Cover of Shut Hell's first volume
|Genre||Action, Drama, Horror, Historical, Gender Bender|
|Written by||Yu Itō|
|Magazine||Big Comic Spirits|
|Original run||2008 – present|
Shut Hell (シュトヘル Shutoheru?), also known as Akuryou - Shut Hell (悪霊シュトヘル?), is a Japanese Seinen manga written and illustrated by Yu Itō and serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits. It won Itō the New Artist Prize at the 2012 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards.
Sudou, a young man who is plagued with recurring vivid dreams of bloody ancient battles, is approached by Suzuki, a shy and quiet girl. When Suzuki visits Sudou's apartment, she plays an instrument he made, which transports Sudou to the year 1209. He awakes to find he is now a woman nicknamed Shut Hell and Suzuki a Mongol prince named Yurul.
The story takes place in the early 13th century; Genghis Khan has united the Mongolian clans and is strengthening his forces to end the Western Xia dynasty. The plot follows a Xia soldier, sole survivor of a unit massacred by forces led by Mongol general Harabal. Now driven by vengeance, she is feared by the Mongols as "the Evil One" or Shut Hell in Mongolian for her merciless killing. She accompanies Yurul as he flees his Mongol family to preserve a vital collections of writings, knowing that Harabal will follow them, giving her a chance to kill him.
- "Tezuka Osama Cultural Prize 2012". Asahi (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 April 2016.
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