The buzz surrounding the anime adaptation of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer was real. Fans were excited to finally see a Satoshi Mizukami work come to life on screen.
However, the execution was shambolic, with the anime receiving a lot of backlash on social media.
To call the animation quality poor would be an understatement. The first two episodes of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer left many fans shocked, and it instantly became a hot topic of discussion on social media.
They attributed this to the Monkey’s Paw effect, as their greed and desire for the good old Biscuit Hammer getting an anime adaptation was fulfilled, however, they had to pay the price by sacrificing the animation quality.
The skewed animation is visible on the small clips that fans uploaded online.
Needless to say, the anime drew a lot of criticism and received poor ratings, with some fans mulling if they should add it to one of the worst animated series on their lists.
According to a twitter user, the animation could best be described as bland and inconsistent, overall making the quality very stiff. However, they were of the opinion that it was not the worst they have seen.
A lot of fans directed their ire towards the studio (NAZ Studio) and production committee, with some questioning if there was a sufficient enough budget allocated for the show, while the others outright mocked the low budget.
Concerns about production schedule of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer were raised too.
A couple of episodes in, the excitement of the anime seems to have worn off, with fans deciding to stick to the manga, rather than watch the anime with sub-par animation quality.
Some were even wary of other Mizukami works being adapted into an anime.
However, despite the negatives, the story and the setting of the series received positive feedback, as a bunch of them stuck to the anime just because of that.
In addition to that, the choppy animation from the first two episodes seems to have improved by the time the sixth episode aired, though it was not anywhere near to being called good.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer anime released in Japan on July 8, 2022.
The staff members of the series include:
- Director: Nobuaki Nakanishi
- Series Composer: Satoshi Mizukami and Yuichiro Momose
- Character design: Moto Hatakeyama
- Art director: Minoru Okouchi
- Color design: Ryusuke Araki
- Photographed by: Toshikazu Kuno
- Music: Takatsugu Wakabayashi
- Sound Director: Yuichi Imaizumi
- Sound Effect: Yasuyuki Konno
- Editing: Rina Oguchi (Imagica EMS)
- Sound Production: Soniludo
- Production Cooperation: Shumondo
- Studio: NAZ
The cast members include:
- Junya Enoki as Yuhi Amamiya
- Naomi Ohzora as Samidare Asahina
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Noi Crezant
- Azusa Tadokoro as Hisame Asahina
- Chinatsu Hirose as Sorano Hanako
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shimako Hyo
- Nagisa Kakegawa as Coo Ritter
- Hyosei as Shea Moon
- Ruriko Aoki as Kiru Sonne
- Mutsumi Tamura as Akane Taiyo
- Azusa Tadakoro as Asahina Samidare
- Katsuji Mori as Ron Yue
- Manabu Muraji as Ron Yue
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Akitani Inachika
- Tetsuei Sumiya as Zan Amaru
- M•A•O as Anima
- Tatsumaru Tachibana as Animus
- Gen Sato as Mikazuki Shinonome
- Shuhei Iwase as Hangetsu Shinonome
- Tetsu Inada as Soichiro Nagumo
- Aya Suzaki as Yayoi Hakudo
- Shoya Ishige as Ludo Shubarie
- Kentaro Kamugai as Dance Dark
- Kazutomi Yamamoto as Lance Lumiere
- Mitsuo Iwata as Lee Soleil
Crunchyroll also announced an English Dub for the anime, which started airing on July 22, 2022.
Satoshi Mizukami’s Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (Hoshi no Samidare) manga was serialized in Shōnen Gahōsha’s seinen magazine, Young King OURs, in April 2005, with the final volume of the series published in Nov 2010. Seven Seas Entertainment published and distributed the series in North America.
Source: Yaraon, Twitter