Jan 3, 2013

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Code:Breaker episodes 12 & 13

The only good thing about these episodes was that I could watch them one after the other. What the hell is wrong with endings these days? The sad thing is; Code:Breaker’s ending was one of the better ones I’ve seen lately. That’s just really sad…

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_12_[720p][10bit][F0B936D2].mkv_snapshot_02.12_[2013.01.02_22.31.03]I’m going to skip right past all the nonsense about whom did what and where. I’m going straight for the good stuff. Toki, whom had finally found his father, the prime minister, was actually unsure about what to do next. Would he kill that man? Would he save that man, only to see him continue in his evil ways? Yeah… It was exciting for almost a whole minute.

I’m going straight to the part where Hitomi, the story’s villain, finally lost control after he realized that his bombs, thanks to Masaomi’s double crossing, weren’t going off anymore. He finally snapped. It was nice to see him lose control for once. The composed Hitomi started the piss me off like you wouldn’t imagine.

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_13_[720p][10bit][A8914C73].mkv_snapshot_01.43_[2013.01.02_22.32.25]Hitomi, after having reached his boiling point, unleashed all of his power, only to find himself standing face to face to his Code:End. His powers ran out of control when Rei revealed his true power, thereby bestowing a painful death upon him. It’s a good thing he managed to inflict some damage to the prime minister though, he deserved it.

Now, most people would be satisfied by this, and normally I would agree. However, what the hell is going on with Rei? Why did he disappear? Why didn’t Sakura do anything? She stood in the middle of it all since episode one, so why was she so useless? It was a strange ending that left me with so many questions… I can only hope there’s going to be a bit more Code:Breaker content in the future that will answer some of those questions.

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Dec 28, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 11

Ugh, my entire schedule is completely blown to bits due to the holidays. Some shows aren’t airing this weeks and some aren’t being subbed on time. There’s no room for a social life in an anime geek’s life. Nah, I’m just joking around. Everyone deserves a break to enjoy these festive times.

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_11_[720p][10bit][89809125].mkv_snapshot_08.42_[2012.12.27_23.17.15]I hate to say it like this, but nothing major has changed. Hitomi still has the prime minister, also known as Toki’s father, in his pocket, Masaomi is still behind Hitomi and the Code:Breakers are still hopelessly trying to stop them from accomplishing their goal. It’s by no means a secret that Yuuki’s my favourite character in this show, but disabling dozens and dozens of bombs is absolutely impossible for him, even though he’s awesome. His ability, the ability to manipulate sound waves, will probably do more bad than good when it comes to disarming bombs.

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_11_[720p][10bit][89809125].mkv_snapshot_20.38_[2012.12.27_23.18.09]Rei had to take on Hitomi by himself, even though Sakura was right there. I don’t see how she, a girl with the ability to render all powers useless, could get caught like that, even if she hasn’t mastered her power. Rei now has to do everything by himself, and it’s not working as well as he had hoped. His idea to use his blade and the ground as a conductor for Hitomi’s electricity has backfired.

Meanwhile Masaomi was dominating Toki while Yukihina was about to start his fight against Rui, whom survived Masaomi’s attack. I like her! I like her power to be more specific. The idea of a tomboy using her shadow as a weapon is kind of cool. Rather, she uses her shadow to attack other people’s shadow. All damage dealt to their shadow becomes ‘real’. Nice!

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Dec 19, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 10

Oh no, not one of these… I hate these episodes (not really)! They always make me think twice about which side is good and which is bad. I suppose it makes the story worthwhile. It stops people from picking the obvious main character, in this case Rei. Not that it matters in my case, seeing as Rei’s far from being my favourite.

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_10_[720p][10bit][7896A22A].mkv_snapshot_03.50_[2012.12.18_21.43.51]The episode shows a lot about the Code:Breaker’s past and about the organization behind it all. It all comes down to the fact that Code:Breakers, people with (powerful) special abilities that have been handpicked by those in power, are nothing more than disposable tools, even though Hitomi didn’t realize it at first and still joined up with them.

I always thought that it was strange, but I never really took notice of it. After all, all of the Code:Breakers are now aware of the consequences, and know that their powers can go out of control if they can’t go “lost”. I guess that whole going “lost” business is like a pressure valve; it takes away some of the pressure for twenty-four hours, so that the person in question doesn’t go berserk.

[sage-koi]_CØDE:BREAKER_-_10_[720p][10bit][7896A22A].mkv_snapshot_06.59_[2012.12.18_21.44.07]It was an interesting episode, that’s for sure. It made me rethink that whole “fighting for justice” bullsh*t that the Code:Breakers claim to be doing. Sure, they take out bad guys every now and again, but at what cost? None of those guys seem to be operating under the idea of “kill one guy and maybe save a dozen”, especially not Rei.

I know I had my doubts about Code:Breaker at first, and for good reason too, but I’m actually looking forward to the ending. I have high hopes and I’m confident when saying that it’s probably going to be a good one. I can’t wait to see what happens!

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Dec 12, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 09

Code:Breaker is declining fast… The ratings are slowly dropping, several fan subbers have stopped subbing it and the story is becoming very predictable. It’s really a shame. What started out as an interesting and promising show, is now slowly turning into a predictable cliché.

So Hitomi captured Sakura… Who cares? She has the ability to nullify all powers, so, in theory at least, she could just walk out there with Rei and the rest. But no, Sakura rather sticks around to argue with Hitomi about his methods and whatnot. As if that helps? A teenage girl trying to convince a person with super powers not to take over the world… Yeah, very convincing.

I don’t even know why Rei still tries. Hell, I don’t even know why his agent still tries. She couldn’t possibly kill him, even if she did want to, which she doesn’t. Hitomi only has to use a little bit of his powers to gain control over her body. Those kinds of situations make me wish I had the same powers.

I’m going to stop here… There’s not much more I can tell. Rei wants to defeat Hitomi but isn’t strong enough, Sakura wants to convince Hitomi but doesn’t know how, that agent thinks she can stop Hitomi but part of her doesn’t want to, Toki still thinks he’s the hero of the show, and Hitomi and Yukihina still think they’re doing the right thing by dragging the whole world into chaos. Maybe that’s true. Maybe that’s the only way to get rid of crime, corruption and all sorts of evil. After all, the Code:Breaker’s credo is to fight evil with evil, right?

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Nov 28, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 08

I am truly disappointed by this episode. I don’t care what people say, this episode was just bad. The most obvious of all twists took place this week. Why? Why in the hell would you want to make it so obvious? Nobody actually benefits from this, I’m sure.

I’m going to keep this as short and powerful as possible; what the hell was up with that pathetic twist? Hell, I’ll get to that. Let’s focus on the fact that the Prime Minister is actually Toki’s father, which I already suspected. I actually want to focus a bit more on the strange relationship he shares with his younger sister. A power user must’ve done something to her, seeing as it looks as though she has two personality. Maybe it’s just psychological or maybe she herself is a power user. Either way, it’s strange and rather cruel towards Toki. That was the part I actually liked.

Now, what was with that ridiculous twist? I knew Masaomi was up to something. He didn’t look surprised, he was never actually attacked and he never actually used his powers to harm Hitomi, which would’ve been fairly easy for someone like him. But no, he obviously gathered every Code:Breaker in one location, just so that his accomplice could abduct Toki’s father, the prime minister. It couldn’t have been more obvious. I knew something was off with that character. Let’s face it, people… He was number two, the second strongest Code:Breaker, yet he didn’t waste any time by trying to capture Hitomi. He just played a role, that’s it. But, when all is said and done, I’m rather glad that the cat’s finally out of the bag.

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Nov 20, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 07

Switching time! Normally I would’ve written about Bakuman for Tuesday. But, since Bakuman is usually released late, I have no other choice but to switch Code:Breaker with Bakuman. Not a bad idea though, because this week’s episode of Code:Breaker was awesome and I really want to write down what I want to say about it.

Let’s talk about that whole being “Lost” thing. It’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Frankly, I was under the impression that people would power would permanently lose their powers. But no, they get sick (in their own way) for a whole day, so they just lose their powers for twenty-four hours. I was so relieved. I can’t imagine this anime without Rei as the main character. And Rei is not Rei without his powers.

I also liked it when everyone decided to retreat to Sakura’s house. Sakura, being the daughter of a Yakuza boss, is well protected by dozens of armed men. That is probably why she suggested that she and her friends retreated to her house. A very smart move indeed. It makes me want to know more about Sakura and where she comes from.

But, the one that really took the cake was Hitomi, Code:Breaker zero-one. He betrayed the organization and is plotting to destroy it. He, using the power of electricity, easily infiltrated Sakura’s home and almost managed to abduct her, even though that wasn’t actually his plan. To think that one guy could do so much damage. And the way that character uses his ability is brilliant. After all, electricity could somewhat operate the body, even after death.

Hell, I was surprised that he, being the decoy and all, actually managed to find another person with powers to abduct the prime minister while he was entertaining all the Code:Breakers. That character could definitely take down that organization like this, especially since Masaomi, Code:Breaker zero-two, couldn’t even put a scratch on Hitomi.

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Nov 14, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 06

Wow, the madness in Code:Breaker just got a whole lot worse. It’s strange, because I still don’t know where they’re going with this story. What do they want from all of this? What is the reason the Code:Breakers exist? For what reason are they fighting? There’s so much that’s missing…

What started out as a dull-looking episode soon changed for the worse. Rei met up with one of his colleagues and listen to his moaning for about a minute. Things seemed normal. He talked normally, went to school normally and continued to treat people like sh*t normally. It was plain and simple. That’s when I started thinking about where they were trying to go with the story.

Rei’s classmates even threw him a welcome party after he joined their class. The idiot actually thought that Sakura, because she was acting so strange, was telling everyone about his little secret. Sigh, throwing that guy a part is the last thing they should’ve done. It was a miracle that no one got hurt (for all we know).

Now, we all know that the Code:Breaker organisation is far from being perfect. A few of them are corrupted and actually mounted an attack on Sakura. It seems kind of unfair, the ability to control (dead) people and use them to do your dirty work. A real warrior gets his own hands dirty, instead of letting others do it for him.

I, of course, saved the best for last. It seems that the Code:Breakers, or anyone with powers for that matter, all have one thing in common; they get “lost”. Basically, from what I could tell at least, their powers go out of control and do the user a lot of harm. Toki, after getting “lost”, ended up as a little, harmless boy. I’m quite interested in finding out more about this, especially since Rei is experiencing the same thing right now.

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Nov 7, 2012

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Code:Breaker episode 05

How typical… Kill one enemy and a stronger one emerges from god only knows where… I believe, as stupid as it may sound to some, that a show can be based by how the story works. The way in which the enemies appear in Code:Breaker is not very subtle and could use some improvement. Take a look at anime like Naruto or One Piece; they subtly introduce new enemies or turn friendly’s into enemies.

The way Code:Breaker introduces a new enemy may leave a bit to be desired, but the rest of the story is without a doubt very good. I was under the impression that those two gay-looking men were power-users, just like Rei and Toki. I never would have guessed that they were actually using other people’s powers, children’s powers at that.

I already had a feeling that at least one of the Code:Breakers was corrupt. It’s only to be expected. At least one of the “good guys” always takes a look at the other side, only to be tempted by it. Sometimes its power, sometimes its money or sometimes they do it because it’s fun. I’m guessing that it’s because of power, seeing as this is an anime about people with powers.

Sakura knows now how corrupt her world is. She thought that she could force her own sense of justice, but her foundation soon crumbled when she found out that powerful politicians were behind all of the misfortune she has encountered with Rei. It was only a matter of time, and, although I don’t know it myself, I’m sure she will find another way to try and convince herself that there’s justice in her world.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. I was surprised by this episode, I really was. I never would’ve imagined that they were using little kids to harvest organs and powers. Makes me wonder what they’re going to do now to show us other people with powers.

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