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"An evil mage intends to annihilate the world. I need your help to save it from destruction!" Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blasé outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and req "An evil mage intends to annihilate the world. I need your help to save it from destruction!" Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blasé outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and requests his allegiance in the fight against the forces of evil? Pretend it never happened? Unfortunately for Yuuhi, a bit of coercion in the form of a super-powered princess prevents him from returning to his mediocre life-as-usual. In the adventure of a lifetime, Yuuhi will join forces with the capricious princess and a motley crew of companions to fight back against an evil mage and his horrifying homunculus before the Biscuit Hammer can destroy the planet!


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"An evil mage intends to annihilate the world. I need your help to save it from destruction!" Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blasé outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and req "An evil mage intends to annihilate the world. I need your help to save it from destruction!" Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blasé outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and requests his allegiance in the fight against the forces of evil? Pretend it never happened? Unfortunately for Yuuhi, a bit of coercion in the form of a super-powered princess prevents him from returning to his mediocre life-as-usual. In the adventure of a lifetime, Yuuhi will join forces with the capricious princess and a motley crew of companions to fight back against an evil mage and his horrifying homunculus before the Biscuit Hammer can destroy the planet!

30 review for Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 1-2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is an odd series, and I'd imagine that someone picking it up without hearing anything about it first might be disappointed that it's not a straight-up shonen fighting series. It's an odd duck light deconstruction of the shonen fighting series genre, in particular the kids-become-magical-knights-and-save-the-world sub-genre, that incorporates humor by breaking the fourth wall to dead-pan point out genre tropes. Behind the humor and action, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is actually quite cha This is an odd series, and I'd imagine that someone picking it up without hearing anything about it first might be disappointed that it's not a straight-up shonen fighting series. It's an odd duck light deconstruction of the shonen fighting series genre, in particular the kids-become-magical-knights-and-save-the-world sub-genre, that incorporates humor by breaking the fourth wall to dead-pan point out genre tropes. Behind the humor and action, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is actually quite character-driven, and contains some heavy themes about life/death, childhood/adulthood, predestination/agency, among others. I'm having a hard time explaining it, but the series also deconstructs the genre by making the characters exaggerated versions of people who had "real" reactions to shonen save-the-world plots. For example, the main character, Yuu-kun, initially refuses to take up his mantle as a knight (which includes a spirit lizard companion and a form of telekinesis), because the idea is ridiculous; he's a kid; and he doesn't want to get killed. Ultimately Yuu-un jumps on board, but only because he has a crush on Samidare, the girl who's housing the Princess's spirit (whom the knights are supposed to protect), who is the resident pixie girl, but who seems like she might get her own backstory eventually (and not just be there for frequent panty shots). Yuu-kun also latches on to Samidare because he wants someone to tell him how to live his life. In these ways Satoshi Mizukami builds a funny, over-the-top character appropriate for a fighting series, but one whose motivations are recognizably authentic. This is true of several of the other characters as well. This series was a rough start for me, and I'm not sure I'll read more, not that I don't think that the ideas are interesting, but because my enthusiasm about the series sits somewhere in the middle. It's a bit too serious for me to go to it when I want a rollicking good, trope-filled fun action manga, but the characters haven't yet gotten their hooks thoroughly in me. Also, my brain and eyes snag a little bit on the art and layout of this series, which might be due to the fact that this was one of the creator's first works. The visual storytelling isn't bad, but my eye doesn't flow through it as fluidly as it usually does of manga, which, in comparison to Western comics are usually meant to be read at a more rapid panel per unit time. Since I tend not to like funny things (personal flaw, I mean preference :p), I sometimes find the humor to be a slight annoyance than an asset. In that vein, I'm not a fan of the fact that panty shots are a running joke in the series, because making it a joke legitimizes having a ridiculous number of them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    So far, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is quite the intriguing diamond in the rough--which makes the fact that it's out of print rather tragic. It's certainly worth reading, but it's very hard to find (and ridiculously expensive if you do manage to track down a copy. Of the first volume, at least.). I was lucky enough to find a library willing to inter-library loan me this volume, and here we are. While the premise of talking animals seeking out people to become "knights," in service of a "prince So far, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is quite the intriguing diamond in the rough--which makes the fact that it's out of print rather tragic. It's certainly worth reading, but it's very hard to find (and ridiculously expensive if you do manage to track down a copy. Of the first volume, at least.). I was lucky enough to find a library willing to inter-library loan me this volume, and here we are. While the premise of talking animals seeking out people to become "knights," in service of a "princess" to stop an evil mage and his golems from destroying the world with a giant, cosmic hammer is certainly attention-grabbing, perhaps just as noteworthy are the characters themselves: With one exception, none of the major characters are high-schoolers. It says a lot about the current state of the medium, that this is at all remarkable, but it's hard to say how refreshing it is to read a manga where the characters are in college, or have jobs, or can actually go out for drinks. Hell, there are even hints at honest-to-goodness romantic relationships, and love, without the characters losing their minds over the idea of holding hands. Again, that says more about the state of the manga industry than L&tBH itself, but it's still worth noting. That said, this series manages to feel more "adult" than others the feature more violence, gore, or sex. There's still fanservice, and the occasional panty shot and the like, but they serve more to break the tension in this context, than anything. Because if you really take stock of the motivations of the various characters, there's a lot of tension to be found here. The reasons why people choose to spend their lives they way they do are rarely simple, or even pleasant, but L&tBH doesn't shy away from exploring them. Seemingly happy characters have deep-seated trauma that drives them; emotionally stunted characters have their own reasons for being that way; people who would seem downright evil out of context, are actually a lot more human than they seem. For all the superpowers, and magic-slinging fights against supernatural creatures, this is first and foremost, a character-driven series. That said, there are times it's a little on the slower side, as we get to know these folks. Personally, I greatly enjoyed that aspect, because it meant that when something happened to one of them, there was a reason to care. There aren't many answers to a lot of the looming questions in the background of this series, but there's still a ton to enjoy here. In a way similar to Assassination Classroom, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is a very human drama, wrapped up in an eminently bizarre package. Yet, I don't think this particular story could have been told any other way. If you're lucky enough to track down a copy--or if Mizukami's other, more recent works, Planet With and Spirit Circle end up becoming popular enough to warrant a reprint of his earlier stuff--definitely give Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer a read. As obscure manga go, it's one of the best I've read, and it certainly deserves more attention than it's gotten.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I really enjoyed this, and I really can't wait to see where this goes. The main character and the motivations of the not main characters all make sense and are in line with their personalities. The motivations themselves are also atypical and refreshing from what I am used to with the Shonen series that I have witnessed. Also, the reactions to deaths within this series is one of the most realistic I have witnessed in a long, long while, and I really like that they took a good chunk of the second I really enjoyed this, and I really can't wait to see where this goes. The main character and the motivations of the not main characters all make sense and are in line with their personalities. The motivations themselves are also atypical and refreshing from what I am used to with the Shonen series that I have witnessed. Also, the reactions to deaths within this series is one of the most realistic I have witnessed in a long, long while, and I really like that they took a good chunk of the second volume to really explore how it affected everybody. Some down points to this series, gratuitous panty shots (that really don't add anything to the story as a whole), and the first volume is really slow, but is the payoff worth it? Most definitely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    It shows potential...but tonally it's a nightmare. On the one hand you have extremely heavy themes being dealt with, in a very interesting way I would say. Yet, there's a lot of unnecessary fan service that immediately undercuts any good the book had been doing up until that point. I mean...at least it's not icky fan service. The panty shots are gratuitous but it's drawn in a way so that it anything from sexy. Almost as if it HAD to be there despite the author really not wanting it. I don't know. It shows potential...but tonally it's a nightmare. On the one hand you have extremely heavy themes being dealt with, in a very interesting way I would say. Yet, there's a lot of unnecessary fan service that immediately undercuts any good the book had been doing up until that point. I mean...at least it's not icky fan service. The panty shots are gratuitous but it's drawn in a way so that it anything from sexy. Almost as if it HAD to be there despite the author really not wanting it. I don't know. It's interesting enough I'll give it one more volume, but it's not something that really "wow's" me out the gate.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is an interesting mix of 'save the world' manga and a satiric send-up of the genre. It's got talking animal partners, a princess and her knights, a reluctant hero. But those animals aren't very supportive, the princess is a stronger fighter than her knights, and our reluctant hero is really more of an apathetic loser. Oh, and one of our heroes only wants to save the world so they can have the honor of destroying it themselves. This is Surprisingly fun and character driven, with a more subdued This is an interesting mix of 'save the world' manga and a satiric send-up of the genre. It's got talking animal partners, a princess and her knights, a reluctant hero. But those animals aren't very supportive, the princess is a stronger fighter than her knights, and our reluctant hero is really more of an apathetic loser. Oh, and one of our heroes only wants to save the world so they can have the honor of destroying it themselves. This is Surprisingly fun and character driven, with a more subdued sense of humor than 'LOL RANDOM!' goofs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Col

    Mizukami has a superpower: in a sea of manga with terrible, unsatisfying, insulting endings, he has the power to write endings that perfectly wrap up the entire series, leaving no characters out to dry, never forgetting what made the story great. His endings (and stories) are so great, in fact, they make up for his extremely boring art and character designs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    A solid start to a promising series with a lot of depth under the surface that shines through.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I liked this but at the same time I disliked it. The bits that I did enjoy were the general feel of the plot, which was reminiscent of FLCL (one of my favorite anime of all time), with an oddball sense of humor that combines the bizarre with contemporary worlds. I also appreciated the streamlined drawing style and expressive faces of the characters, as well as the light feeling to the artwork and fighting. Like FLCL, I enjoyed the parodies of manga and anime cliches, such as the Magical Girl who I liked this but at the same time I disliked it. The bits that I did enjoy were the general feel of the plot, which was reminiscent of FLCL (one of my favorite anime of all time), with an oddball sense of humor that combines the bizarre with contemporary worlds. I also appreciated the streamlined drawing style and expressive faces of the characters, as well as the light feeling to the artwork and fighting. Like FLCL, I enjoyed the parodies of manga and anime cliches, such as the Magical Girl who, rather than summoning a magical weapon and shooting sparkly bits of light and glitter at the enemy, summons a blade / dagger / claw and slashes the enemies to death... What felt a bit off were the characters themselves. The knight/princess relationship is intriguing but didn't feel as heartfelt as in other series, but that in itself could have been the point, that this isn't a heartfelt try-your-hardest, become a strong person shonen series, but rather one that turns those points on its head. Become strong to save the world to destroy it yourself because you love it? I wonder if it's just me that finds that hard to grasp. It also felt like the main character's dark past was a bit...stereotyped, as if they wanted to have a dark character but didn't flesh it out completely. Similarly, the knight/princess relationship was more of a dominant / submissive sort of thing, it seems like, which felt unpalatable personally, most likely due to the ridiculous amount of 50 Shades of Grey fandom going on. The fan service seemed like it was trying to become a parody, but it just fell flat to me. Think I will try a bit more to see where it goes. Give it a try and see?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Awkward_turtle

    Great, pitch perfect shonen manga with a slightly more introspective and philosophical bent. This omnibus contains the first 2 volumes, and as others have noted, it does start slightly slow. The mangas greatest strength is it ability to balance a fairly large and fleshy cast, things that will become apparent later, but the first volume shows some of the strong writing. An intelligent and logical main character who asks natural questions and uses his limited powers tactically is so unfortunately Great, pitch perfect shonen manga with a slightly more introspective and philosophical bent. This omnibus contains the first 2 volumes, and as others have noted, it does start slightly slow. The mangas greatest strength is it ability to balance a fairly large and fleshy cast, things that will become apparent later, but the first volume shows some of the strong writing. An intelligent and logical main character who asks natural questions and uses his limited powers tactically is so unfortunately rare in shonen it's practically a breath of fresh air here, along with serious consequences for decisions that are addressed and continue to show up through out the run. The genre twists are all subtle though, in many ways this is good, clean, power-up-my-nakama-to-beat-the-boss shonen without the hot blooded screaming, and it's ability to riff within the defined framework is spectacular. The translations are excellent. I had read the entire run scanlated and plan to snap up every volume as soon as it's released, there's no comparison. 4 stars only because, as mentioned, the first volumne does start slow before the real meat of the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    For what starts out as a goofy shounen comedy, this gets dark. Man, where to start with this? It starts out with a lizard appearing and telling Yuuhi, our MC, that he's going to be a super hero. And then Yuuhi chucks him out the window. But this lizard is persistent, demanding that he accept his destiny and help protect their princess. The princess then swoops in and rescues his butt from a monster. So you think at the start this will be a bit of a parody, what with Yuuhi really not caring about this For what starts out as a goofy shounen comedy, this gets dark. Man, where to start with this? It starts out with a lizard appearing and telling Yuuhi, our MC, that he's going to be a super hero. And then Yuuhi chucks him out the window. But this lizard is persistent, demanding that he accept his destiny and help protect their princess. The princess then swoops in and rescues his butt from a monster. So you think at the start this will be a bit of a parody, what with Yuuhi really not caring about this whole super power thing and the princess not really needing protecting. But then you start getting some history on our characters (so far, no one with a happy past) and the fight really gets started. This series makes me think of later volumes Buso Renkin, though maybe this one's a tad less ridiculous. I get the impression that this story will only improve with time, and I look forward to it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    William Schram

    Some dude wakes up to a talking lizard and finds out that he is the Lizard Knight charged with defending a princess in her quest to destroy a giant space hammer. In this bildungsroman, love is formed and other stuff happens. For instance, the main character finds that he has Telekinesis from the ring he was given and other such things. We find that the characters have tragic pasts and that this stuff has shaped them to want to destroy the world themselves. It's pretty weird. I really want to read Some dude wakes up to a talking lizard and finds out that he is the Lizard Knight charged with defending a princess in her quest to destroy a giant space hammer. In this bildungsroman, love is formed and other stuff happens. For instance, the main character finds that he has Telekinesis from the ring he was given and other such things. We find that the characters have tragic pasts and that this stuff has shaped them to want to destroy the world themselves. It's pretty weird. I really want to read more, but it stopped at volume 2 and I heard that there are 10 volumes in this series, though I could be wrong. In any case, I will be waiting for the next installment with anticipation.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    This manga came highly recommended by a friend who was overjoyed to see this get an English release, so I figured the least I could do was get the first book. It takes a few chapters to get rolling but I really enjoy the pace and slice-of-life approach to an epic shonen story, also the characters' relationships are very well done. I have to say the artist's style has grown on me and worry that it may put some potential readers off. Really I guess my only complaint would be the occasional panty-s This manga came highly recommended by a friend who was overjoyed to see this get an English release, so I figured the least I could do was get the first book. It takes a few chapters to get rolling but I really enjoy the pace and slice-of-life approach to an epic shonen story, also the characters' relationships are very well done. I have to say the artist's style has grown on me and worry that it may put some potential readers off. Really I guess my only complaint would be the occasional panty-shot gags.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rocio Reed

    OMGOSH! This series is very good! I'm in love once again!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elsa

    Boy, did this one start off slow. I nearly gave up! The second volume (in this 2-in-1) picked up considerably.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adom

    Probably my favorite manga, but it does start a little slowly. The exposition is a bit clumsy in some places and I prefer the darker tone that's adopted later on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steven Ramirez

    Best manga I have ever read. I just finished it the second time through and the roller coaster is still fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bribookreviews

    Don't know if I will be continuing this

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anders

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  20. 4 out of 5

    kwisatzdan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenseits

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Gantert

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mcphee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard Latimer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Treasa

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ali Saenz

  28. 5 out of 5

    KnazGabbs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Poole

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Nelissen

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