An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and evil for evil.
|Judging from just cover art alone and trailers I always thought Code:Breaker looked a bit like Ao no Exorcist thanks to the blue fire and also the title just sounds like a random anime series about hacking or possibly breaking codes? Thankfully Kara is here to provide some important information on the story, so stick around for our exciting first impressions!|
|I absolutely adore Code:Breaker the manga, so I was extremely excited to find out that there was an anime adaption coming out. I think it brings up an excellent argument about morals and such, so I’m looking forward to that. …As for this episode, I wasn’t surprised at they way they did things, but they didn’t disappoint me either.|
Animation is on fire
While this might not be the most amazing looking series of all time because it looks sort of generic to me and for some reason I though Kinema Citrus was a new animation studio, but they have a fairly long list of great shows ranging from Another, Hanasaku Iroha, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and many more! Then again I was digging the character designs by Yukie Akitani who also worked on certain episodes of Durarara, Toradora. So which character has the best design? Every time I saw Rei Oogami I couldn’t help but think of Yuu from Persona 4! Even though the hair color is completely different and then we have Sakura Sakrakouji who also looks Yukiko from P4 as well to me, but I loved the whole blue fire ability from Oogami even though it just screams Ao no Exorcist or possibly K project? One thing I did notice was in the opening there were several “super-powered-teenagers” running around so that gives me hope for some amazing battles in the future.
We all have our personal favorite voice actors from series to series and usually some of them get type casted in certain character roles! I have mentioned Ao no Exorcist a few times in this post because our main character Oogami uses it to fight the “ultimate evil” which makes me laugh a little bit inside because Nobuhiko Okamoto also voiced Rin from Exorcist and what power does he use in that? BLUE FIRE! Now I don’t know if that is pure random or done on purpose, but of course the producers could have hired him because he does great voice work as the “crazy-ass” character? I always liked his Accelerator screech. Aside from the blue fire main character we have Sakura who is voiced by the always popular Youko Hikasa! Most of us know her better as Mio from K-On or my personal favorite Seraphim from Kore wa zombie desu ka! I bet Tofu is watching this series right? So what character trait does Youko always end up with most of the time *cough* black hime-haircut *cough* well most of the time anyway I guess the exception is Miu Ousawa, Rias Gremory, Junko Hattori and Nobara Yukinokouji? I know my mind is totally random…
The main thing that I noticed was the difference between character designs. Anime Sakura looks a LOT more feminine (while her voice is the complete opposite and is way deeper than I thought it would be). That being said, anime Rei looks pretty different as well. I was always under the impression that he had almost black coloured eyes since that’s how he always looks in the manga, but here he is with blue ones. The manga has it’s own style, but I quite like the changes they made here. Even Toki’s heterochromia is more prominent as well… I’m getting ahead of myself though, back to the episode at hand. I’m surprised they downplayed the fanservice and upped the violence used on Sakura this episode. …Er, or I guess they downplayed the sexual violence and upped the regular kind. Putting it that way makes more sense as to why they did it. They didn’t really take anything important out and abridged the beginning so that the story flowed better, so I’m liking the decisions made between the anime and manga already.
Soooo this was a decent episode even though going into this series I had no idea what to expect other than main character has a cool super power to fight evil with and the main girl becomes a bad side kick in terms of fighting, but Oogami appears to have a messed up view on what he thinks is “evil” however that could make everything fun and it is somewhat different or is it? I know Accelerator had issues with trusting people and technically that character is still kind of evil. I like Sakura but she did come off as slightly annoying and also dumb…who seriously charges head first toward a DANGEROUS gang? I suppose she has the heart to save people but she is lacking powers to back it up and Oogami is about to kill her? Part of me doesn’t believe he will go through with it but who knows! Maybe he will take her out for good next week? Of course you can’t just kill a Youko Hisaka character that easily right Tofu?! So readers did you like Code:Breaker or did you find it dull and boring? I have to see a few more episodes before I decide to continue or not.
Code:Breaker doesn’t exactly have the best of openings, but once it gets out of these one episode… episodes, the other characters come in, and the first arc actually starts, things should pick up. I know I wasn’t completely taken with the manga at least until Yuuki arrived. So yeah, I have no complaints about the first episode’s adaption. The animation could use a bit of work in the further away shots, but overall, I like the liberties taken with the character designs and how they’re showing Rei’s power. Those blue flames look awesome. I can’t say that I’m fond of the censoring, but hopefully that doesn’t appear too often. I don’t even know what they were censoring half the time this episode. They cut off a part of Sakura’s chin for no apparent reason (unless they were censoring blood… which still doesn’t make much more sense). They seem okay with showing people burning to death and I can’t really remember the manga being overly violent aside from power-related things and the occasional dead body, so it shouldn’t be too bad.