Land of the Lustrous Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary
In Land of the Lustrous episode 3, “Metamorphose,” Diamond and Bort fought the giant shelled gastropod that had eaten Phosphophyllite (Phos). They barely managed to save their compound when the beast fell into their salt water pond and shriveled — leaving only a tiny gastropod in Diamond’s arms and the giant shell on the bottom of the pond. Phos was nowhere to be found, though Diamond insisted Phos had become the gastropod. Was Diamond right? Was almost everyone else right, and it didn’t matter — even if Phos was a little slimy creature, at least Phos was quiet now? Will Cinnabar be relieved that Phos is gone? Remorseful that a chance to rejoin society is now gone? Or is there something else going on?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Land of the Lustrous Episode 3
Diamond was distraught. They thought Phos had become a slimy gastropod. Motivated partly by guilt, and driven partly by an innate goodness, Diamond went to the other gems in search of ideas to restore Phos.
Some tried to be supportive. Most were more honest than that. Take, for example, this quote from Morganite (09:03): “Hey, why not leave Phos like that? It might be gross, but at least it’s quiet.”
Funny? Yes? Cruel? Sure. But perfectly in tune with the plot — and Phos’ development as a character.
Best in Show Moment for Land of the Lustrous Episode 3
The only thing we’ve found so far that Bort is powerless against? Diamond’s smile. Capture from the Amazon Prime stream.
Setup: Cinnabar Sets
Couldn’t you just feel Diamond’s desperation to save Phos? They went to all the gems, asking for help. Some of the rejections were casual (oops, gotta keep working on this table!). Others were humorous (see my favorite quote, above). Some were cruel (basically, why bother trying to bring back Phos?).
In the end, though, they were all rejections. Diamond was left holding a squishy, slimy little beast in a bowl.
Diamond had gone so far afield looking for help that they fell asleep after sunset. That’s how Cinnabar found them, curled up in the grass in the middle of a shifting, blue-white haze.
At Diamond’s description of the problem, Cinnabar reacted like the others. They said that Phos didn’t contribute anything but would impose on others without a second thought. Cinnabar’s words were so heated that Diamond asked (15:38), “Did Phos confess some feelings for you or something?”
Cinnabar reacted, shall we say, passionately to Diamond’s question? Maybe too passionately? And check out Diamond’s knowing smile! Capture from the Amazon Prime stream.
There was a grain of truth in what Diamond said. Though reacting at first like all the others, Cinnabar nevertheless took one look at the gastropod and knew it wasn’t Phos.
So where was our green friend?
Delivery: Diamond Spikes
Cinnabar asked about the creature’s shell, then talked about how the other nearby snails lived. Diamond listened in growing comprehension as they realized that the critter had processed Phos’ crystal into repairs that had gone into the giant shell laying at the bottom of the pond.
All they had to do was chip out the green bits.
I don’t think I can describe the scene that followed. It’s my favorite of the episode. It’s my favorite of the series (well, almost). And you know what? It’s one of my all time favorite scenes not only in anime, but in the motion picture arts.
Diamond dashed back to their compound. Everything about the sequence was pure magic. The slowly zooming shot; a quick flashback to renew our connection to Diamond’s feelings; the slightly tilted angle to give Diamond’s elegant motion more energy; Diamond’s leaping from tree limb to tree limb; Diamond running so quickly at one point they were actually skying on the surface of the water. And the soundtrack… Watching this scene, I felt like I watching music.
This scene was beauty in motion. Capture from the Amazon Prime stream.
The perfect cap to the scene was Diamond finally arriving at the compound. Bort met them. Diamond was radiant with the joy that they’d be able to save Phos. Their smile was so beautiful that Bort, defender of the gems, the one who was utterly fearless, had to look away, for a moment unable to breath.
If the series gave us nothing after this moment, I would still sing its praises. But this was only episode 3.
What did you think of Rutile’s enthusiasm to “babysit” the gastropod? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Land of the Lustrous Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: [Spoilers] Houseki no Kuni – Episode 3 discussion
- Wrong Every Time: Land of the Lustrous – Episode 3
- 100 Word Anime: Land of the Lustrous Episodes 2 + 3: It’s Like Someone Broke My Pet Rock
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 1 Review: Phosphophyllite
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 2 Review: Diamond
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 3 Review: Metamorphose
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 4 Review: Soul – Flesh – Bone
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 5 Review: Return
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 6 Review: First Battle
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 7 Review: Hibernation
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 8 Review: Antarcticite
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 9 Review: Spring
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 10 Review: Shiro
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 11 Review: Secrets
- Land of the Lustrous Episode 12 Review: New Work