By jin-hwan Park (Art)
Geuk-jin Jeon (Story)
Genres: Action, Drama, Martial Arts, School, Seinen, Comedy, Romance
Status: 1st season completed; 2nd season On-going
The new English teacher, Chun-Woo, is not your ordinary teacher. Shioon, a victim of constant bullying, unexpectedly witnesses Chun-Woo’s fighting power, and begs him to make him his disciple. Chun-Woo claims he can teach Shioon only if he is truly determined, and Shioon must jump off a bridge into a deep river in order to prove it!
It turns out, however, that Chun-Woo and his powers are more than meets the eye. Shioon makes a grand entrance into the hidden world of martial arts, and he is about to be taught by the best there is!
The cheery tone of the introduction to The Breaker belies the darker nature of its plot. So please don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just another comedy-action-harem type of manhwa. Notice I used the word “manhwa” and not “manga”, so that means this is another work of Korean artist (if you haven’t noticed from the name)! In fact, The Breaker is one of the most popular Korean manhwa out there.
First off, I would just like to offer my opinion on the art style employed by the author, a style which, suffice to say, is really amazing. Why? The artist uses angles and perspective to capture various expressions. That’s not all. The background is where the art really shine. It (buildings, classroom, etc.) are drawn so detailed and realistic that it is comparable using photo-shop to texturize real pictures.
As a good mark of any excellent fiction work, the characters are rich and complex, each with motives of his or her own. The author takes us to the world of murim, or Korean martial art, and built many interesting characters that belong to that world.
Ultimately, what really defines this manhwa is its solid story. It starts out innocuously enough, with a teenager who is bullied and a comedic middle-aged English teacher. However, the story soon becomes intense, packed with action and intrigue. The plot unfolds as the boy is dragged into the bloodthirsty world of murim, and he discovers dark history of his laid-back teacher along the way. Toward the end of the first season, the development can only be described as epicness.
Breaker: New Waves
The 2nd season continues where the ending of the 1st left off. The boy becomes the sole protagonist (instead of something of a dual protagonist in 1st season). So of course, some comedy/romance/harem stuff are to be expected. In general, the 2nd season is more light-hearted, but the story is still solid and the fights are still epicness incarnate.
Note: I posted 3 pictures, and none of them include our teenage protagonist. Does this mean our young hero sucks? No, definitely not. He is super awesome 😀