When Land of the Lustrous came out, I was pretty excited for it. After it aired for a few weeks, I eventually binge-watched it and as I thought, I loved it very much. It was a very unique anime with unique setting and unique characters.
On twitter, I came across these Lustrous brand jewelry that features various characters from the show, each crafted based on the type of gems. I thought to myself how nice it would be to have one of those jewelries, to own a gemstone based on my favorite anime characters. It wasn’t until days later that I realized how my thoughts have betrayed my favorite characters in that moment.
It was my partner that first mentioned the Lustrous brand jewelry again.
“Doesn’t buying those jewelries makes us the Lunarians?”
That was when I realized that, yes, it does makes us the Lunarians, the ones that hunt Phos and his friends and family. What struck me as sickening is my first thought and reaction when I saw the sale of Lustrous brand jewelry – How nice would it be to own one.
See, this is our (at least mine) first instinct that surfaces, the desire to own something, even something that we don’t even need.
Humanity is a race that have over-abundance of desires. We take not only what we need, but also we want. Just like how the Lunarians forcefully take the Gems, we are a race that would destroy others, living or non-living, to fulfill our wants.
Perhaps the whole point of the anime and manga is to criticize that unending, destructive trait of ours. The weakness that propel us as a race towards unending consumption, in the great expense of others, even our own people, for materialistic goals.
Just like how Lunarians in their pursuit of the Gems, use pieces of Gems to fight them, because it is effective, we human also use diamond to saw, cut, and grind diamonds, to turn them into decorations, to appease our desires.
We are not pretty beings, are we?
To quote from my number one favorite TV show ever, Battlestar Galactica, and one of my most cherished and respected fictional characters, Admiral Adama:
[…] You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question, why? Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed, spite, jealousy. And we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we’ve done. Like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn’t our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you’ve created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can’t hide from the things that you’ve done anymore.
Why do we deserve to be saved? Perhaps one day, the Gems will come for us, and it’ll be our turn to live in the nightmares.
This short piece is part of the 12 DAYS OF ANIME 2017 aniblogging series. To me, this is perhaps the most important piece of aniblogging I’ve ever done, and the most meaningful one. Thank you appropriant for hosting this and the opportunities it brings.