Land of the Lustrous

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Land of the Lustrous
Houseki no Kuni.jpg
Volume 1 cover, featuring (top to bottom) Bort, Phosphophyllite, Diamond, and Morganite
宝石の国
(Hōseki no Kuni)
GenreAction, fantasy[1]
Manga
Written byHaruko Ichikawa
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Afternoon
DemographicSeinen
Original runOctober 25, 2012 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
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Land of the Lustrous (Japanese: 宝石の国, Hepburn: Hōseki no Kuni, lit. "Country of Jewels") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa and published from 2012 onwards. It is published by Kodansha in Monthly Afternoon magazine and ten volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far.[2] Set in a world inhabited by "jewel people," it chronicles their efforts to find the place where they belong and defend their way of life. An anime promotional video was released in July 2013 by Studio Hibari,[3] and a 3D anime television series adaptation by Orange that covers 31 chapters of the manga aired between October and December 2017.

Synopsis[edit]

Land of the Lustrous is set in a far, distant future where the Earth had been struck six times by meteorites, ravaging it in the process. All of the remaining land was reduced to a single coast, whereas nearly all life was destroyed. Over vast stretches of time, a new race of sentient lifeforms emerged; immortal jewels that take the form of people. Phosphophyllite (Phos) is weak (with one of the lowest hardnesses) and considered useless by their peers. Phos asks their aloof but wise colleague Cinnabar for help after they receive an assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia, thus beginning their friendship and personal growth. Meanwhile, the "jewel people" are at war with the Lunarians (Moon people) who want to take advantage of their luxury value.

Characters[edit]

Jewels[edit]

Phosphophyllite (フォスフォフィライト, Fosufofiraito)
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa[4] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
Known as "Phos" for short. One of the weaker jewel people, with a hardness of 3.5. Declared as too weak for battle, Phos is tasked with creating an encyclopedia logging new information. Despite this, as well as their immaturity and clumsiness, Phosphophyllite desires to enter the battlefield in order to be acknowledged by their peers and prove their worth. As Phos keeps experiencing hardships in battle, their limbs, along with their memories, are gradually lost and replaced with other elements. At the same time, their personality begins to change gradually with each replacement, as well as their perspective changing.
Cinnabar (シンシャ, Shinsha)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[4] (Japanese); Avery Smithhart (English)
An aloof jewel person who is even weaker than Phos, with a hardness of 2, but carries a powerful poison in their body. Because this poison taints the environment and erases memories stored inside affected jewel shards, Cinnabar is kept on night watch, but yearns to escape the night.
Diamond (ダイヤモンド, Daiyamondo)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[4] (Japanese); Savanna Menzel (English)
A kind-hearted jewel person who has the maximum hardness of 10, but is still fragile against enemy attacks.
Bort (ボルツ, Borutsu)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[4] (Japanese); Genevieve Simmons (English)
An intimidating diamond-class jewel person who is powerful in combat and is the most durable of the jewels. They are also very protective of Diamond.
Morganite (モルガナイト, Moruganaito)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[4] (Japanese); Olivia Swasey (English)
A haughty jewel person who is very confident in their fighting capabilities.
Goshenite (ゴーシェナイト, Gōshenaito)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[4] (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
A sweet and responsible jewel person. Morganite's partner.
Rutile (ルチル, Ruchiru)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama[4] (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
The medic jewel person in charge of fixing the others jewels when they're broken, although they have a habit of wanting to dissect what catches their attention.
Jade (ジェード, Jēdo)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[4] (Japanese); Heidi Hinkle (English)
A jewel person who works as secretary for Master Kongo. Euclase's partner.
Red Beryl (レッドベリル, Reddo Beriru)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[4] (Japanese); Cat Thomas (English)
A jewel person in charge of designing and fixing the outfits of the other jewels, changing their hairstyle frequently.
Amethyst (アメシスト, Ameshisuto)
Voiced by: Kanae Itō[4] (Japanese); Teresa Zimmerman (English)
Crystal twinning."84" and "33".
Twin jewels that are always together and act in synchrony while talking and fighting. They also excel in sword fighting.
Benitoite (ベニトアイト, Benitoaito)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa[4] (Japanese); Elissa Cuellar (English)
A jewel person who is incapable of saying "no" to people who ask for their help.
Neptunite (ネプチュナイト, Nepuchunaito)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[4] (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)
A young jewel person with a sharp tongue. Benitoite's partner.
Zircon (ジルコン, Jirukon)
Voiced by: Himika Akaneya[4] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
The second youngest jewel person after Phos, and Yellow Diamond's partner.
Obsidian (オブシディアン, Obushidian)
Voiced by: Ryō Hirohashi[4] (Japanese); Shanae'a Moore (English)
A jewel person in charge of manufacturing the tools, weapons and daily items for the other jewels.
Yellow Diamond (イエローダイヤモンド, Ierō Daiyamondo)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa[4] (Japanese); Allison Sumrall (English)
The oldest of the jewel people, and the fastest. Zircon's partner.
Euclase (ユークレース, Yūkurēsu)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto[4] (Japanese); Serena Varghese (English)
One of the oldest gems, they're wise and kind. Jade's partner.
Alexandrite (アレキサンドライト, Arekisandoraito)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[4] (Japanese); Shelby Blocker (English)
A jewel person with an obsession with understanding the Lunarians, although they have a tendency to turn berserk when they see one. As such, Master Kongo has forbidden them from fighting.
Peridot (ペリドット, Peridotto)
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese); Jessica Portillo (English)
Papermaker, obsessed with their job.
Antarcticite (アンタークチサイト, Antākuchisaito)
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese); Alyssa Marek (English)
A jewel who only appears during the winter, when the other jewels undergo hibernation. They have become much sturdier thanks to the cold.
Sphene (スフェン, Sufen)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese); Natalie Jones (English)
Artisan, a sweet and calm jewel person. Peridot's partner.
Watermelon Tourmaline (ウォーターメロントルマリン, Wōtāmeron Torumarin)
Voiced by: Sayaka Harada (Japanese); Jessica Portillo (English)
Energetic younger jewel person.
Hemimorphite (ヘミモルファイト, Hemimorufaito)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda (Japanese); Aimee Heimbuecher (English)
Known as Hemimor, a fighter and Watermelon Tourmaline's partner.
Heliodor (ヘリオドール, Heriodōru)
Voiced by: M·A·O (Japanese)
A golden-colored jewel person, taken by the Lunarians prior the beginning of the story.
Padparadscha (パパラチア, Paparachia)
Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese); Christina Kelly (English)
Rutile's partner. A jewel person nearly as old and strong as the diamonds, who was born incomplete, hence spending most of their time asleep.
Master Kongō (金剛先生, Kongō-sensei)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata[4] (Japanese); Brian Mathis (English)
A powerful monk who oversees the jewel people and acts as a teacher, and parental figure, to them. He is much sturdier than the jewels and when meditating or sleeping, he scarcely wakes up. His outer shell is composed of hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite). He is later revealed to have a connection to the Lunarians, a mysterious race of humanoid beings who inhabit the Moon, and frequently come down to Earth to capture the jewel people.

Admirabilis[edit]

Ventricosus (ウェントリコスス, Wentorikosusu)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
She is the king of the admirabilis.
Aculeatus (アクレアツス, Akureatsusu)
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)
He is the younger brother of Ventricosus.

Lunarians[edit]

Prince Aechmea (エクメア, Ekumea)
The leader of the Lunarians and the main antagonist. Though his people call him the "prince", it's an honorific title. He is revealed to have connections with Kongo, as he relies on him to pray for him and his people in order to allow them to pass on. He goes as far as capturing the Gems and grinding them to dust, which is considered the closest thing to death for them.
Cicada (セミ)
A soft and kind-hearted Lunarian who assists Phos while on their stay on the Moon.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Land of the Lustrous is written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa. The manga began serialization in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine on October 25, 2012.[5] On December 25, 2020, the February 2021 issue of Monthly Afternoon announced that the manga would enter on hiatus.[6] Kodansha has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on July 23, 2013,[7] As of July 20, 2020, eleven volumes have been released.[8]

Kodansha Comics announced during their 2016 New York Comic-Con panel that they have licensed the manga in North America in English.[9] The first volume was released on June 27, 2017.[10]

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 July 23, 2013[7]978-4-06-387906-3June 27, 2017[10]978-1-63236-497-5
2 January 23, 2014[11]978-4-06-387950-6August 22, 2017[12]978-1-63236-498-2
3 August 22, 2014[13]978-4-06-387992-6October 24, 2017[14]978-1-63236-528-6
4 May 22, 2015[15][16]978-4-06-388044-1
978-4-06-362299-7 (LE)
December 26, 2017[17]978-1-63236-529-3
5 November 20, 2015[18]978-4-06-388101-1March 13, 2018[19]978-1-63236-635-1
6 September 23, 2016[20][21]978-4-06-388185-1
978-4-06-362329-1 (LE)
July 17, 2018[22]978-1-63236-636-8
7 May 23, 2017[23][24]978-4-06-388259-9
978-4-06-362365-9 (LE)
November 20, 2018[25]978-1-63236-637-5
8 November 22, 2017[26]978-4-06-510363-0April 9, 2019[27]978-1-63236-727-3
9 October 23, 2018[28][29]978-4-06-513101-5
978-4-06-513102-2 (LE)
September 24, 2019[30]978-1-63236-844-7
10 August 23, 2019[31][32]978-4-06-516738-0
978-4-06-516739-7 (LE)
February 25, 2020[33]978-1-63236-915-4
11 July 20, 2020[8]978-4-06-520224-1October 5, 2021[34]978-1-63236-989-5

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2017.[35][4][36] Takahiko Kyōgoku is directing the anime at the Orange CG animation studio. Toshiya Ono is in charge of the series scripts. Yohichi Nishikawa is creating the concept art.[37] Asako Nishida is designing the characters. The opening theme is "Kyōmen no Nami" (鏡面の波, The Waves on the Mirror's Surface) by Yurika[38] and the ending theme is "Kirameku Hamabe" (煌めく浜辺, Sparkling Beach) by Yuiko Ōhara.[39] Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series and streamed the anime on Anime Strike.[40] MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK.[41] The series ran for 12 episodes, which will be released across six DVD and Blu-ray sets in Japan.[42]

Reception[edit]

Volume 1 reached the 47th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of July 27, 2013, has sold 21,204 copies;[43] volume 2 reached the 35th place[44] and, as of February 2, 2014, has sold 44,511 copies;[45] volume 3 reached the 30th place[46] and, as of August 31, 2014, has sold 56,765 copies.[47]

It was number 10 on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[48] It was number 48 on the 15th Book of the Year list by Da Vinci magazine in 2014.[49] It was nominated for the eight Manga Taishō in 2015.[50]

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