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Houseki no Kuni  
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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. Phos to help to fight the Moon Dwellers, but is too weak and brittle for battle. One day the master of Gems, Adamantine, assigns Phos the task of creating a natural history encyclopedia.

Nominated for the 8th Manga Taisho in 2015.


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Associated Names
Das Land der Juwelen
Gem Kingdom
Hōseki no Kuni
Kingdom of Gems
Kingdom of Jewelry
L'ère des Cristaux
Land of the Lustrous
Mücevher Ülkesi
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Latest Release(s)
c.74 by Post Apocalyptic Subs 26 days ago
v.9 c.73 by Post Apocalyptic Subs about 1 month ago
v.9 c.72 by Post Apocalyptic Subs 3 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 36(Anime original ending)

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (114 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 26th 2018, 8:25am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (7 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #240 increased(+29)
Monthly Pos #161 decreased(-16)
3 Month Pos #149 decreased(-28)
6 Month Pos #142 increased(+78)
Year Pos #180 decreased(-4)

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On 937 reading lists
On 488 wish lists
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Rating: N/A
by kari+
October 11th, 2017, 2:05pm
Art a bit crude. I seem better work that looks beautiful. the arstyle i like the art but i feel it rushed like speed drawing. .i like how the character lool and long legs like 70s manga style. I just wish thing wer more define in the art and less sketch look. Story is intersection. The english copy manga i bought make if feel like it part of steven universe but not i think? . I hope the art improve over time. if there an anime of this ill be sure to watch. they may be genderless but they act like girls lol. it ok to be genderlss but character will grow traits.

... Last updated on October 11th, 2017, 2:13pm
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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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