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?
Soil is a manga written by Atsushi Kaneko. This is what you would call a weird story, and it's true. This manga is different from any other you have read.
Soil is a crime and mystery work, not a classic one... It has some elements that make it a unique piece of art.
STORY - 7
This manga has a good story, a clearly defined plot with some main parts and a little background.
The main objective in the story is to find out what happened to a missing family and a police officer and where they are. The problem begins when the autor introduce weird
elements such as those called "foreign beings" or "foreign organisms". That wasn't well carried on, since all became to be explained by these and other paranormal phenomena instead of the classic detective method I expected.
I must also take into account that some things end inconclusive and in a confusing way, however, the main plot was well made.
ART - 9
This manga is completely filled with a fantastic artwork. Atsushi Kaneko's style is unique and really beautiful.
The drawing was the main reason I chose to read this work. It was like this: I saw some scenes and then I have a small urge to read this story.
The design of all the characters, not only the main, but also the secondary and stuffing is beautiful, all have their nature.
The scenery and the weird elements have also a wonderful draw art.
CHARACTER - 6
This story has some interesting characters and a few of them are well built. Each character has its own nature and personality that make them react in each own way to the strange stuff that invades their daily and common life.
The development in the characters didn't deepen at all. I expected some of them to end in a different way, but, at the end, there weren't any changes in ther mind or behaviour of the favourite characters.
ENJOYMENT - 7
I really liked this story. It wasn't excessive long nor too short. It had its drama, some mystery and some hilarious moments.
I enjoyed the main story being touched by some delusional elements, and in some way, it was also okay that some of the mysteries ended unsolved.
However, the end of the story didn't please me entirely.
OVERALL - 7
In conclusion, this manga has an awesome artwork and story appropriately long. It's not a marvelous work but it has many good points.
I have to say, this is my first time reading something like this... It's what you called DIFFERENT.
A FAIR 6
The story is based on your, kinda mystery a bit of detective like genre and starts off with a missing person. It then carries on and gets intense as strange things start to happen to the two detectives that have came to investigate. The unexpected and did i read right that 'aliens' called the 'foreign organisms' have like came to invade this town called 'Soil''? It makes you think...
WTH is wrong with this town?
I rated this a fair, as the plot does make sense
but some of it don't and is completely random from time to time. Sometimes i wonder. "What is going through this author's mind"
VERY GOOD 8
I've given the art an 8 a very good since the drawing style of this is very unique. It's kind of like manga.. but then again it gives of the feel of a comic. The lines and textures are very computer like than your average pencil free kind of look. It's hard to explain if you haven't read it or seen it.
It really depends on what you like. Since i've been reading it for a while, i got use to this authors drawing style and honestly it has grown on me.
Well for the characters i have rated a 4... They are decent but none of them really did appeal to me as much. The characters are actually all unique in their own way and i find that very interesting. The way each character has their own special 'aura' given off. The artist really makes each character different and you can tell.
But i have to say for the characters 'personality' for each of them... differ from one to another.
THIS IS A MATURE READ SERIOUSLY.
when you read something that you don't want your parents reading with you then you know that feeling.
From the beginning i didn't really like how the characters interacted with one another, it was like a swearing competition between the two detectives which kind of did but me off but i still read on LOL
Again with another 4. Not very enjoyable but it does keep you on edge sometimes, like when say...
Another 'foreign organism' appears your going to be like 'Oh what's goning to happen now' but too much happens and too fast and it sometimes just leaves you thinking. 'what just happened.. I don't get this at all' it really puzzles me sometimes.
I would have given it a 5.. and a half
It's something different and 'quite refreshing' in some ways instead of always reading shouji kind of based manga. I would definitely give this a try, some of the contents in it is not suitable for under 15's i'd say because this is a really whacked out supernatural horror manga.
*With a few sexual content but no where near smut*
I wouldn't say i like it, nor would i say i hate it, depends on your love for manga and taste in manga. I would recommend this if you love horror, supernatural and twisted stories, this could be the one for you or you would drop it in a puddle of mud and stomp on it because you think it's very disgusting.