“Excuse me sir, you’re speeding in a playground zone. Please pull over so I can burn you to death.”
|Well, did Code:Breaker survive your three episode test? It did better than I thought it would with mine. …Though to tell you the truth, I would have kept blogging it even if it turned out absolutely terrible.|
Not much really happened this episode, but I guess it did go a bit more into the thin line Rei walks between what we would consider ‘good’ and ‘evil’. The reasons he kills people is for good, but this episode showed yet another good side of him where he saved countless people from yakuza drug dealers and helped a girl want to live. …Putting it that way makes his actions seem so much more noble. So Rei does do good, it’s just his execution and the fact that he doesn’t really give a damn about anyone’s lives that make him a darker (and in my opinion), more interesting character. Code:Breaker would be way different if Rei was a bright eyed school boy who believed in the best of everyone like Sakura does. I don’t know if repeating his code of ‘evil for evil’ over and over again as her burned people was really necessary though. We get it already. I guess we kind of saw a different side of him during the school scenes as well since he’s not really threatening to kill everyone to shut Sakura up anymore. We’ll see more of what that becomes later in the series though.
This episode is what I meant about Sakura getting annoying occasionally. She really pushes her views that everyone has some good in them, no matter the circumstances or how ridiculous it seems. I guess her stubbornness/resolve is a good part of her, since it sets her apart from most other useless shounen heroines, but it can get annoying after a while. Though with that though, she’s not too stubborn to label Rei as pure evil, since she realized that him strangling the girl was his way of slapping her back to reality. Sakura has never really been a shounen heroine that I like, but I can tolerate her character since she is a pretty good balance of traits.
On to what this has to do with the episode’s plot… Yeah. It was just more showcasing on how the world is corrupt and even the police don’t really care about justice. We’ll be seeing lots of this in the next couple of episodes as well until they start the power user vs. power user fights.
“An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth, and the Steel Hammer of Justice for Evil.”
So, a brief introduction for Nenene this episode as well as yet another Code:Breaker (and my favourite character next to Emperor), Toki. …Dear lord, Nenene’s eyes are huge. I like the seiyuu chosen for both of the characters thus far though. An interesting fact: Toki’s seiyuu, Suzumura Kenichi, sings the ED song. It would probably be more fitting for Rei’s seiyuu (or even Sakura’s) to sing it, since he’s the main character, but whatever. Suzumura is a great singer and kind of has a career in it, so why not. …I don’t even know if Okamoto can sing in the first place.
Anyways, back to the characters. Again, the effects they used for the powers looked great. Toki’s magnetism kind of looked like silver sand or something, but it still came across as magnetism well enough (and I have no idea how else they’d show it). I guess the research put into showing sound and magnetism really paid off. Speaking of, Yuuki kind of fell into irrelevance again this episode after his mini fight with Hitomi, but he should get a bigger part soon enough. …This is probably lost on most of you, but was Yukihina always partnered with Hitomi? I can’t seem to remember when he first appeared. Everyone in this series changes sides so often, I can’t remember who the original alliances are aside from the numbered Codes. OTL
As for the Sakura and Rei hug moment… Well, I can’t exactly say that my shoujo side even really reacted to that. At this point, Sakura and Rei are still at odds and it seemed more like Sakura still forcing her ideals on Rei as opposed to anything terribly romantic. That being said, I’d much prefer to hear your opinions on that scene. What did you think of all of that? Do you think they’re couple material?
It was pretty much more of the same this episode, but it wasn’t bad at all. I like the pace this is going at and I don’t think the story dragged as much as I thought it would. At this point I feel like I’m repeating the same things over and over again though in regards to the episodes. It’s going good, but nothing has really been accomplished since we’re still establishing characters, the moral grounds this story builds on, and the fact that there are teenagers running around killing people because the government says so. The next episode should be better for that since it looks like the story goes into the Toki and Rei rivalry a bit. …Which means character interaction that isn’t just Rei and Sakura! Yay! The plot gets more interesting as more characters are added into it and start interacting~.
Next episode should have a proper introduction for Toki and a battle(ish) between him and Rei. I don’t really remember them fighting at this point in time, but I’ll just trust in the director for now. Hopefully the actual animation looks less derpy than the preview.