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Posted 12/3/17 , edited 12/3/17
Wow, Phos has become hardened.
I didn't expect that. I usually don't like it when a dramatic character growth happens between episodes, but I'll write this a pass. We can still see a hint of old Phos too in his/her interaction with Cinnabar.
Still it's a real break from Phos circa episode 1, thinking back on it.

Nice to follow through on last week with some humor, and see more of a 'human' side to Sensei.
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Posted 12/3/17 , edited 12/4/17
Land of the Lustrous EP 9 "Spring"

Just outstanding / Phos changes emotiinally / personalitly and physically Besides dealing with the deep loss of Antarcticite the other gems overeact to her changes and push her to the limit Kinda miss the old Phos ( her persona ) but iy looks she retained some of it.

Phos has changed as she easily holds off a Lunarian attack as she goes to report



( gives new meaning to "Goldfinger " / 007 )

She returns with Kongo who lets her deal with then to find out what type than destroy it but one gets off an arrow which Kongo defects Phos has mastered a lot but still needs to control balance as Komgo points which she agrres

However Kongo says she needs rest as her bodu has fracyures and needs to heal but Phos want watch over the flows as owes to Antarcticite for duty but respect for him!

Phos also her speed but is very able durable to do battle

She brings a spring flower tp a small piece of Antarcticite that was left behind

Phos is afraid to sleep / no wonder why with that really cruel nightmare

Kongo awakens her and says sleep in your qtrs but refuses and instead fixes Kongo's robes so Red Beryl wont be mad when he awakens Phos can learn quickly by reading a book and does so.

Phos cries gold tears and tells Kongo she cant control them but Kongo it's a defect from anicent organisms . ( humans ?)

Winter is over and the gems awaken

Ruthie is told he can sleep longer by whom is assumed Antarcticite but then told he is no longer with us and discovers it's a changed PHOS and Kongo / Phos have much to explain.

Ruthie asks Phos to check on Cinnibar and attend the meeting but Phos says who is that ( Phos mission was to make life better for both of them )



Phos says I'm sorry I am in bit of a mess now . Ruthie understands

Kongo explains to the gems about Antarcticite and is sorry and introduces his replacement



Phos says I'm late and the gems are in shock to see the new Phos and even more as she can multi-task her appendages even controlling the gold to make the battle scene which scares some of the gems . Phos says shes not dangerous and makes flowers which send them scattering

Ruthie repairs Phos fractures and Phos says dont do her arms as they will stretch.Phos asks about Cinnibar who was not interested and Ruthie says Phos should visit

TThe gems regroup poking her arms with a stick then asking her to stretch her arms which takes a lot of energy

Red Beryl is funny as he complains that PHOS has grown her winter uniform is tattered and now she needs a new summer outfit



They stretch her arm out now things asre gettinng out of hand as Obsidian wants to make PHOS a new sword / Ruthie wants to dissect and Red Beryl not done measuring

Phos makes a gold Phos and escapes with the Trio chasing after her

One advatage Phos puled herself up to ceiling to hide . Bort comes along are you happy beng stronger ands wants to test the arms with her sword

Diamond wants to stretch her arms more / Euclase wants to record her arms abilties in her reports / Alexandrite wants Phos to recreate the moon people

Phos goes to Kongo for help saying I'm beinng assaulted by all of them Kongo goes "So Popular " as Phos says do something bit Kongo males a joke saying lineup for your turn / Phos escapes



Kongo saus with great power comes a sense of solitude The serious Jade just arrived says do you feel lonely too! and Kongo picks him up ans says that's a secret as the other gems want to be picked up too!

Phos runs quite a bit and is really tired and Ciinnibar shows up saying you lost your arms . Phos tries to explain things but some of it is half-lies and Ciinibar says Im not interesred anyway

Phos goes back to HSQRS where she is met by Jade / Euclase who takes responbiltly and saying we avted wrong Jade who didnt do anything to Phos explains Sensei went to sleep and Phos says it her fault becuade she ccouldnt sleep duting wintert Jade asks Phos if she can patrol and says yes kinda shocking Jade/ Euclase as the old Phos would complain

Phos come upon the Amethyst twiins as the Lunarians appear / Phos repays them for the time thet suffered prtecting her she easily takes care of the moon people and gets hugged by the twins . Phos leaves and waves with two hands ( one arm only ) for the two of them

Bort / Diamond saw the new Phos in action and is Bort jealous ?
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Posted 12/4/17 , edited 12/4/17
Its actually surprising how many people are NOT watching this(or not considering the weird bias people have towards 3D).


Overall Land of Lustrous is easily the top show of the year for me. It started quite high up but by the time Episode 9 rolled out, it already dethroned ACCA and Rakugo as anime of the year.

The show is just brilliant in it's presentation, be it the soundtrack or cinematography, and characterization. Its hard to top, honestly and it is just getting better. The execution of existentialism topic might not be on the level of things like, let's say, Ergo Proxy, but its still quite well done.

Also nice to see anime with genderqueer characters. That was quite a surprise, and a welcome one.
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Posted 12/4/17 , edited 12/4/17

Kitanishi wrote:
Its actually surprising how many people are NOT watching this(or not considering the weird bias people have towards 3D).


I had planned to watch this and am actually drawn to the animation style given the nature of the characters. But AS is a no go for me (and I suspect a fair number of other anime fans).
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Posted 12/5/17 , edited 12/5/17

Kitanishi wrote:

Its actually surprising how many people are NOT watching this(or not considering the weird bias people have towards 3D).


Overall Land of Lustrous is easily the top show of the year for me. It started quite high up but by the time Episode 9 rolled out, it already dethroned ACCA and Rakugo as anime of the year.

The show is just brilliant in it's presentation, be it the soundtrack or cinematography, and characterization. Its hard to top, honestly and it is just getting better. The execution of existentialism topic might not be on the level of things like, let's say, Ergo Proxy, but its still quite well done.

Also nice to see anime with genderqueer characters. That was quite a surprise, and a welcome one.


I have 3 for AOTY this / Girls Last Tour / Made in Abyss

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Posted 12/5/17 , edited 12/5/17
Phos has changed both physically and mentally. While her character transformation is mainly due to Antarc's loss and taking her place, one can't help but speculate if all those physical transformations are having an affect as well. With spring's return our usual gang returned. TBH I'd have run screaming away from friends like that. Then at the end Bort seemed to suffer from a serious case of resentment. The more I see of Bort the less and less there is to like. So is Bort going to cause trouble?
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Posted 12/5/17 , edited 12/6/17
This gives new meaning to Tears are Precious



Couldn't Resist

Graham Parker Fools Gold

Great Artist / Band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owfI85xBEa0

And no Sprinhsteen did not write this / However Danny Federici (of The E Street Band) played keyboards later and Bruce lent vocals to Up The Escaltor Album



Neil Young - Heart of Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO8kTRv4l3o

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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
I'm not sure I like where the show went: Phos starts this strange quest to improve - dissolving into a shell, talking to slugs, getting weird legs - with the backdrop that they weren't good at fighting and needed to figure out some other way to contribute. And until the last episode, the show still allowed for that storyline. But now Phos is great because they can fight? I thought we were going to see that the gem people could have more than one meaning to their lives. Granted, the show has time to do this, but I feel like it's lost track of its initial - and best - thread: Phos is weird, and not just in a overpowered-molten-arms way. They're supposed to figure out the nature of the world for their encyclopedia and come up with a purpose for Cinnabar.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
I'm feeling for Diamond now in some kind of way.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/10/17
My soul just left my body, that was amazing

The cinematography, camera work, production, presentation, man it's really such a shame CR didn't pick this up. My AOTS

The animation isn't the only thing that grabbed me but how this episode highlighted the relationship between Bort and Dia, showing their differences and their feelings towards another, and how deep their bond actually runs. Its a sibling bond that cannot be broken, they know each other too well which is why when they make decisions together they cant agree due to them looking out for each other, Bort wanting to protect Dia, Dia fearing for Bort's safety, they are both reckless in their own way but its due to the love that they have for each other Beautiful characterization between the two characters.

But seriously the animation this episode was some God of war Bayonetta type shit and I applaud Orange for a great production and will definitely buy the series when available
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/10/17
A minute plus long single cut filled with action in a TV anime...

Just let that sink in.
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Posted 12/9/17 , edited 12/9/17
This is some film-level cinematography in a TV anime.

I'm not expecting some of the early threads to be wrapped up or gone back to by episode 12 based on the latest developments, but I'm loking at this as the first cour of a potential two-cour show. I really really want a second cour.

For me, the most pressing question is who is best gem...Amethyst? Dia? Phos?

auroraloose wrote:
But now Phos is great because they can fight? I thought we were going to see that the gem people could have more than one meaning to their lives. Granted, the show has time to do this, but I feel like it's lost track of its initial - and best - thread: Phos is weird, and not just in a overpowered-molten-arms way. They're supposed to figure out the nature of the world for their encyclopedia and come up with a purpose for Cinnabar.

Well, you could look at it this way - Phos has become Phos' ideal, but at what cost?
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Posted 12/10/17 , edited 12/10/17

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Well, you could look at it this way - Phos has become Phos' ideal, but at what cost?


Yes - I realized this almost immediately after I made my post, and felt a little silly. I'm pretty sure that, in episode 9, Phos even mentions some of this (fighting isn't as great as they thought it'd be, or something). I do think that this kind of got swamped over by the battling, especially in episode 10. Another possibility is that, right now, the story is too slow for 24-minute episodes. And while I think that that attests to how good Land of the Lustrous's story is - complicated ideas take longer than an episode to develop - it's still the show's fault for not paying attention to this.

As for best gem, I feel like it's Phos, but I also miss King.
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Posted 12/10/17 , edited 12/10/17
As others have said, that action delivery was spectacular this episode - wow.
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Posted 12/10/17 , edited 12/11/17
I think that the problem is that the beginning places too much apparent emphasis on the Phos/Cinnabar relationship when that isn't at all the focus of the story as a whole.



Though personally I think there's nothing wrong with the pacing of the anime. You just have to accept that Phos is the only real main character. The story is about her relationships and development in general, not any specific relationship.

Where the manga is now, there could be just enough content to squeeze out a second cour, but after that there would be a long wait for more.
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