Planet With Shows What Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Could Have Been

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is one of the most poorly reviewed anime series of 2022, shocking fans and critics. Fans of the original manga have hoped for years the series would be adapted into an anime, so the idea of ​​the show flopping as hard as it has is startling. However, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer struggles don’t come from its writing, and Satoshi Mizukami’s other series, Planet With shows what Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer could have been.

Planet With was a multimedia franchise created by Satoshi Mizukami, the same person who wrote Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer‘s anime adaptation. There was a manga, written and illustrated by Mizukami, which appeared in the pages of Young King OURs magazine. There was also an anime. This anime was also written by Satoshi Mizukami, directed by Youhei Suzuki, and animated by JC Staff, the studio known for their work on The Way of the Househusband and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Both the anime and the manga were released in 2018.

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Planet With follows a young boy called Souya Kuroi. One day, Kuroi has a nightmare about dragons destroying the world with rainbow-like rays of destruction, but when he wakes up, he’s informed that he lost his memory after a strange accident that killed his parents. Kuroi is confused, but he is put in the care of Ginko, a peculiar maid, and Sensei, a giant cat. Just when his life seems like it couldn’t get worse, the Earth is attacked by a bear-shaped UFO. However, when all seems lost, a group of people transform into semi-robotic weapons and attack and destroy the creature.

These mysterious people attack with rainbow-like light, much like the light the dragon from Kuroi’s nightmare. Kuroi, presuming these are the people who caused the accident, makes it his mission to destroy the heroes by any means necessary. Kuroi soon learns that Sensei can turn into a robot like the heroes he saw, and by letting Sensei eat him, Kuroi can pilot him like a mech. So, Kuroi heads out to kill the heroes. But, by doing so, he throws himself into a much bigger conspiracy.

Planet With and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer share many similarities. For instance, both series subvert expectations. Featuring heroes that fight against the good guys or eschew the usual moral codes that most seinen protagonists abide by. Both works also feature unusual characters to compliment those who are seemingly average, with Sir Noi Crezant being the most obvious example from Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer and Sensei being the clear standout from Planet With.

However, Planet With is a much better anime when compared to Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. Showing that the base storyline, nor Satoshi Mizukami’s writing style was holding the series back. One of the most noticeable differences is the pacing. Planet With maintains a good pace that strikes the perfect balance between heart-pounding action and steady exposition to build the atmosphere.

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On top of this, Planet With‘s story is expertly handled. It captures the subversion at the core of the plot and the fantastical setting without becoming hard to follow. The characters and their motivations all feel logical and grounded without becoming dull or one-note. This is something that Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer‘s anime adaptation struggled with, leading to many of the manga’s standout characters becoming boring. Something that was made worse is that the anime omitted crucial moments of character development from the manga.

Planet With’s best quality is the animation. The entire series is packed with cool designs and visually unique set pieces, especially the super robot sequences. Each of these moments are weighty and well choreographed, really conveying how fast and frantic the action is. On top of this, the more grounded scenes are also well animated, and each character radiates personality, making them instantly likable and intriguing. This leads to some fantastic contrasts, which help make the surreal moments feel more hard-hitting. The opposite is true of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. Which featured very generic and weightless animation that conveyed little personality or weight.

Planet With proves why fans are so disappointed with Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. Satoshi Mizukami is a fantastic writer with a unique style. This can lead to a stunning anime if handled and adapted correctly. Credit must be given to JC Staff, as their animation is part of why Planet With is such a fantastic anime. But Planet With shows, if it had more time, a bigger budget, or a different studio, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer could have lived up to the hype.

Planet With is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

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