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Code: Breaker
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Cover of the first manga volume
コード: ブレイカー
(Kōdo:Bureikā)
Genre Action, Supernatural, Comedy
Manga
Written by Akimine Kamijyo
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run June 9, 2008August 11, 2013
Volumes 26 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yasuhiro Irie
Written by Kensuke Tateishi
Music by Takayuki Hattori
Studio Kinema Citrus
Licensed by Madman Entertainment
Funimation Entertainment
Network MBS, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, BS11
Original run October 7, 2012December 30, 2012
Episodes 13 + 3 OVAs (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Cøde:Breaker (コード: ブレイカー Kōdo:Bureikā?) is a manga written and illustrated by Akimine Kamijyo running in Weekly Shōnen Magazine through Kodansha. It tells the story of a high-school girl who is trained in martial arts and a new transfer student, a boy with mysterious powers. An anime adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus began airing on October 6, 2012.[1][2] It has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.

Plot[edit]

Riding the bus one day, Sakura Sakurakōji looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire as a boy her age remains unharmed and stands over the people. When she goes back to the site the next day, there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. When Sakura goes to class, she discovers the new transfer student is the same boy she saw the day before. Sakura soon learns that he is Rei Ōgami, the sixth "Code: Breaker," a special type of assassin with a strange ability and a member of a secret organization that serves the government.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 17, 2008[3] ISBN 978-4-06-384056-8 July 27, 2010 ISBN 978-0345520999
2 December 17, 2008 ISBN 978-4-06-384081-0 October 26, 2010 ISBN 978-0345522283
3 February 17, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384103-9 -
4 April 17, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384128-2 -
5 June 17, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384150-3 -
6 August 17, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384175-6 -
7 October 16, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384196-1 -
8 December 17, 2009 ISBN 978-4-06-384224-1 -
9 February 17, 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384249-4 -
10 May 17, 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384301-9 -
11 July 16, 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384330-9 -
12 October 15, 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384382-8 -
13 December 17, 2010 ISBN 978-4-06-384419-1 -
14 March 17, 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384446-7 -
15 June 17, 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384489-4 -
16 October 17, 2011 ISBN 978-4-06-384535-8 -
17 January 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384599-0 -
18 April 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384656-0 -
19 July 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384707-9 -
20 September 14, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384736-9 -
21 October 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384750-5 -
22 December 17, 2012 ISBN 978-4-06-384783-3 -
23 February 15, 2013 ISBN 978-4-06-384813-7 -
24 April 17, 2013 ISBN 978-4-06-384846-5 -
25 July 17, 2013 ISBN 978-4-06-384877-9 -
26 September 17, 2013 ISBN 978-4-06-394927-8 -

Anime[edit]

The manga was adapted into an anime series, which began airing on October 6, 2012. The episodes use two pieces of theme music: One opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Dark Shame" by Granrodeo whilst the ending theme is "White Crow" (シロイカラス Shiroi Karasu?) by Kenichi Suzumura. Funimation Entertainment has licensed the anime for streaming on their website.[4] The series began airing on October 7, 2012 on Tokyo MX.[5] The English simulcast is currently licensed by FUNimation which began airing on October 10, 2012 on both FUNimation.com and Hulu.com.[6]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Grand Divine Judgment"
"Ooi naru Kami no Shinpan" (大いなる神の審判) 
October 07, 2012
While riding the bus home one night, Sakura Sakurakōji sees a man seemingly burning people to death with blue flames in the park. She alerts the authorities and when they all show up there is no trace of anything having occurred, however Sakura remains adamant in what she saw. The next day at school a new transfer student is assigned to her class and it turns out to be the same man she saw in the park, Rei Ogami. Even though she questions him Ōgami is able to provide a sound alibi for his actions; not convincing Sakura. After school, while lamenting the death of a homeless man in the park by the G-Falcon street gang, Sakurakouji meets Ogami where they have a talk about what it means to judge the actions of criminals. The next day, while visiting a homeless dog in the park, Sakurakouji witnesses the G-Falcon gang attacking another person and intervenes. She is able to hold them off with her martial arts until getting stunned with a tazer. The dog also tries to protect Sakura but the gang members severely injure it. Just when Sakura is about to be killed, Ōgami shows up and kills the dog, who he deemed was beyond saving to Sakura‘s horror. He then turns to the gang members and proposes an ultimatum; turn themselves in or die. They then attack Ōgami who decides they choose the second option; Ogami then uses his power of summoning blue flames to eradicate them all. Ōgami then walks up to the shocked Sakura and uses the flames to kill her. 
02 "The Blue Flowers Blooming on a Spiral of Flames"
"Moe Saku Rasen no Aoi Hana" (燃え咲く螺旋の青い花) 
October 14, 2012
Sakura wakes up in her room the following morning after seemingly being killed by Ogami. At school, Sakura grows highly cautious of Ōgami despite him acting as if nothing transpired the night before whilst among their peers. Ogami then follows Sakurak around school which causes her to avoid her friend Aoba in an attempt to protect her from Ōgami. Elsewhere another Code:Breaker, Code:03, Yūki Tenpōin is given a picture of Ex-Code:Breaker, Code:01 Hitomi as his next job. After school Sakura draws Ōgami to a populated city square where she tries to reason with him about killing those men the night before, however she still isn't able to accept that he can commit such acts without any emotional response. Ōgami explains to her the nature of his being as a Code:Breaker; one who passes judgement on evil doers via means that would be considered "evil" to the rest of the world. Ōgami then tries to burn her, which frightens Sakura who flees. However he does state that he will kill anyone with whom she confides his secret, causing Sakura to also make sure that he doesn't kill any more people by keeping an eye on him. Afterwards, Ōgami receives a call from a person wondering why Sakura isn't dead, to which Ōgami says that she is a rare person who cannot be burnt. Later, Yūki encounters Hitomi. 
03 "Blazing Courage and an Engraved Hammer"
"Ikare ru Yuuki. Kizama Reru Tettsui" (怒れる勇気・刻まれる鉄槌) 
October 21, 2012
Yūki engages Hitomi, but is stopped by a man, Yukihina, with special abilities allowing him to control ice. Sakurakouji goes to school Ogami and finds her locker stuffed with love letters from fellow students. Misunderstanding about Ogami's and Sakura’s desires to observe each other lead the school to believe they are dating. Jealousy of Ōgami with Sakurakouji turns into violence, but Sakura prevents this for fear of Ōgami using his powers. While walking to the Student Council office with Ogami, Sakura runs into Nenene, who fondles Sakura‘s breasts, Hii and Mii. Ōgami attempts to burn Nenene, mistaking her for somebody else, but is stopped by Sakura. A mysterious man receives a call to work with Ōgami. Ōgami gives Sakura a puppy of the dog that tried to protect her at the park as a gift. Sakura goes on a job with Ōgami to a local Yakuza office. Ogami is offered a job but instead kills everyone there, Yakuza and corrupt cops. Ōgami threatens to kill victims of the drug the Yakuza were selling but is stopped by Sakurak and instead gives them a reason to live. Ōgami goes to a car waiting outside the Yakuza office with Chief of Police inside. The car flees and Ōgami gives chase. The mysterious man from earlier is revealed to be Toki, Code:04. Toki blows up the car the Chief of Police was in with his powers. 
04 "Battle Cry"
"Kou no Koe" (鬨の声) 
October 28, 2012
Ōgami appears before Eden, The Code:Breaker Policy Governance Board, where he is given his next job to assassinate a politician, Mr. Tabata Shigeru. Sakura wakes up in front of her house and is questioned by her parents about her recent behavior. Sakura lies to them but her parents choose to overlook this aspect. This morning, Toki is waiting outside of Sakura’s house. Sakura and Toki begin to walk to school together, but when Ōgami meets them he immediately begins to fight Toki. Sakura stops the two from fighting and Toki leaves the two. At school, Sakura spots Toki, and leaves class to find out what he is doing. Upon being discover by a teacher, Toki lies that he is auditing the school and is allowed to stay. During lunch it is revealed that Toki's older sister is Nenene. Ōgami and Toki go on a job and Sakura accidentally ends up tagging along. Ōgami reveals Toki's power is that of controlling magnetic fields and this can move any metallic object. After breaking into a compound housing a government research facility for special abilities and dealing with the normal security guards, Ōgami and Toki engage in battle with two men wearing large backpacks which allow them to have special abilities. 
05 "A Banquet of Wishes"
"Negai Noutage" (願いのうたげ) 
November 4, 2012
The battle continues, however the packs the enemy is wearing suddenly run dry, preventing them from using special abilities. They retreat, allowing Ōgami and Toki to continue with the mission. Inside the facility Sakura learns that Code:Breakers are a government agency run directly under the command of the Prime Minister. The facility contains many rooms with kids with special abilities are hooked up to machines for close monitoring. In the lower levels of the facility other rooms are found were kids are experimented on and dissected. Kids killed in the experiments have their organs removed and sold and their corpses placed in large preservative jars. Mr. Tabata Shigeru is revealed to be the head of the research facility. The two guards with special powers return and restart their fight with the Code:Breakers. During the fight Sakura realizes there is something suspicious about the packs their opponents wear. Toki manages to separate one from its wearer only to discover that a child with special abilities is housed inside and used as power for the guards. Toki and Ōgami kill their opponents and move on to Tabata. Just as Ōgami is about to kill Tabata, his crippled daughter appears. It turns out that Tabata performed such experiment in order to find suitable transplants for his daughter who also has special abilities. Sakura tries to convince Ogami not to kill Tabata, but when Tabata tries to attack Ōgami he is left with no choice but to kill him. Toki confronts an underling of Tabata who forcibly commits suicide. The real mastermind turns out to be Ex-Code:Breaker, Code:01. The children are transported to another research facility and the Prime Minister is seen conversing with Yukihina. 
06 "Lost One"
"Rosutowan" (ロストワン) 
November 11, 2012
Toki has lunch with the Prime Minister who turns out to be Toki’s father. Toki became a Code:Breaker in order to keep his sister away from his father and to protect her. While Sakura and Ōgami are out walking. they run into Code:05, Rui Hachiōji (nicknamed Prince), who gives Ōgami orders to protect Sakura. At school, the class is acting strangely which causes Ōgami to suspect that Sakura has exposed his secret as a Code:Breaker. However, it turns out that the class was actually preparing a welcome party for Ōgami. At the same time Toki is seen collapsing in pain in an alley someplace and the Prime Minister is informed that a total of 43 agents have gone missing in search of Hitomi. Back at the party, the school is attacked by the 43 missing agents whose dead bodies have been re-animated through the use of Hitomi’s power. Ōgami collapses while fighting the agents. Kanda, their teacher arrives to help and turns out to be an agent of Eden assigned to Ogami. Code:03, Yūki, appears to assist in fending off the attack. Masaomi Heike, a classmate of Sakura and Ōgami who habitually has tea in the most random of places, also joins the fight revealing his identity as Code:02. The Code:Breakers successfully defeat the agents. Toki is shown collapsed in an alley, but in the form of a child. 
07 "Sakura, in the Light"
"Sakura, hikari no Nakani" (桜、光の中に) 
November 18, 2012
Ogami’s collapse is revealed to be from going Lost. Going Lost is a time of about 24 hours when Code:Breakers lose their power. This is caused by the overuse of their power. However, the symptoms for each person vary. Sakura volunteers her house as a location to hide while Ōgami recovers and the rest prepare for another attack. At Sakura’s house it is revealed that her father is head of the most powerful Yakuza clan in all of Japan, the Kizakura. Toki is already at Sakura’s house because he too went lost, which explains the reason he is in the form of a child. The Kizakura have a feast to welcome the guests staying with them. The next morning, Rui is ordered to go to Sakura’s house to provide support for both Ōgami and Toki. Hitomi attacks Sakura’s house in order to kidnap her. Hitomi knocks out Yūki but Heike, Toki, who returns from being Lost, and Rui manage to rescue Sakura. Hitomi unleashes his full power against all the Code:Breakers. However, Sakura jumps in front of his attack and is surprisingly unharmed. It turns out that Hitomi’s attack was just a decoy to gather all the Code:Breakers thus leaving an opening for Yukihina to kidnap the Prime Minister. 
08 "The King and His Troops, Children and Homes"
"Ou to Hei, Ko to Ie" (王と兵、子と家) 
November 25, 2012
The Code:Breakers discuss what their next plan of action should be. Toki leaves uniterested in rescuing his father and Yūki has gone Lost. Many members of the Kizakura were injured when Hitomi attacked. As the Code:Breakers continue to discuss their plan, none except Ōgami have the convictions to kill their former leader. Toki goes to his sister, who remembers him. Toki is shocked but in the middle of their conversation she reverts back to her old self, unaware of who Toki is. Sakura spends the whole night tending to the wounds of the Kizakura. Sakura’s father informs Ōgami that Sakura is not their real daughter and that they found her on their door step on day. The Code:Breakers and Sakura head out in search of Hitomi and the Prime Minister. At school, Kanda meets with several other faculty members, all of whom work for Eden as Code:Breakers supporters. They plan to have Kanda, a former subordinate of Hitome, use any possible remaining trust to kill Hitomi. Heike figures out Hitomi’s plan and meets with Rui. However, she realizes that Heike has purposefully done actions to help Hitomi. Heike than attack her, realizing that she knows too much. Several bombs around the city go off. Yūki, as Rui tries to keep a bridge from collapsing, witnesses Heike attack her. Heike then tricks Sakura into following him and is lead directly to Hitomi’s hideout. Heike exchanges her as a gesture of good will in order for Hitomi to let him participate in his plan. 
09 "Stopped Time"
"Toma tta Jikan" (止まった時間) 
December 02, 2012
All the Code:Breakers receive anonymous messages detailing Hitomi’s location. Heike and Hitomi discuss the plan. However, Hitomi is quite angered when Heikie mentions that he reduced Rui to a bloody mess. Yūki informs Ōgami of Heike’s betrayal and the two proceed to Hitomi’s hideout together. Yūki holds of Heike and Ōgami proceeds to rescue Sakura. However, when Ogami reaches Hitomi and Sakura he is confronted by Kanda, who is under Hitomi’s electrical control. Sakura prevents Ōgami from killing Kanda. Hitomi then explain to the three of them that his plan is for the purpose of exposing Code:Breakers. He wishes for them live as somebody that exists and receive recognition for what they do, not be uselessly tossed aside when the time comes. This is shown by Hitomi’s wall collection of clocks, each stopped at a time when a former Code:Breaker was killed. Hitomi will execute the Prime Minister and kill many civilians in bombing in order to expose that fact the Code:Breakers exist, are needed, and are heroes. Ōgami burns all the clocks and proceeds to attack Hitomi. Yukihina arrives and intervenes. Ogami is unable to do anything since his flames cannot melt Yukihina’s ice. Toki arrives and saves Ōgami and Sakura from a barrage of ice. The Hideout begins to collapse and both groups leave. However, Sakura enters the car with Hitomi, Heike, and Yukihina inside, hoping to prevent them from killing the Prime Minister. 
10 "The World People See"
"Hito no Miru Sekai" (人の見る世界) 
December 09, 2012
In a flashback, Hitomi is 16 years old and has just been installed as a Code:Breaker; Code:06. Hitomi excels at his job and Eden believes a Code promotion is in order. Heike is revealed to have been Hitomi's senior. 4 years later, Hitomi is on a job with Code:05, who is killed during the operation. Code:05's watch stops the moment he died, thus explaining the start of Hitomi's clock collection. With the former Code:05 dead, Hitomi receives his Code promotion, but is greatly troubled at Code:05's death. 6 years later, Hitomi is Code:03 and is conducting a job with the rest of the Code:Breakers to take out a group that has powers comparable to Code:Breakers. During the job all the Code:Breakers except Hitomi and Heike are killed. The leader of the group they were target escapes. In a discussion after the job between Heike and Hitomi, Hitomi reveals that Code:06 was killed by her own powers. This occurrence has happened to other Code:Breakers in the past. Hitomi then requests Heike to investigate their powers and Eden's knowledge of their powers. Hitomi is promoted to Code:01, the Ace, and is given the task of training future Code:Breakers. One by one the current Code:Breakers are trained and initiated as Code:Breakers by Hitomi. Hitomi takes an interest in Ōgami due to his strong powers and his one sided focus of eliminating evil without thought, often causing him to ignore more important things. Hitomi informs Ōgami that their purpose is to protect the weak, not simply kill. On a job, Hitomi kills the leader of the group who killed the other previous Code:Breakers. Heike later informs Hitomi that the reason Code:Breakers are sometimes killed by their own powers results from over use and going lost too many times. At which point a Code:Breaker loses their power and is killed by it. He also informs him that Eden knew of this and did not inform them. Hitomi then makes up his mind to get revenge on Eden. We return to the present with Hitomi and Heike at Tokyo Tower with Sakura as a hostage. Hitomi informs the public that he will kill the Prime Minister and 50,000 other civilians across Japan. 
11 "50,000 Hostages"
"5 Man-ri no Hitojichi" (5万人の人質) 
December 16, 2012
The Code:Breakers continue to search for Hitomi but are unsuccessful. As bombs across Japan continue to detonate, the Code:Breakers, Japanese Government, and the Yakuza all receive anonymous emails detailing the locations of the bombs. The Code:Breakers also receive word of Hitomi’s location. Toki and Kanda set off to Sky Tower where Hitomi is hiding while Yuuki goes out to search for and disable as many bombs as he can. Ogami arrives at Sky Tower and begins to battle Hitomi. Toki is kept from interfering by Heike. At first Ōgami is able to withstand Hitomi’s power but is quickly overwhelmed. Ōgami questions why Hitomi decided to attack the Prime Minister those many months before only to discover that the Prime Minister attempted to have Hitomi killed in order to prevent him from exposing the Code:Breakers. Hitomi then states that he desire to make a world where people with special abilities can live happy lives not in secrecy or as dogs for the government. Yukihina proceeds to rescue all children with special abilities from the government only to by met by a living Code:05. The government and the Yakuza begin to isolate locations with bombs, however they are short on personnel. 
12 "Devils--God and Man--Sakura Watching Over"
"Maō. Kami to Hito. Mimamoru Sakura" (魔王・神と人・見守る桜) 
December 23, 2012
Toki is seen talking to the Prime Minister on the top of Sky Tower with 20 minutes remaining until the Prime Minister is executed. Rui and Yukihina continue their fight and Code:05 vows to save the children she is protecting and Hitomi. Back at Sky Tower Ōgami is out of energy and standing on the brink of defeat. Ōgami still questions Hitomi motives only to be rebuked that Code:Breakers are only used to strengthen Eden’s power. Hitomi reveals that all the people we have seen Ōgami kill thus far have been helping Hitomi in one way or another and offers Ōgami to join him, but Ōgami denies the offer promising to protect the innocent until the very end. Ōgami goes lost as his fight with Hitomi proceeds. Elsewhere Sakurakouji’s father and some of his men are approaching a van that is broadcasting the signal for the bombs to detonate. Two boys with special power exit the van and begin attacking the group. Back at Sky Tower Hitomi attacks Sakura as she tries to protect Ōgami. As the timer for the bombs reaches zero none of the bombs go off. Yūki is shown to have destroyed the van and Heike reveals that he revealed the van’s location to Yūki as well as have the children Code:05 was protecting moved. Yūki arrives to help Rui, but Yukihina flees. Heike confronts Hitomi believing that Hitomi’s plan has been dismantled. However, Hitomi reveals that he chose Sky Tower as a last resort in order to use his powers to detonate all the bombs across Japan. Toki finally rescues his father after threatening to kill him. Just as Hitomi is about to play is final trump card Sky Tower is covered in Rui’s shadow ability and the rest of the Code:Breakers arrive to stop Hitomi. Hitomi continues to rationalize his cause. Ōgami then enters the fight removing his thumb ring which causes his power to rise exponentially. 
13 "Final Episode: A Flower Blooming With God"
"Saishū Wa Kami to Saku Hana" (最終話 神と咲く花) 
December 30, 2012
After a quick flashback of Hitomi and Ōgami when they were both Code:Breakers, Hitomi stands surprised to see Ōgami still able to fight, thinking he had gone lost only moments ago. Hitomi launches his strongest attacks at Ōgami only to have them eaten by his flames. Ōgami defeats Hitomi and both collapse. Hitomi reaches his Code:End as his powers begin to attack him. Hitomi attempts to continue his plan by killing the Prime Minister but is beatenback by Ōgami. Hitomi lies defeated and begins to say his last words to all the Code:Breakers. He encourages them to make themselves public as the ones who defeated him and his plot. The Prime Minister appears and tells them that they cannot go public. Hitomi again attempts to kill him but is stopped by the Code:Breakers. Hitomi reaches his Code:End and dies in Ōgami’s arms. Ōgami justifies Hitomi’s death as receiving what he deserved and walks out of the building. Outside Toki hears Hitomi’s death and the stopping of the bombs as work done by the police. Later, Heike and the Prime Minister discuss the success of their plan, which is revealed to have been having Hitomi battling Ōgami in order to draw out his power. They are curious as to how his power will fair against the “Seekee”.They plan to use Ōgami’s power for their benefit and keep Sakura around in order to extinguish his flames in case he ever goes out of control like Hitomi did. Yukihina is seen talking with two other people, one of whom looks similar to Ōgami, but with white hair. The next day, Yūki informs Sakura that Ōgami has left and departs. Rui informs her that the Code:Breakers will separate now that Hitomi has been dealt with. Ōgami is seen with Kanda at an airport battling a person with special abilities. 

References[edit]

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