There's no such thing as 'normal people'!
---> Sarg. Yokoi

''Soil'' is a mystery-horror manga by Kaneko Atsuhi

From Mangafox: 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?


!!Tropes found in ''Soil'':

* AbandonedHospital: [[spoiler: Used by Kento and the rapists, it's the only place where the Council president's cameras can't see.]]
* AdultsAreUseless
* [[spoiler: AnotherDimension / AlternateUniverse: Implied to be where the Suzushiros and probably Sakura & Sakuraba are really from (unless this is a computer world a la the Matrix...)]].
* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler: A mysterious man who appeared in Sayuri's family's secure storage vault, was fine for a few months, then killed everyone. The only thing he'd say was that "he doesn't belong in this world".]]
* [[BedlamHouse Bedlam Prison]]: [[spoiler: The secret, forgotten prison where the man who slaughtered Sayuri's village is kept, along with other criminally insane people. The head (only?) guard has declared himself [[DragonBall Yama, King of Hell,]] and abuses the prisoners.]]
* ComedicSociopathy / WhatTheHellHero: Yokoi is straight-up abusive to Onoda [[spoiler: possibly because he sees a bit of himself in someone so determined to solve a mystery that "shouldn't be solved"]] and calls a rape case "stupid".
* CowboyCop: [[spoiler: Yokoi was on the MPD Yakuza taskforce before delving too deeply into a strange mystery which got him demoted]].
* CrazyCatLady: Sayuri, the resident homeless woman.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure / SocialServicesDoesNotExist / ThereAreNoTherapists: There is a school counselor who is actually quite good, but [[spoiler: keeping a violent, insane man implied to be her son behind an electric fence in her basement]] kind of undermines her authority.
* CouldntFindAPen / RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler: The Blindfolded man's cell: all he has is his own feces, but he's used to draw a map of Soil... ''a brand-new city that didn't exist when he was there and could see.'']]
* CutAndPasteNote: [[spoiler: Kento sends a fake ransom note using the Mizuki's notebook in order to shake up the town. For added realism he includes his own ripped-out toenail.]]
* DepravedDentist: [[spoiler: The Town Council President rapes his young patients while they're under laughing gas; he has hidden cameras all over town; when one of the parents suspects him he tortures her while fixing a cavity.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Onoda [[spoiler:Yokoi in the past, and his disappering partner]], who wants to get to the bottom of the mystery no matter what.
** ImplacableMan: The Blindfolded Man.
* DopeSlap: Yokoi to Onoda, all the time and really hard.
* {{Dojikko}}: Onoda.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: One of Yokoi's academy classmates eats his gun after Yokoi's missing partner appears and accuses them of forgetting him, then he (classmate) falls into a vortex and sees a man who was missing for over a decade, still trapped in an outhouse.]]
* FairCop: Det. Onoda isn't, although [[spoiler: we never see her with her glasses off]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: The trio of rapists were also victims of the Council President and they returned to Soil New Town to commit their crimes for unconscious revence.]]
* {{Gonk}}: Det. Onoda is kind of gonky while an actual gonk spies on the school counselor.
* {{Homage}} / ShoutOut: Those [[Manga/{{Uzumaki}} freaking spirals]].
* HouseWife: Are there any fathers beside Mr. Suzushiro in Soil?
* {{Irony}}: The residents of Soil hate the Susushiros for [[spoiler: accidentally(?) getting them into a pyramid scheme involving salt, but if they'd gotten the salt analyzed they'd learn it was really rare and valuable ''meteorite'' salt.]]
** Yokoi wears a very unconvincing hair piece. [[spoiler: His gothy son shaves his head, save for two patches of hair.]]
* KidsAreCruel: One of the masked boys is identified by [[spoiler: the burn where his hair was set on fire in the past]].
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Kento tried to burn down Sayuri's shrine because he couldn't stand looking at her cats during mating season. Fortunately it doesn't work and he feels really ashamed afterward]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each book has a list of main characters along with their status.
* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Do not mess with Kento's mother.]]
* MaskPower: Tokita the archeologist is always wearing clay masks. [[spoiler: A gang of masked boys (led by Kento and Misa) use random "artwork" to destabilize reality.]]
* TheMenInBlack: Probably [[spoiler: Sakura and Sakurada of the Metropolitan Police Department, who seem to know exactly what's going on]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A lot of the strange happenings have a reasonable (if disturbing) explanation -- [[MindScrew until they don't,]] and it's implied they never will.
* MessyHair: Onoda can't do anything about her hair.
* MeaningfulName: Soil is [[spoiler: soiled]], plus there's all the Jomon artefacts in the soil.
* MindScrew
* NeatFreak: [[spoiler: The Town Council President wants to keep Soil New Town pure. Especially its boys]].
* OminousMultipleScreens / SinisterSurveillance: [[spoiler: In the Council President's secret room, where he keeps an eye on everyone in Soil. Afterwards the room is Kento and Misa's "headquarters", though it's not clear if the cameras still work.]]
* OneHeadTaller: Sakura, who towers over everyone else. [[spoiler: Her partner Sakurada is the size of a toddler]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: The blindfolded man can apparently see using a kind of astral projection. He finally kills Sayuri, although it's more like they died at the same time and her soul went out to greet him]]. The "White Ghost"'s identity is still unknown.
* [[spoiler: PortalNetwork: What those freaking spirals are, but they're very unstable]].
* PureIsNotGood: [[spoiler: The Town Council President]] is obsessed with maintaining Soil New Town's purity against "foreign organisms".
* [[spoiler: RapeAsBackStory / RapeAsDrama: ''Practically every boys below 12'', plus the three delinquints' out-of-town victims.]]
* StepfordSmiler[=s=]: Pretty much everyone but especially [[spoiler: the missing Suzushiro parents, who not only ignore their neighbors' harassment but also their daughter's "memory problems"]].
* StepfordSuburbia / UncannyVillage: Soil New Town.
* TerribleTrio: The three older delinquints. [[spoiler: Also victims of the Council President.]]
* ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: It's strongly implied that the mystery of the Suzushiro's disappearance should be left alone for everyone's safety/sanity [[spoiler: just like Yokoi's case of the disappearance of the Yakuza boss' organs years before caused his eventual demotion and his partner's disapperances]].
* ThoseTwoGuys and their reluctant teacher: Tomiyama and Seki, two junior high school boys who love the paranormal, who are reluctantly joined by Tokita.
* TrashOfTheTitans: [[spoiler: Det. Onoda]]'s apartment is ''filthy''.
* TraumaCongaLine: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Kento. He's raped by his dentist while under anesthesia, which causes him to feel ashamed whenever he thinks about sex, causing him to cut himself every time he masturbates. Then his dentist "hooks up" with him in high school and as proof of his "love" gives him a tape of the original rape. He can't stand watching cats in heat so he burns down their "owner's" shelter. He finally (finally!) has a consensual sexual encounter with a nice girl and she ''disappears from between his legs''. No wonder he's finally had it with this stupid world, which he's planning on destroying to get to his missing friend's.]]
** [[spoiler: Yokoi's obsession with the missing Yakuza boss' organs lead to his demotion and his wife leaving him; then again he might not have been a very pleasant person to begin with.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Kento and the other boys, all victims of the Council President. Misa, the lone girl in their group is sort-of a victim by proxy, as her rapists were also victims of the CP.]]
* WorldOfChaos: [[spoiler: What Kento and his group want to cause, which will destabilize reality.]]
* {{Yakuza}}: [[spoiler: Yokoi's last case as a MPD detective started with the disappearance of a Yakuza boss' organs without any cuts to his body and just spiraled out of control]].
* XMeetsY: Visually, [[Comicbook/GhostWorld Daniel Clowse]] meets Junji Ito with a dash of ''Comicbook/BlackHole''.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: The Council President hates filth and "foreign organisms" but admits to Kento that he's a foreign organism himself.]]