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Code:Breaker 1 Paperback – July 27, 2010

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  • Series: Code: Breaker (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1St Edition edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520999
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Hammurabi's Code was the first written codes of law in human history, and the source of the famous "eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" quote. Now imagine a secret organization devoted to using that code for justice -- hammering down people who can't/won't be touched by the law. That's the idea behind "Code: Breaker Volume 1," Akimine Kamijyo's gritty new urban fantasy manga.

On her way to feed a stray dog, Sakura sees a teenage boy in the park, burning thugs alive with a strange blue flame. The next day there's not a trace of the crime anywhere in the park. And at school, the boy -- Rei -- turns out to be Sakura's newest classmate, and understandably Sakura is very suspicious of him, despite his claims that she's obviously mistaken.

But when she stops by the park to feed a stray dog, she tries to stop a gang from killing a homeless man. When they turn on her and the dog, Rei appears... and burns the gang to death with only a touch from his bare hand. He's a Code Breaker: a powerful vigilante who punishes the guilty, and who cannot be touched by the law himself. Sakura seems to be immune to his flames, but will that be enough for her to keep him from killing again?

On the surface, "Code: Breaker" is very different from Kamijyo's previous series "Samurai Deeper Kyo" -- urban setting, grittier fantasy stuff, and it revolves around the whole question of law vs. justice. The first volume is a promising start to the series, although there are plenty of problems yet to be answered (just who does Rei keep talking to on his cell phone? How come the law can't touch him?).

But the two main characters did remind me a lot of Kamijyo's previous leads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This series is based on an interesting premise, though it is not completely original. The concept of avenging anti-hero has been used before, among others in the spectacular Death Note Box Set (Vol. 1-13), but Kamijyo does give this manga a unique flair. there are two main characters, Sakura and Ogami. Sakura is a high school girl who is way tougher than she looks. The story starts when she witnesses a strange murder, in which the victims are burnt by a blue flame. She is soon surprised to find out that the police only find evidence of a small fire at the scene and nothing that indicates a murder was committed. But she is even more surprised when she is introduced to a new student at school and he is no other than Ogami, the killer she saw burn those guys to a crisp.

I liked how this series uses the anti-hero character, since he not only kills bad guys, he is willing to go after witnesses too. The relationship with Sakura is interesting, since she tries to convince him to stop. On top of that, we soon learn that there is something very spacial about Sakura, and this adds another layer of complexity to the story. There is a fair amount of humor, especially related to how others in high school view the Ogami-Sakura relationship. This provides with a nice balance between the darkness of the story and brutal action scenes and the levity and sometimes silliness of the humor.

Overall, I found the work to be a worthwhile read and even though it it not at the level of "Death Note", not many products are. The fact that the volume ends with a cliff-hanger will leave you wanting to start right away on the next one, so I recommend you have it handy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spice on July 23, 2013
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Bought this for my son.. He really liked this manga. It was shipped on time. It also was in great condition and match the image perfectly. We got what we expected and are very happy. Thanks.
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