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: 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)

Statistics

Score: 8.971 (scored by 4110741,107 users)
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Ranked: #122
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Popularity: #90
Members: 130,947
Favorites: 14,475

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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

In 2015, Houseki no Kuni ranked at tenth on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! rankings in the male readers category.

The series has been published in English as Land of the Lustrous by Kodansha Comics USA since June 27, 2017.

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Characters

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

Reviews

Nov 29, 2020
Preliminary (94/? eps)
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.
Nov 11, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (61/? 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 ...
Dec 27, 2023
Preliminary (88/? eps)
Spoiler
After seeing all the positive reviews and the very high rating this manga has, I felt like an opposing review was more than needed.

So let me say that I liked this manga at first. I'd say the beginning of the manga was very strong. The characters and the setting were interesting and I liked the interactions and dialogue between the characters. Phos was a likable character and their character development was great throughout the chapters...until it wasn't. So what happened?

Everything started to go downhill when Phos got abducted to the Moon. From that point onward the story started to slowly lose me. At this point ...

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