19 January 2008 @ 11:28 pm
[REVIEW] SILVER DIAMOND  

Title: Silver Diamond
By: Sugiura Shiho
Genre: Shoujo
Serialized in: Ichiraci
Status: Ongoing, 12 volumes+
Warning: mild violence, very light hints of BL
Overall rating: 9/10


SUMMARY
Sawa Rakan was an ordinary high school boy who lived alone in a house surrounded by mysteriously overly-healthy trees and plants, and who made a habit of giving people from his school flowers to control the overgrowth from his garden. Life was peaceful for Rakan until one day, after school, he finds a dark-haired man in his backyard... who then proceeds to point a wooden(?!) gun at him!

Main Characters
SENROU CHIGUSA: The manga begins with Chigusa in his attempts to assasinate The Prince. Somehow, after his failed attempt at the assassination, he ends up in Rakan's world and backyard. At first, he is hostile towards Rakan, who bears the face of the Prince, but as he finds out about Rakan's powers, he decides that Rakan is "Sanome"; a person with the innate power to grow any seed into full bloom regardless of terrain. Thereafter, he decides that Rakan is not only precious, but that he needs the boy's powers. He seems to develop a genuine fondness towards Rakan, as a result of the boy's kind-hearted nature. He is also straightforward to a fault, making comments that would be considered wrong normally ("I followed your scent." ch 2, p 31).

SAWA RAKAN: A kind-hearted and gentle young man. Despite their awkward first meeting, Rakan treats Chigusa kindly, and this kindness allows Chigusa to completely diffrentiate him from the Prince of his world, who incidentally bears a very striking resemblance to Rakan! As a Sanome, Rakan had unknowingly possessed the power to make plants and trees grow at an abnormal, magical, rate. This was the reason the trees and flowers in his garden grew too healthily. According to Rakan's now-deceased grandfather, his mother and him were from another world, and that his grandfather had found them in the garden fifteen years ago (much like Rakan finds Chigusa). This was something Rakan had never taken seriously, until Chigusa's introduction into his life. As a result of living alone for sometime following the deaths of his mother and his grandfather, Rakan is very capable of living independently; pays the rent, cooks, and does all the housework himself. He is also extremely oblivious to female advances, much to his female school/classmates' disappointment.

SHIGEKA NARUSHIGE: As a member of the Shigeka family, Narushige should have been born a woman, but, as a man, he is useless to their household. He has a snake named Kou, who can turn into a sword at his request, as his companion and friend. On a summons to the Capital, Narushige finds himself sucked into a swirling portal... and into Rakan's backyard. He calls Chigusa a traitor, and mistakes Rakan for the Prince (as Chigusa did), at their first meeting. Like Chigusa, he stays his sword when he realizes Rakan is Sanome. He is concerned for what he perceives to be Rakan's naivete.

KOU: Narushige's talking, turns-into-a-sword, snake companion. He is protective of Narushige, and according to the Shigeka, possesses a venom that has no antidote. He has a cheerful disposition... for a snake.

KINGEN KINREI: This dark-skinned, blond-haired young man is The Prince's assistant. He seems to be the Prince's mouthpiece as well, relaying the Prince's message to the people of Chigusa's world with his own voice.

THE PRINCE: The mysterious being who is supposedly the ruler, and most powerful being, of Chigusa's world. He bears a striking resemblance to Rakan, but only in outward appearance; as Narushige notes, The Prince is nowhere as animated as Rakan.


My Rating
Story: 9/10
Sugiura Shiho is obviously capable of making an interesting story if she were allowed to publish twenty-four volumes of her previous work, Ice Cold Demon's Tale. Having said that, Silver Diamond has an interesting premise; it's almost like the Prince and the Pauper... with a twist, a lot of twists, and then sprinkled with humor, equally interesting characters, and pretty illustrations. I can't say much without giving it all away, but if I could describe Silver Diamond's story in two words, it would be "simple" and "clean". Ignoring the very obvious reference to a certain Hikki song, Sugiura Shiho doesn't make anything too complicated. She has many characters, yes, and does include plenty of background, but it is never convoluted.

Characters: 10/10
Let it be known that Sugiura Shiho must love making characters. She has a lot... a lot more than you find in a shoujo manga. The good thing is that, even if a lot of these characters don't enjoy as much time in the limelight as the others, they all seem to have been thought up well, at least, possessing a background that distinguishes them from the masses, and even adds to what we already know about the other world's background at times. Of course, the main characters are the most interesting lot, and the ones really driving the story. It must be noted that the conversations and interactions between the characters - most certainly Rakan, Narushige, Kou and Chigusa - are always interesting and amusing to watch. Sugiura has a very good grip of her characters, and writes their conversations well, providing a certain voice to them.

Art: 8.5/10
This is where Silver Diamond falls a bit. The art itself is beautiful, especially the colored illustrations. The black and white illustrations are consistent to her style. However, the characters resemble each other a little bit too much, at times, in the face. Obviously, Sugiura carefully made sure to differentiate everyone by their hair, and skin color, and though it succeeds for the most part (I can most certainly differentiate from the characters), one cannot help but still notice the resemblances. For example, Narushige, Chigusa and Kinrei seem to share the very same facial structure, and though it's true that there are expressions they certainly don't share, one could probably take one of those three's pictures, edit it to make their hair more like another, and succeed with passing it off as another character. Thankfully, this doesn't detract at all from the experience Silver Diamond delivers.

Overall: 9/10
This manga is a very good read, especially if you're looking for something only slightly BL that focuses more on the plot/story. It rarely - if ever- crosses the lines of comfort; that is, there are no kissing, or anything much explicit, romantically. There is of course some mild violence, but never so much that it could be considered disgusting; Sugiura's style doesn't allow that kind of detail. In fact, I'd say Silver Diamond is mild in many aspects, and though it is run in Ichiraci which focuses on shounen-ai serieses, the BL element of this series could be shrugged off in the meantime.


Download Links
Volume 1 | sendspace | 28 MB
Volume 2 | sendspace | 28 MB
Volume 3 | sendspace | 34 MB
Volume 4 | sendspace | 28 MB
Volume 5 | sendspace | 23 MB
Volume 6 | sendspace | 23 MB
Volume 7 | sendspace | 28 MB
Chapter 22 | sendspace | 9.5 MB


Other Notes
Currenly, it's licensed by Tokyopop, with release scheduled sometime in late 2008. Please support the manga by buying it when it comes out in English ♥ Btw, Uber thanks to CaruCaru for helping with editing it a bit ♥

*note: BL stands for Boy's Love, and is another term for shounen-ai, in general. Technically, yaoi can be termed as BL as well, but a yaoi serieses very often has explicit sex depicted. Silver Diamond is most definitely not yaoi.
 
 
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human, all too human: Tsukumo Happy Soul - Verticalesakura_201 on January 20th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Wao, really nice and detailed reviews! I'll be downloading + reading this soon, along with Chi's Sweet Home. /o/

Also, do you mind if I advertise both your reviews on free_manga..? Or you can post a link to them yourself if you like :D It would be great if more people got to read these!
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 20th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Do do do do ♥ Chi's Sweet Home especially ~!

Unf unf, I don't mind nya ;_; And I don't really post at free_manga and if I post it would make people, omg, self-review pimpage so so so... 8D
xy: agito//wickedsmilepuchikonyo on January 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
a really detailed review~ otherwise I might not have started reading this manga xD;

snagging, thanks~ :D
aria: 毎日期天! » Shuuinfected_wound on January 20th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yay! More people reading ~! ♥

Enjoy, nya :)
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Chigusaaaaaaa ♥

I sowwie, I just read your email? DX
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
That's okay :3

But it came out decent, no? :3
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yush, yush! Definitely would make me want to read it if I wasn't already reading it 8D I want more ;;
aria: 毎日期天! » Shuuinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
It's coming out this year, no? :d

I got Cain-mun from poly to read it too. Both the review and Silver Diamond ~~ More fans, more fun, yesss? :D
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yush, but I left off at around vol 7 or 8, I don't wanna waaaait until it reaches that volume. ;o; I waited almost three years for Cantarella to reach the volume it's at now!
aria: gold and silverinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
If we can get enough people to show interest in it, we can have underground scanlations or something, no? That's what the Loveless and Yamane Ayano, etc, fans are doing?

And I think somebody's already offered to do that in the comm... we just have to follow up >D
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sugiura-sensei's works don't radiate smut or heavy innuendo like those two series, and it's not heavily mainstream like the shounen series are. I really liked Koori and it didn't get scanlated after licensing ;o;

YOU should offer too!
aria: 毎日期天! » Shuuinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I giggle when I realize Rakan, who is a lot more older and legal than Ritsuka, gets molested less than Ritsuka. XD I think one of the main reasons Koori didn't get scanlated in continuation... is because EoP got it first, and it's sort of taboo in the scanlating circles to scanlate something a group has already laid claim on. It's not like the fansubbing scene where everything goes. :/ If GooC didn't have Jadou, I'm sure another scanlating group would have grabbed it, for example ;_;

But wait, Koori was licensed? D:

I'd offer to edit, if they're willing to do scanlations... I ought to start editing that manga I promised to edit for someone...
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Them perverts like jailbait more :O We had a discussion like this in Psych of Human Sexuality ;D But still, other series have more than one scanlating group, they just start a few chapters ahead of the other group if the other group is slow. Aren't EoP and GooC doing it together?

...or not. I don't know, they stopped releasing a new scanlated chapter in around October of 2006! TWO years ago!

Group?
aria: 毎日期天! » Shuuinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
:-X True. But Rakan is like so innocent... if Chigusa molested him, he'd be clueless about it for the most part... It's a good thing Narushige is around to stop Chigusa's advances XD Btw, it's still considered taboo... but maybe that was before. I mean, I remember when most scanlation groups were camped in IRChighway, so people can pretty much DX when another group steal another group's project and all that. Which? :o Koori or Jadou?

:/ I consider EoP a pretty.. you know, not there scanlation group. XD Maybe if Silver Diamond proves to be a success, they'll license Koori. :/ I hope they do :d

Dokidoki 8D It's nothing though, just editing practice, for the most part...
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
True, I totally wish it'd happen. It'd be so innocent and fluffy! Really? They had like 5 groups doing Bleach and Naruto waay back when I was in gr. 11, it seemed normal? And Koori, GooC is doing it too?

YOU TALKED THEM INTO IT? :O
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, shounen manga works with a different... uh, kind of moral rules? Now, for the yaoi/shoujo scene, I think they like respecting groups and laying off projects that are taken. (For example, Dokidoki's tsurara-sama had already had translations for Junjyou Romantica done a few years back, but she stepped down from scanlating it because another group (Soup) was doing it :3)

Talked... talked into what? :D
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Moral rules? XD; You make underground groups sound so respectable!

Moyashiiiiin! I'm watching, I'm skeeered D:
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Those who scanlated yaoi and shoujo are mostly run by women, so obviously they go by some kind of work etiquette or something. 8D You know how sensitive women are >_>;; Boys though, kind of do whatever they want 8D

:D Why are j00 scared? BE INFECTED BY MOYASHIMON TOOOOO XD
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! Your logic astounds me! Women are technically more irrational and all that, but I suppose. THERE COULD BE A BOY TOO, Y'KNOW!

MICROBES TALK D: And go "Eat me! I'll make you healthy!" and omg, first episode with Itsuki sucking intestinal fluid from an Auk's anus? IT HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE?!
aria: gold and silverinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
B-but... gay men = women brains, no? :o ...right? Sometimes?

IT'S CUTE DX ...and well, Kiviak. I guess it's true? XD I was telling someone at the tactics comm how Tadayasu is like a nicer Kantarou who could see microbes instead of youkai 8D

♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
You! That's a horrible stereotype XD;

BUT I CAN'T FIND PROOF? D: There are sites but they are in Japanese! ...no, Tadayasu has more of a grumpy, indulging attitude. Kantarou is selfish, selfish, Haruka!, selfish, selfish 8P
aria: child of moon treeinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Is it? D;

...uh.. I'll help you look! Anywaay~ Tadayasu had a nice granpa! And an ubercool bestfriend who believes in him! Kantarou had... weird looking youkai for his bffs. And dogs hated him. OF COURSE KANTAROU WOULD TURN OUT HORRIBLE :D

PS, Hold me. Koi no Tsumeato final chapter... hate... hate.. D:
♪彡magelet on January 21st, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Kantarou had Yumeyakko! And he had nurturing, loving youkai who were his friends too! No excuse! DX

*drops you* Is that the series with the uber slutty slut uke?
aria: gold and silverinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yumeyakko took great pleasure in teasing him, yo. :-x And nurturing one-eyed youkai :/ and ghosts... not ones that go, "Eat us so you'll grow up healthy :D!" XD

Yes. I checked Aarin today, and lo and behold, the last chapter sitteth, awaiting for mine downloading.

It makes me D; It's D:
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Friendly teasing! If it was vindictive he wouldn't stay friends with her and she wouldn't instantly know who Haruka was!

If you hate the series so, why do you read it? D:
ariainfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
But Kei never teased Tadayasu that bad! 8D

The angst is good :D I'm rooting for this character, Ao! But yeah... D: I hate the uke, not the series D;
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Kei is probably Tadayasu's Youko!

... in a series like that, I think seme comes inwith uke D:
aria: 毎日期天! » Taigainfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
You need to watch until the end. Kei is no Youko. For real.

...comes in with uke? D: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I'm totally failing at slapping text into this manga DX
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
What is he? Hasumi? Haruka? Raikou?

PAIR DESU, YIN AND YANG D:
aria: gold and silverinfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
LEMME THINK. NOT HASUMI. I'M TEMPTED TO SAY HARUKA... BUT KEI... :-x HE DOES SOMETHING I DON'T THINK HARUKA WILL DO.

RAIKOU HATES KANTAROU.

Uh. Maybe. Muu-chan. :D

;_; Maybe. D:
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
HE KILLS THE MICROBES?

8D

What do you mean maybe Muu-chan? He jumps on Tadayasu and sucks his face too?!
aria: the face of true evilinfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Kei kills Fruitovaris. They are his enemy! However they're spelled 8D

:-X Close.
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
DON'T SPOIL IT DX I'VE ONLY SEEN THREE EPS!
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
YOU ASKED D:

*SHUTS UP NOW*

KEEP WATCHING :D WHILE I EDIT MANGA :D
♪彡magelet on January 22nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Can't! Must sleep and wake up at 6am tomorrow D:

Farewell! (And yo, we're registering for AN this week!)
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 22nd, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Email me your nice full name :D And with your address~~

I'll pester my dad asap :d
Anime + Manga fancutentg on January 21st, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, this sounds interesting! :3 Checked it out already up to Volume 2 and it's interesting~ Love the art.
aria: moyashimon : OMGCUTEinfected_wound on January 21st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yay! Hope you enjoy the rest, and then spread the love 83!!
Les ::Jade, Guy, Aster, Emil::klarthissexy on December 17th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Can someone redo the links? They've died... and I need volume four and onward >
loveless101loveless101 on January 22nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
i second that. can someone please renew the links?
shadelassyshadelassy on May 2nd, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
this is so sad..the links are gone *cries*

xmusicxan9elxxmusicxan9elx on July 11th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
i will definitely be downloading when the links are renewed. They didn't work. :(
zalia: teddyza_liaaxd on September 27th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
hi.. i've been looking for this since my friend told me bout it.. btw, the download link is not working, i cant download it.. T.T can you renew the download link please.. thank u..
pendingrealitypendingreality on February 14th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Can someone please renew the links? :/
haineko123haineko123 on January 18th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Can you renew the links? It's been hard to find download of Silver Diamond. I hope you find the time to reupload them. thank you :)