Farewell Hitomi, you won’t be forgotten. …Or at least until the winter season starts.
|…After spending 2 weeks with that Tempest post, I feel like I’m a lot later with Code:Breaker then I actually am. Oh well, school starts again next week and then my schedule (ironically) will become less hectic. Yay! I didn’t bother separating my thoughts on 12 and 13, so below is both episodes mashed together.|
So they characterize Hitomi to be this great guy and set up an intriguing battle and then it seemed in episode 11, suddenly the plot goes ‘lolnope Hitomi is actually evil’ and leaves it at that. I still don’t buy the whole ‘they’re ignorant so who cares if they die’ argument coming from Hitomi, but I’ll be nice and give the writers the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe it’s supposed to feel like a huge personality gap between past and present for Hitomi because that’s how the other characters feel in this situation. Yeah, let’s go with that. The last episode attempted to clear that up though giving back Hitomi his leader like qualities and that ending with him did feel kind of sad. The great thing about all of the team appearing here as opposed to the manga’s version is that we had that touching reunion scene with Hitomi and the rest of the Code:Breakers right before he died. Also, that last part with Hitomi thinking ‘what if’ was pretty touching too (but those scenes of regret always get me). Though even with his dramatic final moments, the Code:Breakers seemed to have gotten over Hitomi’s death pretty quickly. Maybe it’s because they’ve gotten used to him being gone or maybe it’s because of his frequent mood swings over the past couple of episodes, but I think if the series went on from here, it would have been forgotten completely, despite being (what seemed to be) a rather large event. It certainly was forgotten in the manga pretty quickly.
I’m still kind of disappointed in Ouji’s powers (and the fact we never went into her gender), but her fights in the last few episodes were cool. …That’s right, I’ve given up on being ambiguous and I’m just going to straight out say that Ouji is actually female since the series is over. I’ve stopped caring. Rei was pretty badass in that last episode with taking off his ring and his powers suddenly increasing. They never went in to why he was wearing a ring or why taking it off would stall his Lost, but meh, details. The double voice thing they did was cool and definitely made him feel intimidating.
Taunt the people who almost murder you? A foolproof plan!
In the end, Sakura was… useless. She sat on the ground the whole time (when she could have been helping Rei by nullifying Hitomi’s powers or something) and I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was just injured, but as soon as the battle is over, she runs over to Rei. SIGH. Anime injuries. In the end, I can’t even say that she was that necessary to the plot. The end of this arc was totally only about the Code:Breakers and their organization and Sakura just kind of sat in the background the whole time and occasionally yelled names or told people to stop killing each other. Her skills with martial arts didn’t come in handy once. In the end, I just can’t bring myself to really like her character…
On the plus side though, Heike finally made his intentions behind betrayal clear. It’s kind of sad that Hitomi trusted him to the end, but at least Heike made it clear that he kind of felt bad about his part in Hitomi’s downfall. You can tell that the Code:Breakers did like working together (or at least with Hitomi) back before Hitomi left. On the other hand, Prime Minister Fujiwara certainly proved himself asshat material this episode. Toki should have thrown him off the building, even before that speech on controlling Nenene (I wonder how many people even remembered that she existed at this point). I would have done it. Though I guess since his character is still alive in the manga, they kind of need Fujiwara alive in case they ever pick up this series again.
It was an awkward ending for Rei and Sakura, but I admit that it kind of worked here. I say awkward because nothing was really solved, but they made it seem like seem like world peace had been completely achieved from the way the original image of people getting burned alive at the very beginning turned into laughing children with flowers at the very end. Yes, the Code:Breakers solved the main problem with Hitomi and do work for peace, but they also learned that the Eden only has them killing certain people to benefit themselves, the Prime Minister is an asshat and they’re all going to die horrible power-inflicted deaths if they’re not murdered on the job. Sakura gave up on finding Rei pretty quickly as well, leaving it as ‘I know you’re out there and I won’t forget you’. …It seems pretty far from the girl who hated any sort of death/murder and stalked followed Rei everywhere to prevent him from doing that. Maybe Sakura trusts him more, but at the same time, nothing was really done to cause that. Rei just did what he always did. Though I guess he did have that show of self control in not killing Hitomi. Oh well, at least they tried to close things off. It’s just that the emotions they tried to create just weren’t that believable due to a lot of little plot holes and inconsistencies.
Overall, this had all of the makings of a good series but something went horribly, horribly wrong in the process. Really, it had intriguing arguments of good vs. evil, a somewhat ruthless and evil protagonist, a great cast of side characters, and a lot of violence. Written down, it sounds pretty good. I guess what didn’t make it great for me was that they changed a lot, but kept other things that didn’t make sense with what they changed. Hitomi had more mood swings then a woman on menopause. Sakura was stubborn, but she totally just gave up at the end (not to mention the fact that her very important past was mentioned, but not elaborated on, leaving everyone watching this in the dark). Nobody cares that Eden is made out to be an organization with ulterior motives. The anime never covered why Rei made himself to be evil, yet his mindset was a huge part of every episode. There were just too many lose threads at the end.
So this wasn’t bad per se, but I can’t exactly call the Code:Breaker anime good either. I guess I feel like it was just a big waste of effort plot-wise since at the end, everything seemed to reset back to the way it was in episode 1. Everybody learned things, but nobody really decided to apply that knowledge to anything. The only real differences are that Sakura now knows about the Code:Breakers and Fujiwara is now coughing up blood. Nobody went through any character developments. There don’t seem to be any more arguments of good vs. evil anymore. …I hate to say this, but I feel kind of apathetic about going and catching up where I left off with the manga. I stopped reading it because I didn’t want to compare the current storyline in it with the animation (since I’m totally biased towards any arc but this one), but after watching only this for so long, I forget what was so good about the manga. Maybe if this continued onwards into the arcs I remember liking, I could have gotten my enthusiasm back, but with this as it is, I could care less. I didn’t even dislike the ending or the adaption itself, but the changes they made and the stuff they cut out just totally drained my enthusiasm. In the end, this just came off as average for me.