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Posted 10/29/17 , edited 10/29/17
I was really sceptical at first because of the CG, but while watching the first Episode I got completely hooked on this Show.
This Show is just getting better and better and I absolutely love the VAing of Tomoyo Kurosawa (VA Phos).
The OP is my favourite of the Season.
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Posted 11/4/17 , edited 11/4/17
This season is crazy. There's so much good to watch.
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Posted 11/4/17 , edited 11/4/17
Hearing people say "Phos" has me hungry for some Vietnamese Pho.
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Posted 11/4/17 , edited 11/4/17
I've been watching this anime just with mild intrigue. Its not amazing but its not boring either. At the same time the story beats seem rather random at this point... For instance, the fact that phos now is able to run incredibly fast just seems like a random development and before that having her be able to communicate with King felt a little random as well.
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Posted 11/4/17 , edited 11/5/17

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I've been watching this anime just with mild intrigue. Its not amazing but its not boring either. At the same time the story beats seem rather random at this point... For instance, the fact that phos now is able to run incredibly fast just seems like a random development and before that having her be able to communicate with King felt a little random as well.


It's cause she got new legs, which are of different material and can handle more stress or output than her original legs (remember the doctor said that the hardness of the legs was 7 compared to her original 3, thus being more durable)

For her to communicate with the King was because she became a part of or fused with the King, when she was eaten by her back when she was still a giant slug which was why she was the only person to understand what she was saying. Gaining at least the knowledge of communication
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Posted 11/5/17 , edited 11/5/17

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abeltensro wrote:

I've been watching this anime just with mild intrigue. Its not amazing but its not boring either. At the same time the story beats seem rather random at this point... For instance, the fact that phos now is able to run incredibly fast just seems like a random development and before that having her be able to communicate with King felt a little random as well.


It's cause she got new legs, which are of different material and can handle more stress or output than her original legs (remember the doctor said that the hardness of the legs was 7 compared to her original 3, thus being more durable)

For her to communicate with the King was because she became a part of or fused with the King, when she was eaten by her back when she was still a giant slug which was why she was the only person to understand what she was saying. Gaining at least the knowledge of communication


No you misunderstand. What I meant is that there isn't really a actual drive for the main over-arcing plot yet. Thus far all we have to follow is Pho's motivation to help out Cinnabar. There is something more central to the world that is being setup by the story that is not in the foreground just yet. As a result, the story beats themselves feel a little random at times. Like yes, there is an internal logic to each of the events and story twists that have happened thus far, but there is no apparent thrust. Like why did Phos need to be able to talk with King? Or why does Phos need to have the ability to move fast? These are questions that we can't fully answer just yet. Is it likely that Phos will end up in a battle in the next few episodes and actually not be helpless? Yes, I think thats where things are headed, but to what end?

Oh and just a side note: yes Pho's legs are harder and therefore probably stronger, but one of her defining character traits is her clumsiness. This was setup from episode one. You would assume that she would still be clumsy even with legs made from a harder material. Obviously there is something else behind why she is able to run, "faster then anyone else" as the one character remarked after she ran by. You also have to remember that while other characters with a higher hardness seem fast, they don't seem as fast as Phos was.
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Posted 11/5/17 , edited 11/5/17

abeltensro wrote:


Swaggercandy wrote:


abeltensro wrote:

I've been watching this anime just with mild intrigue. Its not amazing but its not boring either. At the same time the story beats seem rather random at this point... For instance, the fact that phos now is able to run incredibly fast just seems like a random development and before that having her be able to communicate with King felt a little random as well.


It's cause she got new legs, which are of different material and can handle more stress or output than her original legs (remember the doctor said that the hardness of the legs was 7 compared to her original 3, thus being more durable)

For her to communicate with the King was because she became a part of or fused with the King, when she was eaten by her back when she was still a giant slug which was why she was the only person to understand what she was saying. Gaining at least the knowledge of communication


No you misunderstand. What I meant is that there isn't really a actual drive for the main over-arcing plot yet. Thus far all we have to follow is Pho's motivation to help out Cinnabar. There is something more central to the world that is being setup by the story that is not in the foreground just yet. As a result, the story beats themselves feel a little random at times. Like yes, there is an internal logic to each of the events and story twists that have happened thus far, but there is no apparent thrust. Like why did Phos need to be able to talk with King? Or why does Phos need to have the ability to move fast? These are questions that we can't fully answer just yet. Is it likely that Phos will end up in a battle in the next few episodes and actually not be helpless? Yes, I think thats where things are headed, but to what end?

Oh and just a side note: yes Pho's legs are harder and therefore probably stronger, but one of her defining character traits is her clumsiness. This was setup from episode one. You would assume that she would still be clumsy even with legs made from a harder material. Obviously there is something else behind why she is able to run, "faster then anyone else" as the one character remarked after she ran by. You also have to remember that while other characters with a higher hardness seem fast, they don't seem as fast as Phos was.


Oh okay yeah I see what you are trying to get at now. ;)

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Posted 11/9/17 , edited 11/9/17
Why hello! I found this out after DMing someone about their Land of the Lustrious profile pic. Bubble45 maybe??? Anyhow, I found about this cuz I was reading the manga in the bookstore and to my surprise there's an anime. (Haven't watched it yet; have read 2 chapters of the manga tho)
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Posted 11/9/17 , edited 11/10/17
I think this is the first series I've seen where the CG actually adds to it; it really works well for the characters since they're not exactly humans.

The Lunarians' appearance reminded me of Moon People in Ghibli's Tale of Kaguya Hime - a host of heavenly beings led by Buddha, which I thought was striking.

I'm pretty curious about the deal with Kongou, since he doesn't have any hair but must also be gem.

Praise be to slug king's boobs

I find it intriguing and I'm enjoying it.
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Posted 11/11/17 , edited 11/12/17
Ah, I don't want to doublepost, but...

This and Ancient Magus Bride are such beautiful anime. The backgrounds and characters are so pretty.

This episode made me have feels
Phos is just a bad luck magnet it seems



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Posted 11/12/17 , edited 11/12/17
Poor Phos! Just when she(?) got what she wanted wanted it all went horribly wrong. Though I don't think she really can be blamed. She was put in the field with no training (to be trained) and limited fighting abilities, and after days of mental exhaustion I'm not sure what if anything anybody could reasonably expect of her. So I'm beginning to rather dislike Bort's attitude to just about everyone else. With Bort's mindset she would end up being the only one fighting.
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Posted 11/12/17 , edited 11/12/17

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So I'm beginning to rather dislike Bort's attitude to just about everyone else. With Bort's mindset she would end up being the only one fighting.

Yeah, Bort is a jerk. I don't really like her (him?)
I guess Phos is going to get scolded harshly again
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Posted 11/12/17 , edited 11/13/17
Winter (arc) is coming

They are doing a blessed job on the adaptation, really hope they can put out another season, cause we really are only just gonna scratch the surface at the pace we are going. It's a good pace though
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Posted 11/13/17 , edited 11/13/17

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No you misunderstand. What I meant is that there isn't really a actual drive for the main over-arcing plot yet. Thus far all we have to follow is Pho's motivation to help out Cinnabar. There is something more central to the world that is being setup by the story that is not in the foreground just yet. As a result, the story beats themselves feel a little random at times. Like yes, there is an internal logic to each of the events and story twists that have happened thus far, but there is no apparent thrust. Like why did Phos need to be able to talk with King? Or why does Phos need to have the ability to move fast? These are questions that we can't fully answer just yet. Is it likely that Phos will end up in a battle in the next few episodes and actually not be helpless? Yes, I think thats where things are headed, but to what end?

Oh and just a side note: yes Pho's legs are harder and therefore probably stronger, but one of her defining character traits is her clumsiness. This was setup from episode one. You would assume that she would still be clumsy even with legs made from a harder material. Obviously there is something else behind why she is able to run, "faster then anyone else" as the one character remarked after she ran by. You also have to remember that while other characters with a higher hardness seem fast, they don't seem as fast as Phos was.


I think you are worrying too much about having obvious logical progression. The world of Land of the Lustrous is already unusual, and Phos is unique even among its crystalline inhabitants: she alone questions why their world is as it is and acts upon those questions, and thus it's natural for her to run up against her world's strangeness. That's what happens when you explore. It's not necessarily true that everything the show has happen to Phos is part of her gaining the skills necessary to perform whatever her task is. Indeed, much of the information in an encyclopedia is rather useless; it's valuable because we value knowledge in and of itself. I'd almost say that Land of the Lustrous is about the value of curiosity and free inquiry. That weird and seemingly random things happen to Phos is entirely within that spirit.

Of course, if the show were particularly bad or flawed, I wouldn't trust it to do random things with its main character. But Land of the Lustrous is neither of those things.
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Posted 11/13/17 , edited 11/13/17

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abeltensro wrote:

No you misunderstand. What I meant is that there isn't really a actual drive for the main over-arcing plot yet. Thus far all we have to follow is Pho's motivation to help out Cinnabar. There is something more central to the world that is being setup by the story that is not in the foreground just yet. As a result, the story beats themselves feel a little random at times. Like yes, there is an internal logic to each of the events and story twists that have happened thus far, but there is no apparent thrust. Like why did Phos need to be able to talk with King? Or why does Phos need to have the ability to move fast? These are questions that we can't fully answer just yet. Is it likely that Phos will end up in a battle in the next few episodes and actually not be helpless? Yes, I think thats where things are headed, but to what end?

Oh and just a side note: yes Pho's legs are harder and therefore probably stronger, but one of her defining character traits is her clumsiness. This was setup from episode one. You would assume that she would still be clumsy even with legs made from a harder material. Obviously there is something else behind why she is able to run, "faster then anyone else" as the one character remarked after she ran by. You also have to remember that while other characters with a higher hardness seem fast, they don't seem as fast as Phos was.


I think you are worrying too much about having obvious logical progression. The world of Land of the Lustrous is already unusual, and Phos is unique even among its crystalline inhabitants: she alone questions why their world is as it is and acts upon those questions, and thus it's natural for her to run up against her world's strangeness. That's what happens when you explore. It's not necessarily true that everything the show has happen to Phos is part of her gaining the skills necessary to perform whatever her task is. Indeed, much of the information in an encyclopedia is rather useless; it's valuable because we value knowledge in and of itself. I'd almost say that Land of the Lustrous is about the value of curiosity and free inquiry. That weird and seemingly random things happen to Phos is entirely within that spirit.

Of course, if the show were particularly bad or flawed, I wouldn't trust it to do random things with its main character. But Land of the Lustrous is neither of those things.


Well I'm not worried about it so much as I am just noticing it. I'm actually becoming convinced that the lack of a obvious logical progression was an intentional on the part of the author. As you pointed out, most of the characters lack a real use for human logic and knowledge as they are immortal.
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