Title: The Breaker
Author: JEON Geuk-jin ; Artist: PARK Jin-Hwan
Release: [as of July 30] 64 Chapters; on-going
Genre: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, School Life, Romance
[Chapter 64 released just a couple minutes ago, so I did not get a chance to read it yet.]
I spent my entire day to marathon the series until I could catch up to the most recent chapter, 64.
Summary: [written from what I’ve read without spoiling–much.]
A boy named, Shin Woon [name may be incorrect] is constantly bullied and beaten up [usually really bad] due to his cowardice and the overwhelming scariness of his bullies. One day, a man, Han Chun Woo, shows up as the new teacher at Shin Woon’s school. One day, as Shin Woon walks the streets, he finds this new teacher being dragged into the back alleys by a few yakuza. As these yakuza attack his teacher, Shin Woon witnesses his teacher’s unexpected powers. Realizing his teacher has strength like no other, Shin Woon begs for Chun Woo to become his master; however, little does anyone realize that this teacher is not who he says he is…
I’ve looked around and seeing people claim that this series is a rip of off GTO/HSDK [History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi]. All I can say is that this series may be similar to GTO/HSDK but in no way does it rip off the other series that share similar genres. The teachers of GTO and The Breaker are both badasses; however, the teacher in The Breaker is no ordinary teacher as he instills fear in those of the martial arts world as the Goomoonryong, or nine arts dragon.
The art of this series is absolutely amazing and breathtaking especially during the fighting scenes–seriously, no lie. Look below for some examples of the amazing art. The art somewhat reminds me of HSDK.
*purplish parts are possible spoilers. possibly major ones too*
The second picture is from chapter 34 where the main character, the one covered in blood, fights against Chun Hyuk who is said to be a prodigy of martial arts to only appear once every several hundreds of years and became head of his sect at such a young age. Shin Woon lose his determination and continues to fight as he is covered in blood, bruises, and wounds.
Shin Woo is seen as a quick learn by mastering techniques that may take months to perfect in just a few days. It could be that he has natural born talent to allow him to accomplish techniques in ridiculously short amounts of time or his will and determination to be strong enough to protect has a play on his learning speed. [spoilers end]
It is quite interesting to see the author pit a character who has prodigious skills against a character with a fighting spirit that never dies.
To be honest, there are certain moments that are predictable such as the death of Shiho– I had a feeling it was going to happen when she asked to come along with Chun Woo. Despite my wishing for it not to happen, it still happened. OTL. The series’ predictability is made up for by the comedy, the unprecedented events, and exciting characters. So in the end, the predictability is only a small flaw of this series.
The focus is somewhat distributed evenly and not just on the protagonist. We get an understanding of Chun Woo’s past, the meaning behind Nine Dragon Arts, relationships between the protagonists and more. It is quite nice to know more about the characters other than the main protagonist.
Not just action, the series has a bit of romance. It is clear that Shin Woon has feelings for his friend, Sae Hie but as for his teacher, Chun Woo, it’s not quite clear until later in the series. :3
Overall, this series is a good read and it is recommended because it’ll get you fired up and rooting for Shin Woon and Chun Woo when they’re up against an opponent(s)– well, for me, that’s what happened. Lots of fights, blood, and comedy in The Breaker. go, go. don’t wait anymore and start reading it.
Does the title mean History’s Strongest, as the teachers’ disciple? Or does it mean that Kenichi is the strongest disciple in history?