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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.
Люцифер и Бисквитный Молот 惑星のさみだれ Lúcifer e o Martelo (Brazilian Portuguese) Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Wakusei no Samidare
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I went into this manga with high expectations especially since I had read spirit circle by the same author and loved it. Unfortunately, I just could not get into this manga. Everything that people mentioned as the strengths of the manga such as the slice of life and character development were actually points where I found problems. I thought characters were kind of just thrown in and then their backstory was almost forced upon you. There were definitely elements I liked such as the actual plot idea, however, the plot was not really the main focus at all. The largest issue for me was the MCs backstories and how he overcame his trauma far too easily. I could accept his bizarre backstory and trauma but its resolution felt like it was just there for a mere plot point than actual character development. I would have liked to see the MC slowly overcome his trauma or even flashbacks to it since it occupied such a large part of his personality and life. Lastly, the relationship between the MC and female lead was not really well developed and was rather forced onto me. Overall, I am not unhappy that I gave this manga a chance it just did not live up to my personal expectations. Usually, I am pretty open-minded and even if I am not fond of a particular manga I at least understand where other people are coming from. However, for this manga I truly do not understand the appeal despite it's amazing reviews.
This one was a very nice read, it's nothing epic and it uses the ever common save the world premise but unlike other stories it makes it work imo and it also makes fun of the "save the world" cliche in its way so I found it good nonetheless and that premise is were the unoriginal part of the series end too. It's also a romance story which was great too imo and some sad moments too, death of characters is very well used imo and as others say you might end wishing some chars didn't die. And on top of that drama its was a good comedy too, there are some very funny moments so I had some good laughs too. The main thing in this one thou were the chars imo, I found them interesting and original with strange but understandable mindsets and motivations at times, but they all felt real, not to mention that both main lead chars development were great too. Also the dialogues were good too, some good reflections at most but it was fluid and with sense, something many series fail at. Recommended for anyone really (maybe not to hardcore shoujo fans...).
Fundefined I think you didn't pay attention, what you question is explained (can't remember the volume thou), seeing it as viable or not might be up to you but each chars motivation and mainly the main male lead motivation is explicitly explained.
Makes A Classic Plot Work Amazingly Well
Although it (deliberately) starts out with a familiar situation involving animal-based power ups and a mission to save the world, this manga proves to be beyond the ordinary in terms of quality in its character and story. The characters, ranging from the leads to the side characters, are all given interesting backstories and personalities which help flesh out both them and the setting. It all leads from the pedestrian beginnings smoothly to the explosive ending filled with character resolutions and revelations which put all the pieces together.
It's a great and unique story. It has a solid plot and I love it from the start to the ending (I satisfieeedd with the ending!). I have no problem about the art, it's shonen-ish, yes, but still captivative. Yuuhi and Samidare are not your everyday heroine, and their character developt very well. The humour are refreshing, though this manga is not that slow.
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I cried when Tarou died, a lot
I'm not worry about unrealistic details, because it's fantasy manga, haha.
Great characters and crazy but solid plot
I really can't seem to understand why people say this manga lacks in plot and coherence. Once you've accepted the weird rules of this world, everything falls into place nicely, something I haven't seen in a manga (or any other media) much often. After you've finished reading it, it's clear that the mangaka had the whole story in mind from the very beginning.
As with all the best works, the real strenght of the manga lies in the characters. Many characters, all very well developed, and almost none of them is bidimensional, with the only exception of background ones. And what a fantastic character development, for everyone in the story.
The art isn't the best, but it's very unique and it has its own style, also it improves during the story.
Only some minor details felt out of place, and for once I enjoyed a truly satisfying ending. The bonus chapter made a huge difference for me in rating this manga (in a good way).
Overall, I strongly recommend this series.
Finished the manga and it is a very good read from start to finish. This is not your common story, its very unique and draws you in extremely. I recommend this to everyone, my only warning is for those watching this for the romance aspect be careful as the romance is subtle but definitely there
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in the beginning and end.
... Last updated on May 27th, 2014, 10:07pm
a love it or hate it series
i've gone through the comments which were critical of this series, and i believe that most of the criticism comes from not seeing this work as what it was intended to be. for me, i think looking for plot coherence in a manga where the threat of destruction of the world comes in the form of a BISCUIT HAMMER hanging from the sky is even more insane and illogical.
This actually tries to tell a story of a few adolescent ppl in an outlandish setting, and every aspect of it, its powers and everything is well aware of the ridiculous-ness. in fact majority of the fun moments come from that angle, so if you don't catch on to it, or you expect this fighting stuff seriously by the writer, you are to be disappointed.
Similarly when it comes to telling the stories of each individual, the mangaka takes a very refreshing way of not trying to get into too much details, and still managing to produce touching moments most of the times when he tries to. same for the romance stuff, there is no elaborate sequel of occurrence leading to relationships, its just that the feelings, whatever they are, are developed as if they were meant to just happen, in very simple ways.
Instead the manga focuses on the themes and takes its time with them: adolescent insecurities, despairs, introversion. hope, looking up to adults and trying to become adults. Even there it doesn't overcomplicate stuff, like creating extraordinary life-circumstances (only the MC's backstory is a little exaggerated), or wordy preachings.
in a way, its sort of Kafka-ish, but with lots of hope and positivity in it. Which is exactly why i believe this is what shounens are essentially meant to be, light hearted, not too difficult, with positivity and some attractive plot gimmicks like powers and fights, but stopping from becoming naive, cliche and sugary with smart self awareness of ridiculousness of its own plotting, and by dispensing with being too wordy, and preachy with loads of 'unnecessary details' shounen mangakas in general seems to love.
if there is any criticism, its how it ends. it does get a little serious about the battle (but still not too much, i mean which self respecting manga would allow a later villain to be weaker than the previous one), and in that process misses the opportunity to expand on two characters who should've been much more interesting.
I've only read 10 chapters so far, so I can't say much. But, oh my god the main character is just so awesome. I love the plot, the characters...everything! (except the art)
The main char. is one of those anti-heroes, but he brings new depth to the category with the reasons he provides for his actions.
Because the princess freed his chains, he is able to "fly" again, and this made him absolutely devoted to her. This was how Hitler and many dictators got people to follow them!! His decisions to then later save his gramp also made sense, as he understood that the man loved him in the end--however warped his conception of love was.
The princess also has a really intriguing mindset. She wants to destroy the world because "if the planet exists longer than I do, I can't call it mine anymore. So, before that happens, I will destroy the world with my own fists!"
Anyways, so far the manga has been mind-blowingly awesome, and I will update more once I've caught up.
... Last updated on March 7th, 2014, 8:15pm
I really liked this series, it was really fun, interesting and it didnt get dragged out either. There were parts that was abit confusing but nothing major. I only have two complaints: First of all i really liked the original dark/anti-hero protaganist, he was the loner type that would do anything for the princess but over time it just changed to him being a normal person having a good time with his friends; i understand this is meant to be character growth but i felt it changed too much and too soon. Moreover i could of done without what happened to the first knight they met (not including the protaginist himself). Not that it was bad, i admit it was quite cliche but it did leave a lot of impact and set the theme(?) for the rest of the story however i still wish they went a different way about it, though thats just my own selfish wish. All in all i give it a 8/10. The ending was great and even had a epilogue which i love.
It's Weird... or should I say unique?
I'm not good at giving out constructive criticism so I'll just simply say what I think...
This series is weird. I mean, there are scenes that just had me going, "umm... what... no, WTF!??" There are certain things that simply makes no sense, or rather, the characters' actions were just unjustified or unreasonable... simply put (in nice wording), weird.
However, because I am a light/non-serious reader and had the ability to outright ignore the weirdness and kept on reading, I wasn't really affected by it. And the series is pretty enjoyable, I will say. I finished it to the end and I didn't really find it annoying or anything. Or rather, it was pretty good, if we just ignore some of the... weird bits.