Sentai Filmworks brought out their release of Legend of the Lustrous with both streaming and a home video release previously. The twelve-episode series is getting a little extra attention now as HIDIVE has put out a cute little 68-second piece that invites you into the booth with Shelley Calene-Black as she records for her character and shows you how just how long she can hold a note. Calene-Black has been voicing anime since 1998 and had a big leading role in 2001 with Cleao in the original Orphen series where she won over many fans, myself included.
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The cast for the show includes Sarah Wiedenheft as Phos, Savanna Menzel as Diamond, Shelley Calene-Black as Rutile, Brian Mathis as Kongo, Genevieve Simmons as Bort, Avery Smithhart as Cinnabar, Heidi Hinkle as Jade, Alyssa Marek as Antarcticite, Luci Christian as King Ventricosus, Allison Sumrall as Yellow Diamond, Serena Varghese as Euclase, Shelby Blocker as Alexandrite, Teresa Zimmerman as Amethyst 33, Teresa Zimmerman as Amethyst 84, Olivia Swasey as Morga, Brittney Karbowski as Zircon, Cat Thomas as Red Beryl, Elissa Cuellar as Benito, Juliet Simmons as Goshe, Maggie Flecknoe as Aculeatus, Christina Kelly as Padparadscha, Shanae’a Moore as Obsidian, Carli Mosier as Neptunite, and Kalin Coates as Ice.
The series was directed by Takahiko Kyougoku based on the series composition by Toshiya Oono. Asako Nishida worked on the character designs with studio Orange handling the animation.
The Japanese cast includes Tomoyo Kurosawa as Phosphophyllite, Mikako Komatsu as Cinnabar, Ayane Sakura as Bort, Ai Kayano as Diamond, Yumi Uchiyama as Rutile, Saori Hayami as Goshenite, Mutsumi Tamura as Morganite, Ayahi Takagaki as Jade, Ari Ozawa as Benitoite, Himika Akaneya as Zircon, Atsumi Tanezaki as Neptunite, Mamiko Noto as Euclase, Junko Minagawa as Yellow Diamond, Rie Kugimiya as Alexandrite, Jouji Nakata as Kongou-sensei, Sayaka Harada as Watermelon Tourmaline, Reina Ueda as Hemimorphite, Hitomi Nabatame as Sphene, and Houko Kuwashima as Peridot.
Serialized in Afternoon magazine since 2012 and has nine volumes out so far, the original work comes from Haruko Ichikawa. Kodansha Comics released the first volume as Land of the Lustrous on June 27th, 2017.
Plot Concept: No matter what the odds, life will find a way to continue, with young Phos and the other gems as the ultimate proof. Instead of flesh, their bodies are made of living crystal, allowing them to survive in a world too toxic for any human. But their gem bodies also attract a terrible danger: the Lunarians, who hunt the gems and use their shattered forms to fabricate jewelry and ornaments. The gems with the strongest forms defend the others, but Phos is too weak and brittle to fight. Instead, Phos is ordered to compile an encyclopedia; but could that research discover hidden secrets that could help the gems? Join Phos, the toxic Cinnabar, the powerful Bort, the valiant Diamond, and others in a glittering world unlike anything you have seen before: the LAND OF THE LUSTROUS!