Houseki no Kuni
Land of the Lustrous
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Houseki no Kuni

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 宝石の国
English: Land of the Lustrous
German: Das Land der Juwelen
Spanish: La tierra de las gemas
French: L'Ère des Cristaux
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 25, 2012 to Apr 25, 2024
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Anthropomorphic Anthropomorphic
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Ichikawa, Haruko (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.961 (scored by 4349043,490 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #152
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #89
Members: 133,662
Favorites: 14,888

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Volumes: /13
Chapters: /108
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Land of the Lustrous
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Synopsis

Long ago, Earth was struck by six meteorites, creating six moons and leaving a lone island in their wake. Those who could not make it to the island sank to the bottom of the ocean, where, over time, they slowly turned to crystal. As countless millennia passed, 28 of these crystallized lifeforms, known as the Lustrous, rose from the depths and resided on the island. Led by the wise Kongou-sensei, they must defend themselves against the seemingly infinite number of Lunarians, inhabitants of the moons who seek to harvest their valuable bodies for crafting weapons and jewelry.

Houseki no Kuni centers around Phosphophyllite, a young gem about to turn three hundred years old. Clumsy, extremely fragile, and having no visible talent, they are one of the weakest gems around, unable to help in the fight against the Lunarians in any meaningful way. But as the battle with the otherworldly invaders rages on, they soon learn that power comes at a cost that no one should have to pay.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Houseki no Kuni ranked 10th in the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the Male Readers division.

The series has been published in English as Land of the Lustrous by Kodansha Comics USA since June 27, 2017. It has also been released in Spanish as La Tierra de las Gemas by ECC Ediciones since September 17, 2019; and in Brazilian Portuguese as Terra das Gemas by NewPOP Editora since November 5, 2021.

Characters

Phosphophyllite
Main
Antarcticite
Supporting
Diamond
Supporting
Cinnabar
Supporting
Padparadscha
Supporting
Bort
Supporting
Lapis Lazuli
Supporting
Yellow Diamond
Supporting
Rutile
Supporting
Alexandrite
Supporting

Reviews

Apr 24, 2024
it's over. it's finally over.

what started out as a charming, albeit slightly unsettling, story of cute rock humans fighting fluffy moon aliens quickly became one of the wildest, strangest and most provocative plots i've read yet in manga. seriously, this manga gets really weird. not too incomprehensible, nor pretentiously abstract, but if you want a simple action mystery story Land of the Lustrous probably isn't for you.

PLOT:
plot is good. it's not what i'd say is the selling point of LotL, but it's definitely paced well enough to never feel like a scene drags too long. the plot gets really weird halfway through, and some might ...
Nov 11, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (61/108 eps)
[Spoiler Warning]

I really do like Houseki no Kuni's wonderful characters and whimsical fantasy tone -- until it loses it along with most of its charm and Phosphophyllite's sanity. From chapter 19 onward, Houseki no Kuni's tone and pacing suffer bouts of schizophrenia. Excessive and often repetitive action scenes drag out the midsection of the currently released chapters, littered with gratuitous "deaths". The most interesting and nuanced characters are sidelined until all that's really left to focus on is Phos, Cairngorm, and Adamant -- and maybe Cinnabar, too, since the mangaka really likes to remind you that Cinnabar exists just as you're about to forget.

Houseki no ...
Jan 1, 2024
FunnyFunny
Preliminary (1/108 eps)
Spoiler
[Spoilers]

Seriously, seriously, don't read this. It starts off strong, with an intriguing setting and a loveable main character (Phos). The character interactions are fantastic and there is a sense of mystery and melancholy to the whole story. There are various relationships Phos makes that are set up such for future development in different directions. However... (massive spoilers below)

At a certain point within the story, the author decides that Phos needs to suffer and that everyone should turn on them, and makes no effort to make this happening believable. Every single character who Phos has interacted with, befriended, had fun with, fought with, bonded over lost ...

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