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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.
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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)
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
Again I love it
Though my most favorite is Koori no mamono, but I do really really really love SD. It's almost the Same like what I said before on Koori no mamono section; There are Characters development, the well packed story about adventure, drama, humor, you will get some of shocking story like
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about Chigusa.. I CAN'T BELIEVE he's actually a God of Death that living more than a hundred years!
It's not as dark as Koori as there aren't many people died here. LoL. The hint of BL here wasn't as clear as Koori (I mean kissing), but there are a lot of words that contain the elements of BL. Chigusa obviously won't hit another woman since he dedicated himself into one person only..(you know who xD). And Rakan WON'T get a woman since
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he has no feeling about it.. as he's not a real human!
. So I think it's only a matter of time till they confess to each other as lovers. LoL
Highly recommended for bromance and shonen ai lover.. and woman character haters since there are no heroine here xDDD
Psst : I want the actual BL between the prince and Kinrei!! That servant is obviously fallin inlove with him!
... Last updated on June 20th, 2013, 7:15am
I kinda wish Sugiura Shiho would get wilder with the BL subtext, as in all her other series, but it's a great read nonetheless.
As usual the lead is cute and pure, but not too much, and very likeable. Sugiura is one of the few mangaka that can pull a "don't kill people anymore" gambit on me, without me losing all interest in the manga. I love how her mc, even when they seem to be stereotyped at first, can still have unexpected -- and very refreshing reactions. Chigusa is also an extremely lovable character, he's both strong/cool/manipulative and cute/cuddle-able. ^^ The comedic undertone is a big plus, and the story is rather well thought and well-paced. Can't wait for more scanlations to know the end of the story!
... Last updated on October 9th, 2012, 1:11am
Gawd I love it <3
It's mangas like this that make me wish I could read Japanese. Is very enjoyable and the characters are likeable. I'm hooked >_< I'm praying for the scalations to continue, I want to keep reading this manga so much!! I definitely recomend it!!
at first this manga reminded me of 'fushigi yugi' (this manga has a female lead & her best friend was her enemy) and kyo kara maoh (the naivety and kindness of the lead character). All of them had the concept of 'another world'..
but silver diamond, although the story is simple (making the world green & try to stop the enemies from destroying the world) lead to a story of its own, having the unique factor that the 'prince'/savior grows plants, which made it more interesting.
i love the art, the story, the great mix of characters, even the times that chigusa will hug anyone who hugs rakan. gosh. a group of bishies travelling. i think i totally fell for it.
i really hope i can finish reading this (i'm at volume 14). i can't find it in any stores or online..
... Last updated on May 22nd, 2012, 10:04am
love it all
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!
Dropped by Tokyopop?
So...it's not really dropped is it? Since Vol. 9 just came out spring of this year, so Vol. 10, maybe soon? Just checking, because then I'll study for exams and wait breathlessly for the English volumes to come out instead of religiously learning Japanese just for this series xD
Just like others have said before me, this series is definitely worth the read. The part about it not deserving the "shounen-ai" tag, however, is a lie in my eyes. It is hinted within the very first pages of the story and continues to develop afterward.
This manga is brilliant, the characters are great, the art is fab and the storyline is really captivating. I wish there would be some more romance in it because it's dragging on without much progress on that part but because the plot is so riveting I'm prepared to read on. My only complaint is that the translations are all jumbled and I'm confused as to what chapter I'm on. The chapters have been uploaded onto the various sites in an haphazard manner and it's really difficult for fans to understand. I think someone needs to sort it out, arrange it all properly and then the project needs to be stepped up into overdrive because new chapters are few and far between right now. I shall give this manga a rating for what it is now but shall probably update based on where the mangaka takes the story. My rating may go down if the story starts to lose it's appeal which I think is very possible since there are soo many volumes. We'll see.
go, scanlators, go!
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.