Up Close with Diamond

Now I know a lot of people haven’t watched the Land of the Lustrous anime, but you seriously should. The animation alone makes it worth the effort but when you throw in the cast of truly amazing characters who have so many layers to get to know it just becomes a real gem to watch. And Diamond is a very easy character to like as they are one of the few gems who supports Phos from the very beginning despite their weaknesses. Yet that kindness was born from Diamond’s own sense of inadequacy and as we learn more about them, the fact that they go out of their way to assist Phos becomes far easier to understand.

I will only be talking about the anime in this post as I haven’t actually read the books yet but they are in my wish list for future reading because if we never get another season of the anime I definitely want to know what happens next in this story.

Diamond is not an outsider like Phos is. They’re well loved by the other gems, cherished in point of fact, and yet Diamond feels hollow and empty. They push themselves to become stronger and better so that they can stand side by side with Bort and so that they won’t be compared. Despite all of that, Diamond shatters easily and is frequently pushed to the sides or out of the picture during battle. They’re understandably frustrated with how they are perceived by those around them.

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Which is probably why Diamond can emphasise with Phos in a way that the other gems can’t. While Diamond is accepted within the group, Phos, a young and fragile gem, is seen as worthless and is the subject of mockery, ultimately given a job nobody else wants. It is all too easy to see that Diamond can understand the feeling of being useless and good for nothing.

What really stands out is that Diamond’s story is not one of a character who sits around feeling sorry for themselves. Diamond encourages Phos at every turn early in the show and also continues to work hard to learn new skills and techniques that might help them be useful. Even once Phos returns in a transformed state and Bort decides to partner with them, Diamond accepts it for what it is and doesn’t allow themselves to resent Phos.

All of that would make Diamond a great supporting character, and a really cute and shiny one as well, but then we throw in the sequence where their home comes under attack. Diamond, cornered and hiding, is forced to take action alone and their sheer nerves during the sequence are incredibly impressive.

While Phos might steal the show in terms of character transformations, it is worth remembering that while Diamond doesn’t necessarily change, they accept Phos’ change with grace and continues to support them. Diamond never gives up and continues to try to do what they can do, and even when feeling sorry for themselves they doesn’t lash out at others. Diamond is a great character to get to know and part of a great cast of characters who all have their own stories to share.


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7 thoughts on “Up Close with Diamond

  1. Diamond is awesome.

    And seriously? We need a new pronoun. The grammar purist in me keeps screaming that “they” is plural!

    And of course “it” won’t do, because it’s not animate.

    Stupid language…

    “Diamond never gives up and continues to try to do what they can do, ”

    Do you remember the episode after Phos had disappeared and Diamond brought the slug to Cinnabar? How Cinnabar dropped the hint of how they could reconstitute Phos from the snail’s shell? She dawning understanding in Diamond’s face was almost breath-taking.

    Even better was the music and animation of her sprint back to the compound.

    Just beautiful.

    “but then we throw in the sequence where their home comes under attack. ”

    Thanks for reminding me of that scene! The tension was fantastic, second only to Diamond sheer determination.

    Good stuff!

    And yep! I can read the “Notify me of new comments via email” prompt now! Thanks for fixing it!

    1. Yay, I managed to fix something.
      But yeah, Diamond is awesome and I really do wish we would get another season of this so I could see how all the gems went on.

  2. WordPress is up to it’s usual weird antics today. This post didn’t show up in my reader earlier this evening, but now it all of a sudden did. And some people aren’t getting notifications of my comments so there is that. Okay enough complaining lol.
    I do so wish to see this, but guess what: it’s not available for me (oh…guess that is another complaint…sorry 😅). I remember your review for this one, and having read about this character now, I only want to see it even more 😊 I have always loved shows with characters you care about!

    1. It is weird how much empathy we can have for these gem stones as they go about their business. Hopefully you’ll get to see it at some point because it is worth the watch.
      I wondered why views were down today and why there aren’t many posts for me to read in the reader. Hopefully it sorts itself out.

      1. Yeah, I have been having the same problem as well today. My new post went out a few hours ago as well. It happened to Jon’s post for Phantom as well last week (and wow that one was so good). It’s one of those weird wordpress days I guess 😅
        As for this …yeah I have this one ranked pretty high on my list of animes to watch. I definitely hope to see it at some point 😊😊

        1. Thanks for your tweet about Jon’s post. I hadn’t seen it in the reader and I really liked that anime so enjoyed reading more about it.

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