Status: Finished airing Episodes: 12 (Source: MAL) So I started watching this recently and I absolute loved it. The CGI visuals (which usually have a bad rep) with hand-drawn expressions made for a very distinctive look, and the whole thing in general just looks gorgeous. The open grass fields, the snowy winter scenes, all of it is very beautifully done, nothing like the last adaptation of Berserk. The characters, being different gems, are defined to great extent by the traits of the actual gems. They have their hardness levels on the Mohs scale, which for the most part decides who is a soldier and who isn't. Case in point, Diamond with her hardness of 10 compared to Phosphophyllite's 3.5. However, they go beyond that with their distinct personalities and little quirks. Phos, especially, becomes much more than that little number by the end of it. Houseki no Kuni is a lot of things. It's funny at times. Touching at times. But most of all, it's a coming-of-age story about change. About identity. And about your role and place in the world. I implore you to give it a chance to win you over, it's rather short. But what it gets done in that time is something a lot of series fail to ever accomplish. I'll never forget this one.