Love Live! Staff Makes Land of the Lustrous/Hōseki no Kuni CG TV Anime

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October premiere, teaser visual also revealed


The teaser website for the television anime of Haruko Ichikawa‘s Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga revealed the anime’s main staff and teaser visual on Friday. The series will premiere in October.

Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project, GATE) is directing the anime at the Orange CG animation studio (CG in new Evangelion, Macross Frontier movies). Toshiya Ono (Suite Precure, Gatchaman Crowds, The Perfect Insider) is in charge of the series scripts. Asako Nishida (Simoun, Love Live! School idol project, Active Raid) is designing the characters.

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. Although she hopes to fight the moon people, Phos is a gem who is given no assignment until the gems’ manager Kongo asks her 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, and the series has over 1 million copies in print.

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.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Katsunori Takahashi)


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