This post is part of the 12 Days series.
Quite fatefully, I ran into Hoshi no Samidare (or The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer for the non-weeaboo title-inclined) thanks to a 12 Days post last year, and resolved to read it. Soon after the manga had finished, I got it and finished reading in a span of three days. It’s not something I usually do with my manga consumption, which is saying a lot.
My moment is thus:
Akane Taiyou is a coward and a traitor to the Beast Knights. He was chosen by the Owl Knight, Loki Helios, because he hated the world and wanted nothing to do with it. Early on, he struck an alliance with the Mage Animus, and checks the Beast Knights’ progress by being generally uncooperative in their life-or-death battles.
Animus makes him an unwilling accomplice in one of his schemes, and when Akane discovers the Mage’s deception…
Up until this moment, I disliked Akane. He simply was one of those screwed-up kids who thought the world revolved around them. His family is strained (mother died, father remarried and had a child with second wife, rarely goes home), he does nothing to make his own household life better. Recent experiences may have shaken up his own resolve, but this is where he is truly forced to take decisive action. Akane wrestles with the Golem, fighting with every inch of his meager strength, despite the full knowledge that he could die.
And he does win, despite getting himself beaten to an inch of his life.
But what happens next? I’m sorry, but I’ve spoiled you enough. But this moment is one of the many turning points in the manga, which I’ll remember fondly.