Houseki no Kuni review

Apr 15, 2021
This is a review up to chapter 36, because that's all I've read.

This manga is very interesting. No not interesting because it grabs your attention, but it makes me want to talk about it so much.

Let's start with the art. Although the basic art style is not anything insane, the dark shading and unique character designs are really the main highlights of this manga. Characters look unique, and most of thin and tall, often many of them have very feminine traits, like long hair, smaller hands and longer fingers, as well as more refined and smooth eyes. This adds a layer to the manga, that I have not seen before really, it makes the experience more mind-bending and interesting for the audience. The art sets the mood of a mysterious, unknown world, as secrets are being uncovered every chapter.

The characters are fine in my opinion. The protagonist is going through some pretty good development, and his relationship and chemistry with cinnibar is contradicting and has potential to lead to an interesting development and climax. Most of the side characters don't get enough depth for me to say that they're great, but I'm sure that will change as I read more of the manga. (also ghost quartz is kinda hot if you know what I mean).

The plot is well-written and paced, the information that we receive doesn't feel like it's coming at us at one time, nor does it rely on flashback moments to convey important information. Right now, it's more like a mystery uncovering plot, where the protagonist has to piece together little bits of information to get to the truth. Nothing too much to say here. I do want to add that the plot amour in this is very minimal, so that's a plus.

Overall, there's nothing to complain about. And I know that this is just the first 36 chapters, but trust me, it's really good, and I definitely recommend this to you if you haven't read it already. In my opinion, this would probably become the new gen evangelion or madoka magica, which means it'll probably be my favorite new gen soon.


Houseki no Kuni
Houseki no Kuni
Autor Ichikawa, Haruko