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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
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

Groups Scanlating
DFCG
Milky Translation
SnoopyCool
izumiisthebest
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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.64.5 by otakami (997d ago)
v.10 c.61-65 (v2) (end) by otakami (997d ago)
v.10 c.60 by otakami (1146d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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 (1368 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 26th 2014, 7:44pm PST

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Year
2005

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (defunct)
Seven Seas

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #89 decreased(-5)
Monthly Pos #53 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #55 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #53 decreased(-9)

List Stats
On 1967 reading lists
On 1439 wish lists
On 3254 completed lists
On 130 unfinished lists
On 446 custom lists

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Forum Posts
do you want to see this as a anime? 390 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes ago
Wakusei? 624 days, 14 hours, 52 minutes ago
Need a little help 1075 days, 3 hours, 37 minutes ago
Hoshi no Samidare romance 1343 days, 11 hours, 11 minutes ago
Who is you favorite Knight? 1409 days, 1 hours, 53 minutes ago

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epic manga with a wierd name   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by secsuey
March 31st, 2010, 10:10pm
I loled at first charpert by own wierd it was
but couldn't stop reading it I wish more people would know about it
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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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Shounen Manga, Seinen-fied. Awesomely.   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
March 24th, 2010, 9:35am
the previous commenters have told most of this; using cliches and turned it into an interesting, different thing altogether, being very creative with tropes and cliches, etc. And I have to completely agreed. I've been running away from Shounen manga since Naruto and if all mangas are like this underrated manga, I'll run back towards them. Now.

Now, commenting on other stuffs.

Just as every other shounen manga recently, this manga plays with loads and loads of characters. Suddenly there's one, two, five new characters around. But within 6 volumes (the scanlated ones), they're given a defining traits, distinction. This is a wonderful feat, compared to other mangas who'd compensate with long volumes (mostly inbetween empty fights and brilliant effects).

But that's pretty ordinary. What's extraordinary is the way it's unfolded. This has a very slice of life feeling, and it shines brightly here. Every interaction are treated ordinarily, but with huge impacts. And every single one of them; even the dead ones, has longlasting impact. People in refrigerators they aren't. They aren't usually remembered, but they aren't forgotten.

And when the heartstrings are pulled, they're pulled. Mercilessly. The premise and the universe basically sets the motion that no, nobody is exactly safe, but add that with the slice of life feel and you feel like you know those characters since the very beginning, even the newest ones.

About the angst and self-importance part, I have to disagree tho; there are angst moments here and there, and lots of selfish intentions, but they're told very matter-of-fact, and they grew.
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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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It's really good...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by fieryeagle1
March 9th, 2010, 9:12am
You wouldn't believe that at first as I surely did not after several chapters. Yet when I kept at it 1-2 volumes, things flowed really naturally and just got better and better.
It's fun yet deep enough to attract seinen readers...enough said.

... Last updated on March 9th, 2010, 6:53pm
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frickin' hilarious   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by turnip head
October 24th, 2009, 6:19pm
and i mean, from the get-go. i don't usually find myself laughing in the first couple panels of a story, and now i wonder if all seinen are so good. this is my first. but if the rest are so witty, it certainly won't be my last.

hurrah for action with lively, intelligent dialogue, intriguing characters and rapidly improving art! it should be an anime!

... Last updated on October 24th, 2009, 6:20pm
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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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A manga that everyone can enjoy, if they give it a chance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by silentim
April 5th, 2009, 7:53am
There's a lot more to this manga than you might think at first. The premise may seem unoriginal, the characters may seem generic, unrefined or even sloppy. But I thoroughly recommend you to read through the first 3 volumes at the very least, before you form any kind of opinion, since they are more or less introductory, and the real story starts from thereon.

My opinion is definitely biased, I'm a big fan of Mizukami Satoshi's works, but I'm sure that everyone will find something in this manga that they like, since it has so much, great comedic parts, great drama, character growth, perfectly well executed interaction between characters and compelling storyline.

This manga boasts a cast of more than a dozen characters and each of them is living their own life, each of them has their own motives and reasons to fight or not to fight, and it never feels that some of them are redundant, and that the story would be better without them.

If I were to sum up what this manga is about in one sentence, that'd be

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We're all human.


It's repeated many times throughout the story, and I believe it's the real leitmotif in this work, and I personally believe that the author provides enough evidence to prove that it really is so. You're the judge, and you make the decision.

... Last updated on April 16th, 2009, 8:09am
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Very Unique   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kikaru
February 2nd, 2009, 2:50pm
I'd most certainly say this is not a normal manga. The whole premise is both ridiculious and amazing at the same time. Samidare's first (second, for those of you that caught it) appearance was simply amazing. Also, the characters are neat. Seriously, I need more of this.
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very original...   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by Monstar Maalik
January 28th, 2009, 6:32am
i'm not in the mood to go into detail about whats so geat about this manga, but anyone looking for something different, anyone tired of the same ol' "hey i'm the goofy hero, i'm here to save the day!" or that tired ol "i wont let you hurt my freinds!" bullshit, then pick this manga up now, because you definitely wont find it in here

it's very funny and very interesting and has a very new feel to it, and i think i love it...
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