Anime of Tomorrow
Code:Breaker Ep. 1
Autumn 2012 (13 episodes) (more info)
Code:Breaker is one of those anime that’s just trying too hard. It’s got this gritty, edgy attitude pushing a punishing level of violence that feels out of place with its art style that resembles a series geared towards a younger audience. It has potential because the story so far is showing good pacing; meshing a little mystery with misdirection. Then there’s Rei, the male lead who is feeling very much the antihero—believing death to be both just and merciful.
However, the female lead, Sakura, is showing signs of poor characterization between her hot/cold personality that’s both tenacious while at the same time tending to give up too easily. Misunderstandings about her interest in Rei inevitably can only go in one direction—presumed romance, leading to a comedic relationship—possibly with the heroine exhibiting tsundere traits—that ultimately leads to a real romance. The stink of cheese isn’t too bad, but it’s strong enough for me to comfortably send Code:Breaker to the recycle bin.