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Code: Breaker  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
コード:ブレイカー
法外制裁者
Code - Breaker
Code Breaker
CODE:BREAKER ~コード:ブレイカー~
Code:Breaker

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

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Forum
7 topics, 18 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (1097 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.67 / 10.0
10
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Last Updated
December 20th 2015, 6:28am PST


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Year
2008

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Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
Del Rey (2 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #642 increased(+255)
Monthly Pos #1569 increased(+62)
3 Month Pos #2042 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #2079 decreased(-13)

List Stats
On 3803 reading lists
On 1237 wish lists
On 858 completed lists
On 355 unfinished lists
On 525 custom lists

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When Will This End? 1177 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
215 1270 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes ago
181 1567 days, 2 hours, 17 minutes ago
December 32 *spoilers* 1613 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes ago
Code:Breaker Gets Anime 1785 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes ago

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annoyingly excessive   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by auriga
January 31st, 2012, 3:04am
Really interesting but at the same time it's marred by waaaay too much plot twists and revelations that it just can't seem to get on with the story. Each of the recent chapters pretty much have a plot twist at the end; doesn't the author know when enough is enough?
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It started out interesting and sort of complicated itself into a MEH...   
Rating: N/A
by ZL11
December 8th, 2011, 10:34pm
In the beginning, I really liked the characters, and I thought that the premise of the Code:Breakers was interesting. Then secret after secret was being revealed, and that was okay, because there was some development. After awhile, though, the developments weren't all that interesting, and, actually, were corny as hell and made me want to kill the mangaka. I mean, WTH? My final straw was in ch 144, where it's revealed:
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that if you mix Sakura and Rei's blood, you get "nullification." That means it literally NULLIFIES things in the area.
Okay, fine and dandy, but what about all the previous chapters where that wasn't an issue AT ALL?? It happened ALL the time!

I mean, I like the relationship between Sakura and Rei, but really... it's too much entanglement and not enough payoff. I hope it ends soon.
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Try it!   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
August 1st, 2011, 8:30pm
Code: Breaker is something I started reading after I finished Samurai Deeper Kyou. I liked it in the beginning, it looked like it was really going somewhere. The main character, Sakura, starts out cool. Then, she gradually becomes a sideshow, acting like a damsel in distress while protesting the killing she makes half-assed attempts to stop. The anti-hero, Rei, starts out a killer, and stays on that path for the rest of the series. The only problem I have with him is that he can be so emotionally awkward it's almost painful, and he's so distant that he doesn't even form real friendships with the other characters. I almost can't see how he and Sakura form the oddball relationship they do have. Like another commenter said, the comedy is so awkwardly placed it's almost inappropriate, and sometimes I just raise my eyebrows as a psycho killer suddenly decides to give up their ways.

Overall, I think this is something I would read for the sake of reading it. I've gotten attached to it based on the secrets that pop up, so the mystery and the NEED to know drives me. The art is also pretty fantastic, and the story idea isn't half bad, though slightly confusing in the beginning. Also, I want to see the characters develop further, which according to them has happened behind my back O.O. I suggest you read this, but only if you can keep up with it!
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Repetitive and boring   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by nomated23
July 27th, 2011, 6:37am
What a disappointment. When i first picked this manga up i was hopeful because it had an antihero lead but thanks to a repetitive structure with the conflict always involving the same characters and no development at all, it has become one of those manga that could be so good but is terrible. The female lead is probably the most annoying character in a manga i've read. All the other characters are one dimensional and although this is manga the entire thing just feels too cliche and predictable. I dont know how this is still being serialized.
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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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Enjoyable   
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.

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hmmmm   
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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meeh   
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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