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This manga is set in the Western Xia state at the beginning of the 13th century, when there were violent, ongoing incursions by the Mongol army. Guided by Suzuki, a student who has transferred from another school, a present-day boy called Sudo, a high school student who has been plagued by a vivid dream of a battlefield, is reborn as Shutohel, a female warrior for the Western Xia army, who has lived for vengeance on the Mongols, and travels to the battlefield. At the same time, the Mongol prince Yurul defies his own army, which is trying to destroy the Western Xia script, and makes plans to protect a collection of Western Xia writings. This is an epic, long-form action manga featuring elaborate, dynamic depictions of combat and the enigma of an ancient script.
Note: Won the 16th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize's New Artist Prize in 2012.


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Associated Names
Шат Хелл
シュトヘル 悪霊
Akuryou - Shut Hell
Akuryou - Shuto Heru
Shut Hell

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Latest Release(s)
v.14 c.90 (end) by HappyScans! 8 months ago
v.14 c.89 by HappyScans! 8 months ago
v.14 c.88 by HappyScans! 9 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (237 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 26th 2018, 3:50pm PST



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Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)
Gekkan! Spirits (Shogakukan)

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Monthly Pos #835 decreased(-26)
3 Month Pos #977 increased(+66)
6 Month Pos #1021 increased(+38)
Year Pos #819 decreased(-107)

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Good Work   
Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by acritic
April 4th, 2010, 4:47pm
Somehow I am reminded of Total War series from SEGA. I am pretty sure the author have played this game and copied some scenes from it. I apologize if I offended, but that's just a minor impression I got while reading this manga. I can tell, it's a good work and interesting like many other historical mangas; only thing that bogs me is it dealt with Mongol, which I personally feel awkard toward the author's approach about them. I don't like the fact that there are some excessive emphasis on cruelty of Mongol leadership with too much aspects on Japanese war ideology (or mangaka war ideology if that's more appropriate) into completely different culture. These contradict from what I read from some books on Mongol.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2010, 5:43pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hotdiabling
December 12th, 2009, 6:50pm
Only 17 chapters yet I am instantly addicted. I love the premise of this series, and I love semi-historical epic manga like Berserk, Vinland Saga, Dangu (Shaman Warrior), and Mugen no Juunin (Blade of the Immortal). Shut Hell just added to my list. I can see this becoming an excellent masterpiece already.

The premise with the modern characters and gender bending made gave Shut Hell a very interesting and unique twist to its historical setting that got me hooked. The three layers of the plot (the modern, the events after Shut Hell's revival, and the retelling of Shut Hell and Yurul's past) makes excellent story telling that makes me like this series even more.

The characters are amazing, especially Shut Hell. I love that expression on her face that's not quite a frown, not quite a smile, and not quite a sneer, but something in between. Man, does Itoh Yu know how to design her characters! Alfald, Harabal, Yurul. I just stare at them for hours and wonder how she how she designed and drew them.

I love the action sequences, I've never seen anything quite like it. Given Shut Hell is female, there are a lot of acrobatics involved which is very different from the masculine actions in the series mentioned previously. Most of the actions are depicted realistically which makes it even more awesome. And I just enjoy unentangling the complex twist of action that Shut Hell and her prey are engaged in.

Shut Hell has everything that I like it in: wolves, tigers, blood and gore, China, redheads with swords, and a good little bit of history and geography.

Shut Hell is similar to The Twelve Kingdoms (both being about China and redheaded heroines with swords), yet very different at the same time. The only thing that mars Shut Hell is the god-awful translations. Its so bad that I have to ignore the speech bubbles and make up my own dialogue. Hopefully somebody else who actually knows the language picks up the project soon.
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Nice with a warning to the scans group   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by envywine
December 12th, 2009, 1:54am
The story and art is pretty good (though what the hell is with that weird reincarnation/flashback intro that has nothing to do with the flow of the series?) but the translations are really terrible. Seriously, whoever is translating this series--GET AN EDITOR. The English is terrible. And stop using a thesaurus: because those words? Do not mean what you think they mean.

But the art is really interesting. The mangaka was obviously influenced a lot by Western comics, and the level of detail (and gore) is really well done. Though I usually have no idea what's happening in the action scenes. Everything looks like action lines and distorted perceptions and ink blotches then.

... Last updated on December 12th, 2009, 1:56am
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shut hell is hot.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pokui
October 31st, 2009, 5:20pm
just 14 chapters in and the main character is already in my top 10. shes hot as hell. and not because of the art. the manga itself is great too.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2009, 5:25pm
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This series can become a true epic or an incredible mess.   
Rating: N/A
by drunkguy
October 26th, 2009, 11:59pm
What is reality in this series is very much in doubt in the beginning. Ignore a few details and it is fairly straightforward though.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Discount all portions prior to the hanging scene and this really isn't that complicated. IF they do turn up to be relevant then all bets are off on how this one will conclude.

Guy in the present meets a girl who plays an instrument. He apparently wakes up as a naked women being hanged. As a women he goes on the run with a little boy that looks like the girl. While hiding, he hears the story behind his body and the series goes off from there.

Shut hell is surprisingly feminine for a raging homicidal schizophrenic with possible multiple personalities. She never gives off the feeling of a man with breasts so much as that of a crazed girlfriend out for revenge. Quite ironic since Shut Hell may very well be a man with breasts (or a girl who turned into a guy) in the first place. Gore, nudity and tragic overtones. Not for kids with uptight parents.
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Really good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by deodendjin
August 17th, 2009, 2:19pm
When I started this manga, I had no idea how much I would like it, but the character of Shut Hell is so fucking amazing, I just love when people suddenly "snap" in a manga (like for example Takamura against Hawk in Hajime no Ippo) and Shut Hell is all the time in that state.
So. Fucking. Cool.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2009, 5:02pm
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hmmm... pretty good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kagome999
August 17th, 2009, 9:58am
i think i got a thing for women killing ppl
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A great new read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Megadeath10
August 16th, 2009, 12:27pm
I got hooked on this from the start and I just have to say, it is brilliant.
As previously mentioned the art is great and I love the characters plus i'm a sucker for stories like this or Chunchu with an "Evil One" in them.
Can't stop smiling and I hope this goes on for many volumes.

Edit: As of chapter 13 this manga is Fucking Awesome.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2009, 11:14pm
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agree with below   
Rating: N/A
by mono-sama
August 13th, 2009, 5:26am
like tsuto said, im not usually a fan of the "guy goes back in time" thing.
but this is different from most. the plot is centred on other characters still at the moment, setting the scene. quite a lot is still a mystery. i like.
scanlator is doing a GREAT job too
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How should I put this into words...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tsuto
August 9th, 2009, 4:05pm
I don't really know how to explain this, but at least I can say it's a good manga. It's among the "main character gets transported to the past" kind of historical manga, but there are some twists that I had not seen before among this type of manga.

The art is to my liking, and that is always a plus.

... Last updated on August 9th, 2009, 4:13pm
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