[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃

宝石の国

Summary

Japanese

今から遠い未来、宝石のカラダを持つ28人は、彼らを装飾品にしようと襲い掛かる月人に備えるべく、戦闘や医療などそれぞれの持ち場についていた。月人と戦うことを望みながら、何も役割を与えられていなかったフォスは、宝石たちを束ねる金剛先生から博物誌を編むように頼まれる。

English

In the mysterious future, crystalline organisms called Gems inhabit a world that has been destroyed by six meteors. Each Gem is assigned a role in order to fight against the Lunarians, a species who attacks them in order to shatter their bodies and use them as decorations.

Phosphophyllite, also known as Phos, is a young and fragile Gem who dreams of helping their friends in the war effort. Instead, they are told to compile an encyclopedia because of their delicate condition. After begrudgingly embarking on this task, Phos meets Cinnabar, an intelligent gem who has been relegated to patrolling the isolated island at night because of the corrosive poison their body creates. After seeing how unhappy Cinnabar is, Phos decides to find a role that both of the rejected Gems can enjoy. Houseki no Kuni follows Phos’ efforts to be useful and protect their fellow Gems.

Availability

Personal Opinion

I saw the anime, and it’s perfect. The style in the manga is also beautiful and way more expressive and flexible than that in the anime so I still think reading the manga would offer a fresh and valuable experience.( stolen from my earlier post)

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

  • Manga is less stressful to read

Cons

  • Only if you haven’t watched the anime yet, I suggest you watch the anime first.

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One




Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

0 voters

4 Likes