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    The Breaker

    Title: Breaker
    Genres: Manwha, Seinen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts, School Life
    Author: Jeon Geuk-jin
    Artist: Park Jin-Hwan
    Publication: Daiwon (Serialized in Young Daiwon)
    Start Date: 2007
    End Date: N/A
    Number of chapters at review: 10 Volumes, 72 chapters (Complete)
    Number of chapters read by reviewer: 10 Volumes, 72 chapters

    General Overview:
    Yi Shioon is the target of repeated bullying by his fellow peers. Not even the teachers would acknowledge that such a thing would take place. Chun Woo, a new teacher, starts teaching. One night, Shioon caught Chun Woo beating up some thugs in an alley. Amazed at Chun Woo's moves, Shioon begs his teacher to teach him martial arts. But, Shioon has no idea what kind of world he's about to enter.

    Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)

    Art: 8
    The realism of the art is superb. At times, it feels a bit sketchy. The line art is thin and at times its just enough for the scenery. I'm not sure if it's a degradation of art or a transition of art style but the art became less realistic.

    Plot: 9
    At first, it felt like two separate story lines were taking place with Nine Arts Dragon going back and forth. These two story plots then converge to form a very interesting end.

    Characters: 8
    The character that really had any depth was Nine Arts Dragon. He had a past, present and future where the other characters were formed around him. This formed the types of scenarios and relationships that occurred throughout the manwha.

    Shioon, on the other hand, is being built up by his interactions with Nine Arts Dragon. If it wasn't for the appearance and presence of Nine Arts Dragon, Shioon would never had the opportunity to change.

    Theme: 10

    In the end, this story wasn't only about strength or revenge but about reforming a world. When a world is threatened with reform, the stability of established institutions are threatened. In an effort to survive, the ruling establishments must crush any threat that might appear. Only when an insurmountable being appears could change be possible. Once the might of the old order is broken, an uneasy time of chaos will come. Those that survive the destruction will seek to rebuild.

    That's my thought on the theme of "The Breaker."

    Originality: 4
    Reminded me of Veritas except that it wasn't a high school of martial artists, and there were no big breasted girl as the antagonist. Yea, a big downer. (Joke)

    So far, this is my second manwha of some sort of powerful martial arts that everyone wants to get their hands on with a revenge plot. That in itself is bland.

    Overall: 10

    This is a good manga for those that like the whole ultimate martial arts teacher-student relationship with the revenge plot.

    Spoiler: Scenes from Chapter 1 show
    Last edited by segua; August 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM.

    (Please read from right to left.)

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