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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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Awesome Shounen-ai(ish) manga
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
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
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.
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
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.
The Best Shounen Ai Manga. Not even Kidding.
Truthfully, I haven't found better since I read this. On the downside, there isn't much BL-ness, but its all good. Everything else makes up for that. Seriously, I can't reccommend anything better than Silver Diamond. The end.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2009, 11:55pm
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!!
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. 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 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
It grows on you...
The art is lovely in its own way, though the story is what hooked me. The characters were continuously evolving (So you learned a little bit about each the further you get into the story, which is great.) It's a bit dissapointing that so much time was spent on trying to decipher the characters in kanji used between characters (It may have been important to stress how each character's language was slightly changed and how they were a like- needless to say it's a turn off.) Otherwise, the story is catchy and keeps attention and all in all it's a pleasure to read. If only it came out in the U.S. sooner- worth every penny spent on it if you like a humorous romance.
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.