[[caption-width-right:350:The main cast (from left: Touji, Narushige, Rakan, Chigusa)]]

->'''Rakan''': "What is that branch? It looks kind of like a gun."
->'''Chigusa''': "It's a gun."
->'''Rakan''': "But... it's a tree."
->'''Chigusa''': "It's a tree."
->'''Rakan''': "It's a tree, right?"
->'''Chigusa''': "But it's also a gun."

A tale of an alternate world, magical plants and stones, and [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace group hugs]].

Written by Sugiura Shiho, this {{shoujo}} {{manga}} stars a 17-year-old boy named Rakan, who enjoys "cooking, cleaning, and studying", and caring for his little jungle in the backyard. He's lived alone ever since his mother and grandfather passed away a year ago.

As he comes home from school one day, a strange man appears in his backyard, just as he and his mother did 15 years ago. When Rakan and the man, Chigusa, witness Chigusa's wooden gun grow into a full-grown tree after Rakan touches it, Chigusa sticks himself to the boy like a leech, insisting on protecting him because he's a Sanome, which is a person that can grow plants just by touching them and is extremely rare in his world, where just about everything is desert.

As the story continues, the two find themselves bound together, as if by Fate, as they gain friends, [[spoiler: turn the desert world green again]], and, most importantly, learn to understand each other.

Formerly licensed in English by Tokyopop.

!!"Silver Diamond" gives examples of:

* ABoyAndHisX: The story starts right off with Rakan gaining his own self-proclaimed bodyguard, Chigusa.
* AllLovingHero: Rakan is really, really nice. And sweet, kind, helpful and forgiving. And everybody loves him because of it (except the villains). Even the animals.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Kinrei and the Prince fit this trope, [[spoiler: as does Shigeyuki.]] Although the prince is more a religious figure than an aristocrat as such.
* BackToBackBadasses: Whenever the group is outnumbered and/or separated, this happens.
* BadassLongcoat: One of Chigusa's trademarks. No matter how many clothes he ruins, he always manages to find another long coat.
* BadBoss: The Prince is an Ayame that feeds off everything, from the plants to the people, without hardly any of them knowing. Then, you have him and Kinrei just getting rid of anyone they have no use for. [[spoiler: What's worse is that those whom know that the Prince is an Ayame and are still willing to serve him are STILL tossed to the side as soon as they outlive their usefulness.]]
* BadPowersBadPeople / GoodPowersGoodPeople: The Ayame prince is a WalkingWasteland and wants to destroy all humans so the ayame can take over the world. Rakan has growth-and-fertility powers and wants to make the desert bloom again. Take a ''wild'' guess which is the hero and which is the villain.
* {{Bishonen}}: How most of the main cast is described by both characters and readers.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Of both the short and long-haired variety. [[spoiler: And Kinrei suits this trope to a T for being even more evil than the Ayame Prince.]]
* BodyguardCrush: Chigusa again [[UpToEleven takes it up to eleven]].
* CoolPet: Kou is talking snake that can change into a sword at will. [[spoiler: Kuro is an over-sized wolf that eats stones, both normal and monstrous.]]
* TheDeterminator: Chigusa is out to kill the Ayame prince, and he's survived some normally quite fatal damage but still going. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing he can heal.]]
* DisappearedDad: Even after he's realized that [[spoiler: he and his mother are from the other world]], it doesn't even occur to Rakan for several chapters that he might have a father in the other world.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Kinrei full stop.[[spoiler: He later pulls [[TheStarscream a Starscream]] when the Ayame Prince gets a little too willful for his plans.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Just don't [[BerserkButton say it to Narushige's face]].
* EasilyForgiven: Touji is sent to kill Chigusa, Narushige, and Rakan and also manages to put some holes in Chigusa while attempting to do just that. Doesn't stop Rakan from saving him from getting shot by Chigusa, giving him dinner, and telling the others to be nicer to him - all in the span of a day. [[DefeatMeansFriendship Then he gets added to the team.]]
* EquippableAlly: Narushige has a pet talking snake, Koh, who can turn into a sword. Or possibly a pet sword which can turn into a talking snake. All of the other main cast use guns/bow and arrows that grow just as they are from trees.
* EvilTwin / CriminalDoppelganger: It's not yet clear which of these is in play, but Rakan looks ''exactly'' like the Ayame prince.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Chigusa, interestingly enough.
** TheLancer: Narushige, when he's not being a "bossy mother-in-law," as Chigusa calls him.
** TheSmartGuy: Kou, usually when the others are trying to figure out what Rakan means when he uses slang or pop culture references. Actually, all of the main cast seem to take turns as this one, depending on the situation.
** TheBigGuy: Touji, although has some elements of SixthRanger.
** TheChick: A male - and quite useful- version in the form of Rakan.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Rakan.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Chigusa is one, being part human and part plant. His entire family, the Senroh clan, is famous for being immortal monsters.
* HealingFactor: Chigusa can recover from almost any injury.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Have we mentioned that Chigusa really ''liiikes'' hugging Rakan? Also carrying Rakan, holding Rakan, getting Rakan to sleep on his chest, looking at Rakan, smiling at Rakan... It's not clear whether Rakan has noticed his attentions, but everybody else has.
* GreenThumb: Rakan is a pretty good gardener in the normal world, but once he gets to the other world he realizes he can make seeds sprout in barren sand and solid rock. Even brushing against a plant will make it grow out of control. He also seems to be the catalyst for the resurgence of the "water snakes" and their conversion into rivers. Due to his efforts, the group leaves a trail of green behind them as they cross the desert.
* GrowsOnTrees: The alternate world seems to have a specialized plant for ''everything''. So far: guns, bows, ladders, walls, wells, {{invisibility cloak}}s, light sources, and plain-old food crops.
* LonghairedPrettyboy: Narushige.
* MuggleFosterParents / RaisedByGrandparents / ObliviousAdoption: [[spoiler:Rakan and his mother are actually from the other world. They simply landed in his "grandfather's" garden one day, and the old man, being lonely, kept them. Rakan knows nothing about this until the rest of the cast falls into ''his'' garden.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Just before the start of the series, Chigusa was sentenced to death for attacking the Ayame prince, and duly crucified and shot full of arrows. Eyewitnesses swore he was dead. He wasn't, obviously.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Chigusa to Rakan. See HomoeroticSubtext.
* NoSocialSkills: Chigusa, due to his childhood circumstances.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Rakan, at the start of the story.
* OrganicTechnology: The alternate world has little metal and makes almost everything from wood, conveniently aided by a very broad range of improbable plant specialization. See GrowsOnTrees.
* RedRightHand: The Ayame prince (who is otherwise quite {{Bishonen}}) keeps his hands hidden when in public. That's because they're [[spoiler: black, scaly and taloned.]]
* TheStarscream: Kinrei is the soul of loyalty to the Ayame prince's face, but is trying to manipulate the prince for his own plans.
** Subverted in later volumes when the Prince and Kinrei form a [[spoiler:VillainousFriendship]].
* SuperSenses: Chigusa has super-sight (bordering on XRayVision), which he puts to use for ImprobableAimingSkills. Some other characters have similar powers.
* TeamMom [[TeamDad and Team Dad]]: Naruhige acts as both TeamMom AND TeamDad to the core FiveManBand - though Rakan often shares the TeamMom role.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Rakan, although in a slight twist he goes voluntarily.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: The Ayame prince has a brief one of these when Kinrei traps him in the claws of a rock monster which drains the prince's blood. And since he's been spoiled rotten and never done anything for himself for the last 15 years the prince promptly freaks out because he doesn't know what he should do. Although he snaps out of it after a few chapters and escapes due to the forced character development.]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousFriendship]]: Somewhere between Type II and Type III. [[spoiler: After attempting to pull [[TheStarscream a Starscream]] and trapping the Ayame Prince with a stone monster that drains the Prince's blood, the Prince uses Kinrei's own animation spell on a T-rex fossil to free himself, destroy Kinrei's stone monsters, and severely wounding Kinrei. The prince then uses his claws to slice his own neck. Kinrei rethinks his plans and his opinion of the Prince, so Kinrei saves the prince, and once the Prince recovers, they make a mutual agreement to use each other to achieve their individual goals - but with the promise to kill each other if either betrays the other.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Ayame prince is almost universally loved and respected. Only a few people know how cruel he is, especially to those who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness have been used and thrown away]]. Very convenient for him, very bad for our heroes.
* WaifProphet: The Ayame prince walked in off the desert as a beautiful, strange, glowing child and started making prophecies. He was immediately raised to near-godlike status by the desperate population. Now he's a beautiful, strange, glowing young man (and [[EvilOrphan completely evil]]).
* WalkingWasteland: The Ayame prince lives by extracting life energy from the planet; it's implied that he's the cause of the desertification.
* [[WhydidithavetobeSnakes Why did it have to be ghosts]]: Rakan really, REALLY doesn't like ghosts. That also applies to scary stories and horror movies.