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. Being only 300 years old, Phosphophyllite is the youngest of the Gems and has no assignment yet. He wants to help to fight the Moon Dwellers, but is too weak and brittle for battle. He finds his calling when the master of Gems assigns him the task of creating a natural history encyclopedia.
Reading Houseki no Kuni after watching the anime made me realize how far more in depth the story is despite its rather fast paced plot in the manga. Nevertheless, the fact that Phos had obviously gone through several drastic development that anyone seeing their past and present selves would not recognize that they are one and the same--- and that's what I personally love about it. The manga's art is quite inconsistent, but the mangaka, Haruko Ichikawa never fails to surprise me for certain panels that highlight the manga's essence of being about sentient gem life forms, thus the panels with seeing them broken into mere shards, their interactions with fellow gems, and their whole beings being genderless is refreshing for me. The manga chapters are rather short, only around 17 pages or even below, and being released monthly is just making me anxious to want to see more. Nonetheless, I still love the series and its fast paced, exciting, blunt, and d e p r e s s i n g character developments. I do hope this manga gets a second season for its anime adaptation as well, and I would personally want to help the mangaka by purchasing all the volumes.
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