Sawa Rakan is a normal high school student living a quiet life alone, tending to his many lush plants. This peace is disrupted when a foreign man and several dangerous creatures suddenly crash into his garden. The man immediately turns his odd plant-like weapon on Rakan, but after seeing it respond to Rakan's touch, his attitude completely changes. The man, Chigusa, declares that Rakan is a precious "sanome," a person who can cultivate plant life at will.
Being the last known sanome, Chigusa vows to protect Rakan at all costs and asks for his support. Chigusa is an infamous outlaw that aims to destroy the ayame creatures that siphon life from his dying world, including the current prince who oddly looks exactly like Rakan.
Rakan travels to Chigusa's desert world that is filled with despondent people, strange creatures, spirits, and magic. Along the way, they gather more followers and supporters in their quest to return green to the barren, decaying land.
What I love most about this series is that every chapter is sixty pages long with tons of dialog. So when a new chapter comes out, I can enjoy it for up to twenty minutes before I get to the end and have to suffer waiting for the next one.
...let\'s try that again. The amazing thing about this manga is that Sugiura doesn’t forget *anything*. I hear she only plans two or three chapters in advance? But considering the size of the chapters this is like planning an entire volume in advance. Her attention to detail is, frankly, obsessive, but it\'s that obsession that makes Silver Diamond so very, very, very solid.
A bit of history: Sugiura Shiho\'s previous work, Koori no mamono no monogatari (Ice Cold Demon\'s Tale), ran to 24 volumes -- an insane, unheard-of length for a BL (Boys Love) manga. However she has said that Silver Diamond will (probably) be shorter. read more
This manga is a GREAT read. The story is a pleasant yet unusually complex exploration of friendship, the value of living, and how these views change through betrayal and newfound trust. I thought it was a hilariously, uplifting and sweet shonen-ai. Yet there were darker themes, such as family abandonment and loneliness, giving it added depth.
The Mangaka sucks you in with the art, it's creative and yet mind warping ideas that reinforce it's portrayal of a fantasy-inspired parallel Japan universe (Flower webs, Living pretty tree guns, seed clocks that grow on trees, Crystal water snakes etc, etc).
It could also be considered a harem, only instead of cute females protecting/serving the main male character, it's hunk-o-dory male eye candies doing the work (Not sure what you would call that. Reverse-reverse-harem??^__^
The only down side is that it's not completely translated. I wish the scantalators hadn't stopped at volume 8, and according to Baka-updates, it's been a year since anyone's updated it. T^T *grrrr* read more
Okay, I think Silver Diamond is AWESOME. It's lengthy but its for the development so I think it's ok and when I got to the end I was really sad because such an awesome story ended...Oh well moving on.
It's very well thought out. I get the feeling as if the whole story was planned right from the start and it won't leave anything hanging (or at least that was it for me. Maybe i forgot about something...) There are some really good plot twists which you probably won't see coming, not with the fantasy theme of the story. It's really fun reading it IMO.
I must say, the characters are all really handsome, or rather pretty since they are bishounens (hehe) and the background and the other stuff was really pretty too, really fantasy-like.
Characters are well developed. I don't really know what to say but they are really awesome.
The plot was amazing and I really really loved this story.The only thing, if I were to pick on would be that in the later part of the story, there are certain places where there are a ton to read and not much pictures if i am not wrong. But it is necessary so i can't really say anything about that can I?
Like I said, I really love the story so I will give it a 10 :)
Btw , I don't think all the chapters are out in English yet so if you can read Chinese you can go and find the rest of the chinese-translated chapters. Or you could just read the whole thing in Chinese from the start.
Thanks for spending time and reading my review. :DDread more