Okay, I realize the last post I made did not tell you why you should read Houseki No Kuni, so lets get into that.
Say you don’t like SU that much anymore, but still love the immortal nonbinary gems dealing with war and lost comrades stuff. HNK would be the perfect replacement for you.
Coming out the year before SU, the plot is that a gem named Phosphophyllite wants to fight against the Lunarians who kidnapped their brethren only to be assigned to a natural history magazine. Like SU it’s set on Earth, but thousands of years after humanity was destroyed by several meteors striking the planet.
One of the many themes of HNK is change and how it’s possible even for something ageless and immortal. Phos goes through many changes on their journey, both physically and emotionally, as time goes on. They learn how to deal with new information and how to keep going after making many mistakes. Their changes also contrast to the rest of the cast, who mostly stay the same no matter what happens.
The manga handles themes such as death and letting go surprisingly well, with the disappearance of several characters becoming essential plot points and never being forgotten by the narrative,
Many chapters are sprinkled with foreshadowing that won’t become apparent to you until much, much later. They even are retold as the newer chapters callback to the beginning that started it all
The cast is a joy to be around, with everyone their own blend of vibrant and unique,
(I love these kids)
And even include some recognizable gemstones such as:
(Cairngorm is another name for Smoky Quartz BTW)
And many more!
It has been licensed under the name “The Land of the Lustrous” and will be available later this summer!