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Houseki no Kuni  
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Description
In the distant future, a new immortal and genderless life form called Gems populate the Earth. The 28 Gems must fight against the Moon Dwellers, who attack them regularly to abduct them and to turn them into decorations. Each Gem is assigned a role, such as a fighter or a medic.

Being only 300 years old, Phosphophyllite is the youngest of the Gems and has no assignment yet. He wants to help to fight the Moon Dwellers, but is too weak and brittle for battle. One day the master of Gems, Adamantine, assigns him the task of creating a natural history encyclopedia.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
宝石の国
宝石之国
Kingdom of Gems
L'ère des Cristaux
Land of the Lustrous

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.41 by Kitten (53d ago)
v.6 c.40 by Kitten (75d ago)
v.6 c.39 by Kitten (91d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (49 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.77 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 7th 2016, 6:46am PST


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Year
2012

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (Summer 2017)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #801 increased(+213)
Monthly Pos #1741 increased(+96)
3 Month Pos #1992 decreased(-459)
6 Month Pos #1641 decreased(-343)

List Stats
On 292 reading lists
On 257 wish lists
On 11 unfinished lists
On 104 custom lists

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Fine until chapter 14   
Rating: N/A
by dtim
November 10th, 2014, 6:30pm
And then the translators start using male pronouns, etc. It's such a jarring change (especially given how the characters look, dress, and act) that it made an interesting story unreadable for me.
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A man? They are men? Nope... they are girls alright...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
November 9th, 2014, 11:25am
My predicament about their gender is over... they are actually genderless. They are gem, n have no specific sexual identity... n yet, I'll still consider them as girls since they are too cute to be called 'genderless'.

Anyway, I agree with the first comment, this series is beautiful. It's like appraising a piece of art. The plot is beautiful, simple but addicting. The character is also beautiful. Their interaction, their personality, their conflict, is well explained and very interesting to watch. How about the art? It's misleading (the character I mean)... I demand the the scanslation to change "he" become "she" despite any reason or setting premise that was established.

I hope this series will go well till the end. Goodluck for the author n scanlator...

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2015, 12:41pm
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Absolutely Magical   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Suxinn
July 22nd, 2014, 3:58am
While I really can't pinpoint what exactly it is, there's just something really incredible and atmospheric about Houseki no Kuni.

The world of this series is fascinating, and the way in which the mangaka sets up and frames the setting makes it all the more interesting. Along with its unique, whimsical art, this work is definitely one of the rare few that manages to make its settings perfectly complement the characters that populate this world.

There's also a lot of really neat worldbuilding and philosophy embedded into quiet moments sprinkled throughout. For instance: the conversation about death between the protagonist who has never known it and another who has to live with it. Or: the many discussions, both overt and covert, regarding loneliness and friendship and connections.

Houseki no Kuni is really a very difficult series to review properly because there's simply so much to it. While it has a very simple narrative structure, it carries a vast amount of depth within its themes in a way that has me constantly coming back to reread and reinterpret scenes. It's such a singularly unique, absolutely magical series that the only thing I can say for sure is: read it. It's amazing.
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