According to Aristotle, decisions of great causes must not be determined by personal judgment, but by according to written rules and laws. These ideals are meant to be implemented as a foundation of ruling—this includes judicial ruling. Can this ideal be meant for man to follow as well? Sakurakoji, your typical teenager with brains and a nice body (just saying) believes in the justice system—criminals must be judged by the law of the land and be dealt with accordingly. One day on her way home on a bus, she witnesses a group of men burning alive in a blue blaze. She quickly investigates what just happened but is unable to figure out the situation. The next day a new transfer student named Ogami Rei begins attending her school—instantly, she recognizes him from the night before and has deep suspicion that he may have been related to the incident she has witnessed. She learns that her suspicions were correct and parallel to her morals; Ogami Rei believes those who have done evil must be removed. “An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth—evil for evil.” His belief in vengeance has brought him to believe that he is the ‘evil; that must execute evil. After finding out Ogami was indeed the reason for the incineration of these men, she later learns that he and 5 other people are part of an organization working under the government called Code: Breaker, one who ‘does not exist’. Code: Breaker members are equipped with ‘special abilities’ which prove valuable to the government. Their main objective as Ogami says is to “take out the trash”—or assassinate corrupt and evil men throughout the country. Although the government assigns the assassinations to bring these corrupt men to justice, a hidden agenda is yet to be revealed—the REAL purpose of Code: Breaker’s existence and the unavoidable fate they must face.
To start off with Code: Breaker, I am certain that the intended audiences were male, but as a female reviewing this anime I especially love the reverse harem—Sakurakoji surrounded by beautiful men (the Code: Breakers besides Code 05). However, I must say the animation is by far exceptional. The storyline fit the style which WAS NOT MOE yet the guys do not look TOO bishie (bishounen) either. The color schematic was of any other anime—urban style yet stayed true to traditional hues. The accents of neon hues when a special ability is at play were effective in emitting supernatural forces. I am pleased with the quality put into the anime—for those with at most 13 episodes, it is a tragedy that it must be so short. Even so I prefer the quality over length how long the series should be. Usually, this aspect is nitpicky but I always pay attention to the quality of hair in action animes—strange I am sure but it a major staple instilled to anime characters are their hair. The quality of ‘hair-blowing’ was kept intact and I am truly grateful. (I have seen animes such as Inu Yasha and Wedding Peach—while an attack was executed the hair was drawn very poorly and it bothers me). The city whom the Code: Breakers protect was created cleanly; while the city of Tokyo was being blown up, it shows how active the citizens were which created a greater tension when Hitomi threatened to destroy the country. I absolutely loved the animation of the city in the opening—displayed the lives they must protect in such a hustle and bustle atmosphere.
The opening song was just fantastic as it should be—Dark Shame by Grandrodeo is of a J-rock genre. The voice was like of s-CRY-ed opening, “Reckless Fire” which I personally enjoy. The opening by the way always gives the viewer assumptions on what kind of character of those that are shown would be. It had deceived me one too many times (mostly in Code: 02’s case. WOW).
The background music in particular is not of a usual anime I might add—the whimsical music playing when a comedic scenes rules out is not of a typical instrumental, but upbeat, almost Disney like. Also, I noticed that Hitomi’s theme was very consistent. It begins happy and sharply turns just like his loyalty to the Code: Breakers—it indeed fits him. The fight music background is very suitable and is played appropriately I have no objections. Besides the comical scenes with the background music, it is just like any other anime.
Each Code: Breaker member has their own flavor—it is appealing that their special ability matches their personality. For instance, Code 05 Toki is a very vibrant and gets along with others very easily yet becomes very cold (almost emitting true hatred) to those who are close to him—like a magnet! Another example would be Code 04 Yuki who has a very interesting character especially when it is toward Sakurakoji. Like a cat, Yuki’s vision and hearing are impeccable (also his “Lost” phase is a cute surprise)—his special ability being sound waves gives him an advantage when it comes to sensing danger and being aware of surroundings.
On another note, character development was nicely done on Ogami. Having Sakurakoji at his right hand side (not intentionally) played a huge role—not as a typical love interest (which is obvious) but as a tangible conscience. Sakurakoji establishes a moral foundation through her lifestyle, words, and most definitely her actions. Sakurakijo’s display of selflessness and care slowly affects Ogami’s judgment especially with his docile attitude. It is pleasing to say that she is warming his heart without making it so lovey-dovey which is a plus. I am glad she is not a helpless damsel in distress although she does get herself in these situations. Her tough attitude and fearlessness ALWAYS seem to get her into a pickle, but can also have its positive aspects (such as saving the team from numerous attacks). Lastly I would love to praise the main antagonist—to match an OP team; you either have an OP one man show, an army, or “the Hulk”. Hitomi former Code 01 is the mastermind behind the whole charade.
Not only is he the main instigator for the whole show, but part of battle the Code: Breakers must face is the fact he was once a dear friend and respected mentor. Although this may be the case, it does make for a tough fight because he was once the leader. What has me a little uneasy is his drive—although he has found disturbing information about the Code: Breakers and the fate they must face, I would like his purpose to be much more solid (although I do understand his ‘moral duty’—for some reason his strive for ultimate justice have many plot holes). In the end his God complex was played much into the core reason for
I had some disagreements with Hitomo’s drive, but it in the end all the pieces fit. My expectations were a bit high in judgment, but it is completely understandable. My expectations were a bit high in judgment probably because of Yuyu Hakusho: Season 3. In Yuyu Hakusho, the main antagonist for the third arc had a similar circumstance right after a traumatizing event (a demon blood bath). In Code: Breaker I only wish that they were a bit more graphic when it came to the deaths of former Code: Breakers.
Aside the heavy tone of the story, the comedic aspects were truly warm. I especially love the atmosphere Ogami and Sakurakoji created around their classmates! Their assumption for a relationship left me rolling for obviousness that their business together was not personal.
I am glad it all wrapped up nicely—the foreshadow that the Prime Minister mention “Seekee” has got me going straight the fastest manga website I could type. I had seen the art for the manga and I am happy to say the anime has stayed true to the art! Also, a treat for any shoujo fans, our precious Ogami has definitely become dynamic. OFF TO THE MANGA!