Souboutei Kowasu Beshi
Alt name(s):
  • Perishing-Pair Pavilion Must Be Purged
  • Sou-bou-tei
  • Souboutei Kowasu Beshi
  • Souboutei Kowasubeshi
  • Souboutei Must Be Destroyed
  • 双亡亭壊すべし
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Rating:
  • 8.58
  • 8.75
  • 228
Pub. status:
Ongoing
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Description:
A mysterious mansion has towered proudly over the Tokyo district of Numanakarai since the Taisho period. Those who enter either never escape, or leave having experienced horrors untold, and with the desire to take revenge.

The latest work from seasoned author Kazuhiro Fujita (Ushio to Tora, Karakuri Circus), a modern action/horror adventure.


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  • Reading progress:
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    @Oubliette See my response to lizichan on page 3 of the comment section.
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    Story is pretty good, though the style is a little old fashioned and the double page format is hard to read. It's worth getting a few chapters in and giving this one the chance to hook you. I've completely gotten used to the art. It's just the double page format that annoys the hell out of me at this point. Constantly scrolling down, up, down, so I can read the first few bubbles on the left hand page really takes me out of the story 4-6xs a chapter.
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    lol, I thought you guys said you'd be slowing down?
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    The art is great but the plot becomes so rambling. I feel exhausted reading it.
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    @xannha

    Hi! I'm going to repeat the question I recently asked another commenter: do you know about the individual chapter comment sections? Because this is the comments section for the series as a whole.

    You can get to the individual comments section by clicking the icon of the talk bubbles while the chapter is open.
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    ???????????
    what the fuck?
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    @anoman

    You have commented here several times referencing current chapters, and I just want to make sure... you know about the individual chapter comment sections, right? You can get to them by clicking the icon of the talk bubbles while the chapter is open.

    About what you said though, believe it or not, Fujita's most recent work prior to Souboutei was the 2-volume manga "Ghost and Lady" (part of the Black Museum anthology series), which as you might expect from the title, heavily features ghosts and other gothic aesthetics. It's been released officially in English, so you can check it out right now!
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    Travis Augusto is one of the better characters, but the flirting with ghosts while not quite actually involving ghosts in this manga is kind of grating. Hopefully in a few years the author writes something that's specifically about ghosts.
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    Excuse me, I didn't quite catch that. Souboutei must be what now?
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    @MisterSteak

    yeah, it's just like karakuri circus
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    @lunloon

    I believe you meant to comment that on chapter 166? Lol
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    Feels like flags being raised.
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    The faces are getting better than ever.
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    This manga is godly. I don't want to say it's my all-time favorite until it's over, but it might seriously dethrone Doubutsu no Kuni at this rate. The pacing is incredible, the story is incredible, the art is incredible, it's so good. If I could make everyone that likes manga read one manga, it'd probably be this.
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    @anoman @altimys

    I find that Souboutei's... I guess "manner of operation" for lack of a better term, is really systematic, which makes sense considering who's doing most of the planning (a logic-based alien).

    Like, I sort of see the entire Souboutei mansion as a "body" of sorts. First, everyone is attacked by the mindless hordes which should eliminate most threats right away, and they move automatically which means fewer resources are used up. They remind me of white blood cells or something. Next, the survivors are attacked by the paintings, which fight invading "cells" individually and adapting to them, sort of like antibodies. Then, once the invading group is culled significantly by this point, the more powerful possessed troops come out to finish the job and protect what's most important: the heart and brain (aka deido).

    I also get the impression that Shino is carrying out like 20 plans at once, so whenever something goes awry they have like 5 fallback options for everything. That's my rationalization for why the invaders are doing a lot of random shit all the time. Like, for one thing every time they get an order from Deido they try their very best to undermine his power in any way they can, but also in their free time they've been digging random holes, surely not on Deido's orders, as well as going so far as possessing the corpses of Seiichi's old friends and taking them across planets. I think the main reason of "Why didn't the invaders do X" will always come down to "Deido didn't let them." If they had the willpower to defy Deido, that'd be another story, but ironically, the very thing that makes them so capable of brutality (not being human) is also the reason they can't resist Deido's control.
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    @anoman It's only been a few minutes within Souboutei that Deido enabled the invaders to move freely outside. I don't think sniping was practical enough for the invaders to consider it when trapped inside the building. If they're able to find more snipers within their ranks, then of course, they will probably try to utilize it more.
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    It's just that once snipers are effective against one human, you can reason they're probably effective against all the other humans who don't strictly have superhuman defensive abilities and then it brings up the "why not snipers" question.
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    @anoman It's their first time outdoors, both the invaders on Deido's permission, and the humans who were up to now inside the halls of Souboutei. And indeed, they're trying.
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    If the badguys can just snipe people it makes it feel like they should use it more often.
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    @Kendama
    Thanks for the answer. :)