Code:Breaker – 10

And to this day, he still doesn’t know what time it really is.

Well this backstory was completely new to me. I liked it though and the movement of the OP song felt like it fit. All in all, a pretty good episode considering they’ve gone waaay off the storyline. I don’t think any of this flashback was in the original.

I don’t think I’ve talked about Rei for a while (or at least I won’t be saying much on him this post), so I figured I would point out that he was the same ‘evil for evil’ kind of guy back in the day. Even Hitomi thought he was a special case among the Code:Breakers. I’m sure you would have figured this out yourself if you had seen more interaction between the Code:Breakers, but I don’t think they’re going to give us that with only 3 episodes left. As for Sakura… well she was pretty useless this episode, but what else is new? I don’t think she’s going to prevent any killing while she’s hanging from the ceiling like that.

Anyways, on to the important person of the episode: Hitomi. From the manga, all I really got from his character is that he was a good guy/team mate, but he didn’t like the fact that the Code:Breakers lived and died in the shadows. Here, they seem to have taken things further and added a bunch of traits that make him a great guy. Of course, this adds a lot to the tragedy of Rei having to go against a guy he was close to (as well as the other Code:Breakers), but I liked the fact that they even added a younger Kanda in there. …Or maybe I’ve just forgotten if it was in the manga (the situation does seem familiar), but in any case, it explains why she would be hesitant to attack him a couple of episodes ago.

The story might have moved far away from the manga, but it seems like a pretty necessary action. Not only because it highlighted the type of person Hitomi was, but it seems like the right choice since they’re ending things after this arc. The story might have felt a bit empty if we didn’t have a good idea as to why the Code:Breakers felt so betrayed by Hitomi or why he even betrayed them in the first place. Though I’m not sure if they thought this whole thing through since Hitomi’s character traits don’t add up entirely. But more on that later.

So finally they stop beating around the bush with the Lost part of being a Code:Breaker and finally inform the viewers about Code:End. I’d say that having your own powers destroy you is a pretty bad way to go and unfortunately, there is no escape from being a Code:Breaker unless you die or your time runs out. I suppose this is all part of the unknown hero of justice job, but it still seems a little unfair. It feels weird having Heike be the one to look into the Code:End for Hitomi, but maybe he isn’t in the same position as he was in the manga. I’m pretty sure the Code:Breakers knew about Code:End in the manga as well, but this does give Hitomi a good reason to go against Eden. They clearly showed how and when his obsession with the Code:Breakers dying started. …Even if his objective seems to have changed completely.

I could have sworn that a couple of episodes ago, Hitomi proclaimed that his goal was to get recognition for the Code:Breakers, not free them of their job completely. Even if he is getting rid of the Prime Minister, which might put the Code:Breakers out of a job, I thought the whole reason why he set up the bombs was to make people recognize that they needed someone to protect them. The government could put research into finding a way to prevent Code:End, but they’ve never really had problems with the replacement system they’ve been using before, so I don’t see why they’d change it. They’d probably just hide it from the public or say they died in an accident. Also, for a guy who had so much emphasis put on the fact that he hates unecessary sacrifices, Hitomi sure seems to be making a lot of them to prove his point. It seems like a pretty big jump from not wanting anyone to die to putting his teammates before the general public. Maybe I could accept it if he did something like save a Code:Breaker instead of a normal person in a dangerous situation, but the thing is that he’s proactively killing innocents. You could argue that he’s becoming the bad guy on purpose, but unless his bombs happen to be non-lethal or something silly like that, he’s become quite the hypocrite and they’ve given us no explanation. Hopefully they come up with a good one and don’t expect us to come up with our own conclusions on the matter. It’s just too big of a character shift to leave to assumption.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this episode since it gave a lot more insight into Hitomi than the manga ever provided. Yes, there are some things that don’t quite add up, but overall, you can see why the other Code:Breakers would follow the guy in the first place. One other question I have though is since Hitomi lost his rank as a Code:Breaker, why didn’t Eden replace the Code:01? I’ve had this question ever since the manga and 100+ chapters later, there STILL doesn’t seem to be a new Code:01. Though I suppose they could be hiding the character somewhere. They’ve done that before. Anyways, back to the episode, the quality was… okay. Toki just doesn’t seem to have much luck with having the animators giving him actual faces instead of two dots and a line. Hopefully they’re saving the budget for the final episode or something.

The next episode, Rei finds Hitomi and for whatever reason, he’s still fighting with a sword.



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6 Responses to “Code:Breaker – 10”

  1. belatkuro says:

    I definitely don’t remember this story in the manga, although the Code:End is there. It’s nice to see more of Hitomi(and hear from Miki Shin’ichiro) but I agree about the discrepancies of him motivations. Well whatever, it’s not like this show was consistent to begin with…

    Hitomi: 16 – Heike is there
    Hitomi: 20 – Heike is also there
    Hitomi: 26 – Still there, and hasn’t even changed one bit. And he’s currently passing off as a student at Sakura’s school. If I hadn’t read the manga, I’d be baffled by this. And even then, it still doesn’t make sense if you look at it from only the anime. What’s his secret to maintaining his boyish face while Hitomi’s hair keeps growing.

    So how does that sword not burn at all in the preview? More like, why is he using a sword? WTF.
    Whatever I guess. I should really separate the manga and the anime now coz it seems like this isn’t what the manga is anymore with all the changes. 3 more episodes left I guess.

    • Karakuri says:

      Ahaha I was going to mention Heike’s lack of aging, but then figured that I wouldn’t want to start any suspicions. xD It’s kind of hilarious if you look at it that way. I don’t think they’re ever going to explain it either.

      I WISH I KNEW. I’m sure they’re adding it because it looks better than a fist fight, but still. THE SWORD IS METAL. METAL ATTRACTS ELECTRICITY.
      Yeah, they’ve gone completely off here. I don’t even know what they’re doing anymore. Maybe this will get an FMA Brotherhood treatment down the road or something. I’m just disappointed that we never got into the Emperor.

  2. BlackBriar says:

    I guess it’s totally become an anime original given that you can’t follow. Overall the episode did a good job revealing certain things. I’m curious to see how the story will end.

    • Karakuri says:

      Lol I think this is the shortest comment I’ve ever seen you post. Anyways, yep definitely off the manga and heading towards… who knows.

      • BlackBriar says:

        LOL. Yeah, that is true. It’s unusual of me, isn’t it? And I have an explanation for it. I was watching the episode late at night while fighting fatigue so I wasn’t in my usual state when I’m making comments. It happens from time to time but this time really took its toll on me.

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