Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who’s unharmed and standing over the people. She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there’s a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand. Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who “does not exist”. He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of “an eye for an eye”, to “use evil against evil”. Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart. – My Anime List
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All in all, Code:Breaker was a well executed series. The visuals left nothing to be desired, the dub did an excellent job in showcasing the personalities of each individual character and it held an interesting conflict of justice at its core. That being said, this conflict is inherently one sided in its presentation, with Sakura’s ideals appearing more and more childish in some of the more crucial moments of the series. Additionally, despite all her bluster and conviction, she herself is not above her own emotions, adding another layer to the pro/con justice system the series employs. Though I suppose at the end of the day it’s a personal choice as to who you side with. Do you believe redemption is a possibility for all? Or are there those who have simply walked an irreversible path of darkness?
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This is just an average anime. It only has 13 episodes and the only selling point of this series is the plot itself and the unique characters and their relationship with each other. This is not really a must-watch but if you REALLY care about justice and don’t mind much supernatural abilities (like Code Geass, at least), then this anime is good for you.
Code:Breaker may not be complex or have layers of depth, but it’s a flat out fun show from start to finish. The characters are solid, especially Rei, the plot is unique, the action is awesome and gorgeously animated. If you were a fan of the manga, like Zetman, it was condensed from over 20 volumes into 13 episodes and it completely deviates from the source material, so you’re probably best to skip it. However, if you’re a casual anime fan looking for a show that you want to be able to enjoy the ride without overthinking anything, then this is most definitely recommended.
Code:Breaker was interesting enough to keep me watching until the end, but I came away with a definite sense of bait-and-switch. If there’s a second season, some of these questions may be answered, but the first season definitely left me frustrated.
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Its still a very decent anime, admittedly generic and has alot of the stuff that most anime have already done, but it still worth checking out atleast. Its better to go in with an open mind and forget about much of the manga since there is much taken out but it is still recommendable for me.
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At the six-episode mark, an action thriller like Code:Breaker still has plenty more story to tell. But this opening arc already lays out a couple of promising ideas: the first is the question of “doing evil for the greater good,” which is the entire purpose of Rei’s existence. The second is Sakura’s loss of innocence as a pacifist-idealist, as she witnesses Rei’s actions and starts to understand his harsh view of the world. Unfortunately, these deep thoughts are buried under a mass of genre tropes: superpowered battles, secret agencies, government conspiracies, and general school-life silliness. It also doesn’t help that the tone shifts awkwardly between earnest drama and forced humor, as if unable to decide what kind of series it wants to be. As expected, the fight scenes result in plenty of visual flair—but elsewhere, the second-rate animation fails to reach its true potential. And really, that’s the story of Code:Breaker in a nutshell: lots of potential, but hampered by its own mediocrity.
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Overall, it’s just a really poor adaptation. I’m not usually one who rips an anime for straying from it’s predecessor but the problem is Code:Breaker did nothing for me as a stand-alone series to separate it from it’s manga counterpart. Even looking at it from just an anime viewer’s POV, it’s a bland, boring, predictable, and stereotypical. It doesn’t do anything to stand out, as an anime or an adaptation. If you’re a fan of the Code:Breaker manga, I don’t recommend watching this. If you do watch this anime and do like certain elements behind it, I would recommend giving the manga a chance. It’s an entertaining read and was far better than this.
The show mostly revolves around Ogami Rei and Sakurakoji Sakura. Ogami is a Code: Breaker, a guy with special powers who kills bad guys the law can’t get to. Sakura is a popular girl at high school who witnesses Ogami killing a whole bunch of bad dudes and freaks out when she sees him at her school the next day. She makes it her mission to convince Ogami that even bad guys deserve to live and that killing is wrong no matter who is on the receiving end. It’s pretty cool overall, but I just wish it wasn’t so ‘teeny’.
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I guess I can even go as to say that this is another one of those fantasy/action, with a bit of romance and drama. If you say it like that, then I guess this series isn’t all that different to mainstream series like One Piece and Bleach. But there is something about this series that makes it so appealing and different to those mainstream anime’s. If you don’t believe me, then you have to go watch this series. If you’ve seen this series and still don’t believe me… then… well… shut up.
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Code Breaker is a show that is fairly entertaining if you keep your expectations low to average. Don’t expect a masterpiece because you’re not going to get one but instead you’ll get a decent story with some cool fighting scenes. The animation is actually really great and the coloring is terrific as well. There’s plenty of mystery and conspiracy to whet your appetite. The fights are mostly entertaining. The major downside is that some of the characters are fairly annoying. It’s also the fact that the story plateaus towards the middle of the story. Still Code:Breaker ends up being entertaining for the most part so if you got a day to kill give this a shot.
At a convention earlier this year I heard someone in an audience refer to this series as “amazing” and now that I’ve seen this series all the way through I have to wonder if we were even watching the same series. Boring is an excellent word for this series but you could also go with disjointed, messy or just plain dull. Code:Breaker is a series that will never go on someone’s top 10 list and in a year it likely will be forgotten about entirely. Go ahead and cut out the middle man by not watching this series to begin with.
Code:Breaker has a unique sounding concept and while it tries to run with this dark and philosophical story, it simply falls apart in the process. While the story may have a number of different twists here and there and the fights are impressive, the story begins to feel as generic as they come while Sakura’s sense of justice should have been used differently instead of making viewers feel like she is simply naïve. Code:Breaker might be interesting for those who are fans of darker themed action anime, but everyone else should pass this one by.
Nothing much to see here; a watch once and forget show. I suggest you watch the much similar Full Metal Panic instead of this trash.
The opening theme is called “Dark Shame” by Granrodeo. Dark Shame is exactly the kind of song I’d think of applying to this show, even though I generally enjoy Granrodeo.The opening theme is called “Dark Shame” by Granrodeo. Dark Shame is exactly the kind of song I’d think of applying to this show, even though I generally enjoy Granrodeo.