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Houseki no Kuni  
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Description
In the distant future, a new life form called Houseki (gems) are born. The 28 Houseki must fight against the moon dwellers who want to attack them and turn them into decorations, thus each gem is assigned a role such as a fighter or a medic. Though she hopes to fight the moon dwellers, Phos is a gem who is given no assignment until the gems' master Adamantine asks her to edit a natural history magazine.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
宝石の国
Kingdom of Gems

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Latest Release(s)
c.23-25 by Habanero Scans (45d ago)
c.22 by Habanero Scans (45d ago)
c.21 by Habanero Scans (48d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (30 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 9th 2014, 10:23am PST

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Year
2012

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #873 increased(+293)
Monthly Pos #1907 decreased(-205)
3 Month Pos #379 decreased(-82)
6 Month Pos #339 increased(+113)

List Stats
On 175 reading lists
On 144 wish lists
On 7 unfinished lists
On 51 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?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
November 9th, 2014, 11:25am
How come? With the feminine attitude, thin and slender figure, plus cute dialog, we all can guess rationally that they all girls (except for the sensei). I can't say this is a translation error, since there are no change from chaps 1 till now. So, I must say that the author is trying to mess with me...
Either way, 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...
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Absolutely Magical   
Rating: 9.2 / 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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