Talk about a poor adaptation. After reading some of the manga, I was anticipating what this series could do when moved to the big stage aka. adapted into an anime. Not only does this series fail as an adaptation, but it fails as a stand-alone anime series. There were so many failures with this series that I don't even know where to begin. I guess let's start with the plot.
The plot itself is at least interesting. A select group of agents within the government, unbeknown to mankind with special abilities are hired to eliminate evil. This story follows one such agent who is assigned to
protect a "rare breed", someone who has the ability to nullify special abilities. In my opinion, it's a decent plot...but the story's progression was weak and stereotypical. As the story progressed, it made for the reveal and story behind Hitomi seem underplayed. That's where the characters come in and it's probably the biggest weakness of this series.
Sakura Sakurakouji is quite possibly the worst lead character I've ever seen...at the very least the worst in a shonen series. While it's understandable that she has a strong sense of justice, she takes it to a downright ridiculously stupid degree. Her beliefs and her actions are so boneheaded that I groaned at least once in every episode where she said or did something. While yes, I'm aware her righteous actions in the manga are a little over the top, the anime blew it FAR out of proportion. At least for the most part Rei Ogami stayed in character...sort of. While most of the other characters did stay in character, I found how they re-worked the introduction of these characters apart from the manga to be underwhelming. As I mentioned before, that brings forth the antagonist, Hitomi. His story seemed so stereotypical that he was just a boring villain.
The scriptwriting was some of the most lackluster I had EVER seen in an anime. In fact, I'll just come out and say that this might be some of the worst script work I have EVER seen in an anime. It's amazing that this is the work of Yasuhiro Irie because I applauded his efforts with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The only thing I can guess is perhaps Irie bit off more than he could chew with this project. He was handling the direction, the series composition, the script writing, and the storyboard. He's not an experienced script writer and it showed in this series. This series reeked of under-staffing and Kinema Citrus should be ashamed that they didn't put in a better effort when it came to staffing.
My biggest complaint with this series is I think it strayed way too far from the manga. The manga did a stronger job of executing character development, comedy writing, and dramatic tension. The small nuances and stories that Kinema Citrus decided to cut out from the manga slightly ruined the bonding the characters had in this series. While I know Kinema Citrus isn't exactly the biggest or strongest production company on the market, I think their handling of the Code:Breaker series was far too ambitious for them. Code:Breaker is a long-running manga series. It's the sort of series that needs to be tackled by a production company that can put out episodes on a weekly basis like Studio Perriot (and that's not a compliment of Studio Perriot's work). Trying to condense Code:Breaker's plot into a 12 episode season just isn't possible without ruining the story and characters in any way, shape, or form. The animation and music was nothing special. Nothing about it was really all that memorable, although I did like the OP and ED. I didn't love them or found them captivating, but they were catchy enough for me to like.
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.
It can be describe as something wicked, malevolent, sinister, ill, or something which holds responsibility for the bad things that happen in this world. It's a four letter word that strikes fear, anxiety, and many other emotions. In the real world, people commit deeds through free will. Some of these are good deeds, while others are evil. In the Code Breaker world, there exists supernatural beings who are able to judge deeds (good/evil) and carry out justice with an iron fist.
Rei Ogami: “An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and Evil for Evil”
Welcome to the world of
The series is written by Akimine Kamijyo based off the manga of the same name who is also known for her previous work, Samurai Deeper Kyo. It all begins one day when Sakura, a local high school student, witnesses some blue flames like she's never ever seen before. Likewise, from there on and out, her life is changed forever.
The hero or maybe better seen as the anti-hero of Code:Breaker is Rei Ogami. He is the local bad boy with a tough attitude who does what he wants, when he wants, how he wants as long as it gets the job done. In his mind, there is no justice for evil and as he quotes one more time, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and evil for evil”. He expresses a darker side of "justice" similar to those more like a vengeance hero rather than some ally of justice like we see in pop culture.
Code:Breaker doesn't avoid most of the cliches we see in most of today's themes. The common gag of 'boy meets girl' is employed but it doesn't just end there. Sakura Sakurakouji is portrayed as a school beauty and idol that is admirable by many of the students. Then, there's the mysterious transfer student Rei Ogami. Things like this is very common for anime viewers to see these days in the industry. To add on to this topping of cliches, there's an assumption that the two have a “thing” going on by nearly everyone at the entire school. They misunderstand their relationship and often misinterprets it as if the duo are dating.
From there on and out, the two seems to have a strained relationship. In every way, Sakura tries to explain Ogami that killing others is “wrong” because it's the wrong thing to do. She strives to get her ideologies to Ogami in order to convince him to be a good hero and do the right thing. However, her words are often deaf to his ears as Ogami kills to protect others, at least in his point of view. At times, Ogami even expresses himself as evil and that in this world, in order to save lives, sacrifices are needed. He presents himself as not a hero in this case but rather as someone who is trying to do what he believes is “right”. The question here remains though:
Would you kill to protect someone you care about?
The characterization of the other characters from the series is explored to a lesser degree although a few of them does stand out in particular of those associated with the Code:Breaker organization. Most if all of the Code Breakers has their own standard code of conduct (or rather their signature Code of Hammurabi) and coupled with them some supernatural abilities that makes them fearful of others. In fact, Code Breaker itself has become a term of both fear and hatred.
The Code Breakers themselves all have different personalities as well. Some are fun to watch such as the playful Yuuki Tenpouin while others are more straightforward and serious such as Rui Hachiouji. The most mysterious of the bunch are Masaomi Heike and Hitomi, two individuals who are very difficult to read. In fact, throughout the series they seem to be playing mind games with the other characters in particular Ogami. In the world of evil, there is injustice but in their eyes, they seem to represent evil themselves.
Luckily for the ladies, this series presents some good bishonen sketch work. The characters' designs all possesses a sense of style by the way they dress, act, and presenting their ideas not through words but by their actions. Most of the time, they engage in what they do best and that's to deliver “justice” to evil. At other times, they seem to be chilling around like ordinary people despite their feared status.
The series' theme itself also becomes a sense of philosophy. What exactly is evil and how it is defined? More importantly, how do we take actions against it? These questions often become ambiguous and may never have a direct answer. Nonetheless, the blue flame executed by Ogami seems to serve itself as a metaphor in which criminals are terminated by being burned to actions. Similar to how an individual goes to hell for wrong deeds, the flame itself manifests as a tool to destroy those who are evil, or at least those who are considered so under the eyes of the Code Breakers.
In the artwork department, everything seems quite generic. Most if not all the characters have the same design with different colored hair styles to match their themes. While pleasing to the female audience, it can become a bothersome after seeing it so many times. The backgrounds itself is just normal with nothing that really stand out as the setting is set in present time rather than a futuristic dystopia.
The soundtracks of the series is presented with mixed rhythms shifting from comedic, to action, to violence, and to mystery. The opening song, "DARK SHAME" by GRANRODEO has a rock beat and orchestrated with a montage of the main characters. From the song, a viewer can see some of the potential action and even foreshadowing of some events. It doesn't stop there though as it shows some of the violence in various scenes that are mostly presented by Ogami and his blue flames. As cliched as it sounds, the song does work effectively so no shame there.
Ultimately, Code:Breaker is a package of an action series that deals with the world of evil. It is cliched at many times especially with whole 'girl meets boy on a mysterious night' setting, the school life drama, the shounen like battles, and secret organizations. The drama and comedy also seems to be a bit forced as often times or not, they occur out of nowhere and tries to bring the audience a good laugh. It works sometimes but at other times just seems awkward. The series is just slightly above mediocre with the good premise and ideas but still contains too many overused tropes. However, if you're looking for some action packed thriller sequences with dark heroes, then C:B might be for you.
NOTE: This is my first review at MAL, so please bear with me. Also, I haven’t read the manga AT ALL, and I don’t know if the manga’s story is similar to the anime’s. Consider this as a point of view of someone who just watched the anime. There are some spoilers along the way to explain my point in the review, so read at your own risk. :)
I remembered watching the first few episodes of Code:Breaker (together with a few more anime) when it was still being aired last year. I got curious since I thought, “Hey another super power-themed shonen anime! Cool!”
After watching those few episodes, I stopped watching it and simply waited for the series to finish since I got tired of waiting for a new episode, which was released weekly.
While watching the last episodes of Code:Breaker, I got disappointed to this anime due to various reasons, but mainly I got disappointed because of the plot. Well, it started good, but how the series ended is just bland and generic. Perhaps most of us (if not all of us) have seen a story with a character betraying the good guys, working for the bad guy, and then in the end, betraying that bad guy and saying that he has been in league with the good guys all along. Well, we have that kind of cliché here. How about the Big Bad showing up after the bad guy gets defeated? We also have it here. The great presentation made at the start of the story was wasted by how they ended this series, which is cliché-filled, and done in a bad way at that.
Another thing here is the characterization of, well, the characters, which doesn’t seem real and human enough for me, and it shows more as the series progresses. Come on, someone who really IS evil doesn’t say he’s evil; rather, he would say that he’s the hero of justice (or something like that). Besides that, there are also some dialogues in this anime that I find weird and/or just simply wrong. And being an adaptation of a manga, the series’ ending is rather inconclusive, since 1) the manga is not yet finished and, 2) the adaptation is only 13 episodes long, which is very short. What I find wrong about its ending is that it never left me wanting for more.
With that said, the anime isn’t all bad points and no good points at all. Just as I said earlier, the way the story was presented in the beginning was great, with a certain number of people with superpowers (called Code:Breakers) are working for the government to eliminate (i.e.; kill) people that the government sees as evil. The character designs are also great, although the design for the Code:Breakers have varying touches of bishounen-ness in them.
So if you’re looking for a groundbreaking new anime, this certainly is NOT it. Maybe if you haven’t watched a lot of superpower-themed anime, you might enjoy this. Just “might”, though.
Well, I came to this Anime like a "Meeting-by-Chance"! I've never heard of it, I had no idea about what's going on there and so on...
After I finished watching it I must say, I did not waste my time with it! It's got a good visual quality, some nice characters (in my case I liked Ogami and Yuuki most) and nicely choreographed battle scenes.
The balance and the dynamic between Humor, Action and a little bit drama is done wonderfully and keeps the audiences attention, throughout the anime, "upright" ;)
The little problem tough is how this anime has been set out so far. I don't
really like the ending. I mean, everything before was done very nicely and I did enjoy it - that's why my expectations grew over the time while I was watching C:B. But the end can be compared to a crash with another car - suddenly, unexpected, fast, ... finish...
They should have done at least 3 to 5 episodes more, just to give us a better end and more screen time for the remaining 3 code breakers.
Anyway, I can recommend it to everyone because I believe it's worth watching ìt!
So far, Code:Breaker has been my favourite of the Fall season. It is true that there are only 4 episodes yet but if we consider the fact that this anime is going to have only 13 episodes, these 4 episodes are enough to give a fair opinion of it. Rei has the power of burning people with his flame and without hesistation he kills people- they are either evil or criminal people- as if lighting his cigarette but he is still a very cool and likeable character. He leaves the impression that there is a reason behind all his cruel way of killing and while
doing so, he is not depicted like an emo or a drama queen. Instead, he keeps his cool attitude whatever the circumstances are.
As much as Rei, Toki is also very interesting character. With his involvement in the series, the dark heavy air is dispersed. In fact, he kinda balances the heavy and dark air Rei rises. Especially, if you are a keen on both comedy and supernatural, you'll enjoy the parts where Toki appears.
Sakura is the type of annoying girl who butts in Rei's business on every possible occasion but I think Rei likes her company and is curious about her as he believes she is the rare species. With Toki's coming to the stage, Rei will probably be more closer to Sakura. They would make an interesting couple.
All in all, this anime has a great potential and I really enjoy watching it. I only wish it had 25 or 26 episodes instead of 13 so that the remaining 3 code breakers would have a fair place in the series.
Code Breaker is a very typical if not just generic shonen anime following the story of Code:Breakers, people with special powers that are used by the goverment to kill criminals that for one reason or the other are untouchable by regular authorities
The story stars off a bit slow but sets some good foundations of the world the story takes place in, and who the Code:Breakers are. Sadly there are a bit too many filler scenes (and chapters) that would be expected from a Anime that will have 50+ chapter, but with only 13 Code:Breaker is on the short side and spends too much time developing
characters and locations (like the highschool) that end up having no relevance to the main story.
As for the rest, it's fairly entertaining and does pick up towards the end but never really leaves the generic side of anime story or setting.
Also be warned that it's open ended with a clear indication to a sequel, but I guess that will depend on how popular it is and how well it is recieved.
The art and animation are quite average for a weekly Anime. Not look too bad but nothing stands out and some of the CGI effects used on some powers look a bit cheap and ugly. The animation is fine for the most part although some fights feel a bit underwhelming.
Nothing to complain here. The OST does not stand out but fits good enough with the mood and style of Code Breaker and personally I found the voice acting solid.
My biggest complain with Code Breaker is in this area as I really found the mian female character to be really, really annoying. She seems to have little relevance to the story, has absolutely no evolution and for the most part seems to be there only annoy the viewers.
Because of some traumatic event in her past (which is never revealed ,BTW) she seems to be obssesed with protecting people and not letting anyone get hurt... and in a story about people with powers that KILL criminals this is a bad thing as we have to hear her screen and complain about this every single episode. What is worse is that the story makes a good point as to why this criminals have to die, the story makes focus on explaining that they can't be arrested or captured by regular authorities and it also shows them off as evil, sadistic people that deserve to die... yet many of the chapters are filled by scenes of the "heroine" talking to Ogami, the main character, about how he can't kill people and how it's wrong. And yeah, it also doesen't help that half here lines in the 13 episodes are repedely screaming Ogami's Name (and I really whish I would be exagerating... but I'm not).
Even with all generic story and annoying characer, I have to say that it's still fairly entertaining show.... just aproach it as something to sit back and relax for 20 minutes.
Code Breaker was probably one of the animes i had more faith to be good when it came out. Well i can say it didnt fulfill my expectations.
Probably the worst aspect of the anime is the characters, specially the female protagonist. She is just annoying with a ridiculous sense of justice, and probably its one of the characters in any anime with more repetitive dialogue. I swear i have heard her yelling "oogami-kun!" (the male protagonist name) like 20 times in each episode followed by the sentence "dont kill him" or "dont do this" or similar stuff. Anyone that has watched the fighting scene between
Ichigo and Grimmjow in Bleach will remember how annoying Orihime was by repeating non-stop "kurosaki-kun", well, the girl from code breaker is far worse and she does it in every chapter of the 13. The rest of the characters are kinda meh, nothing to say about them, they are not as annoying and the girl but they dont add much, even the male protagonist is a meh character, he's just a cool guy who kills bad people, he doesnt even talk too much.
The story is really non-sense. to be fair the premises arent bad, some people with incredible powers erradicating evil. its not great but its ok. But the thing that makes the story so bad is the plan of the villain and why he is trying to do such evil thing. i dont want to spoil anything to anybody, but i will just say it is retarded. he is trying to obtain something by doing actions that doesnt make any sense and even if he succeded in his plan i am not able to understand or grasp how it would benefit him in obtaining his goal. let me put an example to explain myself: imagine you want a new car, but you cant have it, instead of working, or stealing it from the shop or whatever it takes to get the car, you go killing owners of the car you originally wanted. remember your main objective, you wanted a new car, so why would you benefit by killing people?Exactly it doesnt make any sense, and Code Breaker Plot is something similar to this, im not kidding, its dumb.
To be fair the art is not that bad, though some guys looks seem to belong to a shoujo manga, but its okay i guess, and the animations during some battles are good though i should say the battles themselves are not very interesting or epic.
To conclude this, Code Breaker a very dissapointing anime, with the worst character i've seen in almost any anime and a plot that is absurd. I am really sad....
A painfully generic Anime with cliché bad guys, pointless and uninteresting twists, and character motivations and faults that were taken right out of a textbook on "Anime 101". The only slightly redeeming element to this cookie-cutter story is some interesting fight scenes.
Code:Breaker is sort of a shift in the magic genre in which the actors involved could very well be genetically enhanced humans, at least that's what the first two episodes seem to be leading us towards. This is really just an educated opinion concerning a possible direction for the anime, but I'll just have to wait to see if I'm right or not.
Anyway, the coolest aspect is that the protagonist, Sakura Sakurakouji has already focused on Rei Ogami as her own personal antagonist. The dynamic this implies just sets the stage for conflict between the two main actors through out the series. With Rei
having to monitor Sakura and Sakura monitoring Rei, for her own personal reasons, plenty of trouble is bound to ensue.
Rei's job makes the story interesting in that as an assassin does he really have any morality left. The dark persona displayed in his job life and the good persona portrayed in school are defining traits for a skilled assassin but it calls into question which is his real state of being. This for me makes me want to watch it, plus the interjection of Sakura into his world
is like the icing on the cake because it just throws a virtual monkey wrench into his plans.
With seemingly spot on voice acting, good graphical quality, and possibly really good dynamic interaction, I'm definitely keeping my eye on this anime. Let's hope it doesn't disappoint. I recommend this one as a good one to check out.
Code Breaker is not about Java security breaches but rather about a Japanese version of X-Men, cast with bishounen guys and a female version of Touma from Toaru Majutsu no Index. Basically, there are a great deal of children with "special abilities", which the government takes care of. The most powerful of these ability users are turned into 007-type agents that do the bidding of the Prime Minister, unbeknownst to the greater Japanese population. Our protagonist, Sakura, one day discovers one of these "code breakers" in action as he kills some unimportant fodder characters. Will her investigations lead her down a path of disaster?
of elemental super-humans is nothing new, explored in other shows like K and, more thoroughly, in the Toaru series. While the huge bishounen to female ratio is different, this only adds further questions to the show's purpose and target demographic. While the pretty-boy to girl ratio might seem to hint shoujo, don't expect any semblance of relationships here- it's all about calling out pointless catchphrases and battles. The plot is mildly entertaining but builds to a climax that just doesn't make sense. Not in the way of K's "there's some crazy s**t going on here" but in the illogical reasoning of the antagonist. Some may argue that this would have been better if it were longer but I'd say I'm pretty glad it's over. Unless you love action and are too young to use reason, please do yourself a favor and watch something else.
In general. the animation is fairly good. There's good detail, shadowing, and color balance. Character designs are unique and emotions (or lack thereof) are conveyed appropriately. However, combined with the plot, certain elements don't seem to mesh. For instance, you'll see Sakura getting pummeled (kicked in the face & body repeatedly) yet two minutes later she's walking fine with no bruises. Not to mention the special abilities themselves, which makes Dragonball appear scientifically sound, relatively speaking. Think you know chemistry? Ice vs fire? Forget it as here willpower and shouting determines which "element" wins.
This is ultimately a shonen show with lots of fighting and no fan service (unless you count Sakura's weird mother who constantly cosplays as a schoolgirl). Expect a lot of fighting and a lot of special effects.
The show opens with a techno-heavy rock piece, but the dude almost makes it feel shoujo appropriate. The ED reminds me a bit of some of Naruto's EDs, standard rock fare. More unique is the BGM, which is almost always on during the show. I'd go as far to say that BGM is overused in this show, as if they're afraid you'd lose attention if they stopped.
VAs do a fair job but are limited by the script and, well, lack of unique characterization in general.
The show follows Sakura as she shadows the cool, calculating, and emotionless Rei Oogami- supposedly trying to stop him from killing other people. Despite her moral cries of "there must be a better way", nothing is ever proposed and she basically ends up as a spectator to the works of the Code Breakers. The central plot line is indeed contiguous, but it is also riddled with unanswered questions and fallacies that end up ruining the show for those of us who have a brain. All the seemingly isolated terrorist events and killings eventually get linked to a single individual, and then the show builds to a predictable climax encounter that is resolved in just about the worst possible way, that is other than the Mass Effect 3 ending.
You get the impression that Code Breaker was going for something deep (moral questions, government conspiracy, etc.) but it ends up all feeling shallow and not terribly thought out. For instance, there are only six Code Breakers at a time. Why only six when they show literally hundreds of special ability children? Also, the support organization for the Breakers, Eden, seems to employ just about every other person in Japan so it seems that the general "populace" isn't as ignorant as suggested. In the end, this show ends up somewhere between K and Zetman. Not as baffling as the former and not as outright disappointing as the latter. While Code Breaker has decent action, the reasons behind it is underwhelming.
Sakura reminds me of other shoujo female leads (think Special A & Maid Sama). She's apparently every guy's crush at school and academically/physically gifted, though I find it odd that no one realizes that she's a child of basically a yakuza family. She's definitely labeled as "slow when it comes to love" as her actions make everyone else think she likes Oogami, when in fact she obviously has no interest in any guy. Both Sakura and Oogami have bewildering moral beliefs, Sakura will put herself at risk to help others while Oogami is on a crusade against "evil", whatever he thinks that is. So what character development can we expect here? Oogami goes from trying to kill Sakura repeatedly to being her bodyguard at the government's request. Yes, at the government's request. He himself shows little if any interest in Sakura's well-being.
Likewise, you'll find very cold relationships between practically everyone in this show. Confusingly, at times the code breakers act like a well-oiled team. Yet at other times they themselves claim that they almost always act solo. Ultimately, all the characters are given cookie-cutter personalities and are in general impossible to relate to.
The greatest value in this show is finding all the inconsistencies in the directing, presentation, and story. The story itself a mess that isn't worth telling and the characters might as well be amoeba. If you're not particularly desperate for a bit of action, steer clear.
This anime had a lot of potential, but for me its biggest flaw was how it handled its female characters, particularly the lead, Sakura. This review may have mild spoilers so don't read it if you intend to watch the anime.
1. It's frustrating to see a teenage girl THIS oblivious and idealistic in today's world. All that comes out other mouth are the words - please, stop, I beg you, you are wrong, don't do this, no, blah blah blah. I'm assuming her role was to act as the moral compass to Code Breaker 6's staunch ideals, but she only came across as a whiny,
useless teenage girl.
2. She is trained in martial arts and yet her best weapons are her tears. All she does is cry and beg for evil people to NOT be killed. Wow.
3. The man:woman ratio. In a world where half the population is female, this anime had only 3 female characters. And let me sum up these women for you-
Sakura the wimp
Sakura's mom who could have easily been her younger sister, what with her huge breasts and tiny waist
6's assistant, who also had big breasts and wore tiny mini skirts to her job and did everything in heels.
So essentially, the women were nothing but stereotypical props put there to please men. They could have easily been replaced by men, or better yet, could have their existence erased from the anime and nobody would have even noticed it.
4. Stereotyping women. Is this really what shounen anime and mangas are all about? No wonder young boys believe that women should be meek, submissive and have impossibly big breasts. People say porn gives men impossible expectations, but I'd say manga like Code: Breaker easily beat porn to it.
5. I hated how sexual assault is downplayed as "harmless" playfulness. When 4 grope's Sakura's breasts (TWICE) he does get a beating but not once does she say that it is WRONG of him to touch her without her CONSENT. This is a recurring theme I've seen in many shounen anime - sexual assault is okay, and women only either blush or slap you in exchange. And then everything is normal again, because that is exactly how it is in real life
Deeply saddened to see HOW women are portrayed, and how few of them even exist in shounen anime. They have 3 primary purposes it would seem -
Loving and caring mothers or elder sisters
Girlfriend/meek, sweet woman
Hot woman who fights her way through but eventually ends up falling for the man anyway.
If you like original, innovative anime with dynamic characters and complex storylines, turn away now. Turn away and don’t look back. However, if you’re looking for something with super-powered, angsty pretty boys and rather cool fight scenes, you might want to give this a try.
By far, Code:Breaker is the most generic anime I’ve ever seen, and its start is much rougher than its conclusion. For the first 5 or 6 episodes, I had this anime pinned as a 4. The two main characters, a Mary Sue and a cliché, angst-ridden teenage boy, were the perfect broken record duo. Every fight turned into a bland, depthless
argument between whiny Sakura and expressionless Ogami. “Don’t kill this man!” says Sakura. “But I’m evil,” says Ogami, and incinerates the man’s head. “Oh, well then don’t kill THAT man!” says Sakura. “But I’m evil.” Ad. Nauseum.
The only saving grace of the anime came in the later episodes, with the slightly more interesting other Code:Breakers and the steady break-down of Ogami’s heartlessness. The save wasn’t amazing, but it made the series watchable despite its flaws. I remember being genuinely excited maybe once or twice.
Story: The concept has a lot of potential that simply fell flat. “Code:Breakers” are government agents who do the politicians’ dirty work. They all have special abilities, and were recruited due to their uniqueness. The main conflict has an X-men-esque taste of mutant super humans wanting to be recognized in society. Unfortunately, they don’t explore this any further than that. Code:Breakers want recognition, government won’t give it to them. The end?
In addition, each arc was generic. Generic bad guys, generic reason for being evil, generic take down, move on. The fights were well-animated, and the Code:Breakers’ special abilities made the fights at least interesting to watch. On the whole, nothing special. The final fight with the “big bad” Hitomi, an ex-Code:Breaker, was more interesting, if not for it being bogged down by Hitomi’s motive making no sense. More on that later.
Characters: Oh god…where to start? Well the main character Sakura is one of the most useless main characters to come out in recent history. She is perfect in every way, the beauty of the school whom literally EVERY guy chases. She opens her locker every day to find it stuffed with love letters. A Mary Sue start is never good, and Sakura never redeems herself. She preaches non-violence like it’s going out of style, but never with a good reason. Moral characters can be interesting, usually depending on their motives and backstories for being so moral. Sakura, though, has none of these. If I had a dime for every time she said “Killing is wrong!” or “You can’t kill people!” I’d be a very rich person. It’s vaguely hinted that she experienced violence in the past, but it’s never built on. She’s a depthless foil to Ogami’s cool, collected murder. This senseless, shallow morality of hers wouldn’t be half as annoying if she were of any use. Unfortunately for her, she’s not super-powered. She can only sit in the background whining about killing while Ogami sets everyone on fire.
Ogami. I’ve been trying to avoid using any internet lingo in this review, but he is the perfect representation of a “2edgy4me” character. For those unfamiliar with the term, he is a character who tries to be dark, mysterious, and edgy simply for the sake of being dark, mysterious, and edgy. Most of his actions serve no purpose other than to show “Wow, Ogami will do edgy stuff!” Sakura is guilty of egging this on, since most of her broken-record complaints serve as fodder prompting Ogami to dive into a monologue about why he must be dark and edgy. He claims to be evil for no real reason. He claims to be inhuman for no real reason. At the end of the day, he’s just a super-powered boy who’s been hired to kill bad guys, nothing more, nothing less.
The bad guys are, if anything, worse than Ogami and Sakura. They’re perhaps more tolerable because they never stick around long, but for the short time they’re around, they suck. The prime minister in charge of the Code:Breakers is as two dimensional as it gets. He’s the man just there to piss off Sakura with level-headed speeches about how unimportant the lives of Code:Breakers are. He’s also the character who doesn’t know when he’s been defeated. He transitions instantly from wetting his pants in sheer terror (since he’s hanging over the edge of a 100-story building) to mocking the Code:Breaker who saved him for being “too soft.” The villains have the most potential for depth, since many of their twisted mindsets for doing evil are downright fascinating. For this bad guy, he’s evil for the sake of evil, depthless, and cold for no reason.
Every other goon is as generically evil as possible. They abuse super-powered children because edgy bad guys do that. They kick dogs because that’s what edgy bad guys do. They never seem to have any motive for the time they’re on screen. They simply gloat about their evilness and dick around until Ogami incinerates their heads. All the while Sakura begs Ogami to spare them. Lather, rinse, repeat. The big bad Hitomi is more interesting, considering his fleshed out character. He is an ex-Code:Breaker, who loved protecting his friends and citizens like nothing else. That is, until he discovered Code:Breakers eventually self-destruct from using their powers. At this point, he decides it’s a good idea to flee, plant bombs around Japan, and kill 50,000 people so that Japan will be forced to recognize the Code:Breakers who protect them. WHAT?
Luckily the other characters save the cast from being complete crap. Toki, who has the rather generic motivation of “protecting his sister”, at least has more depth than most of the lot, since he tries to hide this fact. Most of the other Code:Breakers in the cast have enough depth to be tolerable, and Sakura’s parents are decently entertaining. The Sakura fanboys, though, could definitely have been left out.
Art: I won’t lie, the art is nice. The animation, for the most part, is smooth. The fights are well-executed, and the boys are all very, VERY pretty. Code:Breaker is eye candy: the anime. I’d be tempted to say that the art makes Ogami the perfect guilty-pleasure character, essentially the Sasuke of the series. In summation: pretty boys, cool fights.
Music: This will be short, because I never really noticed the music throughout the show. It was certainly not bad, but nothing of note stood out.
Overall: about a 6/10. It was saved from a lower rating by the slightly interesting side characters, cool fights, and semi-decent backstory for the big bad. Ogami’s cold shell starts to melt around the seventh episode, which saved his character from being completely static. The change wasn’t too drastic, but it helped. Working against it, of course, are the poorly executed plot-line and the depthless, annoying main characters. At the beginning, I watched it because it was fun to make fun of it. Toward the end, I watched because of its redeeming qualities. At no point was in unwatchable, but certainly not something that was ever impressive. However, if angsty pretty boys are your guilty pleasure, and you like super-powered fighting scenes, Code:Breaker might be worth a shot.
This is a anime that truly speaks to those who like action depends on what kind and those who like the supernatural. The animation in this series so far can be considered questionable as it does not represent the style of the story. The appearance of the characters are i'd say correctly done and the voice of the characters suit how they are they act and their personalities. I like this anime because of how it is unique but find some dislike in how it has been set out so far.
I'd give this anime a 7/10 for everything and can only hope that it will
improve over time.
To start i liked this anime. It had action, superpowers, romance and many good stuff. Another feature i liked was the number of episodes.13. I like anime that has a little series.
So this anime is about a girl Sakura and a mysterious guy Ogami. First it has romance and mystery.Soon the whole series turn into action. The characters were good, especially i liked Yuki and Heike.
To sum up it is a good anime if you like superpowers but still realistic setting
Looking at the image of this anime, I thought it would be amazing, but i was sorely disappointed. It's not necessarily a bad anime, its the characters themselves that leave something to be desired. Normally, as time goes on in an anime, characters develop and change. Here they don't
Sakura probably changes the most throughout this anime when she meets a Code:Breaker named Oogami Rei, who, sadly, is a A-hole pretty much the whole anime, though she some how manages to fall in love with him.
Admittedly he does have a tragic back story and does deserve some pity, but he never changes. I would talk
about the other characters, but such little is known about them that it would be practically impossible.
The plot is the one good thing this anime has going for it. A secret organization called Code:Breakers, consisting of agents with super powers that quite simply "do not exist". Their goal is to stop a former Code:Breaker named Hitomi who wants only one thing. Recognition for the accomplishments of him and his comrades, who "do not exist". And he will do almost anything to get it.
Code: Breaker kind of bothers me, I've been pondering for 5 minutes on how to start this review but with all my thoughts and ideas I can't even fathom a way to make this opening paragraph seem enticing to the reader. You might be thinking that this is because of lazy writing or that I'm not on my A-game because I barely have the time or enthusiasm to write these anymore. But.. It's not that. No, the reason I can't say anything for this anime in my aimless opening paragraph is simply because this anime is so average. So mediocre. So normal. That's not to
say it's bad. I'm hardly ready to grab my torch and pitch-fork over the 13 episodes I was exposed to, but I am ready to give you a long sigh and a little insight as to why I find Code: Breaker so hard to praise.
The World of Code: Breaker is somewhat typical. In fact, now that I think about it, many anime seem to follow a "red pill, blue pill" format and this is no exception.
If you don't understand my Matrix reference then let me enlighten you by tying it into what happens in Code: Breaker. We have our young MC living a normal life until one day a mysterious person enters the mix with powers that should only be possible by the system admin. From this point forward our beloved MC is thrust into a world of mystery and corruption, being told that she has "lifted the veil" in a way, exposing herself to the true world around her. This is what I mean by "red pill, blue pill" and its sadly overused in the anime genre.
I feel as if introducing a newbie to the group is the easiest way to start a story and it also happens to be the most popular. Which is why I find it extremely insulting when by the end credits you realise she didn't really do anything. Sure she blocked a few potshots but the story heavily implied that the MC is extremely important and we only know that when the story tells us that because most of the time her only job is to play constant devils-advocate to people who really couldn't give a sh*t.
Furthermore, the later story is nothing special. A typical "stop the terrorists" plot except with the epic twist that the leader is everyone's old mentor.... I don't know about you but a twist like keeps the plot as straight as a ruler... actually its not even a twist, but it was supposed to make the story more interesting, which it failed to do... mainly because we don't know anyone.
Tldr; I have two words for you, Generic and average.
Art and Sound -
Not really much to be said about this. The art was pretty standard and the only reason I'm boosting it up to a 7 was because of the sharp and interesting portrayal of the Code: Breakers powers.
In terms of sound? Nothing really stood out. I say this a lot in my reviews but this time I mean it in a different way. If you listen to the soundtracks of Bleach, Fairy Tail, FullMetal: Alchemist, The Seven Deadly Sins and others then you'll find that every epic moment or sad moment is complimented by an eruption of sound that almost dominates the atmosphere. In Code: Breakers, I barely even noticed that there was sound besides when people spoke... I won't go as far to say that the music was bad... It just didn't compliment anything.
Lemme be honest with you, I didn't find this anime by browsing the catalogue or going on Reddit. I was looking specifically for an anime with a badass protagonist. After looking around and asking a few people I decided that this would probably be the one for me. I was wrong. Oogami was supposed to be a badass and I suppose, in a way, he is but I simply can't get over how boring the motherf*cker is. He isn't witty, he isn't funny, hell, he isn't really that talkative. He just walks around and turns on his blow-torch when he gets pissed off. Meh.
By far my favourite character was Heike as he actually had some interesting uses of his powers besides "throwing them at people". There is, of course, his horribly over emphasised posh-boy attitude which I don't really mind as his wits and actions kind of justify them. There was also Tenpouin, who has always seemed half asleep and somewhat deluded. Not sure why I liked him, he just seemed different.
As for the rest, they were pretty normal, the perfect midpoint between the boring oven-light and the cat-person... can't really sing much praise but at the same time I can't disregard them as worse than average.
What can I say... If I can direct your attention to my first paragraph in which I said that this anime was average, you can probably guess what I would say in this section. Although I did enjoy the process of watching it more than I did looking back on it when I was done.
Code: Breakers is far from a waste of time, In fact, I recommend that you watch it. Its perfectly ok television to watch, I simply wouldn't put any aspect of it on a top 10 list. Which is one mistake that Orzzzz.com made on their "Top 10 short anime with badass main character" list, which I found... and read... and then decided to watch Code: Breakers because of it.
So well done Code: Breakers, you got the first ever honourary MEH award. Wear it with pride.
I think this anime perhaps is suitable for those who recently starting to get into the anime world. But for those who already masters the world of anime, this is, as harsh as it might sound, rubbish.
So the plot at first is interesting though lacks of originality but as the story progresses, it becomes downright cliche to the point that I cringe. I'm not even joking. It's so, so, predictable. The boring villains? You have it in this anime. The cold and cool protagonist? All's here for you. All the anime cliches' it's all here, no doubt.
Where do I even begin?
Oh lord. Again, so cliche and annoying.
Sakurakouji Sakura, I despise her character. I know that despise is a strong word to use but it matches how I honestly feel about her character. She's like your typical anime/fanfic girl that's overly famous despite her average look, good in sports and studies and have tones of fans at school. She's annoying, pathetic, weak; all the negative adjective goes to her. She refuse to see people got hurt and die but all she does is beg for it to stop instead of using her special pyhsical abilities. As smart as she is claimed to be, she is clueless in love, which again, so, so, cliche. You'll understand why I hate her so much after watching this anime.
Ogami: Three words; Cliche, pathetic and weak. His character doesn't develop well.
Hitomi: Your typical villain.
There's more characters and all of them are weak, I dare say. If I must choose a favourite character in here, I'll choose Yuuki, the supporting role in this anime. He's not original too, true but at least it's fun watching his scenes.
Like I said again, this might be enjoyable for anime newbies, but for me, a person who has lived and breathed anime 24/7, this is crap.
I haven't read the manga but I heard it's way better than the adaptation. I will proceed with the manga instead of continuing with the anime adaptation.
Final score: 3/10 (just because I do enjoy the bishonen characters and Yuuki's funny parts, that's all)
Although the shows initial premise its intriguing, a force of good trying to influence a force of evil, and discuss the morality in different forms of justice, it quickly proves to be be poor in substance.
Code:Breaker offers an incoherent plot, two-dimensional characters, and oh so painful dialogue. Not only does the show often fail to answer the questions it poses, but it actively presents something idiotic whenever it does offer something to think about.
The action scenes are fun to watch. The art style and animation are good, and the different powers that characters have make for entertaining fights. If flashiness alone isn't enough to
justify watching something for you, then there is no good reason to watch Code:Breaker.
This series surely had potential from what i saw in the manga series, but the anime played too much with storyline which ruined the characters of the story. This series has also failed to grasp the depths and darkness of the story which ought to be highlighted.