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© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / "Hōseki no Kuni" Production Committee

Synopsis

In a distant future, a new life form called Hōseki (gems, mineral stone) has appeared to protect the world from Tsukijin (moon people). The Hōseki came from 28 mineral stones that transformed into a humanoid being. One of those Hōseki is Phosphophyllite or usually called Phos. As a Hōseki, Phos wants to fight the Tsukijin in the battlefront, but Phos’ body is too fragile to fight. Because of that, Kongo-sensei gave Phos a task to write  an encyclopedia, which Phos reluctantly accepts because Phos wants to useful. Unfortunately, to complete the encyclopedia, Phos needs some help from Cinnabar or Cinsha, a knowledgeable Hōseki but isolated by others because of her poisonous body. Can Phos and Cinsha become a friend ?

Comments

Dany Muhammad (The Indonesia Anime Times)

CG animation in anime is often criticized for looking lifeless and rigid. Studio Orange, however, seems to have found the answer of that problem. While most of the animation use CG, the character faces in Land of the Lustrous use manual hand drawing. It makes the characters in Land of the Lustrous feel expressive despite being made from CG.

For a fantasy, Land of the Lustrous’s story feels quite interesting. It has solid world-building. Phos and Cinsha also happen to be quite symphatetic lead. Both of their conflict came from their own gems’ characteristic. They are fragile (Phosphophyllite’s hardness is 3.5 in mohs scale, while Cinnabar is only 2 – 2.5) which means they are useless in battle. For Cinsha, their poisonous nature made them considered dangerous by other gems (Cinnabar is made from mercury, which is considered poisonous). It will be interesting to see them interact while at the same time finding their own place in Hōseki  community.

Other than the gemstone references, the enemies of the Hōseki, the Tsukijin, are heavily influenced by religious symbol. It makes the story feel more misterious. Who are they? Why do they attack the Hōseki? Land of the Lustrous is a fantasy anime with solid world-building, mystery, and symphatetic leads. Looking for a fantasy anime? This anime could be your hidden gem.

Facts and Figures

Alternate Title Hōseki no Kuni
Source material Manga by Haruto Ichikawa
Casts Ai Kayano as Diamond (Dia)
Ari Ozawa as Benitoite
Atsumi Tanezaki as Neptunite
Ayahi Takagaki as Jade
Ayane Sakura as Bort
Himika Akaneya as Zircon
Hitomi Nabatame as Sphene
Houko Kuwashima as Peridot
Jouji Nakata as Kongō-sensei
Junko Minagawa as Yellow Diamond
Kanae Itō as Amethyst
Maaya Uchida as Red Beryl
Mamiko Noto as Euclace
Mikako Komatsu as Cinnabar (Cinsha)
Mutsumi Tamura as Morganite
Reina Ueda as Hemimorphite
Rie Kugimiya as Alexandrite
Ryou Hirohashi as Obsidian
Saori Hayami as Goshenite
Sayaka Harada as Watermelon Tourmaline
Tomoyo Kurosawa as Phosphophyllite (Phos)
Yumi Uchiyama as Rutile
Director Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live!)
Scenario Toshiya Oono (Gatchaman Crowds)
Character Design Asako Nishida (Love Live!)
Opening Song “Kyoumen no Nami” by YURiKA
Ending Song
Studio Orange
Official Site http://land-of-the-lustrous.com/
Twitter @houseki_anime
Broadcast Date 7 October 2017 (1230 GMT, 1930 WIT, 2130 JST)

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© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / “Hōseki no Kuni” Production Committee
© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / “Hōseki no Kuni” Production Committee
© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / “Hōseki no Kuni” Production Committee
© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / “Hōseki no Kuni” Production Committee
© 2017 Haruko Ichikawa · Kodansha / “Hōseki no Kuni” Production Committee
The Indonesian Anime Times

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