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Hoshi no Samidare  
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Description
The world is in mortal peril. Sir Noi Crezant, the Lizard Knight, has been sent to gain the aid of the great warrior Amamiya Yuuhi in hopes of finding the Princess Samidare and protecting the planet from the incredible 'Biscuit Hammer' poised to crack the Earth in two. Unfortunately Yuuhi wants no part of it, and the Princess doesn't prove to be the shining 'hero of justice' role model that Noi had hoped for.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Люцифер и Бисквитный Молот
ほしのさみだれ
惑星のさみだれ
惑星公主蜥蜴骑士
반지의 기사
Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
Lucifer BH
Samidare - Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (French)
Samidare's Planet
Star of Samidare
The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer
The Planet's Samidare
Wakusei no Samidare

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64.5 by otakami (1094d ago)
v.10 c.61-65 (v2) (end) by otakami (1094d ago)
v.10 c.60 by otakami (1243d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Reviews
Hoshi No Samidare by DoorKnob22

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6 topics, 40 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1391 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 21st 2014, 10:19pm PST

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Year
2005

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young King Ours (Shonen Gahosha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #112 decreased(-10)
Monthly Pos #84 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #65 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #55 decreased(-5)

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On 1997 reading lists
On 1464 wish lists
On 3355 completed lists
On 134 unfinished lists
On 482 custom lists

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do you want to see this as a anime? 487 days, 9 hours, 54 minutes ago
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Who is you favorite Knight? 1506 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes ago

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A refreshing departure...   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
March 26th, 2010, 4:17am
A refreshing departure from most similarly themed manga, I've read before. There are just too many shounen and seinen which attempt to tackle such storylines like "saving the world" but in the most annoying fashion possible. As in: endless fighting, horrendous characterization, "textbook psychology", over-drama, endless conspiracies that rely on one too many rather obvious coincidences, etc.

Well, in Biscuit Hammer, less is more. And although much of the plot is rather cliched and often too ridiculous to be taken seriously, there is a lot of depth: strong characterisation, implied thoughts and relations, layers upon layers of emotions and motivations that are subtle and not "in your face". In short, there is nothing pretensive that tries to take on too much than it can chew and thus the plot does not appear contradictory or overtly contrived.

And as mentioned, the cast is quite huge but like many other titles that work by establishing immense layers of plot and writing like 7 seeds, Music of Marie, Koori no Mamono no Monogatari, Bokurano, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and so on, you just cannot build a massive world without having enough characters to fill it with. Otherwise, such an ambitious story would feel empty and incomplete.

The plot itself is fun and because it doesn't always take itself too seriously, there's a very strong flavour of subtle humour. Instead of terrible gags, you get to chuckle and laugh when the various characters behave unexpectedly and light-heartedly. As a result, even though there is tragedy, those tragic moments truly do not over-burden the plot but instead, are touching. And thus, we're spared from over-sappy moments that might have turned the story into some soap opera, in the hands of a lesser writer.

Also, there is a very strong slice-of-life feel that to me, seems more common in yaoi manga, than in any other genres, that have such storylines and in Hoshi no Samidare, both the action and slife-of-life are well balanced-out. When the pacing changes, the writing does not drop in terms of standard and quality. And also, the "slice of life" ties the characters better into the plot because reading about their daily life means that the characters have even better reasons for their actions, thoughts and motivations. In a lot of action stories, you don't always get to really understand why the cast is doing this and that, only flashbacks and bits and pieces of their daily lives. Even more important, everyone seems more human with concrete reasons for "wanting to live and protect others and themselves" instead of being portrayed as "fighting machines" whose goals are to commit as much destruction and bloodshed as possible.

The art, btw, is quite good and it is very fitting for the story and its content. It's very expressive and excellent at depicting the characters' thoughts, emotions and their actions. Truly, this is an artist whose lines gently and subtly invoke emotions.

Now, what it could have done without: all those "panty flashing" moments, though few, were a bit bothersome though I am now used to it. Now, I'm no prude but fanservice is often bland and sterile, since it's not even stylish sexuality or anything interesting.

... Last updated on April 11th, 2010, 7:19am
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Extraordinary   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by penguin71
January 27th, 2012, 6:48pm
If I were to name my ONE favorite manga. It would have to be this one. And for someone who has consumed over 300 series, it is quite the statement. Why is it so good? Let me tell you.

Story: At first the premise is nothing groundbreaking. Save the world from being destroyed. Literally. But as it turns out, the REAL story is actually saving the world...to destroy it. Now that's a story I want to read. Other than the basic premise, however, the pacing and events are quite good by themselves. Let me warn you now. This is a not a "every human a survivor of impossible odds", this is a "every human a human." That is, your favorite characters CAN die, and more likely, they WILL. Mizukami is not afraid of killing off our heroes for the sake of a better story.

Art: Unique is it's own style. Honestly, there is nothing to complain about it. It's not as detailed as dark and murky seinens and not as empty as typical shounens. There is a balance between the two. There are no annoying or unnecessary fanservice shots, which is a huge relief.

Characters: Oh what even to say. Our hero is a dangerously loyal servant of our heroine. He is smart, quirky, (relatively) confident in himself, and even cynical at times. Not your typical shounen protagonist. Heroine is outrageously powerful, outrageously aggressive, and outrageously childish (at times). She wants to destroy the world and she is fully capable of it too. Every other character has it's own charm. The "side" cast is extremely well developed, even ones that only appear for several chapters.

Overall: A unique and highly satisfying read. This story runs from start to finish with little lull time. Mizukami cuts out all the fat and lard and shows only what matters. I don't reread mangas, but I reread this one three times. If you like action and adventure, read it. If you like comedy and drama, read it. If you like ecchi, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a less-serious but not overwhelming seinen experience, definitely pick it up.

... Last updated on March 16th, 2012, 4:17pm
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One of the most original stories I've read   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by SnoopyCool
October 22nd, 2008, 10:49am
I normally don't make comments on anything, let alone something that my group works on, but I totally can't hold my tongue on this one. It was recommended to me by a fan and I'm like 'well, whatever, I'll give it a shot' and I was kind of blah towards it during the entire time that I read through the first three volumes. Not too bad, but I really didn't give it much of a chance. Then one day about 2 months later I was pretty bored with life in general and saw it on the shelf and decided to give it a second read and it blew me away from page 1 onward. I'm not sure exactly what it was about the manga that I missed the first time or if maybe I wasn't even reading it and just skimming the pages, but I was totally stunned and it left a pretty large impression on me.

Anyway, I know it doesn't seem it right now, but the first three volume of Hoshi no Samidare (the official Japanese title IS Hoshi instead of Wakusei, btw, despite the kanji) is actually something of a prologue introducing the characters (and there are lots of them), then starts the adventure. The plot unfolds in a way that leaves just about everything open to further possibilities. Characters can and will die, change sides, love and fight amongst themselves and everything in between and none of it comes off as unnecessary plot device for the sake of plot device storytelling. All in all, it's an incredibly clever comedy with underlying plot points that can and will appeal to pretty much anyone that gives it a chance and I enjoy it more and more every month.

On a side note, this has gotten me into some other Mizukami stories and I've enjoyed all of them... wonderful author for people looking for unique and well-planned stories.
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ALLEGORICAL premise/description... slice of life about a suicide pact between a girl who cannot accept her mortality and a sullen boy who loves her   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aadieu
April 20th, 2013, 8:22pm
"Hey, Yuu-kun, DIE WITH ME?"
"WITH PLEASURE."

...don't let the crazy-ish nonsense and the ridiculous categories people voted for convince you to drop this manga early on, bear with it until Chapter 12 at least before making careless judgements.

What is revealed is an NHK-ish slice of life romance, with the silliness of the topmost visible "plot" layer acting as nothing more than an allegorical setup for some fourth-wall-breaking glances and running commentary on the real thing.

REAL PLOT: budding romance between a schoolgirl that desperately loves life and cannot accept her mortality, and a sullen, battered, lonely college first year whose life is horribly empty... she cannot forgive the world for her understanding that it will live on unaffected when she is gone, he sees no point in a world without her. bitterly, the pair hatch a harebrained plot to destroy this indifferent world (fantasy plotline) - which, in reality, amounts to a suicide pact, and a hopeless youthful dream that life couldn't simply just go on with their passing.
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Give it a chance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Xical
April 6th, 2009, 4:30pm
This a good example of an underrated manga, It as a very good history(at times epic) an art that match the history and characters,and a good storytelling, but even with this people dont whant to give it a chance and read it, maybe bacause it is a Seinen and not an shounen manga packed with lots of unreal fights and ecchi shots every page.
If you are tired of all of those shounen stuff, if you want to read a manga where the history is the important thing, and where characters feel like human beinggs and not like pieces of cardboard
this your option, a manga where you will laught, enjoy,think and even cry, wondering what will happen next to characters that will grown on you.
Come on and give it a chance, Im sure you will be not dissapointed.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2009, 4:35pm
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Only 65 chapters.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Harimau
January 20th, 2011, 2:32am
Only 65 chapters, and yet...
More depth. More character. More epic. More adventure. More intelligence. More emotion. More eloquence. More savagery. More comedy. More drama. More tragedy. More joy.
...than any series twelve times its size.

It began with a wondrous start, it took us on a journey of wonder, and it concluded with a wonderful end.
I feel that if I try to describe Hoshi no Samidare, it can only fall short of how I truly feel about this series, and of course the pure quality and excellence of this series.
I think that maybe the best words I could use to describe The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer are just one word.

Perfect.

... Last updated on January 20th, 2011, 2:34am
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An amazing gem for the seinen crowd.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lomegil
March 20th, 2010, 9:17am
I'm 27 when I write this, and I'm a seinen kind of guy I've read a bunch of classic shounen titles, but they didn't really deliver, and claims of their depth issued by adolescent aficionados only make me smile. That said, I've found Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer to be an immensely enjoyable read camouflaged as shounen, but screwing up the genre conventions to great results. The series has all the required clichés a magical treat to the world, a bunch of chosen ones, a Bildungsroman-type pair of leads, even a magical princess but it treats those clichés in such a delightfully oddball way I'm still amazed (and delighted) they serialized it at all. It's a bit like Ciguatera's take on 'everyday school life' or Dangu's approach to the old and beaten revenge theme - i.e. the author picking a stale, formalized genre and showing how it would _really_ have worked.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is not actually realistic, but it's got delightful imagery (starting with the Biscuit Hammer thing), a lot of psychological depth, willingness to take on serious issues without all this beating around the bush that's so irritating in teen manga (people actually die in this series), and, most importantly, a great deal of irony a lot of popular titles are well-known for their self-centered angst and bloated self-importance, but this one provides a wonderfully fresh respite from all of that. I'm not sure whether Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer would be enjoyable for shounen fans, as it messes with the genre rules rather than simply packing the chapters with magical battles (the pacing and mood are pretty relaxed, almost slice-of-life here), but if you're into seinen, you probably don't want miss out this one, cause it's basically a shounen series tailored for seinen taste.

... Last updated on March 20th, 2010, 11:24pm
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A marvel disguised   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Wufu
September 20th, 2011, 12:24pm
This is not a goofy story for only little kids, it's not your typical gang-saves-world shounen, not a manga that banks on the genre's cliches as a shortcut to success, and its females will not bring down the wrath of the feminist movement by being helpless eyecandy.

The premise is a bit silly but that is eclipsed by the marvelous cast of characters. In short, this manga spins a tale that has a balanced blend of lighthearted humor, action, and human depth so that it remains refreshing until the end (i hope. I'm only ch 30).

... Last updated on September 20th, 2011, 12:26pm
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Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Da Masta
February 20th, 2011, 4:46pm
If u are looking for nice art, good character development, funny & sad moments, you should definitely give it a try. The fights are more shounen then seinen, but it just fits perfectly with the setting of rescuing the world. In my opinion one of the best manga ever.
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Pure, solid entertainment   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Aetheus
January 6th, 2011, 12:28am
I'll be honest with ya, the only reason I even registered this account, despite lurking around this site as a guest for years, was to review this one manga (no pun intended). And I come just short of giving it a perfect 10/10 because I'd feel that such a rating would be too cheap. Hoshi no Samidare (or however you wanna call it) is no perfect series, after all:

The storyline itself, while certainly unique, is basically tripe. It takes a back seat. It exists purely for the sake of fleshing out the characters and giving the story a, well, story. It is with the characters that this series really shines.

Rarely have I read such a shonen-ish series with such well developed characters. Every character is given a backstory. Every character has a motive. And every character has their own heartwarming or badass moments. While Samidare and Amamiya may be the undeniable "heroes" of the story, almost every other supporting character could easily be elevated to the same level of importance. The mangaka makes use of the "passage of time" throughout the manga to show you how the characters deepen over time. How some characters redeem themselves, or deal with grief, or even just simply grow up a little on the inside. Its my own personal opinion that one of the themes of the manga is that "people change over time, for better or worse".

So, don't be fooled by the absurd premise of the manga. Give it a try, if only for the first few chapters. It truly is a diamond in the rough.
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