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Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) Manga Gets TV Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Manga inspired animated promotional video in 2013

The July issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on May 25 that a television anime adaptation of Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga has been green-lit.

The manga's story takes place in the distant future, where a new life form called "hōseki" (gems) is born. The 28 gems must fight against the "tsukijin" (moon people) who want to attack them and turn them into decorations, so each gem is assigned a role such as a fighter or a medic. Phos is a gem who hopes to fight the moon people, but is given no assignment until the gems' manager asks Phos to edit a natural history magazine.

Ichikawa launched Land of the Lustrous in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine in 2012. Kodansha Comics plans to release the first volume in English this summer. Kodansha will publish the manga's seventh compiled volume in Japan on May 23.

The manga series ranked at #10 on Kono Manga ga Sugoi!'s "Top 20 Manga for Male Readers" list in 2014, and it was also nominated for the eighth Manga Taisho awards in 2015.

The manga inspired an animated promotional video directed by Akiyo Ohashi at Studio Hibari in 2013. Ichikawa oversaw the storyboard process, and Aya Kanou designed the characters.

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