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December 2021 Review (Land of the Lustrous)

Ya know, CGI gets a bad rep sometimes. I mean, I remember being blown away by Toy Story in 1995 (I was 7-8 years old), just how awesome…

EclecticDude's Anime Carnival

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On Character Transformation and Loss in Anime

Character transformation and loss is a driving force behind so many plot lines (just think Spider Man or Batman), but I find I'm drawn to stories where the…

100 Word Anime

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Land of the Lustrous – Episode 5

It is not some great moral conviction that drives Phos into the sea. If anything, it’s closer to the opposite – a total absence of feeling, and lack…

Wrong Every Time

361 – One Shot 43 – Captivated, by You

Morgana is out on vacation but she left the guys a reading list for some Yen Press books! We're checking out Yama Wayama's pleasant collection of high school…

Manga Machinations

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Anime Series Like The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace

800 years ago, as terrifying demons pushed mankind to the brink, they prayed to the gods and called for their aid. Emerging from these prayers, battle deities called…

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Stranger By The Shore Was Great & I Wish It Was Longer

I’ve spoken about my thoughts on LGBT anime in the past. I’ve grappled with my thoughts on how homosexuality is portrayed in Japan and my feelings with shows…

Sakura Sunrise

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15 Anime Series That Look Happy But Are Actually Depressing

You can look at some anime series and know exactly what you are getting with it. However, there is this thing that can happen – a thing that…

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Animecast: Anime That Need More Attention

The hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast give a rundown of many titles that they believe didn’t get enough spotlight in the anime fandom. Listen in and prepare…

Otaku Spirit

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Weekly Round-Up, 26 May – 1 June 2021: Ace Attorney Localization, “Cool Japan,” and Gendered Translation

AnFem Round-Up The Girl with the Healing Kiss: How Talentless Nana explores gender, morality and the savior complex Avanya Manickum unpacks Michiru’s arc and how it implicitly plays…

Anime Feminist

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Genderless Gemstones: The pros and cons of Land of the Lustrous as non-binary representation

In the discussion surrounding queer representation in fiction, things are not always so simple as stamping a work with “good rep” or “bad rep”. While the series is…

Anime Feminist

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On Kodansha US’s New Tagline

One of the North American manga publishers recently got a new revamp as Kodansha Comics became consolidated into a more centralized Kodansha with a new logo and also a…

Manga Therapy - Where Psychology & Manga Meet

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Growing Into an Adult

IN THIS HOUSE WE RESPECT AND LOVE NANAMIN When I was a teenager, I was looking forward to being an adult, since I was longing for independence and…

Tea Time

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Anime of 2020

If you’re stuck at home, it's easy to become frustrated when, say, a plague makes your regularly scheduled programming go on hiatus. But we must remember that COVID-19…

Ani-Gamers

Favourite Anime I watched in 2020– They may have come out years ago

Once again it’s time for a favourite anime of the year post. I have a bit of a tradition with these posts! It’s a pretty straight up tradition,…

I drink and watch anime

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Land of the Lustrous Episode Guide

Land of the Lustrous Episode Guide: Phosphophyllite (Phos) wants to contribute. They're willing to change to do so! But how much is too much?

Crow's World of Anime

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Anime OP-ED (December 2020)

Fourth in this series – I’m nearly running out of days in the month this time :D (Changed my mind re: metal and anime, but perhaps that style…

The Review Heap

Land of the Lustrous Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 12: Padparadscha had awakened, and Phos wasted no time asking for advice. Zircon goes on patrol with Bort.

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni)

Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) 2017 Land of the Lustrous seems to be cited fairly often as a show that can change minds when it comes…

The Review Heap

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 299: Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni

Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sentient Gemstones First Aired: Fall 2017, 12 episodes Summary: A…

Fragglepuss

Land of the Lustrous Episode 11 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 11: Bort defends Diamond from two huge Lunarians. Phos and Alexandrite try to help but have their own problems.

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 10: Bort sees new potential in Phos and takes them on patrol. Neither were prepared for what they found.

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 9: Phos tries to take on Antarcticite's responsibilities . Will there be anything left come Spring time?

Crow's World of Anime

Moe Anthropomorphism – 15 Anime Series Where Things are Personified as Cute Anime Characters

As you are likely familiar, anime artists have a passion for taking things and turning them into beautiful anime characters. They’ve done it to planets, fast food mascots,…

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Land of the Lustrous Episode 8 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 8: Antarcticite takes Phos to the Chord Shore, hoping to find Phos arm material. They find much more than that.

Crow's World of Anime

CG Animator Naoki Yoshibe on Effects Animation and JoJo’s Openings

The David Production JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series have always had a striking visual style, but the sequences that stood out most to fans in the early seasons were…

Ani-Gamers

Land of the Lustrous Episode 7 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 7: Amethyst awakens after being reassembled. Can they forgive Phos for the deadly fight? Can Phos forgive Phos?

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 6: Phos' new legs bring problems, of course. They're too fast! Can the others help Phos stop without shattering?

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 5 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 5: As the Lunarians haul up Phos' broken body, Ventricosus awaits payment. The Lunarians have a different idea.

Crow's World of Anime

Genshin Impact's Homage to Anime | Anime Studio Spotlight

Canipa discusses how a group of hardcore anime fans became animation experts through creating the cutscenes of Honkai Impact 3rd and eventually found themsel...

The Canipa Effect

Land of the Lustrous Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 4: Phos' bad luck continues. The snail wanted to date Sensei Kongou. Now it wants Phos to go into the sea! Why?

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 3: Diamond and Bort fight to free Phos. But are they too late? Will anyone care? And how will Cinnabar react?

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 2: Haunted by their promise to Cinnabar, Phos struggled with ideas to help. Diamond's response was unexpected.

Crow's World of Anime

Land of the Lustrous Episode 1 Review – Best In Show

Land of the Lustrous Episode 1: Kongou finally finds a job for Phos -- a job Phos hates. But soon a boring job is the least of Phos'…

Crow's World of Anime

Weekly Round-Up, 26 August – 1 September 2020: Nonbinary Monk/Makeup Artist, Masculinity in Yakuza, and Gender in Land of the Lustrous

AniFem Round-Up The Devils in the Details: The grotesquely charming world of Hayashida Q Kirsten Doroff looks at the author best known for Dorohedoro and the undercurrent of…

Anime Feminist

Anime Series That Start Off Slow Before Getting Good

Not all anime series start off with a bang. Certainly an exciting first episode is a good way to hook those new viewers, but many shows want to…

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Weird names in anime & manga

Phosphosyte? Phosposlyte? Phosposite? I don’t know about you, but I am grateful that the writer behind Land of the Lustrous chose to shorten the protagonist’s name to Phos in…

Reasons to anime

3 Reasons To Watch: Land of the Lustrous

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Reasons to anime

LGBTQIA+ Representation in Anime

Hello all and welcome back to Niji Nights! Last time I talked specifically about transgender characters in anime in some old school vs. some newer anime. Today, I…

We be bloggin'

The Directors of BEASTARS | Anime Studio Spotlight

[Warning: Minor spoilers in the footage used.] Canipa introduces the director of BEASTARS and its stop-motion opening sequence and the techniques they used t...

The Canipa Effect

Bloom Into June – Episode # 95 – Pride Month Special feat. Meta and RetroSofa

Note: This podcast was recorded before the murder of George Floyd and was delayed in the hopes that people would focus in on the incredibly important social movement…

Third Impact Anime

Land Of The Lustrous - A Review In Four Frames

Decided to try and do something different this time around. I put together five videos which are a series of anime reviews/recommendations told in four still...

Yata Kun

296 – Yu Yu Hakusho part 4

On this episode Seamus prepares to study Buddhist philosophy for Land of the Lustrous, Darfox checks out alternative manga Tsukiko and the Satellite and other stories, and dakazu…

Manga Machinations

In Defence of Nitpicking Anime

Once in a while I post random screencaps I have taken, to twitter without context. It’s a fun little game. What can I say, I’m easily entertained! Since…

I drink and watch anime

Land of the Lustrous – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Genre : Drama, Action, Science Fiction, Symbolism Episodes: 12 Studio: Orange   Kids are just the worst aren’t they? It’s always the youngest one’s that get in trouble…

I drink and watch anime

295 – Yu Yu Hakusho part 3

This week Morgana teases more BEASTARS, Seamus can’t process what’s happening in Land of the Lustrous, and dakazu read a manga adaptation of Nobel Prize winning The Unwomanly…

Manga Machinations

Land of the Lustrous – Episode 4

Land of the Lustrous’ fourth episode draws us towards a key turning point in Phos’ overall journey. Though Phos has experienced hardship throughout this narrative, they’ve consistently bounced…

Wrong Every Time

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The Decade in Review: The Japanese Industry

I said I wouldn’t be updating this blog for a while, but I remembered that I was working on a two-post "decade in review" which I had star...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

Land Of The Lustrous: A PERFECT Adaptation

Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous, or Houseki no Kuni (宝石の国), makes brilliant use of the medium of manga to drive its aesthetic and narrative--from the monochrome pallet…

Under The Scope

S2E19 - I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse!, Super Dimensional Love Gun

In this episode of Screentone Club, Andy and Elliot get Hot and Gory with Shintaro Kago's anthology Super Dimensional Love Gun before settling down for a nice relaxing…

ScreenTone Club