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Code: Breaker  
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Sakurakouji Sakura is a girl who appears modest and graceful but in reality is skilled in martial arts. After witnessing a boy burning people with his blue flame, she is startled to see that the same boy is a transfer student, Oogami Rei. Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who "does not exist". He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of "an eye for an eye", to "use evil against evil". Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart.


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Associated Names
Code - Breaker
Code Breaker
CODE:BREAKER ~コード:ブレイカー~

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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Chap. 34 Some Differences.

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (1059 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.67 / 10.0
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March 3rd 2015, 4:11pm PST



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English Publisher
Del Rey (2 Volumes - Defunct)

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Weekly Pos #763 increased(+247)
Monthly Pos #1288 increased(+130)
3 Month Pos #1471 decreased(-201)
6 Month Pos #1407 decreased(-81)

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has potential but...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by tinman
June 16th, 2011, 9:52am
I picked this up as a result of some confusion over the name when I was searching for the manhwa 'the breaker' (kick ass btw) I have only gotten to ch 17 till now it started off ok but but its getting kinda boring and predictable I think Sakura is downright annoying hopefully it will get better as I read on but if you are looking for a great new shounen - keep on looking..
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by almosthere13
June 1st, 2011, 6:27am
Let me first start of by saying: I generally don't read shounen. Code:Breaker is probably one of the few shounens I read.

The premise isn't particularly new - evil vs evil, people with superpowers and abilities, a corrupt government. What is the breaking point for any manga for me is it's characters. And with a shounen, you're bound to get many.

The female lead, Sakura, disappointed me <i>at first</i>. She was branded as a 'strong female lead' but I saw nothing of such, apart from literally being strong. She was annoying with her whole 'don't kill!' and pretty much stupid for jumping in the dangerous situations.

BUT she does grow on you. She's such a contrast between the Code:Breakers and their whole quest for killing and revenge that it's refreshing. She's got strong morals and voices them. Countless times. I consider that strong, for not conforming. As the manga progresses, I become more sympathetic to her plight and we eventually do understand her aversion to death and killing.

The male lead, Rei is the typical kick-ass, silent but deadly killer. I don't have any complaints about him. Sure, sterotypical but I like his character, killing tendencies aside. He too, slowly grows with the influence of Sakura.

The rest of the characters have diversity and it's interesting to see their compelling needs clash between their friendships.

So far, I've found it enjoyable enough.

... Last updated on June 1st, 2011, 6:28am
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Rating: N/A
by lyrabela
April 21st, 2011, 7:36pm
the art is really good especially the fighting scenes. I love how the characters are drawn. Though i am disappointed in the female lead. I ended up having to drop this becuase she annoyed me to no end. I guess I expected something different from her...
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I was disapointed that she was sooo fearful of Ogami (though I suppose anyone would be). She also seemed to get in the way a lot. It could have been because I couldn't get into the story far enough where she changed....she is the main reason I had to just drop it.

Plot wise it was good, wasn't really crazy about the plot line but that is more because it wasn't for me. Honestly I think its unquie and much better than many same old same old's that are out there.
I might pick it up later because many said it gets better...just right now I can't stand Sakurakouji...
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eh. meh. bleh.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by 1love
February 3rd, 2011, 2:56pm
The idea isn't new - fighting evil with evil and picking out the loopholes of the contemporary justice system. Toss in some boys with special powers, organization with ulterior motives, evil man behind organization... meh.

I gave it 35 chapters; it failed to interest me. The pacing is just so off for me; any drama and suspense that it builds up is immediately nullified by the existence and actions of Sakurakouji. Her view of the world and people is skewed and idealistic; her resulting actions make no sense. (Yes, the right thing to do when confronting known assassins is to glomp/hug them and talk some sense into them. Of course.) I'm not sure why she's being reduced to the useless annoying female lead archetype when she had such potential in the first... three or four pages of the manga, but I really don't want to read something only mediocre and have to tolerate another Relena in it.

As for everything else; the art is pretty good, the overarching plot could be interesting if it gets anywhere, the characters need some more development at this point, but... meh. If I have to give it another 30 chapters before it gets interesting, I might as well go read something else.

... Last updated on February 4th, 2011, 2:56am
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OMG its sooo bad   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
December 10th, 2010, 10:08pm
Its so stupid its cringe-worthy. It starts off with 2 characters that are somewhat interesting. A tough butt-kicking martial arts high school girl, and a boy who's stone cold killer. The girl quickly transforms into the comic relief. Really, the author shouldn't have bothered to give her martial arts skills then, its kinda wasted.

So, is it comedy or is it drama? Well, it could loosely be seen as a spoof on other heavy angst ridden super serious manga. Except, the main character is so serious and goes about killing people in such a horrible fashion that its hard to see it as parody. So that makes it a drama with slapstick thrown in. This could be ok, except as other reviewers have pointed out its kinda thrown in sometimes at odd points which doesn't work. Another way to look at it is if this was supposed to be black humor/black comedy, but then it fails there because its not really in line with slapstick. Its like the drama and humor cancel each other out.

The girl also seems to quickly become habituated to the violence and murder going on around her. She doesn't seem to be that horrified after a bit. So what is a smart, strong talented girl supposed to do with a killer on the loose? Mind you this is a killer (in a very serious scene) that attempted to kill her and threatened to kill innocent bystanders, her family and friends. Why, she starts to dispense hugs of course. The power of the hug is not to be underestimated (sarcasm intended). So she evolves from somewhat tough, to comedy relief damsel in distress, to vaguely annoying.

But wait there's more. Aside from the sometimes dumb dialogue there's plenty of contrived scenes. I wont bother with spoilers, its just enough to say that they often give our anti-hero an excuse or justification to kill someone. It wouldn't be so bad except its not subtle, nor is it surprising, its instead clumsy and ham-fisted.

One last thing. Some reviewers have said to give it to chapter 30 and another one said wait till chapter 55 then it gets really interesting. I have not read all the way up to that. You know why? If you have to wait that long for the manga to start getting good, then its a fail. Why waste your time reading 30-50 chapters, instead read something better.

This series does not deserve a 10.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by cobalt_rain
November 9th, 2010, 7:32pm
it started out fine, it would have been a great story if it just followed the moral dilemma of Ogami and his relationship with sakura ... but it has just gotten so ridiculous and clishe. After the later chapters it just kind of gives off a "really?" fealing. some of the chapters are pretty funny though.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by PepperPia
November 8th, 2010, 3:36pm
It was okay when I was reading it out of boredom and i got quite interested in it, but it need to be read in chunks not by release I found. And I find the characters really annoying so I think I might actually drop it.
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I like it   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by takeva
September 29th, 2010, 4:23pm
I think this is a really good manga. I don't get some of the bad reviews. Sakura...I love and hate her. But I think I love her more. She is annoying but there is a reason for it. Most characters like her they have no reason to act as annoying as they act. To me the most annoying person is Ogami. He tends to tick me off sometimes but thats what I like about this. I think every1 should keep reading instead of stopping at the beginning because it gets better.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2010, 4:24pm
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I'm glad I pick it up again   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nightcrawler103
June 4th, 2010, 6:23pm
As some of the reviewers here, I dropped Code Breaker because I got bored before it reached chapter 20. I got disappoint since I'm such a huge fan of SDK. However, ever since it got licensed in my country, I wonder about the progress. Then, I read some reviews saying that it got interesting in later chapter, so I downloaded it again. And boy, am I so glad I did that. It is true. In later chapters, the story does get more and more interesting and exciting. And lots of mysteries which are yet to be revealed.

After I think about it, the reason this manga seems boring in the beginning is probably, unlike Samurai Deeper Kyo, it started slow. In SDK, we instantly introduce with an interesting aspect, that is Kyoshiro and Kyo in one body. Moreover, the interesting side characters such as Yukimura already appear in the early chapters. One has to be patient to read Code Breaker.

Yes, the story is not that original. But it has the unique sense of Akimijyo-sensei which I really fond of. And, of course, the characters. Akimijyo-sensei is one of the mangaka who could create lots characters in one manga but manage to present each of them as one specific memorable individual. It is easy for me to distinguish one character to the other. Not just through their physical appearance, but also their nature. Furthermore, eventhough you could feel the presence of some SDK characters, none of them are really similar to the characters of SDK. Sakura has a little bit of Yuuya, but she is not Yuuya. Ogami has a little bit of Kyo, but he is not Kyo. Sakura may seems annoying. However, it is revealed later that her nagging and clinging to Ogami has a reason. So far, my favorite character is Shibuya.

I also want to comment about the balance of comedy and seriousness. I actually like that he put comedy in the middle of seriousness. I mean, it is not that full of angst or emo story. And, for me, the comedy does not ruin the flow of the story at all.

Code Breaker is not a super extraordinary manga. But it is good. It is one of good manga out of tons of manga I have ever read. And it is certainly worth my time.

For you new readers who wonder whether Code Breaker worth your time or not, read until at least 30 chapters, then decide. For old readers who dropped this, you might want to pick it up again. I did, and I don't regret it.

... Last updated on August 11th, 2010, 1:46am
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avatar repetitive and predictable   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by oOYourdadOo
June 3rd, 2010, 7:14am
If you are a fan of good stories, battles, character development, decent comedy, and good art work, then you can fine this manga anywhere. Its a decent manga, but its like the story with different characters and plot. I mean, cliché after cliché. After you've read as much manga as me and read alot of great and horrible stories, you get bored quick when you read an average(similar) story for too many times. Some you can keep going on reading for a while, even finish the story, but then there are manga like this that you just get tired and bored of and lose interest. Its been awhile since i last read a Code: Breaker chapter though, so maybe the story picked up a bit and got more interesting. But everything from the story to the characters to the artwork[although better then most] was average to the point as knowing the sky is blue and grass is green. 4/10 might be a bit low since its a good read if you havent read much manga but this is my rating
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