The Breaker

Vol: 10; Ch: 72
2007 - 2010
4.342 out of 5 from 5,184 votes
Rank #217
The Breaker

Shi-Woon is desperate. He's constantly bullied and getting beat up at school by a gang of thugs, and is on the verge of suicide. Sick of being weak and helpless, the boy turns to the only person he knows who can help: Chun-Woo, a powerful martial artist and also his new teacher.  But Chun-Woo won't take Shi-Woon under his wing so easily, and little does the teenager know about how his would-be mentor acquired his fighting talents...

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This honestly doesn't feel very different from your average shounen series, and yet somehow I found myself completely captivated by it. The characters, the story, I was just completely drawn in. Breaker, as I'm sure you've read in the synopsis, revolves around martial arts. A bullied high schooler discovers his new teacher is actually a powerful martial artist, and begs him to help make him stronger. The story focuses on both the teenager's efforts to become stronger, and the problems the teacher himself has because of his incredible strength. The story does feel a little bit rushed, and it's not the most original story, but I thought it was told very well, and I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless. I honestly don't know why (not very useful, I know), but I found all of the characters very endearing. I think they managed to give them all quite a lot of depth, especially the main two, and the character development is very good as well. The teenager is at first a weakling and a bit of a coward, but over time he gets stronger - not just physically but mentally as well. The teacher as well develops a lot as he gets closer to the teenager. The development feels very natural as well, which I think may be part of the reason I care for the characters so much. I'm still not totally sure why I like this so much. I think if you like martial art manga, shounen in general, or just want something exciting to read, you'd definitley enjoy Breaker. Just a warning though, it may say that two seasons of it are complete (they are), but there is meant to be a third season. If, like me, you like starting the story when you know you can read all of it, I'd wait until the third season comes out.

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