desperate Housewives.
Story: 9/10; Great use of foreshadowing (a must for any mystery). The only thing that I don't like is that it trails off a lot and leaves the main story behind to shed light on little things, but these trail-offs are usually small and it gets back in topic quickly.

Art: 8/10; Descent. The style is interesting. Kaneko makes use of broad straight lines to form figures and medium lines to give detail. It works surprisingly well as some of the characters faces come out looking like they're actually Asian. Though the high contrast can make it hard to follow at times.

Characters: 8/10; Out of all the series that I've read, this one takes the prize of most disgusting characters. From habitual crotch scratching to full on sexual harrassment (which is often pointed out in the series). Its almost as though Kaneko was trying to create a more realistic human than the stereotypical 'badass', the older male that likes to smell is own B.O. or the ugly female in her late 20's spending her free time taking calls with men from a dating site. The characters themselves adds a sense of humor to the series, albeit very, very light.

I'm very interested to see how the story is going to unfold. My biggest question is whether its going to take a turn towards the supernatural, or go with a typical kidnapping scenario.

... Last updated on January 18th, 2010, 5:28am
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Fringe + X-Files = Soil   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by k_rocks2
November 15th, 2012, 5:41pm
***Spoiler is in the spoiler section. If you donít want to know, please donít roll your mouse or click on it***

I usually don't review a series until it's done, but I'll make an exception for Soil though my attempt will be flimpsy since I can hardly tell what the hell is going on.
It's a pretty interesting and bizarre series that keeps me on my feet, that's for certain.
What starts off as a simple missing persons case turns into a paranormal occurrence.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The mangaka is playing with the possibility of an alternate universe or reality, at this point in the scanlation (vol. 7).
The people of the quiet and seemingly perfect town are not as they appear (who ever do, anyway?). They all have secrets of some sort that are waiting to be uncovered. The main characters are distinctive from the types you read in other manga. For example, the sargeant in charge of the case is a wig-wearing, crotch-scratching, armpit-smelling, and booger-picking (the list of bad habits can go on) old man who also sexually harasses his female subordinate. The said female subordinate is a nerdy-looking, sloppy, newbie detective that sweats a bucket throughout the series. Despite (or should I say, inspite of) their flaws, they make a pretty good, albeit strange and funny, team and have a keen determination on discovering the truth. This determination thankfully drives the story.
The art relies heavily on black and white lines, with very little tone, giving off strange and eerie effects that go so well with the nature of the story. Like other reviewer has stated, the characters, for once, actually look like Asian and are distinguishable from each another. On another note, the moon looks sinister and hangs unnaturally over the town, as if it is watching the Soil citizens and their fanatical actions. Could the moon be some sort of foreshadowing for whatever is coming next? I can hardly wait for the next chapter to come out.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2012, 8:10pm
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trippy, soulless   
Rating: N/A
by miss hu
February 28th, 2010, 9:00am
this is well-done, very well-done. the story is clever, and the art is catchy. its 1950s americana style makes me lmao. however, i didn't warm to a single character. while art might not require humanity, i don't like to spend my spare time without it.

precocious tots and older, clever types will enjoy this.
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What the hell is going on?   
Rating: N/A
by irrelevance
June 14th, 2012, 12:03am
At first I thought this will be some kind of mass hysteria where the whole town goes crazy, but later there's the possibility of aliens and ghosts? The more I read the less sense the story makes.
I agree with that the story was very well-drafted and the way the author moves the plot is very suspenseful, but I hope the story is resolved in a meaningful way.
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