Houseki no Kuni (TV)

Land of the Lustrous

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English: Land of the Lustrous
Synonyms: Country of Jewels
Japanese: 宝石の国


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Premiered: Fall 2017
Broadcast: Saturdays at 21:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Orange
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.411 (scored by 130322130,322 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1492
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #465
Members: 308,084
Favorites: 8,872


Houseki no Kuni is probably what you came to Shinsekai Yori to see, but did not receive. Where the latter fails - characters, story (especially pacing), and art, the former is a preeminent example of the "new and bizarre world, slowly unraveled by the characters, for better or for worse" sub-sub-sub-category of shows. Land of the Lustrous is a masterclass in weaving an intricate and believable world out of the highest quality threads of art, music, and storyboarding. The art is a bold step for the up-and-coming Studio Orange, and the soundtrack by Yoshiaki Fujisawa is a beautiful accompaniment to the gorgeous visuals. Not to be  read more 
report Recommended by ketsui-san
both focus on the youngest/ newest person of a special type of people (winged people or gems) developing their identify in a world different from our own. both develop abilities throughout the show from understanding the world around them 
report Recommended by paper18
Both are testaments to show that fully CG anime aren't always bad. Both have interesting worlds that make you want to learn more about the setting.  
report Recommended by RealMTL
the atmosphere, world building and how it starts with a mysterious world that you learn more and more about as the story unfolds. Houseki, has better character development and tackles some interesting themes such as what it means to be alive and what gives us meaning, what we have to sacrifice to gain something special and so on its real beep if you are willing to look deeper. 
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
both feel like peaceful cute animes til u get past a certain part and thats when all hell lets loose. both have protags that are trying to unveil the secrets behind their "world" 
report Recommended by LonCee
Aside from the similarity in their narratives, where we see lots of religious symbolism strewn throughout a post-apocalyptic world, Evangelion and Lustrous share a love of evocative and atmospheric visual direction, especially in regards to the backgrounds, and they both regularly highlight emotional character notes throughout the series through this type of direction. Phos also shares a lot of similarities with Shinji, including issues with self-worth, depression, loneliness, and resentment. In regards to other characters, both shows feature a large cast of well-developed and generally broken characters who all get explored on some level. Fans of existential entertainment, character studies, and great visual direction should  read more 
report Recommended by relyat08
Both series begin with a calm tone and unexpected things happens. Characters also undergo series of events that completely changes them from their originals selfes. If you like cute girls, dark tones, unexpected twists and beautiful animation packed nicely together both series are for you.  
report Recommended by Cryptodess
Both shows feature a cast mostly composed by women fighting "monsters"; on Claymore, women are ranked by power, on Land of the Lustrous by hardness and role; the main character seems to be the weakest one; the male figure is the leader. As the story progress, the main character starts to question the leader, and the purpose and reason behind fighting the monsters. Notice that the animation is different, Land of the Lustrous is CGI, and Claymore is way more violent. But I definitely recommend both. 
report Recommended by lilieen
They're both set in a distant future with naive main characters that simply want to know more about the world they live in. The overarching themes that come later in the series are similar too, at least in my opinion. 
report Recommended by machuzka
These two are NOT similar. However if you like one then you will probably like the other, they have some parallel points in enjoyment; the atmospheric and half-minimalistic tone, light social commentary, professionally crafted and unanimelike shots and carefully constructed, immersive dialogue. Both look good too. If SSR is Slowdive, HnK is Sigur Ros. 
report Recommended by Lanz
- the characters are important and estimated - a kind of moon entity wants to take them to the moon 
report Recommended by Minimay
Both are stories about a young and naive person facing tragedy and loss and slowly losing more and more of themselves and their loved ones. 
report Recommended by ninryu
Both are set in a world that feels very alien to the viewer, lives by strict rules and is under constant attack of alien entities (lunarians in Houseki no Kuni and bacteria in Hataraku Saibou). Both have a large cast of human-like, but not actually human characters, with different episodes focusing on different ones, and protagonists (Phos in Houseki no Kuni and Red Blood Cell in Hataraku Saibou) who are pretty incompetent and strive to become better at their job.  
report Recommended by Axiom17
this is a must watch. -amazing animation (best I have ever seen I think, episode 8 and 10 you will know what I mean) -godlike music and voice actors -mysterious and interesting story -interesting characters and their interactions and how they evolve as the story progresses.  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
a fantasy world that is mysterious at first. but you learn more about the characters as the story unfolds. it deals with a lot of serious and dark themes such as the meaning of life mortality, what gives us meaning, sacrifice, death, trust and so on. its the type of show you can watch multiple times and you can still learn something new, now that you have knowledge of some things you did not before. the story only gets better and better. also the animation <3  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
-darker than it might seem -creative use of cg -variety of characters -very interesting plot  
report Recommended by TragicRomance
Phos and Otani are very similar characters: useless is best word to describe both of them. In Houseki no Kuni we can see rapid development of Phos character as she has perfect environment to grow. Alien 9 depicts same type of person in imperfect environment. Along with environment Phos is more perfect and likable because she is useless but also cheerful. Otani is useless and a crybaby so you can find her annoying sometimes. Set of characters differs in quantity but in both shows we've two types of characters (excluding protagonist): Sensei (caring in Houseki vs. exploitative in Alien 9) and friends (leading vs. replacing her in  read more 
report Recommended by dayillow
This may seem like a bizarre recommendation, but both of these anime are examples of how CG can be done right. Houseki no Kuni, aka. Land of the Lustrous uses its 3D CG as a way of highlighting the crystalline aspect of the characters. Thus the CG becomes a piece of the character itself. Chikan Shita is a hentai that uses its CG alongside 2D elements to present more fluid sex-dynamics in Doujinshi based adaptation without going so far as losing the entirety of a comic style. This allows the animation to far transcend the wiggling still frames that Queen Bee hentai is known for. 
report Recommended by Wrathful_Chicken
Both have a story with mythical nature, and the forms of characters are somewhat similar. 
report Recommended by EEBoy
Both shows deal with protagonists who are unsure/unable of what they want to become, and focus on the journey of them finding out their goals  
report Recommended by Short_Circut
- Both shows talk about finding your place in the world and how you can be useful to the ones you care about. 
report Recommended by Lucylle
It is hard to recommend a follow-up for something like AoT that has no real parallel, certainly in regards to story quality. However, Land of the Lustrous is something of a ‘yin’ to the Attack on Titan ‘yang’. While using a totally different colour palette and animation style, Houseki no Kuni similarly has a mysterious invading enemy, a host of meaningful characters and a strong sense of tragedy throughout. It also delivers some of the most dynamic fight scenes (sword based, I might add) that you will find! 
report Recommended by TAYLORtCC
Both have: - beautiful graphics - interesting cast - unusual, quirky plot-lines 
report Recommended by Llamagod
this just reminded me of YuYuYu since ep 1, lunarians' design reminds me of Vertex in yuki yuna and they both have cute girls doing cute things... also they both slowly become more dark 
report Recommended by multiammiratore
1. Both shows look tasty (really nice visuals) 2. Action animation is really well done 3. Drama filled 4. Innocent main that turns not innocent 
report Recommended by RagonWest
I noticed that people who enjoy DMCB also enjoy Houseki no Kuni so I decided to draw similarities between the two: -uses religious metaphors and irony to illustrate their themes (Houseki w/ Buddhism and Devilman w/ Christianity) - lots of science, history, and astronomy to explain their world - both main characters have Harmartia that they struggle to overcome - themes about loss of innocence, duality of humanity, and makes you question morality;; - avant garde animation styles that integrate both 2D and CG animation  
report Recommended by sourpatche
Two of my favourite anime. When I watched land of the lustrous I was reminded of Simoun in some ways: - Both are about essentially genderless young "people" trying to find their way in a militaristic society in which the warriors are encouraged to pair up with another person to fight. - Both animes have societies that have rigid roles and both, at least in part, are about the rejection of these roles. In land of the lustrous, the gems usefulness in battle is largely determined by their rating on the Mohs scale. The part of the story the anime covers follows Phos, who has a low  read more 
report Recommended by Seldalka
A flower wishes to be a big tree or a bird flying free but it can’t. No matter what, the flower will always bloom, always bud and always become a fruit for someone else to pluck. The flower cannot change what it is and yet, it is always undergoing change. Both MCs try hard to change who they are, to save their friends, to improve, to fall in love - without realising that their metamorphosis has already begun. 
report Recommended by McKemzie
Despite being anime of totally different genres with somewhat different tones, both Parasyte and Land of the Lustrous have one major thing in common; the use of body horror to bolster their horror aspects, world-building, and dramatic sequences. Parasyte is horror through and through, but it comes, in my opinion, not just from both the actual horror of the monsters killing people, but even more so the general body horror plot device. Land of the Lustrous lacks the first by and large, but is plentiful in the latter, so if you find yourself drawn to a  read more 
report Recommended by Frosum
Lots of self exploration and finding oneself. Cute girls doing cute things. Music score is fantastic and feels are there. 
report Recommended by BestTofu
If you're looking for some sci-fi, then Houseki no Kuni and World Trigger will definitely inspire you with some of its imaginatively. Both series includes a theme of invasion from outside forces. And from that invasion, there is battles and wars that are fought. Both series has fantasy elements as well as bits of mystery especially in regards with the invaders.  
report Recommended by Kong38
Both have characters who are essentially immortal. They handle this concept in different ways. 
report Recommended by Cozye
both anime have mineralogy and minerals as their main theme 
report Recommended by Hiru_Napyeer
Knights of Sidonia and Land of the Lustrous are both full 3D CGI adaptations of manga from Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine. Both shows are about a small society of people/gems who are under attack from light pink aliens (Gauna, Lunarians), and a select few people have to fight them off to defend society. At least one of the main characters is genderless in both shows, and some of the characters are basically immortal. 
report Recommended by 64BitRatchet
you get a similar FEEL when watching these anime. a distant feeling of melancholy and interset to learn more about the characters. it also makes you question what is right and what is wrong. who are the good guys really? really intriguing if you are looking for an anime that really makes you think and you have to pay attention to get the underlying themes of it this is a must watch.  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
Both have the MC join in their family / group's tradition of guarding their local spot from foreign invaders and growing over time to better combat them. Siege warfare with Buddhist influences.  
report Recommended by NuttyNUTTS
Both shows personify object that are working under a master, the art styles are very different but both very beautiful with a verity of characters and personalities. 
report Recommended by Bokotu
it seems bright and lovely at first but do not let the colors fool you the anime takes some really dark themes and you have to pay attention to every detail to understand it and you can watch it multiple times and still learn something new. the animation is one of the best I have ever seen, the sound/music /voice acting are also some of the best I have heard. and the story truly is the best part of this anime. you just want to learn more and more about this world and the characters living in it.  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
both are relaxing most of the time but at times have some awesome action and at times makes you "FEEL". Houseki has more actions scenes but they are Biutiful to look at. both have a mysterious world that you learn more and more about as you watch the show. similarly, the characters learn and grow as the story unfolds. truly a must watch.  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
Kemurikusa reminded me of Houseki no Kuni not only in the similar cg art style but also with a very similar feel or aesthetic. Both shows are sci-fi with action and constant mystery and natual curiosity of what their seemingly apocalyptic world has to offer. These shows don't rely on cliffhangs rather intigue the audiance with its diverse cast of characters and interesting world and character building. If you enjoyed the aesthetic of one show I would highly recommend the other. 
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
Similar post-apocalyptic setting with racial struggle, both worlds are flooded, and there are space enemies. Though Houseki doesn't have humans. 
report Recommended by Zeando
- Themes of identity and immortality - Unique but disparate art/animation - Seemingly alien, yet relatable characters - Set in the future - Worldbuilding 
report Recommended by SunnyAslan
- the characters are a kind of humans mixed with precious stones - they are very esteemed, but despite this they face several difficulties because they are half jewel 
report Recommended by Minimay
The main characters of 3-gatsu no Lion and Houseki no Kuni try to find their place in the world. Rei was thrown into a situation he didn't choose (his dependency on shogi), and Phos starts off useless due to a condition (s)he didn't choose, in a society that requires a function from everyone. They experience how it's lonely at the top, and how much these at the top had to sacrifice in order to get there. As coming of age stories, they lay down the importance of these around you, and that yes, you have value. 
report Recommended by agendator
This is a bit of an odd recommendation for me to make. The reason I'm making it is simple, I have only ever liked two anime for their plot. Steins;gate and Houseki no Kuni. That is the reason I'm making this recommendation, because they're the only two anime for which the plot is strong enough to hold them up (I also want to dethrone Shinsekai Yori from the top recommendations related to Houseki no Kuni) BTW: These are two of the only three anime I'd recommend against dropping at all costs. Even if you're not particularly enjoying these, you can't get the full picture without finishing  read more 
report Recommended by Tenderizer17
Both have a team/school of bad@$$ females, cool visual styles, and if you watched the dub, both main characters have the same voice 
report Recommended by DaxtotheMax
- Both of them have stunning animation, good use of CGI. - Both shows have a really good character development. 
report Recommended by MayLynn
They both have the same plot twist of how the world they knew was not what it turned out to be. Phos from HNK and the 3 kiddos from YNN are quite similar after they start doubting their world. HNK is a gem (pun very much intended) that should not be missed if you enjoy YNN. I also see Shinsekai Yori in the recommendation. All three are very similar. 
report Recommended by HM-Rubick
Both Akko and Phos are high-strung, clumsy young female protagonists who desperately want to find a way to fit in despite their handicaps compared to their peers. Both Akko and Phos also have a potential to go against the advice of those who are older/wiser and do what they want to do, which can lead to trouble, but also leads to them growing stronger as characters. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
Legs, swords, elegance, and a focus on interpersonal relationships. Similar character designs, competition between characters, artsy scenes. Both are fairly unique series but share many visual and thematic elements. 
report Recommended by Arboria
Land of the Lustrous and D.Gray-Man are both stories that center around tragic young heroes who have to sacrifice their very beings in order to fight some sort of evil. Both shows have cute elements while staying fairly dark overall. If you like tragedy and never-ending wars, these shows are for you. 
report Recommended by Kong38