Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer (Chapters 1-4) Review
Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer:
Reviewed by: Linny
Synopsis: Amamiya Yuuhi is an underachieving college student, who is approached by a lizard asking him to help find a Princess, and save the planet as the Princess’ knight. Though he is unwilling and dismissive of the lizard, he then agrees to help when he is asked by the Princess, Samidare to help her destroy the world instead. Will Amamiya and Samidare succeed and what drives them to want to destroy the world?
Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
If you like a good twist on a classic formula, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is sure to pique your curiosity. Here, you get not only a protagonist, Yuuhi with a less than impressive power, but also a powerful female lead, Samidare who wishes to destroy the earth. The story starts with Yuuhi initially constantly stuck with a talking lizard that tries to recruit him into becoming a knight and saviour. It is once he bumps into Samidare, by sheer accident, that things start to really pick up. First off, Samidare is nothing like what you would imagine a world saving Princess would be like, she’s carefree and irresponsible. She’s unladylike and brutish in combat, and she has questionable goals and motivations that lead up to her decision to crush the world.
As the story progresses, we are introduced to other characters such as Samidare’s sister, Hisame and Yuuhi’s quirky college mate, Hiwatari. Hisame is a bit more typical, in that she is an overprotective sister, who dislikes Samidare associating with Yuuhi, whom she considers to be a good-for-nothing kind of fellow. Yuuhi, for his part, keeps getting into situations and acting in ways that only worsen Hisame’s impression of him. Hiwatari is a new character in Chapter 4 who brings a sense of both comedy and suspense as she relentlessly courts Yuuhi for a secret reason of her own.
So far, we do not know much besides learning Samidare’s reasons for aiming to destroy the world, and watching as Yuuhi starts to fall into his role as her knight. There are several allusions and sequences that hint at his dark past and secret reasons for joining her quests, but they are still somewhat of a mystery. These introductory chapters contain lots of comedy and action for fans of those genres and make for an enjoyable foundation building experience.
When it comes to fan service, Lucifer already has a handful of panty shots but that’s as far as the fan service goes. And each panty shot is either part of a joke, or just a natural part of Samidare kicking down her foes. It’s definitely tame enough to pass the purity test of most but the strictest of readers.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is a popular series in its own right, and the proof of that is that it has been fully translated and published from start to finish in English. That’s right, if you’ve never heard of this series before, the good news is that the entire series is instantly available to you should you enjoy what you read. I can’t help but feel that despite its very comedic and goofy start, the story is going to delve into some much darker territory thanks to the references to Yuuhi’s pasts, and the fact that we have a protagonist team that wants to destroy the world, instead of saving it like in most shounen and seinen stories. Here’s to hoping that this short review helped introduce you to a new favourite, or if you already loved this series, maybe it inspires a re-read.