With nothing very interesting on Japanese TV at the moment, I've decided to go back through a few hard drives to find stuff that I downloaded but never got around to watching.
SOIL is a surreal murder mystery from 2010 which is still sadly unsubbed and was confusing enough that I thought I'd never be able to watch it. But then I found the English version of the manga online, so now I'm going through quite a complicated procedure. First, I watch an episode. Then I read the manga until I reach the same point in the story. Third, I watch the episode again.
The story begins with a disappearance of a family and a policeman in a clean suburban new town called Soil. Two inept detectives are on the case, and they try to piece together the clues while trusting no one. Not even each other.
The comedy is very broad and physical, and the scenario is very strange. It has a definite Twin Peaks/Atami no Sousakan feel to it, only much more peculiar. Hamster hearts on top of mountains of salt are the types of clues they have to deal with. But at least it's different and unpredictable and, in this sudden dry spell for J-dramas, that's very welcome.