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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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Oct 25, 2012 to ?
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Anthropomorphic Anthropomorphic
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Ichikawa, Haruko (Story & Art)

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Score: 8.971 (scored by 4093140,931 users)
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Ranked: #122
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Popularity: #90
Members: 130,476
Favorites: 14,429

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Preliminary Spoiler
Nov 29, 2020
Preliminary (94/? chp)
Evokes a sense of dread that few things can. Every new chapter things get a little bit worse, and worse. It's a slow buildup to complete and total disaster, and at the center is Phos. The art in this manga is absolutely phenominal, and it would behoove me to not mention the amazing adaptation of it that at the very least matched the art. The mangaka has a mastery over expression to the point that she can accurately depict what the reader is feeling as they're reading the chapters. It can easily stand side by side with things like Punpun for that alone.
Dec 26, 2017
Preliminary (63/? chp)
This review is spoiler-free, I won't give you any information you wouldn't find out by searching it or by reading the first chapters.

An absolute joy to read, both on it's visuals and the writing.

"Land of the Lustrous" is captivating, it looks like nothing i have ever seen and has an amazing use of the constant black background to craft loads of striking scenes coupled with dialogue that perfectly fits what it's trying to convey, this wouldn't be nearly as much of a masterpiece if didn't had this specific artwork. While it may not be as detailed as most manga are, this kind of composition works ...
Mar 2, 2017
Preliminary (53/? chp)
This is one of my top manga series of all time.It's going to be getting an official English release this year and despite the series not being finished yet, i thought it'd be a good time to write a review of it for anyone who's curious about it.
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Story+Characters
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The story is very interesting and contains a lot of mysteries. It presents many questions about this world and it's characters. Like, who and what are the moon people? What is the managers goal? Where do these gems come from? and is there anyone else on this world?The series is not all dark and depressing either,as there is ...
Apr 5, 2017
Preliminary (28/? chp)
One of my top rated manga, it has an uncommon and interesting story, due to the mysterious vibes it gives off mostly because of the lack of background information. (There are many clues around the series which i personally think that they are currently in a post apocalyptic earth whose humans 'dissapeared')

Character
Although, the change of personality because of a traumatic experience is similar to other mangas such as Tokyo Ghoul. The main character of Houseki no Kuni whose name is Phos has a particular character development that differs from them. Maybe it is probably because of her/his lack of perception and the ways she/he tries ...
Aug 25, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (80/? chp)
I'm not a huge fan of the way the plot has been progressing lately (spoil chapter 80).

I like this series, but I can't help but feel the quality of the writing has degraded ever since Phos went to the moon, so I thought I'd discuss it a little here and get some opinions. This might get a little long, so there's a TL;DR in the bottom.

The major issue with this arc is that we're switching from a mostly character-driven story to a mostly plot-driven story. While LotL obviously has a good plot, most of it came from how characters interact with each other and Phos ...
Nov 11, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (61/? chp)
[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 13, 2015
Preliminary (26/? chp)
Houseki no Kuni tells a strange story standing somewhere between fantasy and sci-fi, good and bad, strange and yet addicting. It is something with the overall feeling of intertwining sorrow, nostalgia, anger and hope that makes this manga enjoyable, rather than the plot and the characters.

Phos, our main character, is like the ugly duckling of the Gem Kingdom - energetic, nice and loving, but still weak and clumsy, among a nation of fighters. And the plot is straightforward - about the growing of Phos in a strange desert-like world. I would say that the manga indeed lacks something in the development of the ...
Aug 29, 2022
Preliminary (98/? chp)
I will try to write my personal opinion about this fantastic psychological work with its great plot while avoiding spoilers as much as I can.This manga is about gems and the work itself is a gem:the gem that formed a big part of my character that I owe it for
Helping me and holding my hand towards the "Who are we?" and "What are we doing here?"This work for me confronts a purely existential issue that can be drawn from the sentence "Am I doing the right thing?" and "Why doesn't it seem right to others?"

The story begins with our cute and beautiful little gem called ...
Sep 11, 2023
Preliminary (102/? chp)
SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Note - At the time of this review, there are only a few chapters left in the story. It is nearing it's end. I would still recommend reading it now instead of waiting for it to finish, but it is really up to the reader. Just know that there are large breaks in the upload schedule of the maga, so if you want to wait, it may be a while ven though it is only a couple of chapters left.

I've never written a review on this site before, not even for my favorite anime, but this manga just hits different. It is such ...
Oct 21, 2020
Preliminary (93/? chp)
This is the one and only manga that I actually read through and finished (well it is ongoing but whatever).
After watching the anime I was basically rolling on the floor drooling for more. The setting, characters, all were so captivating. Not to mention all the Buddhist parallels and symbolism that is integrated into the plot and world. Will not discuss this here it would be way too long, but is is very interesting if anyone is curious.
The art is not the best but whatever.

In short the story is about what it means being human and the question of stagnation and suffering. If that ...
Jan 18, 2024
Preliminary (98/? chp)
Houseki no Kuni has a silent philosophy to it that I can't put into words – it's not a philosophical manga per se, but it builds a world, a story and a progression like a vacuum within itself (which was probably its goal with the Buddhist references). It feels brief, deterministic and the trivial daily life is only implied, in the same way the humanity of the characters, the trifles, the troubles and indulgences, the ambitions and wants are often implied.

For that I think the pace fits perfectly. The plot progresses naturally within the mechanics of the world, the main character is very likeable and ...
Oct 24, 2021
Preliminary (95/? chp)
Slow burn the manga. It takes a while for this manga to pick up the pace and get good, but once it does it is easily one of the greatest manga out right now. The story focuses around a character, Phos, who is trying to find their place in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the only remaining humans are literal rock people, fish, and ghosts from the moon which are trying to collect them. With so much ambiguity, one might get the impression that the author doesn't really know what they're doing, but that is clearly not the case here. I'm gonna be referring to all ...
Jul 11, 2020
Preliminary (90/? chp)
Imagine a society where there is no gender, no race, no scarcity of resources and where beings are immortal. How would such a society function? Would such a society be a utopia? Would members of such a hypothetical society still fight with one another? What could even serve as a cause to fight? And if there is fighting, how would members of such a society reconcile with one other? How does one forgive an immortal enemy? These are just some of the heady themes that Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Jewels) has to ask of its reader.

Set on Earth, tens of thousands in ...
Jul 27, 2023
Preliminary (102/? chp)
How did I miss out on this when it was being published regularly and the anime first aired? It was only a few weeks ago (in the summer of 2023) where I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and came upon some shitpost highlighting "optimistic" and "depressing" anime/manga. You had your usual suspects- Gurren Lagann for "optimistic" and Evangelion/Berserk/Punpun for the "depressing"- but I noticed that this particular account had also included Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni) in the "depressing" field. Seeing the cover art, I was somewhat intrigued, leading me to the comments of the post and, lo and behold, someone is talking ...
Mar 27, 2021
Preliminary (36/? chp)
This is a review up to chapter 36, because that's all I've read.

This manga is very interesting. No not interesting because it grabs your attention, but it makes me want to talk about it so much.

Let's start with the art. Although the basic art style is not anything insane, the dark shading and unique character designs are really the main highlights of this manga. Characters look unique, and most of thin and tall, often many of them have very feminine traits, like long hair, smaller hands and longer fingers, as well as more refined and smooth eyes. This adds a layer to the ...
Apr 6, 2021
Preliminary (95/? chp)
Story: 10

While the starting arcs were pretty repetitive I still enjoyed them a lot because the story showed that Phos' actions always had consequences. The way the story evolved was amazing and the series kept my interest with how fast characters and concepts come and go. All the twists were amazing and were very in-your-face kinda like "yeah this is the new normal now fuck you". The plot and progression of this manga are one of the most original i've ever seen.

Art: 9

The art is amazing and extremely unique, the volume covers especially. The cell-shading of the volume covers remind me of ...
Dec 3, 2021
Preliminary (95/? chp)
Houseki no Kuni is a triumph of imagination paired with a mastery of the medium in which it is written. This manga is highly creative, extremely entertaining, and beautiful in its uniquely elegant style. Its also a thoughtful exploration of themes of life, loneliness, and loss of self. The main character, Phosphophyllite is fantastically realized and enthralling to follow but strong side characters also provide great support. Without spoiling anything, this manga evolves drastically around the halfway mark and that's where it earns its masterpiece status with me. I can't recommend this manga enough, just read it.

Story: 9.5/10
This story is a true joy to read ...
Mar 2, 2022
Preliminary (94/? chp)
I think it is finally time to write my very unique experience with Houseki no Kuni. The reasons to write this review that are twofold. First, no manga ever made me experience such intense and peculiar feeling. Second, for what I gather my experience with the manga was very different from most of the fandom.

Don't let the insane phosphollyte fool you, House no Kuni at its core is a idyllic manga, what is transmit is not a story (like how in every chapters the characters become less and less interested in what Phos is doing and Achemea just keep doing that thing you don't ...
Jan 16, 2022
Preliminary (95/? chp)
I dont write many reviews so my appoligies if mine is sub-par. Having just binged the entirety of the releaced chapters in one night, I am absolutly heartbroken. This manga left me with a feeling of emptyness I havent felt before. There is this pit in my stomach that makes me feel sick, I dont know whether to scream, cry, or rage. The emotions that this manga have made me feel are powerful and deep. I would put Houseki no Kuni up there with Oyasumi Punpun in terms of story telling and emothional evocation. I cannot recomend this manga enough, it is by every defnition ...
May 14, 2021
Preliminary (95/? chp)
To me, this was like a somewhat high quality whiskey.
I don't really like whiskey.

I won't talk about specific spoilers, but about the type of manga this is and becomes, which I would consider spoiling it quite a bit.

The story is intriguing when it makes any progress, and I was really curious about how things would end up. The author has a general plan from the start, where he starts off with a lighthearted tone with some serious parts and then pumps up the grittyness more and more as it goes on. It was well excecuted, but not to my liking at all. Reminded me of ...