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Houseki no Kuni  
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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Das Land der Juwelen
Gem Kingdom
Hōseki no Kuni
Jewelry Kingdom
Kingdom of Gems
Kingdom of Jewelry
L'ère des Cristaux
Land of the Lustrous
Mücevher Ülkesi
Страна самоцветов
宝石の国
宝石之国

Groups Scanlating
Black Cat Scanlations
HNK Project
Habanero Scans
Kitten
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Latest Release(s)
c.91 by Black Cat Scanlations 22 days ago
c.90 by Black Cat Scanlations about 1 month ago
c.89 by Black Cat Scanlations 2 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 31 (original ending)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (169 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.27 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 3rd 2020, 8:36pm PST


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Year
2012

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (10 Vols - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #537 increased(+46)
Monthly Pos #652 increased(+61)
3 Month Pos #799 increased(+175)
6 Month Pos #891 decreased(-70)
Year Pos #834 decreased(-127)

List Stats
On 1160 reading lists
On 568 wish lists
On 24 unfinished lists
On 239 custom lists

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Beautiful and thoughtful  
by frangelic
December 27th, 2019, 12:04pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
An excellent, thoughtful series I'd recommend to fans of almost any kind of manga. It appears simple at first but reveals meditations on the nature of mortality/immortality, identity, environmentalism, and the double-edged sword of personal growth. Great characters, imaginative setting, interesting and mysterious plot. I've seen people criticize the art, but composition and minimalism are both major aspects of the art here. It's incredible, expressive art that doesn't look like other manga. Read it.

Season 1 of the anime is also great. It's a visual feast and the music raises the story up. But, I doubt we'll ever get more of it, so if like me you adored the anime, you'll have to read the manga if you want to continue the story.
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from r/manga  
by r/mangaReviews
February 8th, 2019, 6:47pm
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>Reistah (Known status:Chap75)
"I read it because of its spectacular anime, and just as how its adaptation gripped me with its plot and themes, the manga did with its stakes rising even higher with each chapter. Haruko Ichikawa's surreal-ish style really fits the series' psychological-ness."

... Last updated on February 8th, 2019, 6:48pm
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by kari+
October 11th, 2017, 2:05pm
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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  
by dtim
November 10th, 2014, 6:30pm
Rating: N/A
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...  
by rennov
November 9th, 2014, 11:25am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by Suxinn
July 22nd, 2014, 3:58am
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
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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