This is what you get for constantly trying to impersonate Rin Okumura, Rei.
|Well, sorry for the later than usual update on Code:Breaker (and everything else I’m blogging). As expected, the holidays were busy. …Plus I have absolutely no idea what is going on with the subs for episodes 12-13. …Maybe I’ll write something from the raws if the subs take forever.|
It’s kind of laughable that Rei still keeps up his evil facade when everything about this arc is about moral ambiguity. Hitomi is doing the wrong thing with the right reasons (…minus thinking killing a ton of Japanese citizens is okay because they’re expendable). The same goes with Rei doing evil for good. As for Sakura… okay, she thinks in black and white. Since this episode was all about extending the plot so that there’s still enough content for the final two episodes, I guess this is the episode where everyone gets their motive straight so they can all go unconfused into later episodes.
So to recap, Hitomi wants to kill off a percentage of the public along with Fujiwara in order to get people to accept that they need Code:Breakers and this somehow will prevent anyone else from overusing their powers and reaching Code:End. …Or for what he said this episode, maybe we’re supposed to believe that Hitomi’s goal is just to let Code:Breakers live normal lives before they all die untimely deaths due to working for the government. I dunno, this whole thing still seems somewhat confusing. As for Rei, he’s definitely more emotionally invested into this incident than usual since Hitomi was basically his mentor or sorts. Maybe the two might have even come to terms if not for Hitomi blowing people up left right and centre because really, that seems to be the only thing Rei had a problem with (other than the whole kidnapping Fujiwara thing). It’s funny how mass murder can put a rift between people. Hell, if Hitomi had simply informed the rest of the Code:Breakers about the misunderstanding in a calm fashion (they seemed to have trusted him enough), maybe they could have done something about the child experiments together instead of fighting each other like this.
Sakura… just kind of hung there this episode and I highly doubt her views on anything have changed at all. Sadly, even the dog had more effect on the ongoing battles then she did. I’m expecting her to (maybe) be more useful the next couple of episodes, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
…Okay, I’ll give it to them that they thought Oogami’s fight with the sword through. And here I thought they did it just to make the battles look cool. …I’m just going to suspend my disbelief about if lightning really works like that or if they were just BSing their way through that explanation. At least they tried. Anyways, this episode was just a lot of Rei attacking and Hitomi batting him off like he’s nothing. It had some decent animation in there, but other than that, nothing really happened other than dialogue and I’ve already talked about that above. I’m sure they’re saving the budget for a big finale. …Hopefully.
In contrast to the seriousness of Hitomi and Rei, Toki and Heike fighting was more like a comedy segment. Though then again, pretty much anything involving Heike fighting is like a comedy segment (minus maybe one fight I recall from a couple arcs later where he almost loses against Yukihina or someone). His powers of light are just too fabulous. Which isn’t to say that his powers aren’t as badass as anyone else’s, but it’s hard to take a guy seriously when he arrives sparkling from an elevator or throws random English into his speech (I kind of wish they had retained the stars in his attack names). I can’t really complain about the fight (other then Toki getting some pretty QUALITY faces, but what else is new?) other than the fact that the overly dramatic music that Code:Breaker has just did not fit with the mood of the battle. …Though if you wanted to be stubborn, I’m sure you could say that the dramatic music added to the comedy. In any case, I’m actually looking forward to Ouji’s fight the next episode, if only because we’ve never really seen their power in action.
I like how there are obvious bombs going off everywhere and there are still people walking around casually like nothing important is going on. Way to go, general public! (Though seeing the yakuza and the police work together was a bit heartwarming.) …But even with their ignorance to what’s going on around them, it still doesn’t really make Hitomi’s sudden declaration of “They not worth my protection!” make sense. It’s not their fault that they have no idea about Code:Breakers. To be fair though, that broad statement about the public going into a panic over the existence of the Code:Breakers is the most likely outcome and there’s no real way to solve that. Other than that, pretty much everything that screwed Hitomi over can be blamed on Eden and the government. They kind of tried to make connections between getting the Code:Breakers recognition and saving them from Code:End, but his character STILL seems to have taken a giant leap from flashback to now with little to no explanation.
Well, Code:Breaker is taking it’s sweet time getting anywhere. Yes, they’ve found Hitomi and yes, we have motives sorted. I can’t imagine how they’re going to draw this out any longer unless they plan on doing 2 entire episodes of fighting. Exciting things are happening all around, but I can’t help but feel a bit… bored. Especially since they’ve been dragging this climax out for almost half a season and it doesn’t look anywhere near as exciting as everything else that’s finishing airing. …Or maybe that’s just me and Jormungand setting my standards unbelievably high. Anyways, the things I’m looking forward to in the next episodes isn’t Hitomi and Rei fighting, but instead seeing Ouji do their thing and figuring out what the hell Heike is doing. Even if I didn’t know how his character is, he looked surprised when Hitomi came up behind him this episode. Maybe he might redeem his character before the end after all.
In any case, I see episodes 12 AND 13 out there, so you should probably expect a double post in the near future. …Whether the subs come or not.