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Silver Diamond  
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Description
Rakan lives alone, and the plants in his garden grow so thick and fast that it seems like a jungle. One day a man, holding a gun made of wood, falls right down into his garden. He seems to come from another world, and he's searching for someone who can bring back the green into his own dark and inhospitable world.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Silver Diamond Gaiden (Side Story)

Associated Names
シルバーダイヤモンド
銀色鑽石
Kim Cương Bạc
S♢
SD

Groups Scanlating
Amato Empire
Bushido Angel Adventures
Nakama
Silvery Storm
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Latest Release(s)
v.22 c.65 by Amato Empire (20d ago)
v.22 c.64 by Amato Empire (45d ago)
v.21 c.63 by Amato Empire (50d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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Forum
3 topics, 10 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (501 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 19th 2014, 1:22am PST

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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ichiraci (Tousuisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (9 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #329 increased(+61)
Monthly Pos #220 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #228 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #247 increased(+9)

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On 1442 reading lists
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On 66 completed lists
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Shoujo or shounen-ai? 828 days, 15 hours, 3 minutes ago
Silver Diamond to End in May 951 days, 9 hours, 33 minutes ago
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Really heartfelt fantasy action adventure, and even more deftly plotted than Hakkenden (though I'm a fan of that series too)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HopelessOsaka
June 26th, 2013, 9:49am
Geeeez, this should have been adapted to anime ages ago! Now that Hakkenden has been, maybe someone will think to adapt Silver Diamond too, since they have more or less the same light 'shounen-ai' content (well, up to the point I'm at, at least, i.e. beginning of volume 9).

After the initial buildup--get past the first chapter or so, basically--it has a good pace, incredibly touching character development and relationships, a plot planned out extensively, considering numerous foreshadowing the author drops from the first few chapters on--for reveals to come dozens of chapters later--and an expansive fantasy alternate world with recurring secondary characters, let alone the main groups (she keeps track of every townsperson of every town she draws, I swear), and establishes its culture, creatures, and materials in detail.

Aside from the steadily strengthened friendships and bonds between Rakan, Chigusa, Narushige, Touji and those to appear later, there's another thing I love about it--I rarely find myself genuinely laughing aloud in non-screwball, slapstick comedy type of manga (such as Gintama, though there are less humor-oriented manga and anime out there that have gotten me laughing), but this manga left me chortling several times, which I hadn't expected at all when I began the series. I hadn't expected much, in fact, and am so glad I continued past the first few chapters.

One of the best things about it is that Rakan, despite the impression he might give in the first chapter (I thought he was a flowery sweet pretty boy type protagonist when I started), is actually really a levelheaded, determined, deadpan snarker, sometimes fiery type of main protagonists, which is much more alike to Shino from Hakkenden than what I'd expected on first look (which was Luka from Uso-something, who was...kind of weak-willed and foolish in my opinion, and part of the reason I never got around to continuing the series), while still very kind and sincere. His design subtly changes later on (even in the first volume) to reflect that, to be honest (at first he's drawn much shoujo princy kind of prettier, but that's reduced once he starts getting snarky and monotone at Chigusa's antics).

I liked the characters from the beginning, but by volume 7 and 8 they'd ensnared me in the way well-loved and familiar protagonists do, with me going "eeeeee" inside my head (and a little out loud) over every awesome or heartfelt move they made, and it'd deeply affect me if something even more painful--or tragic--than most of them had been left with happened to them. Nonetheless, the villains, too, are well developed, with dark depth in their hearts that's hard to see through. I still wonder what turned Kingen into what he is today, to cause such dire circumstance, and to do what he plans to do to the world. They leave me pissed a lot, though they aren't the only people covered in mystery--much of the cast is, still, by volume 8, whether it has to do with their origin, former life, or heritage.

The author obviously put a lot of heart into this, and I'm glad to see way more readers than I thought, since I'd seen the title several times and had not until today, when I decided to give it at least one chance, realized its fantasy action adventure drama mystery gloriousness until I got hooked. It especially came over me when I realized the fantasy counterpart world WOULD be explored at some point--however, at some point within volume 1 or 2, the characters come to mean too much to you for that to be as much of a concern until it becomes one.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2013, 8:35pm
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♥!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Clara
April 23rd, 2008, 6:49pm
I don't think it's very fair to compare Koori and Silver Diamond. I read Silver Diamond before Koori, and the differences between the two are just too significant to make a comparison. Both are excellent, with great artwork (and an amazing attention to detail - the landscape art is gorgeous) and creative characters. Silver Diamond is very original in both its plot and its characters, which significantly adds to the story. What would a world be without water? Silver Diamond ingeniously shows how this would effect things—from people to politics to even the simplest things, like paper.

While this lacks slightly in the shounen ai department, the dynamics between the characters hint at more to come. Do give this a try. It's definitely one of my favorites.

... Last updated on June 12th, 2008, 9:10pm
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go, scanlators, go!   
Rating: N/A
by pleochroic
January 4th, 2011, 4:28am
the manga is simple and charming, if a bit slow and plodding (and the latter makes me wonder how long i will stick with it; we're in v9 and still early on in the journey; i'm gonna run out of shelf space!). pretty artwork (though i sometimes have trouble telling characters apart), original storyline. despite running in "ichiraci" there's so little BL here that it barely deserves the "shounen ai" tag; it's likely to just turn off people who avoid any BL like the plague, and they shouldn't be, yet people who actually expect there to be some boy-on-boy interaction will be disappointed. frankly, i would say there isn't even a whole lot of actual subtext. unfortunately the tokyopop version stinks. if tokyopop want me to buy any more, they need to make a much better effort; as it is, i buy the originals instead and am happy there are still scanlators who keep working on it despite the licensing. i am always sad when tokyopop licenses a manga i really like, because they never even come close to the japanese originals; it's like holding a bad chinese rip-off in your hands instead of a small treasure.
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Fluff!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naomi
May 20th, 2010, 3:40pm
How Sugiura Shiho can make up such a wonderful and unique world is beyond me. The setting is just wonderful, plus the originalities such as the seeds and Sanome makes for an interesting twist. I'm still waiting for a direction with the part in the plot at where I am at, but since we're quite a few volumes behind, I'm guessing and hoping it's going to turn out good. The light humour coupled with fluff is perfect too!

And who doesn't love the four main characters plus a talking snake? Rakan is just so pure and innocent, but can hold his own ground. Chigusa's displays of affection towards Rakan is really sweet, plus his whole mystery surrounding his character holds you at the back of your mind. Narushige almosts seems like the mother duck of the group. He's calm and protects Rakan from Chigusa and everyone making fun of Touji's nest makes me smile, plus how he's always forced to pair up with Chigusa because of Narushige. And Kou! Makes me wish I had a talking snake haha xD Yeah, they are a lovely group that work well together! Sugiura's art is also a bonus, with four bishies to look at makes my day ;D

Lastly, on the Tokyopop release. The only other series I have from them is Demon Diary and CCS, and I wasn't impressed. Since that was a few years ago, I had hopes they could have improved... But no. They disappointed me more. Brownie points for the two colour pages. Hate points for horrible cloning and redrawing, and the cover, as pretty as it may be to have a metallic title, there's no point if one little scratch can spoil it. Also, if you're going to translate sfx, DON'T decide randomly ones to do. Wtf is the point in that? If you don't want to edit them, just put a side note like Del Ray. I don't understand why they do it, but it frustrates me, even if I do know hiragana and katakana, I don't want to sit there with a book I paid for, trying to decifer what a sfx means (though it may be obvious, I still want to know). Just how hard is it to do a proper job? And at the price they charge, I was expecting a whole lot better.

... Last updated on May 20th, 2010, 3:42pm
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Love this.   
Rating: N/A
by Exire
January 11th, 2010, 1:43pm
It usually takes me a while to get into stories that are bound to be more than 5 volumes long. I first looked at Silver Diamond, thinking, I'm not going to enjoy this all that much. I was wrong, though!

The story may be long-winded at some points, but the beautiful art and the gorgeous characters truly make up for it. You come to really like Rakan's peaceful state of mind and how different Chigusa is compared to him. If you're like me, though, I sometimes get impatient with the development between these two! ha ha. All of the characters introduced are connected one way or another to Rakan and the world that Chigusa comes from, and everything's just so heartwarming and lovely.

Plus, the whole idea of seeds (later explained in the story) really struck me as something unique and interesting. I enjoyed how Sugiura Shiho used the flowers that Rakan loved so much in the real world and their eventual impact in the world over.

The different arcs bring different characters that are all so innocent and great. I'm glad TokyoPop decided to publish this, yet I've been clinging onto this for so long, it hurt to see that I'd have to wait who knows how long just to continue the story from where I ended...Oh well. It's been probably a year and a half or so since I've really read this story, and most of those names are still implanted in my mind. I kinda really enjoyed it a lot, ha ha.
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Yummy!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kayue
August 5th, 2010, 7:33pm
Quoted from In-tuition: "I'm afraid this will become another needlessly prolonged series. I liked the story when it first started, especially with the Rapunzel bit (which I wish was made the main story). Anyway, I haven't picked up this series recently, but I remember it being very good--but not great. It's a good shounen-ai read, even if you don't like that genre. I think it's advancing steadily which isn't all too bad, but when I see 20 volumes (ongoing), I think it's impossible to really drag the story that far. I believe I last stopped at volume 8, and it seemed as if it was already steadily getting toward the big conclusion, or "final battle", if you know what I mean."

You seem to be getting "Koori" & "Silver Diamond" mixed up. The Rapunzel arc was in "Koori" which has finished. (Although the scanlations are still in progress)

Yes, SD is a long series, but in volume 9 they're still near the beginning of their journey. I do hope that unlike in Saiyuki, that journey isn't endless. It's still too early to tell, but they are making some progress. And the trip allows Rakan to spread the green.

But between the eye candy & utter sweetness and fun of the story, I do hope it lasts a long time (but pick up the pace TokyoPop!)

... Last updated on August 5th, 2010, 7:34pm
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LOVE~~   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jina
October 19th, 2008, 8:30pm
finally! a fantasy manga that doesn't feel cliche! i've read other mangas that have the plot where the main character is teleported to another world, etc, etc, or vice versa, and they all have a feeling of cliche. Since because i've read many mangas like that, those types bore me. but this one didn't. I don't know why. Maybe it's the main characters, maybe it's the humor, maybe it's the cute shounen-ai! XD
this fantasy manga is completely different than any others and have it's own original plot. the characters are well drawn as well. smile I'm intrigued to learn more about their past and especially about Rakan.
RECOMMENDED IT!
--update 7/4/11---
Since Tokyopop has shut down its North America base, Silver Diamond is no longer distributed in America sad Thus, I hope that the scanlator groups will pick this up and start translating it again! ONEGAI! Please! There are more than 23 volumes out in Japan, but only 9 volumes of it translated in english out in America. PLEASE scan and translate it!

... Last updated on July 4th, 2011, 11:30pm
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love it all   
Rating: N/A
by SaltyWind
December 11th, 2011, 9:40am
I read Koori no Mamono no Monogatari (well, as many volumes as I could get my hands on) and I loved it all - the story, the art, the characters, so I decided to give this one a try. It has a different feel to it, but, once again, I loved it all. I reccomend!
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amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ragec
February 3rd, 2009, 4:07pm
One of my top shonen-ai mangas, i really wasn't planning reading 8 volume at once since its already 12 am in the morning. But i read all 8 volumes at once and slept 6 am lol. The plot and the art was fantastic, characters have their own unique personality. I mean even if you don't like shonen ai, you'll like this. I really hated that it got licensed thats why SH drop it =( Tokyo pop is also really slow =/ Highly recommended and a must read!!
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Awesome Shounen-ai(ish) manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
November 23rd, 2010, 10:11pm
Feels like shounen-ai, but more of a story of about pretty guys on a quest.

There is a a point where there is a lot of character introductory and it gets a bit of time (and rereading for me) to know who's who. I bought this manga 'cause I love Sugiura-sensei is one of my favorite mangaka, but dammit, TokyoPop is not doing manga business anymore and doesn't look like any other manga licensing companies are going to pick this up. -___-#

So if you want fantasy storyplot with all-guys characters, this is for you. But if you don't like reading unfinished translated work, better stop before you get hooked int by Sugiura-sensei's magical wonder.

... Last updated on February 13th, 2012, 1:00am
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