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 4436544,365 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #142
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #89
Members: 135,371
Favorites: 15,010

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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
Rutile
Supporting
Yellow Diamond
Supporting
Alexandrite
Supporting

Reviews

Jun 14, 2024
If beautiful was a manga it would be this one, not because of stunning visuals and design, but because of the story itself. Reading this manga was a wonderful experience, more so if you add to the mix the score made for the anime adaptation. For me, one of the best OST in the industry.

I have nothing but praise for the author, making sush a delicate story with themes that are "common" was delightful, the worldbuilding, the illustrations, the humorous bits, the emotional parts, and specially the character development of Phos and the rest of the gems were all aspects of the story that ...
Jun 4, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Really getting some Steven Universe x Evangelion vibes, says the guy who's only ever watched Steven Universe and Evangelion.

This review is mostly spoiler free in terms of actual plot details, but does discuss changes in tone and vibes across the story that could be considered light spoilers to some.


*~ Plot ~*
LotL's story begins in a straightfoward manner: Fight the bad angel-looking guys that appear and appear randomly and attack, and along the way develop the cast of characters and expand on the worldbuilding. If you enjoy watching an underdog with no fighting capabilities slowly but surely make their way up the ranks as they develop ...
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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