Review: Hoshi no Samidare (The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer)

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Hoshi no Samidare (The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer)

by Mizukami Satoshi

 

A giant hammer floats in the sky, ready to destroy the Earth. A princess and 12 knights are selected to prevent it. But these people, most of them, are just normal ordinary people, not warriors or such.

The twisted thing is, Samidare the princess has her own secret agenda to destroy Earth by her own hand. And there’s Amamiya Yuuhi the lizard knight, an anti-hero who resents the world because of his past. The only reason he fights is because Samidare’s resolution to destroyed the Earth moved him.

What memorable from this manga is not the battle, but the characters. This manga spends a lot of time in characters development. To the point where you can empathized with them. If you are fan of slice-of-life story, I’m sure you will enjoy reading it.

While for the most part it’s focusing on Amamiya, other characters have their own moments. Their back stories. How this whole battle affecting them. And there will be tears, manly tears (one in the middle part of the story is one of the best moment that hard to beat). All that which eventually in my opinion leads to a satisfying ending.

On the other note, the battle scenes are not that exciting at the beginning. You can’t expect cool techniques there. But towards the end, there will be a turning point where it will be getting more interesting. The knights can fight better, and the enemies become more formidable. And the final battle is quite epic and really fun to read.

To be honest, at first I don’t have much expectation from this manga. The title is silly, the art is not inviting, and it started slow. But as the story moves forward, I found this manga is actually a gem. One that easily going to the top list of my all time favorite.

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Review: Seizon – Life

Seizon ~ Life
the truth from the past

Author
Story: Nobuyuki Fukumoto

Art: Minegishi Nobuaki

Status
3 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary
Takeda’s wife died 10 years ago, and his daughter dissappeared more than 14 years ago. And after years of loneliness and sufferring, he is diagnosed with the same malignant cancer that took away his wife. Feels that his life has no any meaning anymore, he decides to end his life. That’s when the phone rings, informing that his daughter’s corpse is found.

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Review: Genshiken

Genshiken
You don’t become an otaku by trying

Author
Kio Shimoku

Status
8 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary
Genshiken, or The Society for The Study of Modern Visual Culture, is a college club for otaku. They do all sort of activities that otaku usually do. From just collecting figurines, playing video games, cos-playing, attending comic conventions – and later on participate in it, or just hanging up in their club room just to discussed the latest anime episode or manga issue.

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Review: The Town of Evening Calm; The Country of Cherry Blossoms

The Town of Evening Calm; The Country of Cherry Blossoms

The Town of Evening Calm; The Country of Cherry Blossoms
(Yunagi no machi; Sakura no kuni)

Author
Fumiya Kouno

Status
3 Chapters – Completed

Review
It’s Hiroshima, 1955. Everything seems normal. But here and there there are some traces left from the tragedy a decade before. But maybe it’s just because nobody wants to talk or even think about it. This is a 2 part stories that happened around that time.

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Review: Old Boy

Old Boy
memories of a man in search of truth

Author
Story: Tsuchiya Garon
Art: Minegishi Nobuaki

Status
8 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary
For 10 years, Goto being imprisoned in a private jail. Locked up in a small room without ever getting out, and without knowing the reason. And suddenly he is free. All he knows is, before he just a normal person without any enemy. So who would go through all the troubles for that? What has he done that made that person holds that much of grudge?

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Review: Level E

Level E
when an alien is bored

Author
Yoshihiro Togashi

Status
3 Volume – Completed

Plot Summary
A guy broke up into Tsutsui’s apartment. Claiming that he is an alien and has lost his memories. Turns out he is the first prince of planet Dogra, and also the owner of the most brilliant mind in the universe. The problem is his twisted and malicious personality also has no peer.

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Review: Angel Densetsu

Angel Densetsu
you really shouldn’t judge people by their look

Author
Norihiro Yagi

Status
15 Volumes – Completed

Plot Summary
Meet Kitano Seiichirou, probably the most kind-hearted person in the world. The problem is, he has the face of a demon. People easily misunderstood him, and fear him without reason. Only people who really know him, can understand his true nature.

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