宝石の国 10 [Houseki no Kuni 10]

宝石の国 10 [Houseki no Kuni 10]

宝石たちは、フォスに誘われて月に向かった者たちと、地上に残り、金剛先生と新たな関係を築こうとする者たちにわかれていた。地上に夜襲を仕掛けたフォスたちだったが、後からや...

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Title:宝石の国 10 [Houseki no Kuni 10]
Author:Haruko Ichikawa
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Edition Language:Japanese

宝石の国 10 [Houseki no Kuni 10] Reviews

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    This manga reminds me more and more of Fire Punch as it goes on. Every step Phos takes deepens his suffering and pulls him farther and farther from his old friends. He has almost achieved his goals - he's brought peace to the gems by reinvigorating lunarian society, but at the cost of being despised by the gems remaining on Earth, and discarded as a failure by the gems and lunarians on the Moon. Adamant is seemingly the only being in the universe who still cares for Phos, yet Phos' rage is direc

    This manga reminds me more and more of Fire Punch as it goes on. Every step Phos takes deepens his suffering and pulls him farther and farther from his old friends. He has almost achieved his goals - he's brought peace to the gems by reinvigorating lunarian society, but at the cost of being despised by the gems remaining on Earth, and discarded as a failure by the gems and lunarians on the Moon. Adamant is seemingly the only being in the universe who still cares for Phos, yet Phos' rage is directed at him as the ultimate cause of all his suffering. Is there any possible way out? Even if Phos succeeds in permanently annihilating the lunarians, he has no home to return to.

    The most disturbing element of this volume to me is the new perspective it gives to the gems. In the worst ways, they're not really that different from the lunarians. Their deathless perspective and belief that their kidnapped friends would eventually be returned to them were understandable given their circumstances, but the way they so easily integrate into lunarian society is disquieting. Alexandrite is one of the oldest gems, and the loss of Chrysoberyl apparently drove him to an obsessive hatred of them, but he integrates just as easily as the others. Even witnessing the dust of their old friends apparently causes nothing but a transient distress to them. Cinnabar, ignored his entire life by everyone but Phos, is the one to suggest essentially killing him after Phos returns to Earth alone without weapons. The psychology of the gems is deeply and disturbingly inhuman. Phos is the only one for which it's credible that he would have misgivings about slaughtering the admirabilis living on the moon to return some of his friends to life. He is the only one with a true understanding of the concepts of loss and change. For all the rest, they're seemingly trapped in a stasis of thought, or mentally break if pushed too far (Yellow). The gem and lunarians are equally as disconnected from any humanity they might have once held. While there've been a lot of theories about whether the gifts of his legs and eye, or a human particle contained in the eye qualified him as human, I wonder whether it was rather a mental qualification the other gems and lunarians are unable to achieve. Adamant's servility and apparent cowardice do not come out looking much better, but they at least lend him a pathetic quality, lacking in the gems' (especially Cinnabar's) callous cruelty. Did the world Phos was fighting for have any true value to it at all?

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