Remember when I reviewed Kamisama Kiss last year? Do you remember when I said how I originally dropped it after one episode and that I picked it up again for some reason? Remember how much I enjoyed it? So much so that I am enjoying the hell out of it’s second season? Well, here I am again with another series I dropped after a few episodes during Impressions AND it has two voice actors that were in Kamisama Kiss. Maybe I’ll be two for two with this one! We’ll see.
Code:Breaker is a 13 episode Action/Supernatural/Comedy series based on the manga by Akimine Kamijyo and published by Kodansha. The manga is currently available in the US thanks to Del Rey Comics. The series from Kinema Citrus studios and director Yasuhiro Irie aired during the Fall 2012 season. As of this review, the series is licensed by FUNimation Entertainment (NA) and Madman Entertainment (AUS). It is also available for legal streaming thanks to Hulu (US only) and FUNimation (NA).
Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire as a boy her age remains unharmed and stands over the people. When she goes back to the site the next day, there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. When Sakura goes to class, she discovers the new transfer student is the same boy she saw the day before. Sakura soon learns that he is Ogami Rei, the sixth "Code: Breaker," a special type of assassin with a strange ability and also a member of a secret organization that serves the government.
Animation wise, the series is rather solid. It manages to keep a high quality with it’s animation, only taking little dips here and there for the sake of comedic effect. Though I do wish, slightly, that they would play a little bit more with facial expressions because there are some that are rather flat and expressionless. This can mostly be said about Yuki, but then there’s Heike who just looks evil but actually isn’t. It makes for some rather confusing ideas about characters. The action scenes are handled rather well, with the supernatural powers each of our Code:Breakers posses animated to the fullest extent. As for the soundtrack, it’s a little bit of an odd one. If I had to describe it, I would make the comparison to One Piece’s soundtrack. They use rather intense, yet somehow upbeat tracks throughout the series. But the difference between these two is Code:Breaker seems to use it at the wrong time and it can be rather overpowering. It made it a little hard to focus on what the characters talk about at times, and it also seemed to over use some of it’s tracks when it didn’t really need to.
|Who'd a thought Haberkorn had a potty mouth?!|
|An eye for an eye... A tooth for a tooth... And evil for evil...|
Final Rating: 5/10 An action series with good morals, but not so good writing.
Next time, we begin the countdown to 100 with.... Well.... Why don't you see for yourself!